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Pete’s Gear: Pete Townshend’s (and Roger Daltrey’s) Epiphone Wilshire

Epiphone Wilshire

Ca. 1963 as the Detours, Pete with Epiphone Wilshire, playing through what appears to be the original Fender Pro 1x15.

An Epiphone Wilshire solidbody electric bought from Roger Daltrey on “easy payments,” with a “small body and little black pick-ups,” later sold for the first Rickenbacker (a 1998).

This guitar appears to be in cherry red finish, though no colour photos have surfaced. The logo appears to the of the “metal plate” variety in some photos, making it pre-1959, though it has been otherwise reported as a 1961, the year black P-90 pickups were introduced.

Features:

  • Unbound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Pearl peghead logo, three-a-side tuners
  • 1 3/8″-deep body with rounded edges
  • Two black soapbar P-90 pickups
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece
Detours, ca. 1962 or 1963.

Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, and to the right of Roger, who is playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete, what appears to be a TV-front Vox AC-15, with cabinet corners.

Detours, ca. 1962 or 1963.

Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, and to the right of Roger, who is playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete, what appears to be a TV-front Vox AC-15, with cabinet corners.

Detours, ca. 1962 or 1963.

Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, and to the right of Roger, who is playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete, what appears to be a TV-front Vox AC-15, with cabinet corners.

Resources and Information

Vintage Guitar info: Epiphone Wilshire.