You can now bid on Pete Townshend’s smashed 1964 Fender Strat

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The Who’s Pete Townshend was a pioneer of the art of the guitar smash, and accordingly, electrics wielded and destroyed by the man himself fetch a high price - and the latest to go up for auction is this smashed 1964 Fender Stratocaster.

The Sonic Blue-finished model was split in half by Townshend at a 1967 concert at Long Island Arena in Commack, New York, and comes with a handwritten statement from the guitarist detailing the events of that evening.

(Image credit: Heritage Auctions)

Heritage Auctions, which is listing the guitar, notes that previous Townshend smashers have gone for as much as $75k, while a 1964 Fender alone would go for more than $14,000 today.

Also up for auction is Townshend's surprisingly mint 1965 Gibson SG Special, with minor dings, a copper shielded control cavity and minor fret wear, including gigbag.

(Image credit: Heritage Auctions)

Bidding for the smashed Fender Strat is open now at Heritage Auctions, and ends on 15 April, while bids for the still-in-one-piece SG begin on 23 April til 12 May.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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