David Gilmour purchased this guitar from UK professional audio distributor Sound Technology Ltd., Letchworth, in May 2001, in advance of his upcoming 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. The Taylor 712-CE served as Gilmour’s main guitar for an eclectic showcase that included solo acoustic versions of old favorites Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here, as well as the rarely heard Fat Old Sun from Atom Heart Mother, Syd Barrett’s Terrapin, the aria Je Crois Entendre Encore, from Georges Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, and an encore of Hushabye Mountain, from the 1970 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In a 2003 interview, Gilmour told Guitar Player magazine how he came up with the material for the shows: I went through the entire Pink Floyd catalogue, and I picked the tunes I liked. Then, after I figured out which ones would work with the instrumentation I had in mind, I spent about three months fiddling around in my home studio mocking up the arrangements. The acclaimed performance, backed by a double bass, cello, piano and vocal choir, was recorded for the live concert DVD David Gilmour in Concert, released in October 2002 with Gilmour wielding this guitar on the front cover.