Watch Jason Isbell Play Duane Allman’s Les Paul Guitar
Jason Isbell has not been shy about his appreciation for classic guitars and has assembled an impressive collection of instruments that includes the “Red Eye,” a 1959 Les Paul previously owned by Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame. Isbell recently took to Instagram to share video in which he tests out another famous guitar — Duane Allman’s iconic 1957 goldtop Les Paul.
Allman’s axe resided at The Big House Museum in Macon for years before the guitar was purchased for $1.25 million at auction last September. Big House staffers would bring Gibson Les Paul to concerts from time-to-time and let guitarists use the instrument. One such guitarist was Jason Isbell.
Duane not only used the guitar during his time in The Allman Brothers Band and while recording “Layla” with Derek & The Dominos, but he purportedly recorded a number of sessions with the instrument while he was a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama — not far from where Jason grew up. Isbell’s video sees him play a number of Allman-esque riffs with a slide. The clip was shot and sent to Jason by his 400 Unit band mate, guitarist Sadler Vaden.
“Many moons ago when the boys from the Big House brought Duane Allman’s goldtop Les Paul out to the show,” reads a note from Isbell accompanying the video. Watch the clip below: