Douglass K. Wilkes began making guitars in 1972. In the 1980’s he operated a production facility in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, concentrating on solid-body electric guitars, gaining recognition for his work among musicians in the UK and abroad. One of his innovations was the sliding pickup system employed by this guitar. He downsized his operations in 1992 and today makes bespoke instruments to order in his Keele workshop.
Custom-made to David Gilmour’s specifications and delivered in July 1986, Gilmour used this guitar a good deal at his Hook End Manor studio and Astoria houseboat studio in the mid-eighties.