This is a guitar that needs no introduction: the Schecter Pete Townshend Telecaster in Graphite (Black). 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). The guitar was later put up for auction at Christys Auction House and sold for $32,000.This Townshend Tele is in very good condition for its 32 years of age. The body has a stunning surface finish that is as shiny as glass (see photos).
As Pete himself has commented back in 1982: “These Schecter guitars are superbly made and easy to play and they sound glorious…....Don't be fooled by imitations of old guitars, these Schecters are unique!” Pete Townshend, 1982
Here are the specifications for this 35 year old beauty:
SERIAL NUMBER: 85336
COLOR: Black with Single Cream Front Binding
BODY: Center Seam Alder construction
NECK: Solid one-piece Maple neck C profiled
MACHINE HEADS: Vintage style tuners
SCALE LENGTH: 25.5 (648 mm)
NO. OF FRETS: 22 Jumbo Frets
TUNERS: Schecter Staggered Post Vintage Tuners
NECK and BRIDGE PICKUPS: Schecter Vintage Super Rock humbuckers
CONTROLS: Master Volume (wired to split the neck pickup) and Master Tone (wired to split the bridge pickup)
BRIDGE: Schecter Black Tele Bridge with 6 Saddles
PICKUP SWITCHING: 3-Position Toggle:
Position 1: Bridge Pickup, Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickup, Position 3: Neck Pickup
Pete Townshend Final Tour (1982) Guitar Strap included with this beautiful guitar.
The neck is straight, beautiful with no visible fret wear. The body has an incredible mirror-like shine. As shown in the pics, the back of the body has a bit of wear from playing, which is not seen when playing. The area in between the two end pins along the back edge has a small blemish, as shown in the pics.
This Townshend Telecaster has a full tone and plays like butter. In a single word, this guitar rocks!!
And if you are a Pete Townshend fanatic (like we proudly are!), then this guitar is meant for you!