I’m back! This time I wanna share bout Gilmour’s effects.
The Pete Cornish Animals effects board
David’s long relationship with Pete Cornish dates to early 1976. Pink Floyd was just returning to the studio to record Animals and David needed a new board for his increasing amount of effects. Also, the shows had grown bigger and the music more complex. This demanded a board that could sustain the signal with a minimum tone loss and not least, provide Gilmour with an easy access setup without all kinds of messy cables and dying batteries.
[pic 1] - The board after October ‘77 modifications: - Sweep pedals and controls; 1. Custom Tone pedal, 2. Cry Baby wah wah, 3. Volume pedal, 4. Cornish ST-2, 5. Fuzz Face, 6. EH Big Muff, 7. Small Stone (top)/Phase 90 (bottom), 8. EH Electric Mistress, 9. Dynacomp, 10. Noise Gate. - The footswitches; 1. Master bypass, 2. Input selector, 3. Tone pedal on/off, 4. Fuzz Face on/off, 5. Big Muff on/off, 6. Phasers on/off (selected with the toggle switch), 7. Electric Mistress on/off (UniVibe in ‘76), 8. Cry Baby Dunlop wah wah on/off, 9. Cornish ST-2 on/off, 10. Dynacomp on/off, 11. Send-returns on/off (for additional effects), 12. Volume pedal on/off, 13. Echo send-return (delay units, - Binson, Morley, MXR), 14. MXR Noise Gate on/off, 15. Output selector 1 Hiwatt, 16. Output selector 2 Marshall, 17. Output selector 3 Yamaha. (the picture is manipulated to illustrate the changes)
[pic 2] - The Pete Cornish effects board pictured during Pink Floyd rehearsals at the Olympia Exhibition Hall in London. Notice the addition of an Electric Mistress (left) and a Big Muff (right). The big pedal to the left of the board is a Morley EVO-1 echo unit and the little one in front is a footpedal for the Yamaha rotating speaker.
- Guitarist “Relics” article, interview with Pete Cornish (07/95)
- “Comfortably Numb – A History of the Wall” by Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon
- Animals, original album (1977)
- Various bootlegs from the Animals tour
- Various interviews with Phil Taylor, David Gilmour and Pete Cornish
- Pictures from the “Pink Floyd Interstellar Exhibition”
- Guitar World (December 2006). Big thanks to Brian Clem for sharing his research files.
- Thanks to John Roscoe tonefromheaven.com and Rafal Zychal DG Gear Forum