Martin unveils David Gilmour D-35 signature acoustic guitars

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Martin unveils David Gilmour D-35 signature acoustic guitars

Words by Will Brewster

A fitting tribute to the Pink Floyd legend.

18 months after selling off the majority of his guitar collection for charity, David Gilmour has linked up with Martin for a run of limited edition models based on two classic Pink Floyd-era acoustics.

Available in both six and twelve-string variants, the Martin David Gilmour Custom D-35 Signature is based on the original 1969 model Gilmour purchased in New York in the early ’70s, subsequently using the guitar as his primary studio acoustic with Pink Floyd and his own solo recordings for over four decades.

The guitar, which was sold at auction for US $1.2m in 2019, was famously used to record the iconic solo on Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’, among various other classics from the band.

Martin’s new Gilmour signature models will be the first D-35 guitars to be crafted from sinker mahogany, a tonewood handpicked by Gilmour for its ‘warm, rich tones and exquisitely beautiful grain’.

Six-string variants will be available with a rich Adirondack spruce top with a Vintage Tone System and antique white binding, while the 12-string model will feature a Carpathian spruce front for a crisp, resonant tone.

Other appointments include a custom neck and fingerboard pattern to suit Gilmour’s own specifications, with each model also being adorned with a special stamp on the back of the headstock to affirm its provenance.

With only 250 models available apiece, it’s safe to say that these guitars are only made with super fans in mind, but nonetheless, it’s an awesome tribute to one of rock music’s most inspiring players.

Find out more via Martin Guitars today.