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Gibson 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG Electric Guitar

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The 50th Anniversary Peter Townshend SG electric guitar captures all the classic ingredients of Gibson's great double-cutaway solidbody model. Like the best SGs of the past 50 years, the 50th Annivers... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 50th Anniversary Peter Townshend SG electric guitar captures all the classic ingredients of Gibson's great double-cutaway solidbody model. Like the best SGs of the past 50 years, the 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG starts with a solid mahogany body and glued-in mahogany neck, a pairing that ensures ringing sustain, superb tonal depth, and plenty of clarity and richness. The body's thin dimensions make this a pleasurably light guitar to play, while its classically beveled edges also make it comfortable on the forearm. Combine this with a beautifully ergonomic '60s neck profile, and you've got one of the sweetest playing rock machines available today.

Two biting P-90 pickups with Alnico V magnets convey the Townshend SG's sonic spunk to your amp of choice, yielding anything from deep, warm vocal tones in the neck position to endless growl and roar in the bridge, to round and snappy tones in between.

The lightning bar wrapound tailpiece keeps it all rock-solid and resonant, while up at the other end a PLEK-cut Corian nut ensures clean intonation and singing sustain. Top it all off with a set of vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons, a unique "50 Years" headstock emblem, and a high-gloss nitrocellulose finish in Alpine White, and you've got a spectacular celebration of one of the world's favorite electric guitars, all wrapped up in an instrument you can gig with today.

Each 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG includes a Gibson hardshell case with "WHO" bolding stenciled on it, and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service.

The SG Story
Way back in 1961 when the SG Standard temporarily replaced the Les Paul Standard in the Gibson line up, few were aware that a future icon of rock guitar was being introduced to the scene. Originally called the "Les Paul/SG", this radical, double-cutaway electric with two dramatic asymmetrical pointed "horns" and a thin all-mahogany body was worlds away from the single-cutaway maple and mahogany Les Paul that it replaced. It proved to have similar power, punch and versatility, but also expressed a voice all its own, one that has grabbed many heavy rock and metal players in particular, alongside countless classic rock and blues artists. By the time the single-cutaway Les Paul returned in the late '60s, the SG Standard was already a legend, and had forever claimed its place in rock history.


  • Alpine White finish
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany set neck
  • .800/.875 SG '60s neck profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Corian nut
  • 1.695" nut width
  • Dual P-90 pickups with Alnico 5 magnets
  • 2-Volume, 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • Grover kidney tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Lightning bar wraparound tailpiece
  • 50th Anniversary silkscreen headstock
  • 5-ply pickguard
  • Includes SG hardshell case with "WHO" stencil
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Very nice but not a a 60's SG

By Peter Rossi

from Central NJ

Comments about Gibson 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG Electric Guitar:

Looking for a Gibson SG with P90's so I went to a local GC that had this in stock to check it out. This is a nice piece - no quality issues (as many people post about modern Gibsons) - clean finish, nice straight neck, etc. and the P90's sounded as expected. The thing that is incorrect is that this guitar does not have a "60's slim profile neck" as described by Gibson. The neck is much more "U" shaped and chunky than than any 60's SG I have seen (or my '72 SG standard). Fortunately, this GC had an actual '64 alpine white SG Standard hanging on the wall as well so I was able to confirm that the neck is considerably different on the Townsend model. It is a nice guitar but because the neck is not the same, anyone interested should play one before purchasing to make sure they like the feel of the neck, which is difficult in most areas because GC doesn't usually hold a lot of stock on the higher end guitars (at least not in central New Jersey). I didn't wind up buying this guitar.

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