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Who Gear – The Who’s musical instruments & equipment

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The ever-expanding latest section of Whotabs: Who Gear. In a similar vein of exploring the music of The Who through transcriptions, this section analyses the genre-defining musical instruments and equipment The Who used and abused throughout its storied history. These pages are under constant revision, based on continuing research and feedback from you. Got a suggestion, correction or addition? Contact Whotabs.

Introduction to the Pete Townshend Guitar Equipment section.

Pete’s Guitar Equipment History – Complete Timeline

A year-by-year overview of the guitars, amplifiers and effects that Pete Townshend used on stage and in the studio throughout his career, both solo and with The Who, from 1956 to the present. Includes equipment detail pages on notable equipment.


An era-by-era overview of the bass guitars, amplifiers and effects John Entwistle used on stage from 1960 to 2002.


A kit-by-kit overview of the drums that Keith Moon used on stage from 1965 to 1978.


Work-in-progress page on Kenney Jones’s drumkits from his time with The Who.

Work-in-progress page on Zak Starkey’s drumkits from his time with The Who.

A work-in-progress overview of Roger Daltrey’s use of guitars onstage with the Who.

Overview of the Who’s pioneering innovations in the realm of concert sound reinforcement and presentation, including PA (“public address” or “power amplification”), foldback (or monitoring) as well as stage lighting and lasers.


Museum Pieces

A work-in-progress overview of the The Who’s instruments featured at museums, restaurants, etc.

Gig profiles

A new section featuring gig profiles.