Today would have been Allen Woody's 61st birthday and all of us at Epiphone hope that you'll take this opportunity to check out Woody's story, his music, and his legacy--the Epiphone Allen Woody Rumblekat Bass
which Woody designed and tried out in concert with Gov't Mule in Nashville before his sudden death in 1999. Woody and guitarist Warren Haynes had met as members of the re-formed Allman Brothers Band and had put together Gov't Mule with drummer Matt Abts in 1994 intending to perform on the Allman's off-touring dates. But Gov't Mule's modern improvisational approach quickly developed a devoted following so Woody and Haynes resigned from the Allmans three years later. And Woody--tall, tattooed, and with his distinctive gunslinger mustache--was on his way to becoming a rock icon of his own.
"We knew that we had a great band in Gov't Mule," Woody told Guitar.com
, "and we knew we could do something with it. When you hear us play it mesmerizes me. If nothing else, the talent that Warren and Matt possess and the chemistry that the three of us have together, you know, it's a once-in-a-lifetime situation."
Woody worked part-time at Gruhn Guitars as well as Gibson Customer Service where he easily made friends with anyone who was a good musician passing through Nashville. Scott Harrison, a longtime member of Epiphone's R&D Department, met Woody while working in the Custom Shop. "We got to be good friends, both being bass players. He was a gregarious guy. He was funny. He was sharp. He always found the little things he could poke you with. He was good natured." Read our feature on Woody and check out his signature bass.