Duane Allman's 1957 "Layla" Gibson Les Paul sells for $1.25 million

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Fillmore East June 1971. Tobacco sunburst

 
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Fillmore East September 1970. Cherry sunburst


 
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<———————————————-my R7 Goldtop love her . When people ask my wife if I would ever cheat on her she tells them that “Susie is my girl on the side .. she tells me she wonders what place I have her in ,,,, Of Course Itell her she’s number one !! ....... I tell her that
 

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Fillmore East September 1970. Cherry sunburst


I had a copy of that on VHS for years and guess I thought it was the same guitar. The pic quality was weak but, really, they are very dif looking guitars. I've seen photos of him with ABB playing the red SG as well as a 335. The tobacco sunburst is the one I always think of him playing. So, that is the one he is playing on the album, correct?
 

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I had a copy of that on VHS for years and guess I thought it was the same guitar. The pic quality was weak but, really, they are very dif looking guitars. I've seen photos of him with ABB playing the red SG as well as a 335. The tobacco sunburst is the one I always think of him playing. So, that is the one he is playing on the album, correct?
It must be. At Fillmore East was released in July 1971 in the United States. It was recorded over the course of three nights in March 1971.

But, I asked the "experts" on the Duane Allman Skydog fan page, and so far they are saying the cherry sunburst. So I dunno. Lol...
 
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Just curious.I wonder how many people pay capitol gains taxes on profits realized from the sale of an expensive collectible?

I mostly wonder about the sales that involve quiet private cash transactions? ;)
 

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ot #1:Duane Allman's Owned and Extensively Played 1957 Goldtop Gibson “Layla” Les Paul Guitar
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Gotta Have Rock and Roll is proud to have at auction for the very first time, one of the most important guitars in the History of Rock and Roll. Duane Allman's 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop “Layla” guitar. This was Duane’s main guitar during the first two years of the Allman Brothers Band. Duane actually acquired this guitar from one of the band members from the Hour Glass band back in 1968. Gregg and Duane Allman were a part of this blues band out in Alabama. The band member had the 57 Goldtop but never played it. Duane, who loved the guitar, asked to borrow it and then never gave it back. When the band member got upset Duane offered him a keyboard in exchange for the guitar, to which he reluctantly accepted. Duane references the Goldtop in a letter he wrote to Holly Barr back in 1969 saying “I got a Les Paul of my very own”. The letter is featured in Galadrielle Allman’s book, “Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman”, stating how Duane is almost certainly referring to his Goldtop in this letter.

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. Duane was one of the greatest guitar players in history ranking number 9 by Rolling Stone Magazine. This guitar would be the holy grail in any collection or museum.

The guitar has been on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, Georgia. The guitar also still has been getting played, with recent players such as Billy Gibbons, Kirk Hamlet, Charlie Starr, Vince Gill, Derek Trucks and many more. The Rolling Stones were supposed to play it on July 27th if it wasn’t for this auction.

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. One of the most beautiful parts of the guitar is you can truly hear it, and how it was meant to be heard.

The guitar has been photo matched to every single inlay. The guitar is even matched to the exact serial number, #7 3312. This is one of the most well documented guitars in history. The guitar comes with various photos of Duane Allman playing the guitar, the original transcript stating the history which is signed by all of its original owners and a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity. Please note: due to the minimum bid amount for this lot, all bidders must receive approval from Gotta Have Rock and Roll/GottaHaveRockandRoll.com by contacting us at 212-750-7900 and speaking with a company representative prior to the scheduled end of the auction which is 9:00pm (East Coast, U.S. time).
Duane Allmans Owned and Extensively Played 1957 Goldtop Gibson “Layla” Les Paul Guitar

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I got a LesPpaul of my very own yup Gregg I can say that now too rip :acoustic: oh I would love to know the keyboard his bandmate got thats funny-any way you werent playing it so there.
 

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I meant DUANE jeez i mixed em up too much grog and happy lettuce in the old days I guess.
 

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I'm not sure which guitar of Duane's it was but one of them wound up having the head stock chewed up by a puppy. I've always had a nightmarish vision of coming home an dmy favorite geet chewed down to the truss rod and my puppy wagging his tail glad to see me. Just today there was a gnawed up drum stick in my studio. I've heard recordings of Vince Gill playing this guitar in Macon. He did it proud. I've seen it at the Big House. I wonder whether the new owner wll allow it to stay there? They keep mentioning a cherry sunburst. Always thought D played a tobacco?
That was the GoldTop that was chewed by a Dog

 

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a 1950s Gibson Les Paul Standard Tobacco Burst
A 50s tobaccoburst?

Of course, never say "never" with vintage Gibsons, given the existence of the black Standard and other oddballs. A custom order?
 

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Just a daydream, but how cool would it be have to have Duane's Goldtop and Clapton's Brownie and a tweed Champ ready to fire up?

Now that would be a music room made in heaven!
 

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I’m just happy I got to see it before it sold.
 

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Great sounding guitar BUT....

From what I have read/heard...



Refinished twice.

Only thing orig is the wood.

Everything else has been changed...

The burst has the orig pickups... DA swapped em out when he traded for a burst....


It 'IS' a great sounding Lester though and was DA's even though it ain't original....


Here is the Vince vid playing it.... Suweeeeet....

 




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