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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by MapleFlame View Post
    This is an interesting guitar, late 60's inlays but has 50's binding in horn. Second song he plays. I wonder if it was a reboard. Looks like reflector knobs that has the reflectors out No?

    WOW, I have never seen this video before!

    Excuse my excitement and let me just say Hi and thanks for such a cool forum!
    I'm new here, stumbled across this site a few days ago when i was looking at some stuff about Glenn Frey's Old Black.
    I joined your site and have been looking around and seen this thread about Dickey and Goldie, and i be damned you guys got a video of a show that I can barley remember and i was there!
    I was Dickey's tech at the time and yes, that's Goldie!

    Here's a couple of pics....the solo of Goldie was taken somewhere backstage and the one of Dickey, Goldie and myself was taken in Chicago during a taping of a Busch beer commercial.
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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by TLC View Post

    Here's a couple of pics....the solo of Goldie was taken somewhere backstage and the one of Dickey, Goldie and myself was taken in Chicago during a taping of a Busch beer commercial.
    Great to see this post! I remember hearing that Busch commercial once in the '80s and have never heard it since. Thought I was hallucinating! Any memories of how Dickey had his guitars set up, amps, etc? Cheers!
    "That's what I love, man, to hear that backbeat popping, that damn bass plonkin' down. Jesus God!"-Duane Allman

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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

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    Oye!! I showed this thread to Warren last night.. He just shook his head. Dickey's son Duane was there last night as well. He has a hard time keeping up Dad's guitars I think..
    From my recollection, this is what I know.
    Dickey gave Duane the SG/LP when he bought his first Goldtop. That one had a Bigsby shadow. there was another GT that was bought around the time Duane was killed. I'm not sure if that's the one that went to Gibson and was refinished in Cherry Sunburst or if it was his first GT. When I saw the "Five Man ABB" in mid-`72 he used a GT and the burst. I seem to recall he used the GT for slide and the Burst for regular lead work.
    After Great Southern fused into the Bros., Dickey played a GT as he gave Danny the Burst. I know Dickey had a few GT's as there was one that had a bad bridge that he thought it was bad guitar and threw it in the trash. Reddog fished it out, took it home and fixed it and brought it to rehearsal the next day. Dickey got mad at Dog and put it back in the trash bin telling him it was bad guitar and he didn't want to see it again. Dog took it home and I'm betting it stayed there until he need some money for his illness's a few years back. (He passed away in Feb. 2011). I'm not entirely sure what he's had, but I know in the early `90's he bought a `56 or early `57 GT with P-90's. His then tech, the late Troy Venible installed a pair of humbuckings without having to rout out any wood. That guitar was his backup guitar for a while but now resides in the R`n R HoF in Cleveland and has been there for at least a decade. I know back in the `90's he took the main GT and stripped it and had it sprayed Red. He's had all these other signature guitars and stuff to use, but I'm betting he keeps his old guitars at home these days. I'll ask Duane the next time I see him. He lives most of the time here in L.A. but has been out playing with a band named "Dawes" but also has his own deal and whenever he goes to Jacksonville, Fla. he plays with Berry Oakley (Jr.)'s band.
    Anyway...if this GT/Redtop was the guitar he played for a number of years, I simply can not understand why he stripped it and had it refinished. I played it a number of times back in the `90's and it was a really nice playing and great sounding guitar.I would have left well enough alone. I always thought that this was the Fillmore East guitar..
    Does anyone know iof there are Bigsby holes on the bottom end that have been plugged/filled or maybe just left alone? If there is evidence of a Bigsby then this is the Fillmore guitar most likely.
    This is "Goldie" as Dickey calls it. This is from "Toys for Tots" that Dickey played a few years ago with Duane. His then Guitar Tech Carlos and subsequent tech Bain have verified this. He played this many times around Sarasota over the last several years. From private parties at his property in Myakka, to joining his daughter's band (Kim Betts), benefits, concerts, etc
    I have played in Kim Betts band (As half of the guitar players in Sarasota have), and all of Dickey's Great Southern Band are my friends that I play with from time to time. BTW, Berry Oakley Jr lives in Sarasota and Duane does join him from time to time at Hoosiers in Osprey that is close to where Dickey lives.
    Dickey has trashed nice guitars like the first prototype "Goldie", serial number DB00001 that is in about 5 pieces right now. Apparently Dickey busted it up in an argument at home.
    Dickey now plays a new custom SG made specially for him by Gibson. He played it at a few shows recently before busting his noggin out by his pool. He is doing well now and not sure if he'll go out again. The last lineup of Great Southern was Dickey, Duane, Pedro, Mike Kach, Damon Fowler, Frankie Lombardi, and Steve Camilleri.
    Devon, Duane, and Berry are now on a new venture called "Allman Betts project. They will be playing The Clearwater Blues Fest in a few weeks. Meanwhile I just might just get Dickey for my festival the same time next month with Chris Anderson and Johnny Neel, Damon Fowler, Mike Kach, and Frankie Lombardi (https://synchronicityfestivals.com)
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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Dickey is a big favorite of mine and heavily influenced me on the Les Paul . I owe a debt of gratitude for inspiration to Mr.Bett's !

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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Ok, since no one asked. What happened to the husk in the OP?

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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Being a huge Dickey Betts fan, the one thing I can say with absolute certainty is, Dickey is never getting anywhere near one of my guitars...
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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by KennyF View Post
    Being a huge Dickey Betts fan, the one thing I can say with absolute certainty is, Dickey is never getting anywhere near one of my guitars...
    You are cracking me up and I have to agree with you and ditto for me as I don't care who it is , as they are all off limits to any and everyone except for my tech who is there guardian and caretaker .

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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by El Gringo View Post
    You are cracking me up and I have to agree with you and ditto for me as I don't care who it is , as they are all off limits to any and everyone except for my tech who is there guardian and caretaker .
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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    +1 on what happened to the original husk?!?!

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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    [QUOTE=MapleFlame;2665676]This is an interesting guitar, late 60's inlays but has 50's binding in horn. Second song he plays. I wonder if it was a reboard. Looks like reflector knobs that has the reflectors out No?]

    Thanks for this post, enjoying it now. I saw Betts around 1986, Spring time. He had to borrow a guitar and equipment from an opening band, his stuff got there late. He was dressed like normal - unlike this video, where he looks more like a Hall and Oates fan, lol. Guitar does look a little whittled on, but heck, I think it communicates his adaptability. I give him a break for not having time to be a professional luthier. Betts is a favorite of mine for sure.

    Edit: Thanks to MapleFlame for posting.

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    Re: Dickey Betts' "Redtop" Goldtop...a bunch of cool pics!

    [QUOTE=musekatcher;2835802]
    Quote Originally Posted by MapleFlame View Post
    This is an interesting guitar, late 60's inlays but has 50's binding in horn. Second song he plays. I wonder if it was a reboard. Looks like reflector knobs that has the reflectors out No?]

    Thanks for this post, enjoying it now. I saw Betts around 1986, Spring time. He had to borrow a guitar and equipment from an opening band, his stuff got there late. He was dressed like normal - unlike this video, where he looks more like a Hall and Oates fan, lol. Guitar does look a little whittled on, but heck, I think it communicates his adaptability. I give him a break for not having time to be a professional luthier. Betts is a favorite of mine for sure.

    Edit: Thanks to MapleFlame for posting.
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