Although many different brands of electric guitar were smashed onstage with The Who, Townshend's 1970s weapon of choice was the Les Paul Deluxe.
Gibson had discontinued his favoured SG Special, so 1971 saw him begin using mini-humbuckered Deluxes onstage. By 1976, he had nine heavily-modified Les Paul Deluxes for stage use, each individually numbered and including retrofitted DiMarzio Dual Sound humbuckers in the middle position.
In 2005 Gibson commemorated Townshend's patronage of the Les Paul Deluxe with signature models based on his number one, number three and number nine models. Click here for a full run-down on the many mods made to his stage guitars by tech Alan Rogan.