‘I told Phil that I wasn’t interested. It seems a daft idea to me, writing a book about an ordinary guitar that I bought at Manny’s.’ Thus spoke David Gilmour over ten years ago about this excellent book, now in its fourth edition, lovingly put together by Phil Taylor, his personal guitar technician and studio manager. It’s a weighty, A4 sized tome, printed on thick, top quality paper, with a fantastic array of superbly detailed photographs of the instrument, and a clear narrative following the journey of the guitar through the years. The book briefly touches on some of Gilmour’s many other guitars, but the main focus is of course on the iconic black Fender Stratocaster, which over the years became virtually synonymous with the music and sound of both Pink Floyd and his solo work. Staring life as a humble 1968-69 Strat with black painted over the original sunburst finish, it has been subject to many modifications over the years, and the level of detail provided on these changes is in depth to say the least, covering all the numerous mods made (and sometimes reversed), each individual one being lovingly documented and clearly illustrated and explained. There » Continue Reading.