We catch up with the sons of Southern-rock royalty—and their trove of storied guitars—just before the official launch of their new Allman Betts Band project.

According to Betts, Norman Harris of Norman’s Rare Guitars says this Strat is a mid-’50s. The hardtail is Dickey’s, and it once had a stacked humbucker in the neck slot. Duane returned it to all single-coils, with a new neck pickup custom-made by Johnny Stachela—who also plays in the Allman Betts Band.

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A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

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