Custom-made by Jim Francis, Democratic candidate for Louisiana's 1st Congressional District


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About the Black Strat

David Gilmour's famous Black Strat guitar has been featured on some of the world’s biggest selling albums of all time and classic Pink Floyd songs like Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Comfortably Numb. Handmade by Jim Francis, this replica has roots in Louisiana — the body was made from 160-year old cypress wood originating from an old mill in Bossier City, Louisiana.

The guitar has a handmade, quartersaw, maple neck with the exact same specifications of Gilmour's — 7.25" radiused neck, original 1958 "Patent Pending" Fender tremolo, the exact same custom wound pickups and unique wiring with the ability to join the neck and bridge pickups. The specs are identical to David Gilmour's Black Strat (and sounds identical too):

  • Fender ‘57 C shape maple neck with maple 7.25″ radius fingerboard and 21 vintage style frets.
  • Fender vintage style tuning machines.
  • 1-ply .120” beveled black acrylic, 11 hole pickguard.
  • Fender neck and middle pickups dated 1971 and a Seymour Duncan custom wound SSL-1C bridge pickup
  • 1958 Fender synchronized tremolo bridge
  • 5-way pickup selector
  • Custom mini-toggle switch on the pickguard for neck/bridge combo.
  • Shortened tremolo arm to 4.25″
Every single scratch and nick was reproduced on this guitar. It’s a ‘players’ guitar — not just meant for hanging on a wall — though it would look killer. It’s probably the best guitar I’ve ever built.
— Jim Francis

No purchase or contribution necessary. Void where prohibited. You can enter the contest without making a contribution by clicking here. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Monday, November 5th, 2018. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. The Promotion is open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents (green card holders) of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia and are at least 18 years of age (or the age of majority under applicable law). Prize consists of custom-made, fully-functional replica of David Gilmour's Black Strat electric guitar (approximate retail value $4,600).