Christmas Presents 2020

What did you all get for Christmas? I got a number of genuine Fender parts, Adeson vintage single coil pickups and a Jamie Humphries instructional DVD from the excellent Lick Library series. I intend to return my red Strat to original Fender specification as I prepare to put Brian May guitars and gear on the shelf and move in a new direction in 2021. I got into Pink Floyd in my first year at Durham University in 1992 when my then room-mate Phil Malone at Grey College played The Wall constantly. I listened to Brit Floyd and The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) a lot recently while developing this web site.

It goes without saying that David Gilmour is revered amongst guitar players for his unique sounds which, unlike Brian May tones, are surprisingly challenging to nail down at home. I have ordered an EMG DG20 loaded pickguard from Andertons which is due back in stock at the end of January 2021 but this standard Fender Stratocaster outfit will do the job along with RAT 2 and Big Muff Pi distortion pedals and a TC Electronic G-Major 2 effects unit. Nigel Knight has built himself a custom KAT-DG HiWatt 50 Special amplifier with Fane Crescendo speakers and is willing to explore a lower-powered custom HiWatt project for chasing Gilmour tones at home… unless I splash out on a HiWatt Little Rig DR20/0.5 first! Check out the details on his website:

One of the leading internet resources for Gilmour information is the excellent Gilmourish site founded 2003, designed, written and hosted by Bjorn Riis:

The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS)

The Australian Pink Floyd Show returned to Edinburgh on November 2nd, 2019 with a performance at The Usher Hall on their current “All That You Love” world tour. I took my son Ben as part of his 10th birthday celebrations and splashed out on a VIP package for both of us. This gave us seats in Row 2 right in the middle of the stage. The positive from this was an amazing view and ability to hear the instruments through each guitar player’s own amplifiers rather than the venue PA system. The negative was being situated some 2 metres in front of six large sub-woofer units. These were mic-ed up to amplify a kick drum and was physically uncomfortable for some of the louder tracks but we survived. The show lived up to TAPFS high audiovisual standards and Ben enjoyed it.