Quoted from John-Floyd:
Hi Levi - agree 100%. I own his CS replica - awesome Strat. Where/When did you see Gilmour play? I saw Floyd in 94, Gilmour both nights in 06' at the Rosemont theatre, and all 3 nights when he was in Chicago a few years back. Actually Got 4th row center at The United Center and it was a dream come true to be that close. Brilliant guitarist and his tone and phrasing is second to none.
Floyd in 1994 at Clemson University, and a couple months later in DC at RFK (I believe he was playing the Red strats at that time), and the last time around (2016?) at Madison Square Garden (playing the aforementioned black strat among others).
My big regret is not catching his Echoes shows at Radio City in 2006 with Rick Wright.
Gilmour IS the "classic rock" sound as far as I'm concerned, for all the reasons you mentioned. I just got a strat and I can't get enough of bumbling my way through approximations of his sound and licks. The first thing I did when I got it was look up the first 4 notes of Shine On.
I always catch a Waters show when he comes around as he's the keeper of the flame now, he's got a pretty good cover band and it's a great show but it's not exactly the same. Always surprised that "Mr. Authenticity" has no problem with lip syncing to backing tracks.
Also caught one of Nick Mason's shows at the Beacon a few years ago, that was really fun. Never thought I'd ever hear anybody play "Vegetable Man" live lol.
Here's a pic of a friend and myself with Roger's guitarist before his MSG Wall show in 2010 or so, he was just walking around. He said it was really cool to be playing up on the Wall but honestly didn't seem like the biggest Floyd fan hahaha...just a job. But he's certainly got the Gilmour sound down, if not the vocals (they just poured as much reverb and delay as possible on his voice so you wouldn't notice).