I love my David Gilmour Black Strat — I don’t like, however, the fact that if I want to get the best out of that guitar — I’m locked into buying a certain strings set from a single company.
David Gilmour uses and endorses a special set of strings made my GHS.
Gilmour’s electric strings are basically GHS Boomers — but packaged in a unique and hard-to-find set of string gauges.
Most guitar strings run in size like this: 10-13-17-26-36-46.
Gilmour’s strings are this: 10-12-16-28-38-48.
Some might say Gilmour runs a “light top, heavy bottom” string setup — and while that’s sort of true — other companies that sell that same sort of “light/heavy” strings setup provide these packaged gauges: 10-13-17-30-42-52.
So, if you want to use the strings set that the guitar was made to play and set up to use by Fender — you’re locked into buying the Gilmour branded GHS Boomers — and that sort of ticks me off, because if you prefer Gibson Vintage or DR Tites or Ernie Ball — you can put them on your Black Strat, but you’ll instantly lose that “Gilmour Sound” that made you buy the guitar in the first place.
Is that good marketing? Or is that cutting off your strings to spite your star?