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    Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    In the 1970's, around the time the single Ramblin' Man was released (circa 1973 ?), there was an article in the teen oriented music magazines about The Allman Brothers Band. My memory is that it was "most likely" either Circus or Hit Parader magazine.

    In the article there was a very large color image of Dickey Betts playing a sunburst Les Paul with the pickup covers removed. Seems as though he was wearing a blue denim jacket in the photo. The image was taken from the right front side of Dickey.

    I am curious if any one recalls the specific image? Or better yet, does anyone have the old magazine and can post the photo?

    That one image in particular, not to mention the guitar solos of the Allman Brothers records up to that point, triggered my love for Les Pauls. I have looked a bit for the image over the years but have never found it. It ocurred to me that someone here may have it and be willing to share.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    I remember that guitar very well. It had been a GT that they sent to Gibson to be refinished in cherry sunburst. There were a number of Les Pauls in the ABB family around that time. If I'm not mistaken, that guitar is the one that Dickey gave to Danny (Toler) when Danny joined "Great Southern". First time I saw Dickey with it was the first tour after Duane was killed. He used it for slide and had a GT for regular tuning/playing. I shudder to think how many GT's Dickey's had. I know he had one he threw in the rubbish bin, Reddog saw it, fished it out and put it back on his guitar rack. Dickey saw it the next day and Reddog caught hell for it. Dickey put it back in the rubbish bin. Reddog took it home and still has it. It had a buzzy ABR-1. Dickey thought it was a defective guitar..
    The Sunburst was the GT that Dickey used @ The Fillmore East and originally had a Bigsby. That's also the same guitar the he used on "Brothers & Sisters". Danny sold it to Geno Mitchallini (a local KMET DJ). Geno sold it to someone else who's name escapes me and I think it's the one that's in Germany now..

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    I believe that this video may be the same guitar that was in the printed photo from the magazine article I have referenced. Look at the 2:00 minute mark:

    http://www.videosurf.com/video/allma...1973-109790044


    I would really like to see that photo again. It started it all for me with Les Pauls.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Seems as though I have it backwards..
    Sunburst used for leads:



    Dickey's using the GT for slide. Same guitar used in `71 for Live @ The Fillmore. you can barely make out the Bigsby beard.
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    That may be the same guitar. And a very cool image. And very kind of you to post it!

    It is not the specific image that I remember though.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by tweedguy View Post
    That may be the same guitar. And a very cool image. And very kind of you to post it!

    It is not the specific image that I remember though.
    I doubt that it would be because I was there. This was the last show that Berry played before he was killed. It was like "Rock Concert" or one of those TV shows that started around `72 or so.. I've got a whole bunch of shots from this show. I had them on a proof sheet for years before I had them transferred to a disc about 8-9 years ago.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Don, have you ever thought about publishing you photos, maybe writing a memoir? Lots of us out there would love to hear about The Brothers from back in the day!
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Hey Don,

    Does that guitar have a center seam maple top visible in the pic you posted? If so then it would be different then the one that Udo Piper has in Germany.

    I was watching the "Brothers from the Road" DVD this weekend and Toler is playing the non-center seam refinished burst with grovers. Man, what killer playing and tone by Dan. Dickey is playing what appears to be the "goldie" guitar with grovers.

    here is the same guitar in the "brothers from the road" dvd (now udo piper's)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8kfI..._safety_mode=1

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Is this the same guitar?


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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    The pic you're looking for has been posted here before. Have you tried a search? I've got on a thumb drive I think. If I dig it out I'll post it for you if someone doesn't beat me to it.
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    There are only two kinds of people in this world, ignorant and intelligent, which one are you.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Seems as though I have it backwards..
    Sunburst used for leads:



    Dickey's using the GT for slide. Same guitar used in `71 for Live @ The Fillmore. you can barely make out the Bigsby beard.
    OK, so I am confused. Is this a pic of the Bett's/Toler burst? Looks like this one has a center seam.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by kharrison View Post
    OK, so I am confused. Is this a pic of the Bett's/Toler burst? Looks like this one has a center seam.
    No. The Betts/Toler "Burst", IFAIK, is the same guitar as the Goldtop in the middle pic. The other is now owned by Kunio Kishida. The Goldtop was starting to really lose the paint, as you can kinda see, near where Dickey right arm is. Same guitar as used for "At Fillmore East". Pretty much the only Les Paul Dickey used in '71.
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by sgtJoe View Post
    Wow these are all great images! And I do appreciate all the efforts. The specific image I would love to see is not anywhere, that I have found, on the forum. I do recall that the pickup covers are off and he is wearing a jean jacket. It was published in the magazines cited in the OP above. And it was published right about the time Ramblin Man was released. I think that it is the same guitar (not the LP deluxe) as in the Saturday night in Macon video from 1973.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kane View Post
    The pic you're looking for has been posted here before. Have you tried a search? I've got on a thumb drive I think. If I dig it out I'll post it for you if someone doesn't beat me to it.

    Thanks Mark! Cool to see what you might have.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Thanks for the images. Very cool. Everyone here has been very kind in sharing. I think several have published the correct instrument.

    Still looking for that particular published image from my youth; with the jean jacket and the pup covers removed as described in the OP.

    I have been searching for comprehensive indexes of those magazines but what I have located thus far is pretty spotty.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by tweedguy View Post
    Still looking for that particular published image from my youth; with the jean jacket and the pup covers removed as described in the OP.

    I have been searching for comprehensive indexes of those magazines but what I have located thus far is pretty spotty.
    I think I know the photo you are looking for, but I cannot find it in my [many] stashes of photos. I will keep looking.
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Wow.. so nice of Willie to use my photo without asking.. but.. I may have given him a set of photos back in `89 when he was still managing Gregg.. Hard to remember. I use to sets of those through "Hittin' The Note" for next to nothing...Try and find a photo house that will do small runs these days.. aren't any.
    I had all the negatives put on CD's about 7-8 years ago.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by TW59 View Post
    I think I know the photo you are looking for, but I cannot find it in my [many] stashes of photos. I will keep looking.

    Much appreciated Tom!

    Silly as it seems, that photo started the whole Les Paul thing for me. Probably most of us here identify with something similar either from an album cover, a magazine or video. For me, it was that one image.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Here's one from a different angle,

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Go over here and poke around, it's got to be there somewhere,

    http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/in...lery&func=main
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    whew, went throght the images at that site. i had looked there before and had not seen it. There is one with a jean jacket that is about the same era...maybe the same jean jacket that's in th eimage I seek. That is a great site no doubt.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kane View Post
    Here's one from a different angle,

    Great image of the neck profile! Looks like they knew what they were doin' back then...

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by tweedguy View Post
    whew, went throght the images at that site. i had looked there before and had not seen it. There is one with a jean jacket that is about the same era...maybe the same jean jacket that's in th eimage I seek. That is a great site no doubt.

    Did you see the pic with the same guitar, same strap and Country Western leisure suit
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    This one ?


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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    This one ?

    It looks very similar to this image. The difference is that the image I am looking for is in color, showing the sunburst finish, and the pup covers have been removed. The one above is the closest one yet...so we are getting closer. Thanks for the effort.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Tweedguy,
    I remember the photo, because I really liked it too, and I kept a copy for a long time. I think your memory is correct as it was indeed in either Circus or Hit Parader. If I had to bet, I'd say Circus. Sorry I don't have a copy, but will search as well.
    Good luck!

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    yeah those are the two i was reading when I was an early teen. I have tried to find a comprehensive index online but no luck as of yet. Glad to know that someone else remembers it! That last image really jogged my memory because it is so similar.

    what do people think of the image posted by Jack? Is that a goldtop with a removed Bigsby? Maybe just a funky shadow. I would bet Tom W 59 would know.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Can you recall what was on the cover? They come up on Ebay:

    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

    It might well be this one below - it has six pages on the Allmans?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Circus-Mag-BOWIE...#ht_1678wt_935
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    I think that you might be on to something with your ID of the Mag as Circus August 1973. The pictures of Bowie, shown in the second link, I recall very well.

    Anybody have a copy of Circus, from August 1973? We may be very close...

    Thank you for your post.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Your'e welcome for sure but don't you want to bid on it? It prolly won't go for too much more than the start price?
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by tweedguy View Post
    yeah those are the two i was reading when I was an early teen. I have tried to find a comprehensive index online but no luck as of yet. Glad to know that someone else remembers it! That last image really jogged my memory because it is so similar.

    what do people think of the image posted by Jack? Is that a goldtop with a removed Bigsby? Maybe just a funky shadow. I would bet Tom W 59 would know.
    The photo I was looking for is not similar to the one above, so I am probably on the wrong track for the photo you want.

    As for this photo, that is a Bigsby shadow.
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    gone for a day...I think I will grab the mag. My confidence is high that is the issue...Thanks guys!

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Good luck, I hope you get it and it's the right one.
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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Here's the pic I was looking for:



    I also did a Burst Pic of the Week feature on Dickie and this guitar last July, with this photo:

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    those are cool images! Still not the one I am looking for though. Thank you for posting them none the less. I ordered a copy of the magazine. I am pretty confident that is the issue that has the image.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Les Paul Photo

    Quote Originally Posted by tweedguy View Post

    In the article there was a very large color image of Dickey Betts playing a sunburst Les Paul with the pickup covers removed. Seems as though he was wearing a blue denim jacket in the photo. The image was taken from the right front side of Dickey.
    Maybe this one.


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