Yesterday was Don Gallagher Appreciation Day in Murfreesboro TN

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I couldn’t attend, but I did dig out this 1969 Gallagher G-45M (12 fret, slot head, Sitka over mahogany), put new Martin Retro Monel light gauge strings on it, and entertained at a graduation party.

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This guitar is, without a doubt, one of the 5 best sounding guiars I have ever played. It is light, resonant, very well intonated, set up medium low, and very well aged.

Grandpa Jones played a 000 12-fret from the same year. Doc Watson played a G-50 from the same year on the Will The Circle Be Unbroken album 50 years ago. (That is the one Merle Travis said “…that guitar rings like a bell”)

I have been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to have been able to play both the Jones and Watson guitars. (The G-50 is also in the top 5 of best sounding guitars I have played.)
 

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12 fret slot head D is on my wish list!
Never had the opportunity to play a Gallagher.
But I sure will just as soon as the opportunity presents itself.
A couple Februarys ago I drove up to Murfreesboro and bought my
Martin HD-28V. Had I known about Gallagher then maybe I’d have stopped in.
Probably best I didn’t.
 

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You all know I have a week spot for Gallagher guitars.

It is fun spotting them in public.

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This is Phillip Steinmetz playing Grandpa Jones’ little GC-70, which coincidentally was the last guitar built the year my G-45M was put together. 1969 was a good year in Wartrace TN.
 
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