No not, predictably, Gilmour but - a busker!
A brave soul facing icy winds busking on a pedestrian bridge over the Thames yesterday. Fender Strat, neck pickup, what looked like a Roland Cube Street and backing tracks probably on an iPhone. Killer tone, one of the best I’ve ever heard from a Strat neck pu. Couldn’t believe such a great sound was coming from really simple gear.
That’s not all. The guy could really play. No vocals, just guitar over backing tracks. Stevie Wonder, that sort of thing, mapping out the melody then improvising in a very bluesy style but even then frequently referencing the melody rather than descending into self-indulgent widdling. Maybe as they say, tone is all in the fingers.
Not many coins in his open gig bag. Everyone was scurrying quickly by with hands in pockets and heads bowed against the biting wind. When I returned half hour later he was gone. Who was he? No idea, but I’ll think of him every time a new thread about the holy grail, great tone, is posted on the Fretboard.