GALLAGHER GUITAR LEGACY LINES
Our Gallagher Guitar Legacy Lines include some firsts in the Gallagher Guitar family. The first Gallagher guitar, the G-50, was made in 1965 and included mahogany back and sides. The G-70, created a year later in 1966, was Gallagher’s first rosewood guitar.
The G-50 is so named because J.W. Gallagher was 50 years of age at the time he created it. A G-50 was Doc Watson’s first Gallagher guitar that he used from 1968 through 1974 before helping design our current Doc Watson model. The G-50 has mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. Mahogany is a stiff, hard and dense tone wood that provides a distinctly warm, woody tone. Known as a great flatpicking guitar which is also great for strong, heavy bluegrass strumming. As a guitar line, the G-50 can be built in any of the seven body sizes, e.g., a SG-50, GA-50, Parlor 50. All of the woods and appointments are the same as the G-50.
The first Gallagher G-70 was built in 1966. It was our first rosewood guitar and one of our Gallagher Guitar Legacy Lines. The G-70 was the most popular model for many years because of its versatility to fulfill different musical roles from rhythm to picking a lead. Our East Indian rosewood guitars are attractive to the eyes and pleasant to the ears. Rosewood provides clear, bright highs with enhanced lows so the mids do not tend to be as pronounced. Its resonance can be heard as dark and complex, with rich overtones and what has been called a metallic in nature. As a guitar line, the G-70 can be built in any of the seven body sizes, e.g., a G-70m, SG-70, GA-70, Parlor 70. All of the woods and appointments are the same as the G-70.
Upgrades and additional features are available for cutaway body, electronics, and cases. In addition, 12 string guitars can be built from these models.