Gregg Allman''s son carves a path all his own

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Space Age Blues
Provogue Records



By blending ’70s soul, Memphis R&B, and slinky minor-key grooves, Devon Allman has found a way to extend his family’s amazing musical lineage on his own terms. His gravelly voice may be reminiscent of his father, Gregg Allman, but the similarity ends there. (Musically, that is—the physical resemblance is unmistakable.) This Allman plays guitar with a high-gain edge and slashing tone that suggests Gary Moore rather than uncle Duane. With his wailing harp, Huey Lewis lends a bluesy touch to the album’s opening track, but despite the title, Space Age Blues is more about vintage funk and psychedelic rock than blues. Elements of Free (especially Paul Kossoff’s fast, intense vibrato), Mountain, mid-’70s Stevie Wonder (Allman covers “Sir Duke”), and even Quicksilver Messenger Service swirl and coalesce in Allman’s music, yet he delivers these retro influences with a 21st-century flair. To paraphrase Billie Holiday, this child has got his own.

Made in Canada, this two-voice guitar features a chambered Mahogany body, carved Swamp Ash top, 25.5” scale Mahogany neck and Rosewood Fingerboard.

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Gain is fun in all its forms, from overdrive to fuzz, but let’s talk about a great clean tone.


We’re all here for one thing. It’s the singular sound and magic of the stringed instrument called the guitar—and its various offshoots, including the bass. Okay, so maybe it’s more than one thing, but the sentiment remains. Even as I write this, my thoughts fan out and recognize how many incarnations of “guitar” there must be. It’s almost incomprehensible. Gut-string, nylon-string, steel-string, 12-string, 8-string, 10-string, flatwound, brown sound, fuzztone…. It’s almost impossible to catalog completely, so I’ll stop here and let you add your favorites. Still, there’s one thing that I keep coming back to: clean tone.

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A supreme shredder’s signature 6-string dazzles with versatility.

This immaculately built guitar sounds great and can do it all.

The more affordable price is still out of reach for many guitarists

$2,799

Charvel MJ San Dimas SD24 CM
charvel.com

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Charvel’s first Guthrie Govan signature model was released in 2014, after an arduous two-year effort to get the design just right. Since then, the guitar—now in its second edition—has become one of Charvel’s most coveted models. Unfortunately, its $3,699 price keeps the U.S.-made axe out of reach for many.

This year, though, the company released the Made-in-Japan signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM, which sells for a slightly more manageable $2,799. Needless to say, that’s not cheap. But depending on your priorities, it’s a fair price for a very high quality, pro-level instrument.

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