How to sound like David  Gilmour – Run Like Hell  Guitar Tone Recreation

David Jon Gilmour is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter and member of rock band Pink Floyd. He joined as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1967, shortly before the departure of founder member Syd Barrett. Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals,The Wall and The Final Cut

Pink Floyd: Which one is the band that has left a bright mark in the musical history, laid the foundations of new styles and trends, and at the same time has inspired hundreds of musicians around the world.

Some history:

Formed in 1965 by the lead vocalist and songwriter Syd Barrett, the band Pink Floyd got its name by the combination of the first names of the musicians who were present in Syd’s collection – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council

The band Pink Floyd can be said to have laid the foundations of hitherto unheard of styles such as psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock. Like many other bands, of course, they were going to change at one point because of different circumstances and collision of creative visions. In 1967 the drummer of the band Nick Mason invited David Gilmour to join the band in order to replace Barrett due to increasing health issues at that time and Barrett’s erratic behavior which was threatening the band down. 

In the beginning, the role of David was only to sing the old songs of Barrett’s live on stage and even Barrett to continue to create music back at home. But it didn’t work well. Soon after, he was recognized as a full member of the band. According to David, when the band was in the studio creating new records they didn’t even know what they wanted. The new guy used this confusion and once he began to create in the new environment , he started experimenting with the instruments and arrangements and got the leadership for many years to come. 

David Gilmore quickly became one of the most influential guitarists at that time and in musical history at all. 

Through all these years at stages and for his work David was awarded with many worldwide honors. His gear became preferred and loved by many guitar players and fans. The Black Strat that he plays is the most wished amongst the musicians. The guitar is a 1969 model with black finish. 

This legendary instrument even has a book written by the technician of the band. David bought this guitar during the tour of the band in North America from New York in order to replace stolen gear. Another of his signature equipment is Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, which he used extensively over the years – in Pink Floyd’s and solo albums. As for the amplifiers, he used throughout different years several Fenders and Yamaha RA-200 Leslie Amp but since 1969 and still used today, his tone is shaped by Hiwatt DR103 100W. Used with WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers.

Run Like Hell  Guitar Tone Recreation

Tone recreation with Efektor Compressor, Efektor Flagner, Amplifikation Matchlock, Efektor Chorus and Efektor Delay.


There is evidence he used Fender Silverface Twin Reverb – in the Dark Side of the Moon recording sessions. So we will use our amp simulator Amplifikation Matchlock Amp A and we are going to build everything in Amplifkation 360.


You will need a guitar: 50s style Strat with 3 single-coil pickups
Strings: non standard set: 0.10, 0.12, 0.16, 0.28, 0.38, 0.48

– Compressor

– Flanger

– Amp (Mostly clean with a small amount of gain)

– Chorus

– Delay 1: 380 ms

– Delay 2: 507 ms

Let’s start with the compressor. It’s used to even out the notes and slightly to push the amp input stage to a saturation. 

Then it comes the Flanger, to recreate that flanging – thick sound of the one string drone riff.

Here you can hear the guitar alone with the Flanger
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Next in the chain is the Chorus pedal. From listening to the actual recording, it seems the flanging and the chorus are done separately, switching two pedals with different settings, that’s why we saved two Live slots in Amplifikation 360, one for the flanging part and then the chords with the more chorused sound.

Here you can hear the guitar alone with the Chorus
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After that comes the amp. The base tone is mostly a really clean amp with a small amount of gain and saturation. Our Matchlock Amp simulator matches the tone quite well. Controls are simple and not pushed hard, the channel 1 also gives that headroom for the pedals that are stacked together in front of it.

And last in the chain is the delay. There are many versions of the song played live with one delay or two delays together. David uses separate delays with different delay times to create bigger and ambient sound. So, we’ll use two instances of our Efektor Delay panned left and right.  The one is at 507 ms and the other is at 380 ms.  His favorite unit since his younger years is the famous Vintage Binson Echorec 2 model T7E delay. You can read further at:

The Efektor Analog Delay module in Amplifikation 360. Two instances are placed in a container and the panning is done by two Stereo Panner modules.

Keep in mind the delay timing and your playing timing should be in sync  with the song tempo to achieve the same “effect” 

Here is the full finished preset in Amplifikation 360

Here you can hear the whole mix
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Here you can download the preset and copy it to your presets folder:


The preset file for A360 looks like this:Run Like Hell Rig.ka360p  copy the file after extracting it from the zip file at:
Presets folder:


C:\Users\[User Name]\Documents\Kuassa\Presets\Amplifikation360


/Users/[User Name]/Music/Kuassa/Presets/Amplifikation360

David Gilmour is one of the greatest guitar players and composers ever. He inspired many generations with his expressive and melodic playing. HIs way of playing the right note at the right time is one of the most distinctive characteristics that describes his art. Gilmour’s guitar tone is still one of the most desired guitar tones searched online ever.  We hope you will enjoy it! 

Keep playing and making art!

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