14 Sep 2010
GIBSON ON PETE TOWNSHEND AND 6-STRING GUITARS
There’s a great article in this month’s gibson.com by Ted Drozdowski. Here’s how it begins:
The Who’s Pete Townshend is a living double-whammy – one of the greatest songwriters and guitar stylists in rock. He doesn’t have the single-note facility of an Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix, but he has a rhythm-rooted approach based on repetition, the clever use of hammer-ons and pull-offs, speedy picking, volume and distortion, and other elements that add up to one of the most distinctive touches on the instrument. When Townshend hits a power chord or churns out a staccato riff, there’s no mistaking who’s standing at the plate.
And for his most historic recordings, both with The Who and solo, Townshend employed mostly Gibsons. There’s plenty of photographic evidence of exactly what he’s played on and off-stage with the Who, but – to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of his first great solo album EMPTY GLASS – here’s a look at the variety of six-strings he’s used during the periods when each of his pop solo releases were recorded.
To read the full article by Ted, STRUM HERE