Speaking to Rolling Stone, the Pink Floyd singer and guitarist said that the instruments will “give joy” to musicians as well as raising funds for important causes.
Gilmour spoke of his love for his special collection of guitars,
“These guitars have been very good to me. They’re my friends. They have given me lots of music. I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”
Roughly 120 of Gilmour’s guitars will go up for auction at Christie’s in New York this June. Among the amazing haul of axes is the Pink Floyd guitarist’s signature black Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat” — a guitar that he played on “Comfortably Numb”, ‘Money’, and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’.
There’s also the infamous 12-string Stratocaster that the guitarist used to write ‘Wish You Were Here’ as well as the Ovation six-string played for nearly every live performance of ‘Comfortably Numb’ are up for grabs.
Proceeds from the sale will help “both global and U.K.-centric” charities, as well as help the guitarist declutter his house! Gilmour said he’s been intending to sell off his collection since 1987’s ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’.
“I didn’t want to get too ancient and have a whole stash of guitars sitting around doing nothing. And frankly, too many of them are guitars I just don’t have time to play often enough. They will give joy to other people.”
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