Pete Townshend’s New Toy
Who guitarist offers public debut of new signature Les Paul
By Gary Graff
September 12, 2016
The Who’s Pete Townshend unveiled his new signature Gibson Les Paul guitar over the weekend, whipping it out Saturday (September 10) during “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in Oberhausen, Germany.
It marked the first time Townshend has played a Les Paul on stage with the Who since since the group’s 1979 tour; he subsequently switched to a Fender Stratocaster, and he even switched back to the Fender on Saturday during the synthesizer break late in the song.
The Pete Townshend Deluxe Gold Top ’76 is based on the guitar Townshend played during the late ‘70s and features a variety of vintage parts and design as well as a replica “Break Here” sticker near the eighth fret on the neck.
The original is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, while just 150 of the new version are available at a retail price of $3,999. The Who has four more dates in Europe before coming to North America for four shows, including two at the Desert Trip festival in October. The group also has shows booked in the U.K. next spring.