Duane Allman’s Fender Heavy Guitar Pick

access_time First seen circa 1968

On most occasions, Duane was seen using either plain white or celluloid picks (zoom in on the photo below). Although it’s hard to tell from the photos, these seem to be standard 351-shape picks.

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This is also confirmed by an AllmanBrotherBand.com forum user by the name of “Goliath”, who mentioned that he has seen an actual Duane guitar pick and that it was a Fender Heavy.

When Jai [ i.e. Jaimoe ] lived with me he gave me a pick that he says was Duane’s. I have no reason to doubt him. It is a Fender Heavy.

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These still sell today, and you can grab a pack on Amazon here –  Fender 351 Shape Classic Picks.

It is however also possible that Duane didn’t have a strict preference when it came to guitar picks. He likely used a few different kinds throughout his career – which goes along what Anathalee G. Sandlin, Johnny Sandlin’s wife, said over at AllmanBrotherBand.com forums.

Johnny has no idea what size pick he used….as for me…I didn’t know they came in sizes so I’m not much help! Duane had several guitars and I’m certain there were variables with his strings, etc. over the years..although I don’t know that for a fact…. this is what Johnny knows about from the early days.

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Coricidin Bottle (Slide)

According to Galadrielle Allman [Please Be With Me, p. 103], Duane initially used a water glass to learn to play slide. At the time Duane lived in Los Angeles, sharing an apartment with Pete Carr on Yucca Street. [Johnny Sandlin: Anathalee G. Sandlin, A Never-Ending Groove, p. 56.] According to Johnny D. Wyker, he settled on using a Coricidin bottle around the time he lived in Muscle Shoals, circa late […]

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Ring Guitar Strap by Zebo

On his 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, Duane used a Ring Strap made by Zebo of Zebo’s Leathers of Sarasota, FL. After his death, the strap ended up with Barry Oakley, and sometime later with Larry Brantley. After Duane was killed in a motorcycle wreck on Hillcrest Avenue in October 1971, bass player Berry Oakley wore the strap as a tribute. Brantley was introduced to Oakley in 1972 and joined […]

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Mountain Guitar Strap by Zebo, John Meeks

Duane used this guitar strap on his 1950s Gibson Les Paul Standard “Hot Lanta”. The strap was custom-made by Zebo (of Zebo’s Leathers of Sarasota, FL, and the same person who made Duane’s Ring Strap) and John Meeks.

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Ace 1313 Guitar Strap

Duane was seen using this guitar strap on his 1960s Fender Stratocaster. Chronologically looking, the first time he was seen using it would be on the photos taken in April 1968 in Cleveland at WEWS-TV (“Upbeat” TV Show ). The strap can be also seen on the photos taken on August 10, 1968, in St. Louis, MO (Forest Park Pavilion), and on the photos taken by Stephen Paley at Atlantic Recording […]

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