David Gilmour’s Martin DC-28E

David used this guitar most famously at the Royal Festival Hall Concert in 2002 to play a cover of Syd Barrett’s song “Dominoes”.

According to the info posted on the recent auction of the guitar, the instrument was provided by Martin at Phil Taylor’s request. In 2001, David and Phil were looking for a guitar that would be a good fit for a series of concerts that David had planned in 2002, so Dick Boak from Martin suggested a couple of DC-28Es, which at that time were in the prototype stage. David purchased these in 2001 and equipped one of them with a Seymour Duncan pickup and Sony Electret microphone. The second guitar was also carried on tour, but only as a backup.

Interestingly, at the 2019 auction, the backup guitar (Serial number 776189) sold for $137,500, while the guitar that David actually played at those concerts sold for $68,750. But, given that this was a charity auction, perhaps people were not too concerned about the historical significance (or insignificance) of these guitars.

David playing his Martin DC-28E guitar at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002
David playing his Martin DC-28E guitar at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002


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