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Pete’s Gear: Guild Custom F-512-NT 12-string acoustic guitar

Ca. 1976/77, Olympic Studios recording Rough Mix with Guild 12.

Pete Townshend has used a Guild F-512-NT 12-string guitar on most solo and Who recordings beginning with 1971’s Who’s Next. He purchased this guitar from Manny’s in New York. Prior to 1971, he had used a Harmony Sovereign H1270 12-string. He continues to use this guitar for stage performances today. (It is unknown whether Pete owns more than one of these guitars.)

First introduced in 1968 (as special order), the Guild F-512 featured a jumbo natural-finish body with spruce top and double-bound solid rosewood back and sides, double truss-rod system in a 14/20-fret bound three-piece mahogany neck with maple strip, rosewood bridge, ebony fingerboard, custom oblong single/double inlays and G-branded headstock with gold tuners. These guitars are renowned for being very loud yet with clarity and definition of sound not normally associated with 12-string guitars (see Guild).

Pete currently has this guitar fitted with Fishman Acoustic Matrix pickup system.

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Ca. 1976/77, Rough Mix recording sessions at Olympic.

Ca. 1976/77, Rough Mix recording sessions at Olympic.

Ca. 2006, with Guild F512-NT, performing with Rachel Fuller.

Click to view larger version. Ca. 2006, with Guild F512-NT, performing with Rachel Fuller.

Pete also used the six-string version of this guitar, the Guild F50.

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