David Gilmour’s 1979 Jose Maria Vilaplana Classical Guitar

David used this guitar most famously on “High Hopes” at the Royal Festival Hall, London in June 2001, as part of the Robert Wyatt-curated Meltdown festival. The guitar was also used on the original studio recording of the song.

David Gilmour - High Hopes - Live at Robert Wyatt's Meltdown
David Gilmour – High Hopes – Live at Robert Wyatt’s Meltdown

The guitar was hand-made in 1979 by Jose Maria Vilaplana, who was one of the founders of Alahambra guitars. It features a cedar top, and Brazilian rosewood back and sides.


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