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Pete’s Gear: 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom ‘Black Beauty’

Pete Townshend’s occasional use of a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” guitar. Notably seen on “Relay” as mimed on the Russell Harty Show television program, 3 Jan. 1973. The Black Beauty featured one black P-90 pickup in the bridge position and one Alnico V pickup in neck position.

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1956 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”

Russell Harty Show appearance, 3 Jan. 1973, miming to Relay.

1956 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”

Backstage, December 1971.

Ca. December 1971, the guitar sitting in spare while Pete plays a Gibson SG Special.

Ca. December 1971, San Francisco, the guitar sitting in spare while Pete plays a Gibson SG Special.

Resources and Information

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