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Fender announces new Pete Townshend model Strat

By Gary Graff
July 27, 2016

The Who’s Pete Townshend will be the latest player to be announced for a new Custom Shop model from Fender.

The company has announced a new Townshend Stratocaster based on the guitar he’s been playing on stage since the late 80s, which is itself modeled after one of the instruments played by Eric Clapton.

The primary Townshend modification is a Fishman Powerbridge piezo pickup system that provides a greater acoustic tone, as well as a fourth control knob allowing players to blend the acoustic and electric signals.

The guitar also features the usual maple fretboard and soft-neck profile, as well as a triple Lace Sensor gold single-coil pickup  set. Just 75 of the guitars will be manufactured, retailing for $6,500 each.

The Who returns to the road on August 29 in Glasgow, Scotland, and will be playing three shows in California during October — including two at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, Calif. — and one in Mexico City.

The group has also announced it will perform an acoustic version of “Tommy” for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts next March 30 and April 1 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.