A 1984 FENDER STRATOCASTER PLAYED BY GEORGE HARRISON
David Gilmour hand selected this Fender Stratocaster during a visit to the CBS Fender UK warehouse in Enfield, Middlesex, in early 1984 and kept it for home and studio use. Notably, the guitar was played by George Harrison during an impromptu performance at Gilmour’s Guy Fawkes Night fireworks party on 5th November 1988, where a stage and backline had been set up in a marquee in the riverside garden of Gilmour’s Sunbury On Thames home.
The guitar was thereafter carried on Pink Floyd’s 1994 The Division Bell Tour for use by second guitarist Tim Renwick. After being fitted with three Kinman Hx single coil pickups, the black 57V was used by album co-producer and Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera during David Gilmour’s On An Island Tour from March to August 2006. Footage of Manzanera performing with this guitar can be seen on the live concert DVDs Remember That Night and Live in Gdansk, released in September 2007 and September 2008 respectively. Manzanera again appeared with the 57V for a surprise performance by David Gilmour and his touring band at the DVD launch of Remember That Night at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 6th September 2007. Eight years later, longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Jon Carin used the guitar while performing with David Gilmour during the first three legs of the Rattle That Lock Tour from September 2015 to April 2016, in support of Gilmour’s fourth solo album Rattle That Lock.