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Bill Lewis custom guitar

Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2008-12-14)
Price paid : US $ 0



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The Lewis custom guitar, designed by Bill Lewis of Vancouver, played a significant role in the recording of Dark Side of the Moon. David Gilmour’s Lewis, built for him in 1970, has the very rare 24 accessible frets. The fret spacing was worked out with the use of a computer, which back in the late 60s, when the guitar had its debut - was also rare. This allowed for better accuracy than usual, in terms of pitch, and of course the full 2 octaves on the high E string allowed Gilmour to reach notes unattainable on his Strat. The extra wide fingerboard which flattened out by the 24th fret is also a great advantage for bending notes.

Jimmy Page, who has a Lewis guitar, wrote me 1992, referring to the guitar as “quite revolutionary”. Not the least of these revolutionary features were Lewis’ own humbucking pick-ups which were cast in resin using a vacuum system, the first time pick-ups were designed in such a way; they are capable of a very clean sound with great sustain (David’s guitar also had switches on each pickup for humbucker and single coil options. – Bjorn). Another first, a trade secret at the time, was the neck design through the incorporation of two parallel rectangular steel bars running the length of the neck and epoxied beneath the fretboard for stability. This allowed for a very fast neck; much thinner than guitars of its time. Gilmour’s guitar is built of a single piece of Honduras mahogany, an ebony fingerboard and Schaller heads. The snap-off back made for easy accessibility to the electronic components.


Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2008-12-14)
Price paid : US $ 0



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B Abel said...
correction - "David Gilmour"

B Abel said...
I have one available now. Will be posted on eBay mid Sept 2011. Looks identical to Brian Gilmour's used on DSOTM. nodnarb_a1ok@hotmail.com

Les Clarke said...
I have one for sale which is believed to be the last one made and is the most advanced as verified by one of the luthiers involved. I will entertain any offers over $100,000.00

Les Clarke said...
How much did it sell for? e-mail me at clarkeles@yahoo.com