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    Duane Allman's Les Paul sells for $1.25 Million

    From the auction website:


    The Goldtop was used by Duane on the Allman Brothers debut album released in ‘69, as well as “Idlewild South” released in 1970. The albums featured the original versions of “Whipping Post,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Midnight Rider,” “Revival” and other classics. The guitar can clearly be seen in the “Loan Me A Dime” studio sessions. It was also used on the Historic “Layla” sessions with Eric Clapton on August 1970. The guitar was known as “The Studio Guitar” as Duane used this guitar the most in the studio.
    The story is just a few weeks after the “Layla” sessions, Duane traded the guitar for a cherry sunburst. On September 16, 1970, the Allmans played a show in Duane and Gregg Allman’s hometown of Daytona, Florida. Duane, fresh off recording “Layla” was, as usual, playing his ’57 Goldtop. The opening band was a local group called the Stone Balloon, whose guitarist, Rick Stine, was playing a 1959 cherry sunburst Les Paul, which Duane was fond of. While making “Layla” he had fallen in love with Clapton’s cherry sunburst. Wanting one of his own, Duane offered to swap Les Pauls with Rick. When Rick hesitated, Allman upped the stakes, throwing in $200 and one of his regular Marshall 50 heads. Rick agreed and the deal was finalized. After switching hands three times after, the guitar was then purchased by its owner in 1977. The guitar has been refinished twice. The first time the owner was dissatisfied with the results so he went to Tom Murphy, the most renowned “Goldtop guy” in the world. The guitar was then refinished to all its glory.
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    Just from memory I know exactly what that guitar sounds like, Ildewild South was on my rotation list very early on, it's ingrained... Some of the finest rock ever recorded, two drummers?

    Same with Layla.

    A Goldtop is still on my bucket list, but maybe with soapbars, a la Danny Lanois.
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    Refin. Only worth $750K.
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    I wonder if Jim Irsay scored another piece of rock n roll history?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    Refin. Only worth $750K.
    "The guitar has been refinished twice. The first time the owner was dissatisfied with the results so he went to Tom Murphy, the most renowned “Goldtop guy” in the world. The guitar was then refinished to all its glory." But to potential buyers (like Jim Irsay) who spent that much money it's not about originality of every part but about who owned and played it for some time I guess. A Joe Bonamassa on the other hand looks about guitars which are original as much as possible. And he said he would never buy at auctions but prefers to buy from original owners directly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFIV1967 View Post
    "The guitar has been refinished twice. The first time the owner was dissatisfied with the results so he went to Tom Murphy, the most renowned “Goldtop guy” in the world. The guitar was then refinished to all its glory." But to potential buyers (like Jim Irsay) who spent that much money it's not about originality of every part but about who owned and played it for some time I guess. A Joe Bonamassa on the other hand looks about guitars which are original as much as possible. And he said he would never buy at auctions but prefers to buy from original owners directly.
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    I forgot to use the sarcasm font.
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    Its because of Irsay that guys like us can't have anything nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    I forgot to use the sarcasm font.
    I got it, I was just adding that it was even refinished twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JF-30 View Post
    Its because of Irsay that guys like us can't have anything nice.

    Yeah

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