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GALLERY: Hard Rock Collection’s Iconic Axes, Part 2

Pieces of rock history owned by Jimi Hendrix, John Entwistle, Dave Mustaine, Ted Nugent, Steve Vai, Scotty Moore, and more.

Pete Townshend's Les Paul Custom

Pete Townshend's Les Paul Custom
Townshend has been represented in Hard Rock's memorabilia collection since the very beginning. Annoyed that Hard Rock co-founder Tigrett had hung one of Clapton's axes on the wall at the London cafe, a drunk Townshend had this guitar sent over with a note that read, "Mine's as good as his! Love, Pete." Actually, it's better. When Clapton gave us our first guitar, he handed over a relatively low-end Fender Lead II model. The instrument Pete sent over, the second in the collection, was heavily modified, stage-used, and invaluable. It's a truly unique piece that's currently on display as part of the "Treasures of the Hard Rock" traveling exhibit. Check out hardrock.com for tour dates.