Unbound natural walnut-coloured mahogany body, black pickguard, black or chrome controls, rosewood neck with dot markers, Schecter headstock logo, chrome machine heads. Kluson tuners were originally fitted but later replaced with Sperzel. Courtesy Mark Herman. // ]]> -->. In its starting years, the company sold guitar parts to companies such as Fender, but eventually started to produce its own high-end custom guitars in 1979. It is super old school retro cool, and a trained ear can hear when one is being used. Please respect the owner of these photos and do not reuse them for public or private use. Originally introduced to Pete by his guitar tech, the late Alan Rogan (RIP) in '78, Pete used this model from '79 (Concert for Kampuchea) to '85 (Live Aid). 1979, detail of single-bound black Schecter model with Tele-style toggle and black pickguard. 1980, double-bound black Giffin model. Again, it's just so much guitar for so little money spent that I always feel like pointing people towards one. Production was very limited and not widely available but you could find shops that did carry them or could get them. However, when I play solos, I like sustain, so a well-matched guitar and amplifier is the key, one in which the treble doesn’t change — up or down — when you change the level of the guitar into the amplifier. 1982, with double-bound sunburst Giffin model. Everyone including Pete thought of The Detours as Roger Daltrey's band. N.B. In the 70's and 80's, Schecter licensed the Fender headstock designs, but that went away during the 90's. Schecter started off as after market parts/kit guitar makers in the late 70s and this guitar was put together by the then Surrey based luthier Roger Giffin, using Schecter parts. Schecter Pete Townshend Tele Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by TheWasp, Aug 8, 2009. Well, that's not really an accomplishment, it's just a matter of volume. These guitars, I feel, are very much on the same level as Fender guitars made in Mexico. black bodies and dot neck inlays), it wasn’t called anything — and it wasn’t endorsed by Pete (see Pete’s Signature Series). Photo courtesy drjazz.ch. This is one of Pete Townshend’s Schecter guitars used in early 1980s. Schecter launches the Diamond Series, which features a … In one last push to promote the concert Bob Geldof, together with promoter Harvey Goldsmith, went live on BBC Radio 1, to announce to the world that Live Aid would take place on 13 July, just weeks away. You'll see a lot of "parts" guitars billed as PTs, but they really weren't a model until '83-'84, if I recall correctly. This is a Schecter guitar owned and played by Pete Townshend onstage during the 1979 to 1982 period. Shipping and handling. Ca. Photos courtesy and ©Philip C. Perron. Joined: Jul 20, 2007 Location: Alloa,Scotland. News (June 2012): Christie’s to auction a Schecter guitar, as part of its Popular Culture: Rock & Roll Memorabilia sale, to be held on 12 June 2012, in South Kensington, London. It was the one that got away—the one I regretted selling when real life, job, marriage, house, and kids pushed guitar playing out of my life. A.R. On the PT Standard there are just two control knows, a master volume and a master tone. If you're used to a Fender standard board, you may want to play one of these before considering a purchase. S8474), with Rose Morris brown leather strap still intact, Alan Rogan straplocks and capo “residue” on third and fifth frets. Full Details. At right, view of straight rear control-cavity coverplate. In the early days of rock music, everything was all about making a hit single. Ca. Extreme volume was more symbolic of the rebellious attitude, I think, that The Who wanted to be known for. Backstage, ca. December 1979, with unbound natural walnut-finished Schecter model. Apr 23, 2016 - This Pin was discovered by Brent Bitner. 1982, with unbound blue Giffin-built Schecter-label model. The Bigsby need not be thought of as a permanent affair. 1985, recording with the gold Schecter model. That’s about as customized as it gets. When you're in the guitar manufacture business for over 40 years, chances are you get a pretty good idea of what guitarists actually want. Click to view larger versions Schecter ads, ca. Associated images are included for reference only and are the property of the original owner. Well, who cares? This made a lasting impression on fans, and absolutely showed such bands to be something more than mere pop celebrities. The following instrument was used / played by Pete Townshend from the iconic british band THE WHO, please see full details. , December 1982, rear view, showing oblong rear control cavity coverplate and natural back and sides. At the 1984 winter NAMM show, Schecter introduced twelve new guitars and basses. Later, around 1986/87, Schecter named the guitar “Saturn.” The Saturn name was towards the front of the headstock and on the bottom. Fender of Mexico, however, does not offer Telecaster models with features like these two guitars, and these two still sell for less than the typical Mexican Fender Telecaster. This instrument was, for many guitarists, an introduction to the tonal capabilities, supreme playability, and utterly cool appearance of Schecter guitars. There was still one element missing. Ca. The one shown in the photo at the Hard Rock having been glued back together is a Poplar body. For more, see Terms of Use. It's the features you get for the price you pay that makes this such a total screaming winner. On display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998–2007. Likely whereabouts of some Giffins/Schecters: Smashed double-bound poplar Giffin body on display at Hard Rock Café in Chicago. When I was a kid, I had a Guiness Book of World Records, and in that book The Who were listed as the loudest rock band ever. document.write('Photo: P. Kamin'); See Sale 3135, lot 119 Pop Culture: Rock and Pop Memorabilia. The Schecter Guitar Research repair shop was opened in 1976 by David Schecter in Van Nuys, California. From memory that was the two-tone sunburst one. Photo courtesy and © Philip C. Perron. For the record, Pete's longtime guitar tech, Alan Rogan, said he got the first couple Schecters at Manny's in NYC, while the band were in town for a run of shows at Madison Square Garden, '79. Courtesy William E. Allen, techsyscon.com. Roger Giffin, a guitar builder then based in the UK (who built guitars for Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton and others), made six of these guitars for Pete, as copies of the original Schecter, but with varying details, and some using Poplar instead of Mahogany bodies. This is where it all began for the future guitar manufacturing company. A Bigsby can be removed without too much trouble, and then if the right replacement bridge is used, it can also be re-installed without too much trouble. He'd wanted to become a journalist, but on a family vacation, Pete heard one of the early songs which would be associated with this new form of music called 'rock n' roll;' he heard Bill Haley's 'Rock Around The Clock.'. // ]]> -->. Brian backstage with a 1961 Fender Telecaster. // ]]> -->, Ca. The legendary Pete Townshend as wild as ever except that on this occasion no gear was smashed up, played seven or eight guitars which although not exactly identical were very similar indeed. Click to view larger version The Who at Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens, 1980. It could have been assembled by anyone. It’s easier to work with a guy in London [then] it is with a company in L.A., you see. “B” Bender Option (String bender) document.write('Photo: P. Kamin'); Pete smashed a few of these guitars. 2+ Humbuckers Sold. Some of these guitars were made by Schecter and some by Roger Griffin. Ca. Pete and John Entwistle's first attempt at a band was a traditional jazz outfit called The Confederates. Amp is likely a blonde 1963 Fender Twin. Same for the Strat. This more closely approximates the vibration cycle of the acoustic, and suits my rhythm style far better than charged-up, overwound pickups that whine on for hours. Courtesy Brad Rodgers, whocollection.com. Photo courtesy and © Philip C. Perron. What other differences are there? Although Townshend never endorsed this model, it was known unofficially as the "Pete Townshend model". https://spinditty.com/.../The-Great-Pete-Townshend-And-His-Schecter-PT-Guitars And while you can get a Tele with two humbuckers and coil splits, you will never find one new at under six hundred dollars, and that is what both of these guitars have. Schecter Telecaster Custom document.write('Photo: Paul Cox'); How about the thousands of others who've utilized the greatness of Marshall? 1952 Fender Telecaster Telecaster-style Schecter and Giffin guitars Pete Townshend used (and abused) many Fender Telecaster guitars between late 1965 and 1967. , Christie’s auction The accompanying guitar strap was the strap used by Townshend with this guitar when he last played it in 1982. Others are around still today, but Pete doesn't own them. Case, History /Provenance – The instrument comes with full detailed written and photographic verification, The above instrument is synonimous to the Sound /Tone this legandary artist and is the “ROCK” in “ROCK N ROLL”. These minor differences would not make or break a deal for me, but guitarists are sometimes extreme individualists, and so they may mean quite a lot to you. These Schecter guitars are superbly made and easy to play and they sound glorious. But some have survived. Thanks for reading. 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