50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG

Joe Lewinski lewinski at icanon.com
Thu Jul 21 23:49:49 UTC 2011

 From the Gibson site:


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. Along came the "student model" SG Junior, too, and the SG 
Special with two P-90 pickups and dot fingerboard inlays. The SG 
Standard would become the choice of countless legendary rock, blues-rock 
and metal players over the years, but its P-90-loaded-peer, the Special, 
would land in the hands of the player at the helm of a quartet that /The 
Guinness Book of World Records/ listed as "The Loudest Band in the 
World." From the late '60s into the '70s, Pete Townshend of The Who made 
the SG Special his own, and set new standards for rock power and energy 
in the process. To celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the instrument 
behind the /Live at Leeds/-era Who performances and recordings, Gibson 
USA releases the 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG. Rendered with all 
the period-correct details of an early '60s Les Paul/SG Special, with 
Townshend's preferred hardware complement, this model represents the 
early '60s SG Special with a smaller pre-'65 pickguard (5-ply B/W/B/W/B) 
that Townshend used for the first British /Quadrophenia/ shows in late 
1972 and early '73, before switching to a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe for the 
remainder of the '70s.

The cornerstone of this legendary guitar is its subtly asymmetrical 
two-horned double-cutaway body, a radical design when it hit the scene 
50 years ago, and still instantly recognizable on stage and screen. The 
50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG remains true to its heritage, with a 
body made from solid mahogany, which is not only richly resonant, but 
light enough to keep you playing for hours on end, with a comfort that 
is enhanced by its gently beveled body edges. To ensure that it all 
looks as great as it sounds, this guitar's Alpine White nitrocellulose 
finish captures a rare custom color from its day (often referred to as 
"Polaris White" in the early '60s), and tops off the celebration with a 
gold 50th Anniversary headstock banner. The glued-in neck is made from 
solid quarter-sawn mahogany, set at the traditional 4-degree pitch, with 
a 17-degree back angled headstock for optimum string pressure in the 
slots of the PLEK-cut Corian nut. A Grade-A rosewood fingerboard carries 
22 medium-jumbo frets and, with its 12" radius and 1 11/16" width at the 
nut---atop a fast but rounded neck profile that measures .800" at the 
1st fret and .875" at the 12th---offers superb playability and easy 

The heart of the 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG's tone lies, of 
course, in its two P-90 single-coil pickups, which are recreated in 
accurate detail here by Gibson USA. Made with genuine Alnico V magnets 
and 42-AWG wire, they produce the punchy midrange, thumping lows and 
sweetly musical highs that countless musicians have loved since the 
first P-90s of the late 1940s. With its strings wrapped solidly through 
a wraparound bridge with compensated "lightning bar" saddle ridge, a set 
up Townshend preferred to the Maestro Vibrato units that came on many SG 
Specials of this era (and which Pete Townshend habitually removed from 
his own guitars), it's an enormously resonant guitar that rings like a 
bell when you hit it, perfect for anything from crunchy power-chord 
rhythm to gritty, singing lead tones. With its Grover kidney button 
tuners for optimum tuning precision (another Townshend-preferred 
upgrade), and protected in a genuine Gibson USA hardshell case with 
silver block-letter WHO stencil, the 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG 
brings you the whole package in grand style.

All guitars include an Owner's Manual, and are covered by Gibson's 
Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.

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