This was Syd first electric guitar, bought sometime in the early 60s – probab... more
This was Syd first electric guitar, bought sometime in the early 60s – probably as early as 1961, for £25. This guitar came about a year after Syd bought his first guitar, which was an acoustic Hofner, and about the same time he form his first band called Geoff Mott and The Mottoes.
Syd bought this guitar presumably sometime after joining the Tea Set (soon... more
Syd bought this guitar presumably sometime after joining the Tea Set (soon to be renamed Pink Floyd on Syd’s incentive). He was seen playing this particular guitar on a photo taken at a Tea Set gig sometime in late 1964/early 1965, at the time when Chris Dennis was still a part of the band.
It took us depressingly long time to figure out the exact model of this guitar, but it eventually turned out the be a Framus Sorella – a guitar similar to the one Paul McCartney played almost a decade earlier. The guitar was made in Germany, presumably sometime in the early to mid 60s, and it featured archtop design and dark red finish with black edges.
What’s especially interesting about this guitar is that is seems to have featured a custom-fitted pickup. If you look at the photo linked in the first paragraph, you’ll notice that the control knobs are kind of just hanging from behind the bridge mounted on a small piece of metal, and the wires are hanging loose on the side.
The exact model of the pickup fitted on Syd’s guitar is called DeArmond Rhythm Chief 1000, and is fitted on a guitar by clamping it on the strings behind the bridge, with a metal rod extending toward the neck and holding the pickup itself in a desired position. This design allowed amplifying an archtop guitar without drilling holes in the body, or damaging it in any way.
We learn two things from this observation. The first one is that the guitar was originally an acoustic, and the pickup was installed later on, possibly by Syd or someone close to him. The second one is that Syd preferred the bridge position of the pickup, which became even more obvious with him obtaining a Fender Esquire later on in Pink Floyd – which is basically a Telecaster without the neck pickup.
The first acoustic guitar of Syd Barrett more
The first acoustic guitar of Syd Barrett
This picture, found on [this fan site](http://www.sydbarrettpinkfloyd.com/201... more
This picture, found on this fan site, shows Syd Barrett holding his Fender Esquire.
This guitar had mirrored discs taped on it, which was all the rage back in the 60's. According to Feel Numb website, even Jimmy Page made a hommage to Syd Barrett with the mirrored discs thingy.
In this photograph, Syd can be seen playing with Rick Roger and Nick. The gui... more
In this photograph, Syd can be seen playing with Rick Roger and Nick. The guitar he is playing is a Danelectro Double Cutaway.
In this image you can see Barrett playing an olympic white Strat. more
In this image you can see Barrett playing an olympic white Strat.
In this photo, and [this one](http://atagong.com/astral/sydslife2/sydtele1970... more
In this photo, and this one, Syd Barrett's black Fender Telecaster can be seen.
In the studio on Pink Floyd’s debut album Syd allegedly used a 50W Selmer Tru... more
In the studio on Pink Floyd’s debut album Syd allegedly used a 50W Selmer Truvoice Treble n’ Bass played through a 2×12 cabinet, and a Watkins Dominator combo.
Roger Mayer's workshop early in 1969. Syd was intrigued by the Octavia's tone... more
Roger Mayer's workshop early in 1969. Syd was intrigued by the Octavia's tone-bending qualities. Its frequency-doubling circuitry synthesised a second note an ...
In [this clip, taken from the 1967 film "Tonight Let's All Make Love in Londo... more
In this clip, taken from the 1967 film "Tonight Let's All Make Love in London", we can see Syd's Echorec unit behind him, sitting atop his Selmer PA head.
In [this clip, culled from the 1967 film "Tonight Let's All Make Love in Lond... more
In this clip, culled from the 1967 film "Tonight Let's All Make Love in London", we see Syd employing his famous Zippo-as-guitar-slide trick during a performance of Pink Floyd's opus, "Interstellar Overdrive."