The candy apple red Fender V57 reissue Stratocaster is the iconic guitar that defines David Gilmour's tones of the 80s and 90s. Perhaps equally iconic are the EMG pickups and tone controls that created much of David's super smooth tones of the era. Here's my review of the EMG DG20 pickup set.
In early 1984, David and his long-time technician Phil Taylor, visited the Fender Warehouse in Einfield, Middlesex, UK and tried a bunch of the new reissue guitars from the Fender Fullerton.
This was just prior to David heading out on the About Face tour and apparently, he didn’t want to bring his old guitars as they now started to rise in value (International Musician August 1984).
They bought a total of seven guitars and at least four were modified with EMG SA pickups and the EXG and SPC active tone controls. Including the V57 candy apple red.
The EMG DG20 is a set containing both the three SA (single coils with alnico magnets) pickups and the active SPC and EXG tone controls. While older sets needed to be soldered, the current one has a solderless system making them very easy to install.