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Pete’s Gear: Fender Showman amps and 2x15 cabinets

Pete Townshend’s use of blackface Fender Showman amplifiers and Fender 2x15 cabinets on the American tour in August–September 1967.

It is likely that these amps were borrowed from headliners Herman’s Hermits on the first American tour in 1967. The Hermits were sponsored by Fender, and as the Who were transitioning from Vox Super Beatles to Sunn in while on the tour in 1967, it is likely that these Fender Showman amps were borrowed from the Hermits during the tour.

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Ca. 1967, with Gibson double-neck and Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets.

Ca. 1967, with Gibson double-neck and Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets.

25 Aug. 1967, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo., with Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets. Guitar appears to be a Rickenbacker 330, likely borrowed from the Herman’s Hermits. Photo courtesy Paula Wills, stlbook.com.

25 Aug. 1967, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo., with Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets, likely borrowd from the Herman’s Hermits. Guitar appears to be a Rickenbacker 330, also likely borrowed from the Herman’s Hermits. Photo courtesy Paula Wills, stlbook.com.

25 Aug. 1967, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo., with Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets. Guitar appears to be a Rickenbacker 330, likely borrowed from the Herman’s Hermits.

25 Aug. 1967, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo., with Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets, likely borrowd from the Herman’s Hermits. Guitar appears to be a Rickenbacker 330, also likely borrowed from the Herman’s Hermits. Effects pedal appears to be Marshall Supa Fuzz.

Ca. 1967, with Gibson double-neck and Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets.

31 Aug., 1967, with Gibson double-neck and Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets. Effects pedal appears to be Marshall Supa Fuzz.

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Acknowledgments

  • Andreas Swan
  • Max the Mod

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