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I think his name was Jimmy Jewell, and Duane ended up with it. [Dave Kyle: Remembering Duane Allman, Vintage Guitar Magazine’, January 1997, Vol. 4) – the full interview is available over at Duane Allman.info] In the same interview, Lee noted that the guitar was a sunburst model modified with a rotary pickup switch with eleven positions, each connected to eleven different capacitors in the tone control circuit.The pickup selector switch was also modified to five positions, and additional three switches were installed for phase switching allowing for any combination of the three pickups in any combination of phase.But I remember Duane’s because it had three little switches that Lee had put in and nobody knew what they were (laughs).I found it real interesting because I was in London at the Hard Rock Cafe and there was “Duane Allman’s First Stratocaster” and it wasn’t that guitar (laughing)!
His contribution to the 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos went on to become a part of Rock history.
[Dave Kyle: Remembering Duane Allman, Vintage Guitar Magazine’, January 1997, Vol. 4)] According to Jim Matherley, who came into contact with Duane in Florida in the early 60s, around 1963/64 Duane owned a Gibson ES-330 with a dot neck. In fact, I let him borrow it on a couple occasions. Of course, the 345 had the varitone switch, and Lee took that off of my guitar and copied it on one of his.
Unfortunately – the rest of the specs are unknown, so consider the side image only a placeholder. [Dave Kyle: Remembering Duane Allman, Vintage Guitar Magazine’, January 1997, Vol. 4)] Duane played this guitar in one of his earliest bands called The Escorts, which on one occasion opened for The Beach Boys in 1965.
His main one in the early ABB days was a 1957 Goldtop which he exchanged for a 1959 cherry Sunburst model, but decided to keep the pickups from the Goldtop.
His best known Les Paul was certainly the Tobacco burst model which came after the two previously mentioned.