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Pete’s Gear: In the Studio

A work-in-progress collection of miscellaneous studio photos. If you’ve got additional photos with Pete playing instruments in the studio, contact Whotabs.

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‘Tracking Townshend’ – New interview with Pete on his studio work, in EQ Magazine

An in-depth new interview with Pete, conducted by Grammy-winning producer and one-time Who keyboardist J.J. Blair, appears in the August 2007 issue of EQ Magazine.

Read it at eqmag.com.

White City sessions, Oceanic, London, 1985

Ca. 1985, recording with the gold Schecter.

Ca. 1985, recording with the gold Schecter model. The original 1968 Gibson J-200 clearly visible at left, 1952 Fender Telecaster in middle, and Fender Jazzmaster behind Tele. Amp is likely a blonde 1963 Fender Twin.

Face Dances sessions, Odyssey Studios, London, 1980

Odyssey Studios, London, ca. June–Dec. 1980
Key: Odyssey Studios, London, ca. June–Dec. 1980
  1. 1957 Fender Stratocaster – sunburst (gift from Eric Clapton)
  2. 1955-1960 Gibson J-200 – sunburst
  3. 1976 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe – Wine Red, customized (likely number 5)
  4. 1964 Rickenbacker 330S/12 – Fireglo, overpainted black
  5. 1952 Fender Telecaster – Butterscotch Blonde
  6. 1952 Fender Telecaster – Butterscotch Blonde
  7. Two Hiwatt SE4123 4x12 cabinets (top cab loaded with JBL speakers)
In the studio, with Gibson J-200 and 1964 Rickenbacker 330S/12

Ca. 1980, in the studio, with Gibson J-200 and 1964 Rickenbacker 330S/12. Amp at far left is possibly blonde 1963 Fender Twin.

Quadrophenia sessions, Ramport Studios, Battersea, London, May/June 1973

1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body.

Ca. summer 1973, recording with 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body.

Tommy sessions, 1969

Ca. Spring 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with both Pete and John using unlabeled customized Sound City L100 amplifier heads, with Hiwatt-style chicken head knobs. Pete’s guitar is 1968 Gibson SG Special.

Ca. February–March 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with both Pete and John using unlabeled customized Sound City L100 amplifier heads, with Hiwatt-style chicken head knobs. Pete’s guitar is 1968 Gibson SG Special.

Ca. Spring 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with unlabeled customized Sound City L100 amplifier head, with Hiwatt-style chicken head knobs.

Ca. February–March 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with unlabeled customized Sound City L100 amplifier head, with Hiwatt-style chicken head knobs. Guitar is Fender Electric XII 12-string.

1966–1967

3 Oct. 1966, in CBS studios, John holding French horn. Leaning against the chair, the 1962 Fender Precision Bass, left, and on the floor, the 1966 “Slab” Fender Precision Bass.

3 Oct. 1966, in CBS studios, John holding French horn. Leaning against the chair, the 1962 Fender Precision Bass, left, and on the floor, the 1966 “Slab” Fender Precision Bass. Guitars are two Rickenbacker Rose, Morris Co. LTD, guitars, a 1998 and 1993. In background, two Marshall 8x12 cabinets for the guitar and bass.

Ca. 1967, in the studio, with Sound City L100 head, topped by a Grampian Reverb unit. Guitar is 1965 or 1966 mapleglo Rickenbacker 360/12.

Ca. 1967, in the studio, with Sound City L100 head, topped by a Grampian Reverb unit. Guitar is 1965 or 1966 mapleglo Rickenbacker 360/12.

Recording Substitute, 1966.

Recording Substitute, 1966.