GUITAR OF THE MONTH
1968 Gallagher G- 50
Doc Watson’s first Gallagher, “Ol’hoss,” was
presented to him in 1968. A G- 50 model with a
cracked side, it was never intended for sale, but
Doc fell in love with it. It’s been in the Country
Music Hall of Fame since 1975, and recently
returned to the Gallagher factory for a tune-up.
Stephen Gallagher reports that after a new set of
strings it was in perfect playing condition.
The back and sides are Honduras mahogany with
ivoroid binding; top is Sitka spruce; the neck is
mahogany with rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
Ol’hoss is serial number 68001, the first guitar built
at the Gallagher factory in 1968. Grandpa Jones
got the last Gallagher made in 1968.