| |Up for sale, a 2012 Gibson 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG Special in exceptional, near mint condition and in perfect working order. This rare and discontinued anniversary model SG has the powerful, authoritative growl and dynamic character of a pair of vintage wind P-90s paired with a solid mahogany body. At only 7lbs 2oz, this SG is lightweight, resonant, and a faithful vintage reissue of one of the most iconic instruments in rock history. We've professionally setup this SG here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, and the guitar is currently strung with 10-46 roundwound strings and has low, comfortable action.The SG Standard would become the choice of countless legendary players over the years, but its P-90 loaded peer, the Special, would land in the hands of the player at the helm of a quartet that The Guinness Book of World Records listed as "The Loudest Band in the World." From the late '60s into the '70s, Pete Townshend of The Who made the SG Special his own, and set new standards for rock power and energy in the process. To celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the instrument behind the Live at Leeds-era Who performances and recordings, Gibson USA released the 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG. Rendered with all the period correct details of an early '60s Les Paul/SG Special, with Townshend's preferred hardware complement, this model represents the early '60s SG Special with a smaller pre-'65 pickguard that Townshend used from Live at Leeds to the first British Quadrophenia performances.The 50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG remains true to its heritage, with a body made from solid mahogany, which is richly resonant and light, with a comfort that is enhanced by its gently beveled body edges. To ensure that it all looks as great as it sounds, this guitar's Alpine White nitrocellulose finish captures a rare custom color from its day (referred to as "Polaris White" upon its introduction), and tops off the celebration with a gold 50th Anniversary headstock banner. The glued-in neck is made from solid quartersawn mahogany, set at the traditional 4 degree pitch, with a 17 degree back angled headstock for optimum string pressure in the slots of the PLEK-cut Corian nut. A rosewood fingerboard carries 22 medium jumbo frets and, with its 12" radius and 1 11/16" width at the nut (atop a fast but rounded neck profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th) offers superb playability and easy bending. The heart of the Pete Townshend SG's tone lies, of course, in its two P-90 single-coil pickups, which are recreated in accurate detail by Gibson USA. Made with genuine Alnico V magnets and 42-AWG wire, they produce the punchy midrange, thumping lows and sweetly musical highs that countless musicians have loved since the first P-90s of the late 1940s. With its strings wrapped solidly through a wraparound bridge with compensated "lightning bar" saddle, it's an enormously resonant guitar that rings like a bell when you hit it, perfect for anything from crunchy power-chord rhythm to gritty, singing lead tones. And with its Grover Rotomatic tuners for optimum precision (another Townshend-preferred upgrade), the tuning stability is rock solid.Cosmetically, this SG Special is truly near mint, with virtually no fretwear and only a few light scratches on the pickguard in the pickpath. Otherwise, the body is extremely clean, with no discernible wear and a stunning nitro lacquer finish that is still bright white. The original Gibson USA hardshell case is included, with a custom "WHO" stencil on the exterior exclusive to this model. The original factory paperwork is included too!
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