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.

This limited-run Gibson Robbie Krieger signature model SG is a recent acquisition. “When we do ‘Dreams’ and ‘One Way Out,’ I pick up this guitar,” says Allman, who makes it a point to play as least a few Allman Brothers tunes every night. It has ’57 Classic pickups and push-pull phase switching on the neck pickup.

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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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Learn to rip like one of the all-time masters of modern electric blues.

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