Supplied by Takamine via Rose Morris and Company Limited, London in 1987, this guitar was used extensively by David Gilmour for almost 200 performances of Wish You Were Here, the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album of the same name, throughout Pink Floyd’s epic A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour from 9th September 1987 to 18th July 1989. Often considered a tribute to founder member Syd Barrett, Gilmour admitted in the 2012 documentary The Story of Wish You Were Here that he never plays the song without remembering Barrett. The series of shows at New York’s Nassau Coliseum were recorded for Pink Floyd’s 1988 live concert video and album Delicate Sound of Thunder, although the guitar can also be seen in numerous photographs and amateur footage captured over the course of the tour.
Gilmour was next seen with the EN-28 at Knebworth in England on 30th June 1990, when Pink Floyd played Wish You Were Here as part of an hour-long set for a historic charity concert in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre. The band topped a bill of legendary Silver Clef Award Winners including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Elton John, Genesis, Robert Plant (with guest Jimmy Page) and Status Quo. The guitar was thereafter kept for studio use, with crew photographs placing it in the studio for recording of the soundtrack to La Carrera Panamericana, a 1992 retrospective documentary film of the seven-day sports car race held in Mexico, featuring music by Pink Floyd. Making a stage comeback over two decades later for the final two legs of Gilmour’s solo Rattle That Lock Tour from June to September 2016, the guitar was used by second guitarist Chester Kamen for performances of Faces of Stone.