Your 9.18.19 Playpen

Trust me, this is one of the coolest stories you’ll ever read:  “This is Duane Allman’s guitar. I don’t even know what to do with it!”

Rock on in the comments, peeps.

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71 responses to “Your 9.18.19 Playpen

  1. Brannon Parks

    I have been lucky enough to see Derek Trucks play Duane’s guitar twice in Macon. There is a special feeling in the City Auditorium when everyone realizes that the Gold Top is on stage. I am so glad to hear that the new owner will continue this tradition. BTW, if you have not been to the Big House ABB museum in Macon, it is well worth the price of admission.

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  2. Paul

    I saw the Allman Brothers perform many times, though never before 1971. I’ve seen Eric Clapton several times. He can still rip off a mean rendition of Layla. There are a lot of great guitar stories out there. Peter Frampton famously lost and then regained his favorite guitar. His shows the last several years were quite a pleasant surprise for me as I was not a fan. I never owned a copy of Frampton Comes Alive and I still don’t enjoy listening to it. His live show is a very different thing though.

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  3. Sam Sloane

    Trucks melts the strings……

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  4. RangerRuss

    Old Parker shotguns should be safe queens and original guitars such as Lucille need to be preserved. CMP Garands are for shooting and rebuilt Les Pauls should be shown off by those with the talent.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Truth. Never shot a Garand but have played a Les Paul. The Garand is on the bucket list.

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      • RangerRuss

        Roses at Gaines School and Lexington Rd had barrels of vintage rifles in the early 90’s for a pittance. Garands, M1 Carbines, Mausers, British SMLEs etc. I had the foresight to purchase one of each. Unfortunately I lost them all in a tragic boating while fishing in the Gulf…

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        • UnderDog68

          Damn, Ranger…The Roses we have here in Thomasville, Ga. stopped selling those vintage rifles years ago. But…I never saw a Springfield 1903 or a Garand there. Best thing I ever saw there was an old M-1 Carbine and the British Enfield SMLE. Never did see a German K-98, either. Of course, they did have plenty of Russian Mosin-Nagants. Great rifle, by the way. Same ballistics as a 30-06, and accurate as hell. Kicks like a mule, though.

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          • Got Cowdog

            I have some shooter friends that bring their stuff to our place, we have some space to shoot a ways. I’ve been fortunate to play with all those mentioned plus a .50, but have not fired the Garand. Really liked the Enfield, smooth as glass.
            Ranger, sorry to hear about the accident, but you really only needed to bring one……

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        • Gurkha Dawg

          That sounds like a hell of a story. Why all the rifles on a fishing trip? The Roses in Augusta only had the Enfield. I bought 2 of them. I think they were something like $79 each. You used to see all those rifles at gun shows. Not anymore. You could have made a tidy profit by loading up on those Garands and M1 Carbines.

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            The boating accident meme is a joke from the gun community, detailing how they would go about responding to anyone seeking their firearms during a hypothetical confiscation.

            The joke began on /k/ as a response to numerous inquiries towards users about what they would do during a hypothetical confiscation of private firearms, caused by whatever reason. These questions where met with responses similar to:

            “Guns? What guns, officer? I lost all my guns in a tragic boating accident” with the implication that they would in fact never actually surrender their firearms.

            The meme has since become an in joke in the gun community.

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          • RangerRuss

            Tragic boating accident was what I meant to say. Simply a joke for any Revenoors monitoring the site. The European rifles were all in the $70-100 range and original condition. U.S. weapons were CMP rebuilds and were gone in a hurry. Carbines and 03-A3s were $150-200. Garands were $250-300. I used to get a beer at Spirits most Friday afternoons back then and I’d check Roses for deals.
            Yeah man. Buying more rifles would’ve been a much better investment than beer and tequila shots for sure.

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  5. Seattle Dawg

    SJ SMITH Johnny Dangerously
    19 hours ago
    Derek is good but can’t hold a candle to Duanes tone, touch or feel.

    Derek is superior in every way imo other than Duane Duane coming first. It’s not close. Derek’s superiority is what you’d expect in a lineage—he took what Duane did and added to it.

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    • Admiral Sackbar

      As a guitar player I totally agree, Derek is the master of slide. There are some other really good ones out there like Ariel Posen but he’s got an actual lifetime of experience. To your point, though, it is crazy to see what younger players out there are doing, definitely better than some of the classics but the older generations of players deserve their due credit even if they don’t hold a candle to sensations of instagram.

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  6. AthensHomerDawg

    Who knew that a common cold and a decongestant bottle could lead to such genius.

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  7. Got Cowdog

    I’m assuming you’ve all heard it, but Susan Tedeschi and DT’s “Anyhow” is one of my all time favorites. It sounds like Bonnie Raitt fronting the Allman Brothers. Amazing.

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  8. TMCDAWG

    Being a big fan of the southern rock age, there is no one that could hold a candle to Skydog. Derrick is the next best thing out there but he’s still miles behind Duane.

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  9. Bulldog1

    Allman Bros played at Columbia HS prom back in 60s. Known as Allman Joys.

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  10. Mark

    Subtopic: for the guitar players among us, what one instrument would you most like the chance to play? For me, it’d be George Harrison’s Gretsch Duo Jet. Why? Because that’s the guitar he played on my favorite rock & roll song of all time, “Please Please Me.”

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    • Cynical Dawg

      McCartney’s Hofner 500/1 bass, George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 330/12 or 360/12, John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325, and Ringo’s pearl gray Ludwig drum kit. Those instruments are instantly recognizable and are synonymous with those guys.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Brian Setzer’s Gretsch
      Doc Watson’s Gallagher…..Shit, this could take all day.
      I use a Sunburst Strat to scare the dogs and piss off the neighbors.

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    • Timphd

      Growing up in Macon in the late 60’s early 70’s Duane was a god to me. If I had the chance to hold his gold top in my hands, much less plug it in to a Marshall and play it, I would die a happy man. I am the proud owner of a later model Les Paul and love it, but the vintage Les Paul’s are worlds apart from the late models.

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    • Idlewild Dawg

      Electric- Slash’s Kris Derrig Les Paul copy (AFD) or Keef’s black Les Paul Custom.
      Acoustic- Gregg Allman’s SJ200 ‘burst or Rich Robinson’s mid-50s D28

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  11. Mick Jagger

    Keith Richards’ “Micawber” Telecaster with the humbucker in the neck position.

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  12. Argondawg

    I think the debate of greatest guitar player will rage on forever. I enjoy hearing folks make the appeal for whoever they favor. I just love good music and great musicians. I also love hearing about bands or musicians I have never heard of. Who is a relatively obscure band that most have never heard of that is one of yall’s favorites?

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  13. rchris

    For our Junior-Senior prom in 1970, we had a choice of booking the Allman Brothers or the O’kaysions. The administration picked the O’kaysions because “they have a good horn section”. Oh the joys of listening to “I’m a Girl Watcher”.

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    • Derek

      There is something poetic about an administration going with the band that labels themselves as “okay.” It sort of crystallizes the inherent mediocrity of groupthink doesn’t it?

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        At least the Allman Brothers had a token black. But both groups were just white men appropriating black music and culture.

        Anyone who appreciates Skydog Allman’s guitar playing is implicitly supporting genocide.

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    • Mayor

      I had a similar experience. My college fraternity was trying to decide whether or not to book the Allman Brothers for a big party in the 60s and one guy piped up: “Don’t book them–they play their own stuff! We want classic beach music!” And so we booked a nondescript Carolina beach music band instead. Nuts.

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  14. Muttley

    As I recall, Allman traded that guitar in right after the D&tD album in late 1970 or so at a Macon music store and the guy had it for years…and his dog chewed it up.

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  15. my dad named his second chesapeake skydog.

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  16. illinidawg

    I saw Duane twice, NYC and Boston. The Boston show was free and there is a CD of it.

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  17. HiAltDawg

    Isbell playing “Never Gonna Change”(one of my favorite songs of his/DBT’s) on that rig made my day. Thanks for sharing the story.

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  18. doofusdawg

    Never been to the Georgia Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Macon… sure it’s a nice place. Hope I don’t piss people off but it would make a lot of sense to me to move it to Athens and really make it something special. Maybe put it under the auspices of the university system and expand it to include all types of music indigenous to Georgia.

    Now back to Derek and Napolean.

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  19. Dawgflan

    Where’s Chilidawg been?

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  20. Texas Dawg

    Saw Derek Trucks perform a small bar in Jacksonville back when he was a young teen. Even then he could make magic with a guitar.

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  21. Napoleon BonerFart

    It’s curious that Derek hasn’t addressed Trump’s reticence to plunge the U.S. into another interminable war in the Middle East. Iran obviously helped the Houthis target Saudi’s oil production in response to Saudi bombing Yemeni civilian populations using American bombs, delivered by American planes, supported by American forces (perhaps even piloted by American pilots).

    Are we really going to allow the Houthis to retaliate against our war on behalf of Al Qaeda? Isn’t allowing a country to defend itself against Al Qaeda (and us) treason, or something?

    #HoorayForDeadBrownKids
    #SupportAlQaeda

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  22. Raleighwood Dawg

    A friend of mine’s son got to play this ’57 Les Paul backstage at a Wilco concert in ATL in June of 2013. The guitar was on loan for the night to Nels Cline. Nels graciously spent about 15 minutes after the show talking with Eli and letting him play the historic Gold Top.

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  23. Russ

    BTW, if you haven’t seen it, Ken Burns’ series on Country Music on PBS seems like it is as good as his other series.

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    • I agree in full — it was incredible to learn that the WSB radio tower in Nashville could transmit a signal from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And I never knew Chet Atkins came up near Columbus, GA.

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  24. Got Cowdog

    As long as we’re reminiscing about guitar pickers, y’all dont forget about “Snowman”. Jerry Reed.

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  25. FlyingPeakDawg

    A guitar and guitar player thread and no mention yet of Stevie Ray Vaughan?

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