One of Blog Of Tone’s intrepid writers has been playing the role of David Gilmour in a Pink Floyd tribute band for a few years now. Yes, we know, big shoes to fill. As he revealed in Part 1 and Part 2 of the story (which you should definitely read before starting on this! Part 1 is here and Part 2 here) it’s been a rocky road of gear, practice and superfans. But now, as the band have finally found their feet onstage, it’s time to tweak that David Gilmour guitar sound to perfection!
It doesn’t seem so long ago that our man started documenting his efforts to channel space-blues maestro David Gilmour after taking up guitar-playing duties in a Pink Floyd tribute band.
You may recall that his tool of choice for plumbing the sonic depths of Gilmour’s trademark killer tone was the GrandMeister 36.
Since then, though, things have changed a bit – so here’s what happened!
One band, two shows
First off, the band decided to work on two separate show formats. Why?
Well, it turns out you (literally!) can’t always fit the entire Pink Floyd experience on a poky little stage in a small club in the back end of Germany.
Consequently, the Elevator Sessions show was designed for gigs at space-limited venues, and looks and sounds a little like this:
The bigger arrangement, for full band and light show and all that comes with it, is called Lights On. It’s a much flashier format that seeks to capture the original Pink Floyd vibe in every respect, and it looks and sounds a little like this:
GrandMeister does Gilmour
As it turns out, the GrandMeister was an inspired choice for our guy’s great gig in the sky.
It helped him distill the essence of Gilmour’s tone into a streamlined rig that takes the idea of reduction to a surprisingly workable extreme.
It might look like a joke compared to Diamond Dave’s original space station, but size isn’t everything, as many of us know. And with an all-tube amp with storable sounds and effects like GrandMeister, you can go an awful long way with a single box.
So, what’s changed since the band’s first show guitar rig-wise?
Well, the setup remains almost exactly the same. One small substitution was made in February 2017: the GrandMeister 36 was pulled out to be replaced by a GrandMeister Deluxe 40.
For our man, the GM40 is a touch more sonically versatile, putting a few more flavors of Gilmour’s tone at his fingertips.
It took more than a little finessing, tweaking and programming sounds and effects, but the work paid off because the GrandMeister Deluxe 40’s extended tonal spectrum adds even more intriguing flavors and exotic spices to the band’s musical stew.
Get the sounds for yourself!
If you wish to recreate our guy’s Gilmour-inspired tones on your own amp, be our guests – all the settings are here:
Comparing the GrandMeister 36 and the GrandMeister Deluxe 40
And if you care for a little dessert – some direct A/B comparisons of the GrandMeister 36 and GrandMeister Deluxe 40 sounds in a concert setting – you can help yourself to that too. It certainly makes for some interesting results:
The search for perfect tone
Happily, this particular Blog Of Tone writer’s pursuit of tonal perfection is a virtue, not a vice.
He is senior enough in years to know that it’s something that can only be approached, never reached. But that doesn’t stop him – or for that matter, the rest of us guitar players – from trying!
With that in mind, the next step in the Gilmour tonefest is already in the planning: it will be an attempt to take the signal from the GrandMeister’s Red Box Out and add another layer of stereo ambience, reverb and delay FX on top of the onboard effects to conjure the kind of big-screen, panoramic sound that David Glamour himself captures in the studio and on stage.
If that sounds pretty cosmic to you, then stay tuned for more!
P.S. If you own a GrandMeister Deluxe 40 and want the sounds delivered straight to your GrandMeister Remote App for iPad, you’re in luck – just download by clicking on the pic below and enjoy:
First published: December 08 2017. Most recent update: December 08 2017.
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Thank you very much for sharing of those presets, great work. It’s really awesome that it’s possible to download and open it immediately right now on iPad H&K app! Very nice playing by the way
Looking forward for the next ones
Thanks Ondrej, glad you enjoyed the blog 🙂
Does anybody knows, where can I find good presets for the grandmeister deluxe 40? thanks
There’s a fair few here to be going on with, and hopefully more are coming soon 🙂
New GM Deluxe 40 owner, awesome presets – thanks for sharing. Is there a plan to add a sticky to the H&K GM40 forum to share additional presets? If not, is there another site you have that makes it easy to find more? thanks!
Glad to hear you’Re enjoying you new GM40 Jimmy! And yes, plans are in the works, so hopefully soon there will be a way to share presets much more easily 🙂
I hope you bring an android version of the app along soon. Apple is great, but it’s just one part of a bigger pie…
Hi Scott, there is an Android app. Although it was not developed by us directly, it was made by a good friend of ours, with our blessing. More info and the link to the download is here: http://hughes-and-kettner.com/grandmeister-deluxe-40-android-app-available-now/
Hope this helps and rock on!
I play a Hughes&Kettner Switchblade. And when I perform Welcome To The Machine it sounds like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHp5rHWJRJc
Nice playing Falo 🙂
Is the Pink Floyd Project touring anytime soon? I’d go watch them for sure! Also, do you need a GrandMeister Deluxe 40 to use these presets, or will they also work with my old 36? Cheers for the blog guys, love it!
Hey Ronan, and thanks for the kind words 🙂 We’re not sure the band has any more dates planned at the moment – keep checking their Facebook though, and that’s how you’ll find out. We’ve seen them a few times, and of course we’re biased, but they’re worth it for sure 😉
About the presets, GrandMeister Deluxe 40 presets will not sound ideal on the 36, because the amps have different preamps. What you can try doing is building the presets yourself (based off the video that shows them) then tweaking the GM40 sounds in your own GM36, and that way you’ll get there. Hope this helps 🙂