Ca. In all, Pete likely went through dozens of these guitars between 1969 and 1971. . 917512). Ca. October 1973, UK, backstage, with three capoed Polaris White Gibson SG Specials and a cherry sunburst Les Paul Deluxe. Also up for auction (again) was Pete’s classical acoustic, which was previously auctioned by Pete in 2000. document.write('Photo: John Rettie, courtesy thewho.org.'); 14 Feb. 1970 – Leeds University.Photo: John Rettie, courtesy thewho.org. P.Iva 10440350154, SOLD SHIN’S MUSIC GOLDEN AGE WAH LIMITED EDITION, SHIN’S MUSIC DRIVE KING MINI OD DISTORTION, SOLD SHIN-EI SCREAMING SISTER 8CTAVE BOOST, MARTIN CUSTOM SHOP OM-21 SPECIAL MADAGASCAR ENGELMANN, SOLD GIBSON ACE FREHLEY 1959 LES PAUL AGED, signature Pete Townshend Gibson SG Special, 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG Special in Alpine White. You could do it by just shaking the guitar. February 1969, with Sound City/Hiwatt rig.Photo: Graham Lowe/Redferns. 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. [CDATA[ He did, however, occasionally use pre-1966 models, which feature the small pickguard, especially in 1971 as the available supply began to dry up. 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. 1971, backstage with three Gibson SG Specials, one capoed at the third fret. In the late 1970s, the vendor obtained this guitar from a former employee of The Who who was learning to play, and to whom Townshend had given the guitar in the mid-1970s. // ]]> -->, Ca. The guitar glided in, face first, and I literally caught it by its two SG horns.”, . This page last updated 26 September, 2019. It must’ve gone up 15 feet. The Gibson SG Special. This guitar model was used for the famous late ’60s/early ’70s live recordings, including Woodstock, Live at Leeds and Isle of Wight, as well as the recordings of Tommy and The Seeker. 14 Feb. 1970 – Leeds University. British singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and author, born 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London, England, UK. document.write('Photo: N. Zlozower'); Courtesy and © Christie’s. One of the earliest uses of the Gibson SG Special. “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. This guitar model was used for the famous late ’60s/early ’70s live recordings, including Woodstock, Live at Leeds and Isle of Wight, as well as the recordings of Tommy and The Seeker. So anyway, we had four of them made for the beginning of the tour. Like the landmark Les Paul before it, the introduction of Gibson's SG line in 1961 shattered all perceptions of what a guitar could be. Scopri le migliori offerte, subito a casa, in tutta sicurezza. CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO CHECK OUT MORE!! document.write('See Huffington Post from June 2010, for the full story.'); 14 Feb. 1970 – Leeds University.Photo: John Rettie, courtesy thewho.org. Sotheby’s September 1997 auction of Pete’s 1969 Gibson SG Special (serial no. Pete Townshend has stated often that the Gibson SG was his guitar of preference. It was clean until you hit the fuzz box and then it was dirty. 917512). So we said, “You’re going to have to make ’em for us, you’re going to have to customize them for us,” and they said okay, but it’s going to be about $300.00 a guitar. Photos courtesy and ©Clint Nurse. The new Gibson Pete Townshend Gold Top ’76 Les Paul is a recreation of his iconic guitar from that late ’70s period. From 1968 to 1972 Pete Townshend used as his guitar of choice the cherry red Gibson SG Special. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., backstage post-show. (Photo: Rick Giles)  Full black pickguard (1966–1970 models) or small black pickguard (1962–1965 models), white binding. Clint Nurse at Christie’s auction, September 2004, Polaris White Gibson SG Special and Premier silver kit pieces. , 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. During a flood, the guitar bodies there survived, but the pickups and other parts were ruined and later featured in a “suitcase of old crap” that was as part of the ICA Who Exhibition in August 1978. , Click to view larger version. // ]]> -->. 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. It was estimated at £20,000 – £30,000 ($39,440 – $59,160). This site works best with JavaScript enabled. One cutaway point at the top of the body has also completely snapped off. Non-Whotabs links are provided for informational purposes only and are not controlled or monitored by Whotabs. This information, along with all other content included in Whotabs, is intended for private study, scholarship or research. That is a Gibson SG - with the two sharp small curved cutaway horns on … Ca. In July 1997, Gibson artist rep Tim Bolin presented Pete Townshend with a Fishman Matrix-equipped J-200 acoustic, and I wonder if this could be the one. It is likely that, along with two other J-200s, this guitar is used in rotation on The Who’s Quadrophenia tour, which ran from June 1996 to August 1997. While a 1964 model SG Special would normally feature a small pickguard, this item had a large (post-1966) pickguard apparently added later. Spedizione gratuita per acquisti sopra i 200,00€. 15 Feb. 1970, Hull City Hall, stage setup of Pete’s rig, one CP103 amp and two customised Hiwatt DR103 amps. Amps are Sound City L100 into four Sound City 4×12 cabinets. [CDATA[ The body has the holes where the original Vibrola would have been removed prior to being used, a standard modification by Townshend. // ]]> -->. Stock Gibson/Maestro Vibrola vibrato tailpiece removed (leaving visible screw holes). This guitar was auctioned in 2004 by Christie’s for £85,000 to a telephone bidder. The item was estimated at £8,000–10,000 and sold for £8,000. Provenienza: Regno Unito. To bid on this amazing guitar and other fantastic items please go to the charity’s website. Click to view larger version. The SG was also used on the bands first live album The Who, Live At Leeds released in May 1970. August 1970 Isle of Wight show, playing Gibson SG Special. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., tuning up. document.write('Photo: Ray Stevenson'); Whotabs has been updated, 9 Oct. 2020. // ]]> -->. They’re like Humbucking, but they’re small, like what you have on Epiphones, and they’re really loud. I’ve always used heavy strings — you can do that. See the latest items on the homepage. Most of them were destroyed when Townshend famously smashed them to smithereens on-stage during his performances. EUR 20,52. 1971, with 1961 or 1962 Gibson SG Special, featuring small black pickguard. Pete stopped using these guitars in 1971 when Gibson had changed the production specification and the existing supply dried up. February–March 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with Pete playing a 1968 Gibson SG Special. The guitar was later given away by Pete’s brother in law Jon Astley, and subsequently had its hardware and electronics restored. Amplifier is Sound City L100 into two Hiwatt SE4122 4×12 cabinets. I played it and it rang, it sang to me, not humbucking pickups, the plain pickups, and I’ve used SG’s ever since. I like those. [CDATA[ August 1969, the first Isle of Wight festival, with 1968 or 1969 Gibson SG Special, with visible screw holes where vibrato was removed. This guitar was owned by Clint Nurse (of the band Beaver) from late 1978, and sold via Christie’s auction (below), 29 September 2004, for £85,000 (estimated £35,000) to an unknown telephone bidder, a record for a Pete-owned guitar. When you’re using a lighter G — I’ve never used light gauge strings. The SG became synonymous with Pete from the late 1960’s until 1973, whilst touring with The Who, the majority of his SG’s he smashed to smithereens on stage during his infamous performances. Pete stopped using the 1966–1970 cherry-finish model SG Special guitars after 1971 when Gibson had changed the production specification and the existing supply dried up. [CDATA[ Click to view larger version. // ]]> -->. This guitar body was retrieved and kept by myself after one of the gigs from this tour.”. This instrument previously sold via Christie’s in July 2008, for £32,450 ($63,991). In all, Pete likely went through dozens of these guitars between 1969 and 1971. Ca. I never had any difficulty smashing SGs, they were like balsa wood. Click to view larger version. March 1973, Polaris White Gibson SG Special (pre-1966 model), with two P-90 pickups, small black pickguard. 1969 or 1970, in IBC studios with SG Special. 10 Dec., 1968, the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus rehearsals, with early use of Gibson SG Special. One-piece mahogany body and one-piece set neck, cherry finish. For more information, see Christie’s.com. 105078) in Polaris White, for auction at Christie’s. Ca. He did, however, occasionally use pre-1966 models, which feature the small pickguard, especially in 1971 as the available supply began to dry up. Whotabs makes no claim that these auctions represent authentic Who-used items. Per celebrare il Golden Anniversary dello strumento dietro le esibizioni e le registrazioni di Live at Leeds-era, Gibson USA pubblica il 50 ° anniversario di Pete Townshend SG. Ca. document.write('Photo: John Rettie, courtesy thewho.org.'); [CDATA[ Effects pedal is Univox Super-Fuzz. Click to view larger version. Click to view larger version. Compralo Subito 16 Aug. 1972, Foret Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, with one of last known uses of a cherry-finish Gibson SG Special. // ]]> -->,