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Lot 1083: 1970s Pete Townshend Stage-Used Gibson SG Guitar
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Auction Date:7/25/2014 9:00 PM EST
UPDATE: One of the top guitar experts in the country has researched the authenticity of the guitar. He has spoken to people in the know, we assume on the Who/Townshend side and they are aware and had knowledge of the guitar's existence and its gifting to David Spero. This is an incredibly important piece of music history and should not be missed. Additional pictures have been added to this lot. *SECOND UPDATE*: Further information has been requested by bidders and prospective parties since the guitars appearnce in several news outlets including rollingstone.com. Based on our further research this is is a very rare and important guitar with rock solid provenance. The serial number is 969850 as stated in the letter from David Spero who we obtained the guitar from David Spero is a well known Cleveland dj and his relationship with Pete Townshend is also known. We obtained the guitar DIRECTLY from Spero and the "Mike" referred to in the letter of authenticity is Mike Heffner, President of Lelands.com. We have added additional photos of the guitar. A very similar guitar recently sold at Bonhams Auctions in London for $64,149 USD. We have also transcribed the letter for you here to make viewing easier: Dear Mike. This letter is in reference to the Gibson SG Model with serial number 969850. I was gifted this guitar by Pete Townshend during the 1970’s. He gave it to me after a WHO concert in Cleveland. This was a stage used guitar. I know Pete through my association as a disc jockey and in later years the personal manager of Joe Walsh. A dear friend of Pete’s. Respectfully yours, David Spero April 20, 2013
This is one of the survivors. British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Townshend made his name as the lead guitarist and composer for the group The Who, frequently smashing his guitars on stage. From the band's prime touring years of the 1970s, this Gibson was used by Pete on stage during at least one Who concert in Cleveland. It shows actually much more careful concert use. Peter gifted it to Cleveland disc jockey David Spero, who was later the personal manager of fellow musician and Townshend buddy Joe Walsh. The guitar comes in its original case and It comes with an LOA from Spero, explaining how he came into his possession. Townshend has been active for over half a century since his beginnings as a member of the band the Detours in his native England. Nearly 30 years after first setting on stage, Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990. Over his career, he has used a large variety of guitars, mostly various Fender and Gibson models such as this. He has also used Guild, Takamine and Gibson J-200 acoustic models. Serial number 969850.
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