Thread: Dickey Betts & Dan Toler's Les Paul

porkchopbob - 9/5/2019 at 03:23 PM

https://guitar.com/features/artist-rigs/dickey-betts-1958-gibson-les-paul-s tandard/

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This 1958 Les Paul Standard, owned by Dickey Betts, changed Joe Bonamassa’s life
Previously owned by two bona-fide members of the Southern-rock royal family in the shape of former Allman Brothers Band guitarists Dickey Betts and Dan Toler, this instrument was also the first sunburst Les Paul that a young Joe Bonamassa heard live on stage. “I was six years old and never forgot that evening,” said Bonamassa, describing the 1983 encounter in New York State as “life changing”.

The modern-day blues star was reunited with the pivotal Les Paul in May 2019 when its current owner, vintage-guitar dealer and collector Matthieu Lucas, took it along to a Bonamassa concert in Clermont-Ferrand in France. Joe used it onstage that evening.

Besides having a dark back, the eagle-eyed among you will spot that the guitar’s plain maple top isn’t centre-joined. This is an indication the ’58 started out life as a Goldtop, with the sunburst refinish apparently applied at Betts’ behest in the Gibson factory in the mid 1970s. Along with a headstock repair, a refret and a set of Grovers, this LP may not have had the easiest life, but it’s still cool as hell and is a fabulous playing and sounding instrument.




Sure enough, there is the off-centre joint:


bluedad - 9/5/2019 at 03:46 PM


musicmann - 9/5/2019 at 03:53 PM

sweet


blackey - 9/5/2019 at 04:40 PM

That is how the guitar looked, as best I can remember, in 1971 and I think Dickey plays it on the Fillmore album. But the word was Dickey had it painted as it originally was a Goldtop but in 70 or 71 not mid 70's. . By mid 1971 Dickey's number one was another Goldtop then in late 71 a sunburst with Zebra pickups. In 1974 he discovered the 1957 Goldtop known as Goldie in a Manhattan pawn shop and it was his number one til 1994.

Dickey gave the guitar to Dan Toler about 1979 and Dan Toler sold it to a collector, I think, in Japan in the early 2000's. By mid 1971 Duane's number one wasn't the sunburst Les Paul he got for his Goldtop in a trade. That Goldtop just sold for over a million dollars proving a Duane Allman guitar is just as valuable as one owned by Clapton. Duane's number one by mid 1971 was a tobaccoburst Les Paul. And Dickey's 1961 SG for slide.


scotiadave - 9/5/2019 at 04:43 PM

Thanks for the post


gina - 9/7/2019 at 07:22 PM

I didn't see your post, sorry to duplicate. I deleted my thread.


Stephen - 9/7/2019 at 08:29 PM

Tremendous photo of Dan, man what a player he was, especially late 80s w/Gregg & early 2000s w/DB&GS after switching to a Fender - the guy could really blaze - great post by Gina in the other thread about this


rmack - 9/7/2019 at 10:29 PM

Very, very cool.


bluesboy57 - 9/16/2019 at 08:04 PM

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Tremendous photo of Dan, man what a player he was, especially late 80s w/Gregg & early 2000s w/DB&GS after switching to a Fender - the guy could really blaze - great post by Gina in the other thread about this


I deeply regret not seeing Dan. I caught DB & Great Southern just after Dan left. Duane Betts assumed the role and was quite impressive, but I sure missed seeing Dan. Damn shame he passed at such a relatively young age.


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