The Black Beauty Strat! Trivia, Facts, Info!
It takes a special kind of rock star to play a Black Stratocaster…they are the stuff of legends.
Black Strats are as seeped in superstition as black cats, and some rockers are far more reverent in the presence of the black guitars than they are in the presence of the evil felines.
Black Fender Stratocasters are not inherently evil, they just carry a magic, a certain aura (probably psychedelic), and that deserves respect.
The cats…yeah, they’re just evil.
Any true rock fan knows that Jimi Hendrix preferred the battered and scarred black Stratocaster over even his famous white one that somehow became the one everyone associated with the legendary artist.
Jimi supposedly played that guitar the night he died, writing, “the story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye…” along with a few more poignant lines.
“Black Beauty” still exists…she is locked away somewhere, exactly the way Jimi left her in the hands of Monika Dannemann in 1970.
The purple strap has faded to brown, and the same strings are in place, along with all the what-not’s and accessories in the case.
"Beauty” even sports the scars made by Jimi’s rings hitting the same places over and over again…a result of the left-handed musician playing the guitar upside down.
Even with the cutaway on the wrong side of the guitar, making it hard to reach the frets, Jimi preferred this to the “right” way of playing using a left-handed guitar.
Fender makes an inexpensive version of Jimi's guitar that consistently gets good reviews.
No Pink Floyd fan can picture David Gilmour without his black Strat around his neck…not many people ever saw him without it there.
He and his guitar were responsible for the unusual psychedelic sounds that put Pink Floyd on the map.
That black Strat is almost as distinctive as the band, as the guitar was extensively altered through the years, including adding a black pick-guard and changing out the neck.
Biographies and autobiographies are commonly found on musicians, bands, and other artists.
However, there aren’t many books dedicated to a single guitar.
Gilmour’s Strat is a little more special than the average musical instrument though.
There is a biographical book written about that famous guitar, called “Pink Floyd, The Black Strat: A History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster.”
It is written by Phil Taylor, the tech who took care of Pink Floyd’s instruments.
There are others who have played on a black Stratocaster over the years, and anyone can have theirs custom-painted.
But the legends, the real legends that played on black Strats…they’ll always shadow the image of the black guitar.
There will always be a rocker that feels the need to whisper when in the presence of one.
It takes a special kind of rock star to play a black Strat. The others? They’re just pretending…
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