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Pete’s Gear: Rickenbacker 12-string (1980)

Pete Townshend used a JetGlo 12-string Rickenbacker of unknown model or vintage (appears to be a Rose, Morris, Co., Ltd., model 1993; dot neck, double body binding, all-black control knobs) on at least two occasions in 1980: at Grugahalle, Essen, German, 27 March, 1980, for Substitute and I Can’t Explain, and at Zurcher Hallenstadion, in Zürich, Switzerland, 28 March, 1980, likely for Substitute and I Can’t Explain. (It is confirmed that he did not use it on 26 March or 1 March, leaving 30 March and 31 March as possible other dates he used this guitar on the European tour.) As a stage guitar, it was likely a non-vintage model. (It is not the 1964 330S/12 that was used in the recording of Face Dances, which was originally Fireglo, but later refinished (note the truss rod cover).)

In Zürich, Switzerland, 28 March, 1980, photo 1. Courtesy www.drjazz.ch.

At Zurcher Hallenstadion, 28 March, 1980. Photo courtesy drjazz.ch.

Zürich, Switzerland, 28 March, 1980, photo 2. Courtesy www.drjazz.ch.

At Zurcher Hallenstadion, 28 March, 1980. Photo courtesy drjazz.ch.

Zürich, Switzerland, 28 March, 1980, photo 3. Courtesy www.drjazz.ch.

At Zurcher Hallenstadion, 28 March, 1980. Photo courtesy drjazz.ch.

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