Duane Allman’s Marshall Lead 50w Model 1987 Tremolo 

According to Galadrielle Allman’s book “Please Be With Me” (p. 182 – letter from Duane to Holly Barr, Ralph Barr’s wife (Ralph Barr was guitar player for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)), Duane bought this Marshall amp probably sometime in early to mid 1969 (the exact date is not mentioned in the letter), together with a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top and a Gibson Heritage acoustic.

Dearest Polly, I got a Les Paul of my very own…Gregg’s here gigging with me and I got about the greatest band I ever did hear together and a Marshall amp and two drummers and I quit taking speed and I have been going swimming nekkid in the creek…The name of the band is the Allman Bros…

Duane Allman: A three-page letter and envelope – Bonhams
Album cover “Beginnings” shows a photo of Duane using a Model 1986 and a Model 1987 Marshall amp.

The amp remained in his possession until his death, and he was sometimes seen using it in combination with a Marshall Bass 50w Model 1986 that he acquired sometime later in his career. This particular amp is currently on display at The Big House in Macon.

Duane Allman’s Marshall 1987T on display at The Big House in Macon. Photo by: John McDavid/Flickr

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When and why did someone go to the trouble of replacing the missing logo with a broken one? All of the ABB’s Marshalls lost their logos from the wear and tear of constant touring.

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