Dave Gilmour's Guitar Equipment
Dave Gilmour's Guitar Equipment
(A) Boss CS-2 Compression/Sustainer.These are no longer available new from Roland. You can only purchase the CS-3 which (to my ear) does not sound as smooth as the CS-2.
(B) Pro Co. Rat II Distortion.The first generation Rat's distortion, filter & volume knobs yield various Marshally distortion tones.
(C) Cornish Big Muff.Pete Cornish custom Big Muff. (looks like Pete has taken an original Big Muff and housed it in a custom box). I don't know if this has been modified in any other way.
(D) Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer.This GE-7 has been set to be used in conjunction with the Rat distortion pedal.
(E) Cornish Soft Sustain.This is obviously a Pete Cornish custom effect. Notice the combination of the GE-7 graphic EQ sliders & the knobs for sustain & volume.
(F) Sovtek Big Muff II.The Big Muff is a very heavy-vibed fuzz with volume, tone & sustain controls. The muff sounds huge & powerful despite it's feeble tone control range & is looser & more gargantuan than say a Pro Co. Rat II.
(G) Chandler Tube Driver #2.The Tube Driver offers lots of tight girthy gain and has an openness that sets it apart from other distortion boxes. Features high/low EQ, tube drive & output controls. These later became known as Tube Works Tube Driver.
(H) MXR Dynacomp Compressor.The Dynacomp has a natural sounding expansion & a nice bright tone to it.
(I) Ibanez CP-9 Compressor.
(J) Boss Metalizer.No longer available new from Roland.
(K) Chandler Tube Driver #1.The Tube Driver offers lots of tight girthy gain and has an openness that sets it apart from other distortion boxes. Features high/low EQ, tube drive & output controls. This later became known as Tube Works Tube Driver.
(L) Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer.This GE-7 has been set to boost the top & bottom ranges. Labelled T&B
(M) Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer.This GE-7 has been set to boost the bass ranges. Labelled BASS
(N) Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer.This GE-7 has been set to boost the mid ranges. Labelled MID The Rack
With Dave Gilmour's rack system we meet a marriage of technologies, old & new. He has always exhibited a preference for older, analogue effects but has had Pete Cornish create a switching system which guarantees ease of use with optimum, low noise performance.
(A) Furman PL-8 Power Conditioner And Light Controller.I can only guess that this controls the lights on top of the rack so Dave can see the pedals.
(B) TC. Electronics TC-2290 Dynamic Digital Delay + Effects Control Processor.This is Dave's primary delay unit. He uses this on most songs.
(C) Uni-Vibe.The Uni-Vibe unit featues volume & intensity controls, a chorus/vibrato switch & sepearate speed controls for the slow or fast speed options. It also requires a seperate foot switch pedal for fast or slow. Gilmour does not use the chorus option! This effect was originally a footpedal, however Gilmour had his longtime technician Phil Taylor make a rack system out of it. He even had the old logo embossed on the face plate of the new rack.
(D) Digitech IPS-33B Super Harmony Machine.Diatonic pitch shifter.
(E) Lexicon PCM-70 Digital Effects Processor.Dave uses the PCM-70 to store the circular delay sounds you hear in Shine On & Time. Because it has a multi tap function it can pretty accurately duplicate the kind of echo Dave used to get from his old Binson echo unit.
(F) MXR Delay System II.This is another rack system that began life as a footpedal. Phil also added a digital readout that he says is really nowhere close to being an accurate indication of delay time.
(G) Phil Taylor Custom Rack.This is yet another custom made rack from footpedals. It contains the following effects.
Boss CE-2 ChorusThe original chorus from Boss has rate & depth knobs & sounds sweet, rich & dynamic. There are two CE-2's loaded into this rack one is marked Mono Chorus & the other Left Chorus. (The left chorus is inserted in the signal path for the left channel of Dave's amp setup).
Electric MistressThe Electric Mistress has rate, range & colour controls, plus a filter matrix switch. This is sort of a bizzarre sounding flanger that gets extremely detuned & twisted.
TremulatorThe Tremulator has speed and depth controls.
(H) Dynachord CL5222 Leslie Simulator.
(I) Samson UHF Dual Receiver.
(J) Peterson Strobe Tuner.Other Effects & Equipment
There are a few footpedals & other items which are not pictured or part of Dave's current live rig but have been and still are used by him in the studio.
MXR Phase 90This was MXR's first effect and only has a speed knob that yields complex, swirly phase textures with silky highs & lots of vocal inflection. Also does decent rotating speaker imitations at higher speeds.
Arbiter Fuzz FaceThe classic of classic fuzzes sounds big, deep & bad. The Fuzz Face takes you from clean to insanity with a mere twiddle of your guitars volume knob.
Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal DistortionAn 80's classic Gilmour used on About Face (notably at the end of Murder). It delivers incredibly gutsy grind & tons of deep bass boost. Features low/high and colour mix controls.
Maestro RoverThe Maestro Rover looks like a late 1950's NASA satellite (I will try and get a scan of this thing) but it's a rotating speaker designed to go between your guitar and your amp. This sure fire attention getter has amp & instrument inputs & features volume, speed, slow & fast controls. A crossover routes the upper frequencies through the Rover's amplifier to the rotating speaker, while the lower frequencies are sent to your stage amp.
Orange Treble/Bass Boost.
Heil Voice BoxThe Midi Foot Controller
This Bob Bradshaw designed pedalboard is used to select individual or different preset combinations of effects. This doesn't do the actual switching though. The left side of Dave's rack unit contains his Pete Cornish custom built switcher, which has 24 sends & returns & uses gold plated relays to turn individual effects on and off. In addition to this, it also sends standard MIDI program numbers to the various MIDI processors that are contained in his rack (such as the Lexicon). It can also send almost anything he wants to the rack, such as a delay time or whatever. I'm not sure if he uses any of these features, but it's there.
For information on a similar type of pedalboard designed by Rocktron/Bradshaw.
(A) TC. Electronics TC-2290 Digital Delay + Effects Control Processor. On/Off
(B) Lexicon PCM-70 Digital Effects Processor. On/Off
(C) Doppola's. On/Off
(D) Leslie. On/Off
(E) Left Chorus (Rack Mounted Boss CE-2). On/Off
(F) Acoustic. On/OffThis seems to be a switch Dave uses to toggle between electric & acoustic setups.
(I) MXR Delay System II. On/Off
(J) Graphic B (Mid). On/Off
(K) Graphic A (Bass). On/Off
(L) Graphic C (T & B). On/Off
(M) Tremulator (Rack Mounted). On/Off
(N) Chorus (Rack Mounted Boss CE-2). On/Off
(O) Univibe. On/Off
(P) Electric Mistress. On/Off
(Q) Chandler Tube Driver #2. On/Off
(R) Sovtek Big Muff. On/Off
(S) Cornish Soft Sustain. On/Off
(T) Pro Co. Rat II. On/Off
(U) Chandler Tube Driver #1. On/Off
(V) Pete Cornish Big Muff. On/Off
(W) Hyper. On/OffThis toggles the Boss Metalizer
(X) Ibanez CP-9 Compressor. On/Off
(Y) Digitech Whammy. On/Off
(Z) Bank Switch.Selects the bank number for preset sounds.
(1) Preset Numbers. 1/0
(2) Preset Numbers. 2
(3) Preset Numbers. 3
(4) Preset Numbers. 4
(5) MXR Dynacomp Compressor. On/Off
(6) Boss CS-2 Compressor. On/Off
(7) Doppola's. Slow/FastSelects which speed the doppola's rotate at.
(8) Leslie. Slow/FastSelects the speed of the Dynachord CL5222 Leslie Speaker Simulator.
(9) Univibe. Slow/FastSelects the speed of the univibe rotating speaker simulator.
(10) Ernie Ball Volume Pedal.
(11) Digitech Whammy Pedal.FX Facts
Despite the apparent complexity of Dave Gilmour's set up, the actual contents of each track may come as something of a surprise. Essentially his sound is fairly clean, choosing different distortion units to add their characteristic sound to his signal. As an example, to reproduce the track Money from Dark Side Of The Moon live in concert, Gilmour uses this effects combination.
Main Riff: Pete Cornish Soft Sustain with Chandler Tube Driver #2.
Solo: Boss CS-2 Compressor with Chandler Tube Driver #1, Sovtek Big Muff & TC Electronics digital delay.
Solo (Dry Sound): Chandler Tube Driver #1 with Pro Co. Rat II Distortion. The Amplification