Pete’s Gear: 1965 Fender Electric XII 12-string guitar
Auction of a Fender Electric XII
Image reproduced from eBay auction.
An eBay auction in September 2007 reported to be offering a Pete-owned Fender Electric XII, serial no. 136828. The auction description:
The Who – Pete Townshend Fender 12 string guitar
Pete Townshend’s Fender 12 string guitar, serial number 136828 originally purchased as part of stock owned by The Who, composed primarily of second and third instruments all used and played by the group — in this instance Townshend. The instruments were for a time hired out by The Who.
The guitar in the auction photos has a different tobacco sunburst finish than the instrument Pete used in the studio in 1969 depicted below.
Pete Townshend used a 1965 Fender Electric XII 12-string guitar in the studio for Tommy, notably heard on Sparks and the Underture. He can also be seen using this guitar miming in the Magic Bus promotional video featured in The Kids Are Alright.
- Split pickups
- “Hockey stick” headstock
- Unique Leo Fender bridge design with an individual saddle for each string, allowing for precise intonation.
- String-through-body construction to increase sustain.
Pete still has one of these guitars, which can be seen in summer 2006 photographs in New York by Ross Halfin. However, it is unclear based on the sunburst finish whether it is the same instrument pictured below.
7 Oct. 1968, miming to Magic Bus on German television, with the Fender Electric XII.
Ca. 2006 in New York, with Fender Electric XII.
Resources and Information
Vintage Guitar info: guitarhq.com/fender2.html#elec12