Pickers #4


Duane Allman

12 comments:

estiv said...

Looks like he's warming up backstage before a show. Totally focused -- he was from the last generation where, however much he wanted to be a rock star, being a musician was more important.

Rhys Ziemba said...

I don't think he even touched the first seven frets of any guitar ever. Weedley weedley wee!

Brooks said...

Totally focused but more than a little buzzed I imagine judging by the empties and who knows what else.

Fred said...

Where's the trademark Coricidine bottle he used as a slide?

Brooks said...

Someone always asks, guess it is my turn, "What amp is that?"

estiv said...

Where's the trademark Coricidine bottle he used as a slide?

Good question. The answer is: his slide guitar would be tuned differently, so it would be a different guitar. On each song, he would either play slide or regular, but not both (unless he was overdubbing in the studio).

Every picture I've seen of him playing slide, it was a Gibson SG. I think I read somewhere that he used the SG partly because its double-cutaway shape made it easier to play slide on the highest frets. Which brings us back to "Weedley weedley wee!"

swac said...

Is that an amp, or a separate unit like an Echoplex (I don't think it actually is an Echoplex) or something along those lines? Judging by the wires, it's plugged into something else off camera.

estiv said...

That makes sense, swac. Duane died before micro-amps like the Pignose became popular, and besides there is no speaker visible on that device. I thought it might be one of those industrial-strength tuners, but I think those also did not become common touring equipment for big rock bands until a few years later. Does anyone here know what that thing is?

Fred said...

That looks a lot like an old (circa 1970) strobe tuner which we had in my high school. All the bands (including mine) would use to tune-up our guitars and basses before gigs, class musicals and band rehearsals. That might make sense.

Brooks said...

I thought it might be an amp head with the chord going to a speaker cabinet off camera. But darned if I know.

estiv said...

I think Fred's got it. I've just done some searching on the Web, and I'm betting it's a Conn Strobotuner model ST-6. Can anyone with more knowledge either confirm or deny that?

Harold said...

Just speaking as a guitar player, he looks to me like he is tuning up his guitar. He's watching the strobe. His hands are poised but still. He could be about to play something, but I think he's tuning. I've never seen an amp head that looks like that, but a strobe tuner would have several knobs and markings like that. Those things were very expensive in the day, but necessary if you needed to tune a piano. Probably the whole band used this one device, but my bet is that it was acquired to keep Greg's keyboard gear in tune.