1958 Gibson Les Paul played onstage for years by Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band hits the auction block

Dickey Betts
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A 1958 sunburst Gibson Les Paul owned and played on stage by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has hit the auction block. 

According to Gotta Have Rock and Roll, the auction house hosting the listing, the electric guitar – which requires a minimum bid of $500,000, but is expected to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million – started life as a Goldtop, and Betts had Gibson refinish it with a sunburst look some time in the early ‘70s.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.