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IN THE MID 80s when I re­paired gui­tars for Fen­der in Lon­don, many top play­ers would come down to try stuff out, in­clud­ing Hank Marvin, Alan Mur­phy and David Gil­mour. So David ‘vaguely’ knew who I was. Move on a year or so and I was with a very for­ma­tive Gui­tarist mag­a­zine and found my­self driv­ing off to Hen­ley to in­ter­view Mick Ralphs of Bad Com­pany. When I ar­rived at his house it was in up­heaval due to build­ing works. Mick said, “Sorry about this, but I have ar­ranged with a mate that we can do it at his house. It’s a bit of a com­pli­cated jour­ney so fol­low me care­fully.”

I du­ti­fully tail­gated him through hilly lanes across the bor­der into Berk­shire, un­til we ar­rived at a huge house hid­den in acres of wood­land. Mick led us into an old coach­ing yard and up to the back door of the vast pile. I had no idea who his ‘mate’ was but as I got out of my car David Gil­mour came out, handed me Fen­der Strat se­rial num­ber 0001 and said, “What do you think of that then?” Or words to that ef­fect. Mick and I did the in­ter­view and then David showed me his guitar room, with all those fa­mous in­stru­ments dat­ing back to early Floyd days. He also had one of the big leather Pink Floyd mas­cots in his stu­dio. What a wholly sur­real but thor­oughly en­joy­able day for this young buck. Mick was a lovely guy too and a huge guitar nut.

Years later when Paul McCart­ney did his al­bum Run Devil Run with David and Mick Green on gui­tars, I was editor of Gui­tarist and put in for an in­ter­view. In the throes of mov­ing house at the time I kept get­ting calls from es­tate agents, so­lic­i­tors and the like. One es­pe­cially has­sled morn­ing the phone went and this cul­tured voice said, “May I speak to Neville Marten please?” Think­ing it was yet another of these I snapped, “Yes!” And he said, “It’s David Gil­mour; I be­lieve you wanted a chat.” Hav­ing not ex­pected a re­sponse, let alone a per­sonal call, I had noth­ing pre­pared and so was ut­terly flum­moxed. Ever the gent, he com­pletely un­der­stood. Do en­joy Jon Bishop’s fas­ci­nat­ing ‘Ge­nius of David Gil­mour’ fea­ture, even though I’m sure David would shrug off such silly hy­ber­bole.

Have fun, and I’ll see you next month!

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