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Stamped Takamine FP400S / EST. 1962, labeled Serial Number 94020409 at the neck block, stamped internally Feb 4 1994, with original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed TAKAMINE 12 STRING FP400S #94020409 +MIC and SERIAL NO. DG1114; accompanied by a candid color snapshot of David Gilmour playing this guitar in 2001
Length of back 19.15/16 in. (50.7 cm.)
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Lot Essay

This guitar was supplied by Takamine via UK distributor Korg UK Ltd in 1994 and carried as a spare on Pink Floyd’s 1994 The Division Bell Tour. Guitarist Neill MacColl played the Takamine for Wish You Were Here, the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album of the same name, when he accompanied Gilmour on acoustic guitar during his ‘unplugged’ style solo show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 21st June 2001 as part of the South Bank Centre’s annual artist-curated Meltdown Festival. Co-written by Gilmour and Roger Waters, Gilmour had recorded the original intro on a 12-string guitar. MacColl reprised this performance on the Takamine when Gilmour returned for three concerts at the same venue the following year on 16th to 18th January, followed by two shows at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 23rd and 24th January 2002. The 2001 and 2002 shows at the Royal Festival Hall were recorded for the live concert DVD David Gilmour in Concert, released in October 2002.
On 2nd July 2005, second guitarist Tim Renwick played the 12-string part to Wish You Were Here on this guitar during the historic reunion of David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters in their classic-era Pink Floyd line up at Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park, their first performance together in 24 years.

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