"I wanted a bright, powerful lead guitar tone that would basically rip your face off"
David Gilmour needs no introduction to the music lovers. The guitar maestro and rock legend turns 74 today. David Jon Gilmour was born on March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England. Gilmour's parents encouraged him to pursue his interest in music.
In December of 1967, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd Nick Mason invited Gilmour to join the band and the rest is history.
His contributions to the rock music have made him an icon. Gilmour is considered as one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.
Gilmour has been ranked one of the greatest guitarists of all time by the Rolling Stone and The Daily Telegraph. His guitar solos on different Pink Floyd songs made him one of the best guitar players in the history.
David Gilmour's solo album "Rattle That Lock" was released in 2015 while Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Division Bell" was released in 1973 and in 1994 respectively.
Over the years, the tones and effects of his guitar have changed due to the change of gear and technology. Gear that Gilmour used on more recent albums did not even exist in the earlier Pink Floyd days. Many of his guitar solos are the most iconic ones and subject of practice and analysis for music guitar players and enthusiastic.
Guitar World readers voted Gilmour's solos for "Comfortably Numb", "Time" and "Money" among the top 100 greatest guitar solos.
Music website MusicRadar, owned by British Media Company Future PLC described Gilmour as "a household name among the classic rock crowd, and for a lot of younger guitar fans he's the only 1970s guitarist that matters. For many he is the missing link between Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen."
In 1996, Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd.