Gibson Duane Allman:

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  1. OldSchool

    OldSchool Senior Member

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    I've never seen a Pic of the back of Duanes Les Paul............did he really do this on the back?

    http://www.imagewiz.net/usr/dsnell/6537_DA15.JPG

    I would think 1 or 2 songs and it's gonna fall off..........The person who buys it is gonna play it right? RIGHT? :Spank
     
  2. Calloway

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    I don't know if he personally did it, but yeah it's on the real one. They had/have(?) it displayed at the RnR Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but yeah, it's on the back in frets.
     
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    oh those are frets....looked like coke straws to me

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    Yes - they're frets, and they are hammered in good. They're not coming out.

    The legend states that Duane did not do that. After he died, the guy who received the guitar (his name escapes me) didn't want to ruin the frets that Duane used, so he had them pulled and hammered into the back so as to not lose them.

    I have DA18, and you don't even notice that the frets are there when playing.
     
  5. OldSchool

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    Thats what I thought! Straws.........

    If Duane didn't do it I'm not so sure its an Item Gibson should have included. I guess its just their way of making it special and charging an arm and a Leg? Think about it..........otherwise its just a Murphy Historic.
     
  6. Hetfieldinn

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    I thought, or heard, that his guitar tech ended up with the axe, and put the frets there.
     
  7. Mark Kane

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    I had this one at the house for a while and regardless of all the stories surrounding these it was one badass fiddle. It sounded "HUGE". Another forum member owns it now and gigs it all the time. Check out the top carve on this and then compare it to your historic! Monster LP!!

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    mark,
    that looks killer
     
  9. OldSchool

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    Yes it does. Mark I'm sending you a dry Cleaning bill............:eek:
     
  10. Intelligentpony

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    The back fret job was done by Twiggs. Twiggs got the Les Paul in a trade for a car in a deal with Gregg. When the guitar was refretted Twiggs had them inlaid on the back.

    Here are a couple of cool Duane photos. The guitar on the left is the one used in the Fillmore footage. Does anyone know where that one is nowadays?
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  11. Mark Kane

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    They're both at the RnR Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
     
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    Here's a pic of the back of Duane's actual Les Paul:

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    The last time I was there I saw Duane's Tobacco Burst flametop and one of Dickie's Goldtops. I didn't see Duanes Cherry Burst plaintop. Was that added to the display recently?
     
  14. Mark Kane

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    It's been there for a few years. They are not all in the same spot though.
     
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    Am I seeing the strings going over the top of the stop tailpiece on the cherry burst? Or is that just weirdness in the photo or the scan?
     
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    I agree DOC. Maybe he thought he was stringing his PRS? Just kidding.:)

    Chuck
     
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    It is strings over the top, that's the way I string a tuneamatic as well, you can bring the tailpeice closer to the body and have a shallower angle over the bridge - both good things with an LP
     
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    Interesting - thanks for the info.
     
  20. big mike

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    I do that with mine as well. Gives a slinkier feel to the strings.
     

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