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.
Syd used this guitar on the last song he would record with the Pink Floyd, “J... more
Syd used this guitar on the last song he would record with the Pink Floyd, “Jugband Blues” from the 1968 album A Saucerful of Secrets. The guitar can be seen in the music video of the song [Pink Floyd – Jugband Blues].
According to David Gilmour, who at that time covered for Barrett’s eccentricities, talked a little bit about the guitar they used during the A Saucerful of Secrets era:
"At the beginning we used Levins, which were quite good guitars, a bit like Martins, made in Sweden or somewhere, then we moved onto Martin D-35s and things like that and now we tend to use Ovations mostly for recording and things. [Guitar Heroes #9 May 1983]". Source: https://www.groundguitar.com/syd-barretts-guitar-and-gear/#1961-selmer-futurama-iii
"In a photo, Barrett strums the shiny new Fender while his discarded Hofner C... more
"In a photo, Barrett strums the shiny new Fender while his discarded Hofner Committee ..." Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd: Dark Globe
Syd's legendary Fender Esquire with mirrored body and polished metal circles ... more
Syd's legendary Fender Esquire with mirrored body and polished metal circles can be seen on the early Pink Floyd footage. The reflecting body was primarily used to get the band's mesmerising light effects for their onstage shows. The original guitar is now lost.
Syd Barrett's last professional instrument? more
Syd Barrett's last professional instrument?
Syd Barrett reportedly used a Dano on the first two Pink Floyd records. (Th... more
Syd Barrett reportedly used a Dano on the first two Pink Floyd records. (This models shape is very reminiscent of the Selmer Futurama III.)
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.
Selmer stereomaster is the key to get Barrett's signature sound. An amp head ... more
Selmer stereomaster is the key to get Barrett's signature sound. An amp head which Syd has used in the 60s and later on, when David Gilmour has joined the band he was also using it for a while. If you didn't knew, David Gilmour first had to try to replicate Barrett's unique playing style and sound. So you can watch Pink Floyd's perfomance on the french Bouton Rouge show. And you will notice the amp standing behind Gilmour with the stereomaster on top. On the proof video, on 3:18 you can see Syd playing with this amp head.
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 ...
"Recorded on 17 April by Syd on his Telecaster, with blasts of Octavia and Bu... more
"Recorded on 17 April by Syd on his Telecaster, with blasts of Octavia and Buzz-Tone fuzz pedal." Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd: Dark Globe
A lot of people say that the Selmer Buzz Tone was the pedal Syd Barrett used on "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" by Pink Floyd as well
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.
Binson Echorec Baby - an expensive and cutting-edge echo machine. As you can ... more
Binson Echorec Baby - an expensive and cutting-edge echo machine. As you can understand hering the name, it's a smaller version of the legendary Binson Echorec. The video shows Pink Floyd's rare footage performing "Nick's Boogie". At 3:14 you can see Syd turning the "control" switch. It's an amazing machine which all members of Pink Floyd (primarily Syd) have used a lot in the 1966. Binson Echorec was also showed on "Their Mortal Remains".
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."