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    Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    Anybody know any information on Lynyrd Skynyrd's guitars? Be curious to know what year Steve Gaines LP Custom was and where it is now. Where Alan Collins Explorer and Firebird are, etc. Is it known where Alan got the Explorer and what he paid for it?

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    I can't help you with the original gear history but here's an older thread you may enjoy.
    https://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/s...Lynyrd+Skynyrd

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    very interesting ..i've always loved the look of his explorer ..to me, the added short vibrato w/spoon handle looks great ..but can you imagine someone doing that today to a '58

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    "I am the kind of guy that only buys 100 watt heads just to play at home. I feel like if an amp can't kill a heard of cattle 100 yards away what is the point of owning it."

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    These guys are the whole reason I got into playing in the first place. Really dig Allen’s Explorer!

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    I think a few of those guitars are in the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. I recall seeing a few there 15 or so years ago.

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    One of Allen’s firebirds sold ridiculously cheap at auction not too long ago, his explorer is in oldest daughters possession, another Firebird that Larkin gave to one of Allen’s buddies (the one with the broken neck) was just restored not too long ago by a luthier in Florida and the rest who knows.

    Allen bought the explorer in ‘74 at Manny’s in NYC and paid 4K for it!!! The whole bit about him getting from Clapton is complete BS.

    Obviously Gary still retains his stuff as did Ed.

    In 1978 Allen received a black custom LP directly from Gibson at his Jacobs Ave. Studio and it was said to have been ordered by Steve before the crash. Allen played it a while, then Gary got it and who knows where it is today.

    Steve’s black custom LP was retained after the crash by his wife.

    Those equipment lists are a goldmine but there are some errors. Allen and Gary did not use Marshal Super Trems but rather standard super leads. The “homemade” tremolo in referenced in Allen’s section was in fact old Gibson tea spoon set up.
    Last edited by Chris1547; 11-30-18 at 02:35 PM.

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    I asked Allen why he always had the guitar straps across the front of the Firebirds and Explorers.

    He told me there was no reason for that. It's just something he did and never paid any attention to it. - When the band became popular and had photographs in Hit Parader magazine some people noticed he strapped up his guitars differently than other people do.

    And he laughed like hell too. Good times.
    I got a whole months wages.Haven't seen that much in ages.I might spend it stages and move out to Las Vegas.

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris1547 View Post
    One of Allen’s firebirds sold ridiculously cheap at auction not too long ago
    which firebird was that Chris ..and how much is ridiculously cheap ?

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    The strap was most likely done that on purpose to keep the neck from diving so bad. I do my Firebird the same way and a lot of people do SGs the same way

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    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    which firebird was that Chris ..and how much is ridiculously cheap ?

    https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/...5-details.aspx

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    i see ..thanks for that link Chris

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    Ronnie played guitar in the 1% band. I used to own this 64 shearton.
    " Never Mind Your Face, just show us your card"

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    Quote Originally Posted by guitplayer View Post
    Ronnie played guitar in the 1% band. I used to own this 64 shearton.
    Is this supposed to relate to something ?
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars

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    The 1% band predated Skynyrd. It belonged to Ronnie.
    " Never Mind Your Face, just show us your card"

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    Re: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitars

    Nice guitar a friend has a very nice Epiphone collection . Thanks !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars

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