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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.

The Devon Allman Project’s recent tour united two sons of rock royalty, with Duane Betts (above right), son of Dickey Betts, joining Allman onstage for some foreshadowing: Later this spring, they’re unveiling their new group, the Allman Betts Band, with a new album and a series of concerts.

During their gig at Nashville’s Exit/In, they played a mix of originals and classic page-turners from their families’ songbook, while preparing to write their own chapter. And, as PG senior editor Ted Drozdowski learned, they brought some cool and classic gear along for the ride. This rundown starts with some gorgeous vintage guitar straps used by Greg and Duane Allman.

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Although Allman calls a 1959 True Historic Les Paul reissue his No. 1, and used that guitar for “Say Your Prayers,” this reverse-headstock Firebird is among his arsenal of go-to Gibsons.

Hear the rocking debut track from the 6-stringer’s brawny upcoming third solo album, Ride or Die.

The Gibson Les Paul has been a staple of Southern rock guitar since Devon Allman’s uncle Duane swapped his Tele for a goldtop to record The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Devon reasserts that axe’s tonal authority on “Say Your Prayers,” the muscular debut track from his upcoming album, Ride or Die, which hits the streets on September 16.

Allman recorded his third solo album in May at Nashville’s Sound Stage and Switchyard studios. Tom Hambridge, who won a Grammy for producing Buddy Guy’s Living Proof in 2010, co-produced and played drums. The guitar Allman used for “Say Your Prayers” is his No. 1, a Gibson Custom Shop-built 1959 True Historic Les Paul from 2006 that’s autographed by Lester himself. Allman strings it with .010-gauge D’Addario sets that he attacks with a Dunlop .073 mm pick. The other cards in his deck for “Say Your Prayers” were an Orange Rockerverb 50 and a Dunlop Cry Baby wah.

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