Courtesy Martin Forsbom. The last known use of a 1966–1970 cherry-finish model SG Special came at the 9 September 1972 Paris gig. The body and neck of the Pete Townshend SG are made of one piece mahogany. That thing I do with the neck (bending it back to stretch the strings as the chord rings) you don’t need any strength to make the whole guitar bend, because it’s made out of such a light-weight wood, but the factory stopped making those particular SG’s. The guitar glided in, face first, and I literally caught it by it's two SG horns. Compensated wrab-around stop-tailpiece, original Gibson P-90 Pickups, Chrome Hardware, Grover tuners, Cream binding on fingerboard with dot inlay and finished in classic heritage cherry. In 2011, Gibson issued a 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG Special in Alpine White to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Gibson SG and Pete’s later use of Polaris White Gibson SG Specials. Pete Townshend has had an enormous impact on the world of music for over 50 years as a composer, guitarist, singer, pianist, producer, electronic music pioneer, author, and as the creative force behind legendary rock band The Who. [CDATA[ Click to view larger version. August 1969, the first Isle of Wight festival, with 1968 or 1969 Gibson SG Special, with visible screw holes where vibrato was removed.Photo: Chris Walter. Pete Townshend / The Who: A cherry red Gibson SG Special guitar, serial number 884484 stamped 2, circa late 1967, owned and used by Pete Townshend in the early 1970s – early 1980s; the double cutaway body in cherry red finish, mahogany neck, Grover machine heads, 22 fret bound fingerboard with dot inlays, two P90 pickups, four rotary controls, selector switch, metal bridge, black pickguard bound in white, tailpiece removed; original Gibson contour hardshell case with scarlet plush lining; accompanied by a letter signed by Townshend detailing the provenance, Provenance: Ex lot 124 Popular Culture: Rock & Pop Memorabilia Christie’s, South Kensington, 10 July, 2008. For more, see Terms of Use. These guitars can be seen in some of The Who's most famous performances - the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, Woodstock, the Isle of Wight festivals, etc. 561569, from the collection of David Swartz. Bottom speaker cabinets are Hiwatt SE4122 4×12s; top are Hiwatt SE4123 4×12s. I don’t break them deliberately any more, but when I spin them around, when I’ve had a few drinks, I bang them and they crack and they break. 917512). He stepped back a foot or two, judging the distance of the orchestra pit, tossed the guitar high in the air. [CDATA[ I never had any difficulty smashing SGs, they were like balsa wood. March 1973, Polaris White Gibson SG Special (pre-1966 model), with two P-90 pickups, small black pickguard. Whotabs makes no claim that these auctions represent authentic Who-used items. Top amp (chrome faceplate) is customized Sound City with Hiwatt nameplate; bottom two amps (black faceplate) are Hiwatt CP103 amplifiers, with “The Who” faceplate. The first time I started to use the Gibson SG model guitar is when I got fed up with Fenders, because they were too clean, but I liked them because they were tough. February 1969, with Sound City/Hiwatt rig.Photo: Graham Lowe/Redferns. All quotes and references are copyright their original owners and are included for reference only. The pickups were in a different position, and on and on, so we said, “Forget it.” So I raided every music store in the country practically, looking for old SG’s. He explains how the “S.G. Gibson 340 Sonomatic strings, .012, .016, .016, .032, .044, .056. Schaller or Grover tuners. The Signature Pete Townshend Gibson SG Special In 2000, Gibson issued a signature Pete Townshend Gibson SG Special to commemorate this guitar. // ]]> -->. This page last updated 26 September, 2019. He did, however, occasionally use pre-1966 models, which feature the small pickguard, especially in 1971 as the available supply began to dry up. 1971, custom-made Gibson SG Special, natural color, featuring stop tailpiece and Gibson Tune-o-Matic bridge. 884484, in Cherry Red, on 10 July 2008 as part of its Pop Culture: Rock and Pop Memorabilia auction. // ]]> -->. For more, see The Who at the Jaguar, 10 August 1968. The earliest appearance of Pete’s use of the Gibson SG Special (other than one he borrowed in 1966 from a support group the Tages) is July 1968, likely purchased at Manny’s Music (archived), New York, though regular use wouldn’t come until late 1968. Schaller or Grover tuners. For amps, both Pete and John are using unlabeled customized Sound City L100 amplifier heads each driving one Sound City 4×12. Effects pedal is Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face.Photo: Baron Wolman, 13–15 Aug. 1968, at the Fillmore West, San Francisco. 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG When Gibson replaced the original single-cutaway Les Paul Standard in 1961 with the new streamlined, double-cutaway design that would eventually be known simply as the SG, it revamped the entire range at the same time. The letter from Pete recalls I used it at home as my principle guitar of this type for use on my demo recordings...as one of my ‘special’ guitars.... Townshend gave Haslam such a prized piece in thanks for his support and friendship during the early 1980s. ** UPDATE! They brought them up to us but the guitars were totally different. “As he played, a roadie slithered out onstage on all fours, grabbed the strap of the out of tune SG, and started slowly pulling it offstage, trying hard not to be noticed by Pete. Effects pedal is Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. Dalla fine degli anni '60 agli anni '70, Pete Townshend di The Who ha fatto suo lo SG Special e ha stabilito nuovi standard per la potenza e l'energia rock nel processo. Courtesy thewho.org. 561569, from the collection of David Swartz. The guitar model Pete Townshend used (and abused) exclusively on stage from mid-late 1968 until 1971, and the guitar with which he’s most famously associated. Guitar is SG Special, and pedal is Univox Super-Fuzz. document.write('Photo: Graham Lowe/Redferns'); 29 Sept., 1969, Amsterdam, Concertgebouw, with clear view of vibrola screw holes. One of the earliest known uses of a Gibson SG Special (this one with Vibrola intact); pedal is Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face; amplifiers are Sound City. [CDATA[ February–March 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with Pete playing a 1968 Gibson SG Special. Scopri le migliori offerte, subito a casa, in tutta sicurezza. document.write('Photo: Binky Philips'); Estimated: £30,000–40,000 (approx US$50,000–67,000). [CDATA[ August 1970 Isle of Wight show, playing Gibson SG Special. Pete Townshend's classic WHO sound chain RECREATED! document.write('Photo: Robert Ellis'); [CDATA[ [CDATA[ He wrote “Pinball Wizard” on his J-200, which starred on The Who’s Tommy album. Nickel or Chrome-plated hardware. Click to view larger version9 Sept. 1972, Paris, closeup of a Gold Top Les Paul Deluxe, left, and last known use of a cherry Gibson SG Special, right, at stageside. For more photos and information, see WhiteFang’s Who Site. Utilizzato pochissime volte, tra le quali il palco del Medimex ed in studio per la registrazione di un album. This guitar may be the same as Pete played in December 1968 for the Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus. , Click to view larger version. Throughout his use of this guitar from 1968–1971, he usually used 1966–1970 models, which feature the full black wraparound pickguard. “We have recently been involved with 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. August 1970 Isle of Wight show, playing Gibson SG Special. He is best known for his more than 50 year association with the rock band The Who, as co-founder & leader, principal songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. One-piece mahogany body and one-piece set neck, cherry finish. 105078 (overstamped 128658), in Polaris White finish, with a black hardshell case stencilled on the outside with white lettering WHO — owned by Pete Townshend, circa 1972–1974, and played by him onstage during The Who’s U.K. So using that on some of the higher chords where you wanted that second string to voice a bit flat, you could relax the guitar and it would come out a bit flatter. , 14 Feb. 1970 – Leeds University. While a 1964 model SG Special would normally feature a small pickguard, this item had a large (post-1966) pickguard apparently added later. Throughout his use of this guitar from 1968–1971, he usually used 1966–1970 models, which feature the full black wraparound pickguard. [CDATA[ Per our listing in smashed guitars, the “Woodstock” guitar wasn’t actually smashed; rather, it was tossed into the audience and reportedly retrieved (or strong-armed) by a roadie for subsequent use. Pete Townshend has regularly stated that the Gibson SG was his guitar of preference, and this model was his main stage guitar until the early 1970s when the model specifications changed. (Photo: Rick Giles). The neck is slender and tapered and is a fast and a joy to play. One I was using on this tour, the natural wood SG, is not modified except that it had a Tunomatic bridge on it. The earliest appearance of Pete’s use of the Gibson SG Special (other than one he borrowed in 1966 from a support group the Tages) is July 1968, likely purchased at Manny’s Music (archived), New York, though regular use wouldn’t come until late 1968. Clint Nurse at Christie’s auction, September 2004, Polaris White Gibson SG Special and Premier silver kit pieces. Smashed on stage in 1969 and repaired after being sold at auction in 2000. document.write('Photo: Ray Stevenson'); Briefly, in late 1972/early 1973 and the first UK Quadrophenia shows in October/November 1973, to Polaris White pre-1965 Gibson SG Specials (as well as 1966–1970 versions with full pickguards also) and a Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet, until switching permanently to the Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in 1973. February–March 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with Pete playing a 1968 Gibson SG Special. Bound dot inlay neck with rosewood fingerboard. Click to view larger version. The Signature Pete Townshend Gibson SG Special In 2000, Gibson issued a signature Pete Townshend Gibson SG Specialto commemorate this guitar. // ]]> -->. The Gibson SG in cherry red finish is the model of guitar most readily identified with Pete Townshend's dynamic stage work with The Who between 1968 and 1973. (Photo: Rick Giles) British singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and author, born 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London, England, UK. Played by Townshend on the first leg of the 1971 U.S. tour, this guitar was displayed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from April 1998 to January 2007, and is also included in the sale (estimate: £20,000–30,000). The SG that I use on “Baby Don’t You Do It” is a 1966 SG Standard. Whotabs is not affiliated with The Who, its record company or management. [CDATA[ To bid on this amazing guitar and other fantastic items please go to the charity’s website. document.write('Photo: R. Stevenson/Retna'); Ca. Part of Gibson USA’s Les Paul Artist Series and celebrating the great windmill axe player’s live work from that period. That was an affirmation to me that if you wanted to do it you fought for it. 105078) in Polaris White, for auction at Christie’s. Ca. The full black wraparound pickguard with white binding is still held in place by just two of its original screws, (these full pickguards usually appear on 1966–1970 models). 14 Feb. 1970, Leeds University, stage setup of Pete’s rig, one customised Hiwatt DR103 and two CP103 amps with four Hiwatt 4×12 cabs. 1 Dec. 1971, Houston, with Gibson SG, featuring small black pickguard, and appears to have a stop tailpiece and Tune-o-Matic bridge. Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English guitarist, singer and composer. Generic 1968 Gibson SG Special, with same modification (Vibrola removed) as Pete’s. , Click to view larger version. Ca. Bottom speaker cabinets are Hiwatt SE4122 4×12s; top are Hiwatt SE4123 4×12s. , 17 Aug., 1968, at Phoenix, Arizona. Nei tardi anni 60, Pete Townshend ha utilizzato quasi esclusivamente Gibson SG, in particolare i modelli Special, che ha sfoggiato, davanti a un pubblico delirante, sia a Woodstock che sull'Isola di Wight.. 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