David Gilmour Charvel fretless for sale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by the low one, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
  2. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    I doubt he used a 1982 bass on Hey You, but he is David Gilmour. I wouldn't put anything past him.
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    It's a bass that he owned, nothing else. Why would you pay a premium for it?
    fhm555, TalHaz, uusak and 2 others like this.
  4. KB5


    Sep 28, 2012
    I have a thing for maple bodied basses. It's a very cool bass for $2k but not for what it will probably sell for. I didn' know he played bass on thier recordings. Interesting.
  5. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    My bad :D it does say in the description:
    ".....Gilmour has played the Charvel fretless on a number of tracks over the years, including On The Turning Away for the 1987 Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason and High Hopes, Poles Apart and Coming Back To Life for the band’s 1994 album The Division Bell."
    bholder and DiabolusInMusic like this.
  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    00 images2b2.png
  7. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    those with unlimited disposable income and a Gilmour / PF fetish could be inclined to pop.
    that would include me if I fit the primary category. you gotta figure it's a great fretless.
    flyingfinbar likes this.
  8. The auction is to fund his charitable foundation and it includes THE Black Strat. For collectors, the instruments have a faultless provenance which to them carries a value.

    mikewalker likes this.
  9. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
  10. As a David Gilmour's admirer I would buy that bass in a heartbeat if I could.
  11. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    It's well established that fans will pay obscene amounts of money for celebrity-owned instruments. Considering that Gilmour is a top tier celebrity, $3-$4k is small potatoes.

    I don't really yearn for this kind of thing, but if I had $3K to spare, I'd buy that bass. A nice, vintage, US-made Charvel owned by Gilmour? Sure, I'd do that.
  12. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    If it were an instrument that he was known to use (i.e. Clapton's black strat, or a Les Paul that Page used on tour), I could see paying a premium. All the ad states is that he owned it. Not even a photo of his with it. For all we know, he never even touched it. There is a difference.
  13. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Sure there's a difference. But, let's put things in perspective. Clapton's black Strat is worth, what...$1MM+? One of Page's Les Pauls he used on tour would probably go for over $300K.

    We're talking about a $3K bass here. That is affordable to many Pink Floyd fans. You're right, there's no concrete proof that Gilmour played this bass. But there is concrete proof that he owned it. And to fans that have no hope of owning a high value piece of Gilmour-owned gear, this is a pretty nice thing to own.
    MVE, Son of Wobble, ajkula66 and 4 others like this.
  15. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    That’s a really cool looking bass. I wish more companies would make a P style like this (flamed top, no pickguard, no control plate).

    The fact that Gilmour played it on various Pink Floyd tracks bumps up the cool factor significantly.

  16. Coming Back to Life is one of my favourite PF tunes. I love that bass line. I don't think I'd ever have guessed a fretless was used... I'll probably not be able to hear it any other way now that I know..
  17. Seeing that the wall was recorded in 79 he definitely didn't use that bass on Hey you but I've heard he used a Charvel fretless on that track. I always thought it was a 70's fretless P bass. I have one and when I play Hey you on it sounds just like it.
    nbsipics likes this.
  18. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    "Estimated price" in Christies-speak is more like the price bidding is expected to start at, or the minimum sale price. Popular items are expected to close significantly above it.

    A lot of the items in the sale catalog have estimated prices that look more or less in line with their value as vintage collectibles without any celebrity provenance. For example the '52 Precision Bass starts at $15k, which is safely within the range of current asking and recent sale prices for good-condition '52 P basses; David Gilmour's ownership isn't adding much to the estimate. The Black Strat is the only item (out of the ones I looked at) with a considerable celebrity-patina markup. Its estimate is $100k, which is pretty high for a guitar frankensteined out of new and vintage parts.
  19. lizardking837


    Jan 28, 2009
    Not to get off topic, but the red Bass VI is pretty cool...I'm sure I can find an extra Eight Grand in between my couch cushions...
  20. Ian McLaughlin

    Ian McLaughlin

    Aug 11, 2018
    Yeah, ok, but what's it weigh?
    MVE, J-Bassomatic, basted and 2 others like this.