Duane Allman’s 1963 Gibson Firebird

The guitar was recently featured in a video by the Songbirds Foundation (displayed below), but not much of the history behind it was disclosed. We only learn that it was purchased around the time that Duane worked on Wilson Pickett’s “Hey Jude” album at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals (November 1968).

This also goes along with what Duane Betts said on Facebook, that Duane acquired this guitar from Wilson Pickett’s guitar player. [Duane Betts, Facebook]

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Gregory Lee Henderson
Gregory Lee Henderson
4 years ago

I have met Duane and he is such a nice guy he really is !!! And a fine player and Devon seems to be a great guy as well !!!

Aviv Kestin
Aviv Kestin
5 years ago

Are there any pictures of Duane with the guitar?