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Pete Townshend’s SG For Sale

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Found this on a Facebook page for SGs: *PETE TOWNSHEND - THE WHO 1964 GIBSON SG SPECIAL FOR SALE

This is a unique piece of rock history, namely a 1964 Gibson SG Special that was owned, used, smashed AND repaired by Pete Townshend of THE WHO from 1967-1972.

Most notably used with The Who in the Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus film and believed to be a guitar used on The Who’s ‘Live At Leeds’ and ‘Tommy’.

Used by Pete in various states of repair and fully authenticated with a personally written and handsigned letter from Pete Townshend on his personal letterhead. (picture of letter has Townshend’s address and the owner’s name missing for privacy).

The owner mentioned in the letter is a respected music producer, who as well as being a family friend also has a direct link to The Who professionally.

According to the letter from Pete, he repaired the guitar with Cascamite carpenter’s glue and left the guitar in his cellar. During a flood, the guitar bodies that were there survived, but the pickups and other parts were ruined and the ruined parts later featured in a “suitcase of old crap” that was as part of the ICA Who Exhibition in August 1978.

The guitar was later given away by Pete’s brother-in-law, Jon Astley, and subsequently had its hardware and electronics replaced.

While a 1964 model SG Special would normally feature a small pickguard, this guitar had a large (post-1966) pickguard added by Townshend from another guitar, clearly seen in the Rolling Stones film. The screw holes from the original small guard are visible underneath the current guard.

Until recently the guitar has prominently been on display in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Ohio, and it is also featured and well documented in the ‘Famous Frets’ book by Steve Clarke.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique piece of rock music history. The guitar is stable, plays and sounds superb and from the first chords of ‘The Seeker’ it is plainly evident that this guitar was a key part of Townshend’s sound during one of The Who’s classic writing and recording peak periods.

SERIOUS ENQUIRIES TO sales@richardhenryguitars.com or call/text/WhatsApp +44(0)7779 265314*

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I'd put pics up, but this site is scragged.

Trust me. It's about as ugly as home repairs get, but according to Pete, this may have been used at Live at Leeds, or to record Tommy, so it's a pretty historic piece.

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Presently 3 flats and leaks in the other 2.

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Could have also been the SG used @ Woodstock?

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I'd put pics up, but this site is scragged.

Trust me. It's about as ugly as home repairs get, but according to Pete, this may have been used at Live at Leeds, or to record Tommy, so it's a pretty historic piece.

– crowbone

yeah what's up with the not being able to post pics at the moment thing?

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Could have also been the SG used @ Woodstock?

– DCBirdMan

The one used to "usher" Abbie Hoffman off the stage?

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I'd put pics up, but this site is scragged.

And also, that should be fixed now.

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Yes. Who did this damage!

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No, Who did. Yes never broke guitars.

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The one used to "usher" Abbie Hoffman off the stage?

– Parabar

I thought Pete used an EV mike for that.

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No, Who did. Yes never broke guitars.

– Proteus

Hey Abbott!

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The reason I bought this: P-90 GLORY!!!

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There's something about the P90 Gibsons. SG Specials are cool, but I find the bodies kind of small for somebody like me, who likes to rest her arm on the upper bout of the guitar body (I used to play an early 70s SG Standard, which is how I discovered this guitar foible). Les Paul Specials though - I can live with them, due to the body being a bit larger IMO. Every now and then I get GAS (such as at the present time) for a Les Paul Special (I've had a few over the past 38 years or so) or a Les Paul Junior. The only problem for me - trying to find one that doesn't have the ubiquitous Gibson Slim Taper neck (it was the relationship killer for my last Les Paul Special - a 2010, that I had about 6 years ago). They're out there, but you have to do some looking.

I've thought about the currently made Junior (which has a 50s profile neck), but I'm a little leery about coughing $1500 for one. I could get the Epiphone version (it has the same chunky neck), but it's hard for me to justify a refret for a $380 guitar.

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I had a '73 SG custom in that faded, heavily checked yellow which was perfect. My favorite guitar, except for the nose dive, which is the reason I sold the guitar. And now I have a '74 standard with the Bigsby removed. This one is the humbucker version, too, but still a great guitar. I prefer the weight over a Les Paul, but miss the Gibson P-90 sound that my buddy's SG has.

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I will have to say that I thought once Pete trashed a guitar it was done. I never would have dreamed he repaired and rebroke them over and over. Just blows me away he didn't have major tuning, buzz...etc. issues.

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I will have to say that I thought once Pete trashed a guitar it was done. I never would have dreamed he repaired and rebroke them over and over. Just blows me away he didn't have major tuning, buzz...etc. issues.

– Suprdave

Apparently, he did, along with his manager and crew.

They'd patch up anything he broke.

Weirdly enough, a busted guitar from Pete is worth more than the pristine examples of the same model.

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IIRC Abbie was actually removed from the Woodstock stage by a Townshend boot to the rear. i loved that guy, but time and place, you know?


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