Pete Townshend launches replica of guitar he smashed on stage

Gibson Gold Top ’76 guitar includes ‘Break Here’ instructions

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend is launching his own range of guitars modelled on one which he famously smashed on stage.

Gibson Guitars are selling just 150 copies of the Pete Townshend Gold Top ’76, which is inspired by a guitar Townshend regularly played in the 1970s and manufactured using the same vintage techniques.

Townshend smashed his original Les Paul Gold Top Deluxe on stage during The Who’s show at the 15,000-capacity Boston Garden arena in 1976, with its shattered remnants now on display at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.


The new model includes a reference to the incident, with a ‘Break Here’ sticker placed on the back of the guitar next to its eighth fret, where Townshend smashed the original.

Controls on the Gold Top ’76 include two volumes, a tone, a classic toggle, a middle pick-up blend rotary and a three-position toggle for the middle pick-up.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young recently launched his own Gibson SG replica guitar.

Townshend’s Who bandmate Roger Daltrey has launched his own range of vintage champagne, the Cuvee Roger Daltrey, as well as 11 different designs of his own champagne ice-buckets.

Made in association with Eminent Life, the ice-buckets are £650 each, while the champagne is £95.