Early in Pete Townshend’s career, Rickenbackers were the guitars to have. The British Invasion was led using Rickenbackers (with the Beatles and, in America, the Byrds, being probably the most renowned users of Ricks). Not only were Ricks Pete's first persistent stage guitar, they helped define the early Who recordings, from I Can't Explain, and Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (both likely using the 1964 360/12 “Export”) and My Generation (a Rose, Morris 1998 model),
Pete used (and abused) various Rickenbacker models, which were imported by the Rose Morris Co. Ltd, These models were export variations of their American counterparts, typified by the 'f' hole instead of the 'cat eye' hole.
His first purchase of a Rickenbacker was likely a Rose Morris, 1998 model in early 1964. 1964 is the first year of the launch of the export Rickenbacker (f holes) under the distributorship of Rose Morris in Europe.
What I have in my collection is a very rare 1964 Rickenbacker 1998 Rose Morris model, similar to the first Rick purchased by Pete Townshend.