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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Anyone Got Experience with Gallagher Guitars?

Jim Webster
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USA

Dec 11th, 2002 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not that I'm not happy with my high-mileage Guild D40, but I still keep looking for the high-end guitar to play for the rest of my days and leave to my grandson.

I've been checking out Gallagher's web site lately and thinking, "Good enough for Doc Watson...," So does anyone have hands-on experience. I'm interested in the assessement of Gallagers vs high-end Martins, Gibsons -- and yes Guilds and in the difference between the rosewood models (my knee-jerk inclination for a high-class acoustic) and the Doc model which is mahogany with a wide 1 3/4 neck. The prices are in the low-to mid $2k range though with a mother of pearl fetish you could spend up to $7K.

I'm going to Merle Fest in North Carolina in April and plan on checking them out while I'm down there -- but I'd appreaciate any first-hand playing or up-close listening opinions.

WA4KDC

Wausau, Florida

Dec 12th, 2002 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never played one, never saw a lefty. But I've seen them in stores. Lived not to far from there for many years & always meant to stop in at the "factory" but never seemed to have the time.

Back in the 1970's & early 80's they got a bad rep due to neck problems. But that has long since been behind them. When you hold a Gallagher one word comes to mind QUALITY. They are made from the best materials with extremely good craftsmanship.

As an investment, a high end Martin is probably a better deal. :(


Sgt
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TENN. (South Middle)

just a "learning fool"...
Dec 15th, 2002 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also live in the same county (Bedford county) that the Gallagher factory is located (Wartrace, TN.) and have been by there a few times....(it's located in a very unasumming building (old) that houses several other businesses and except for a sign over the door you'd never know it was there...

Now I have never played a "Gallagher" so my comments are minimal at best and more than likely not what your looking for...but for what it's worth I have heard nothing but good things about them...butthey also are not widely distributed...and last summer I was talking to one of their employees at the NAMM show in Nashville...and I learned this...they have only about 6 or so employees and they make about maybe a thousand guitars a year...and a fair percentage of those are customed ordered...so I'd think that there's not many to be had...

While I was typing this post I thought to myself there's not much of anything I can ad to it other then offfering to go by the factory and check them out...(I was told by the employee at the NAMM show that I could drop up anytime I'd like to see their operation...so if you'd like I could go and do this for you...maybe even print this "post" and bring that alone and maybe I'd get factory tour... and get some more first hand info for you...

That's about the best I can do for you...

Later
Sgt...

SteveYetter
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Santa Cruz, CA

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Dec 15th, 2002 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Played a rosewood model in a store about 10 years ago. Very nice, but too pricey even used, for me.
Pretty much played and sounded like a Martin, but had nicer wooden trim accents.

Mikegilles

Southern California

Mike Gilles
Dec 17th, 2002 01:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gallaghers are played by many fine bluegrass and fingerstyle players. Doc Watson's signature edition was purchased by Steve Kaufman -- three time flatpicking champion -- before they decided to make a signature edition for him. Now I know that Kaufmann plays a Collings 000-2H on a regular basis, but I don't think he's gotten rid of his Gallagher. My advice to you is to test drive a few of the higher end Martins, and then check out some of the Collings before you interview any custom guitar makers. You may fall in love with the perfect guitar for your progeny any step along the way. I guarantee you won't make a mistake if you trust your own instincts. I own 2 Martins, 2 Collings, 1 Lowden, 1 Rainsong, and1 Gibson ES-335 Dot Reissue, and I'm looking for the right Fender for that empty part of my heart. I'm considering a Gallagher 12-string to satisfy those songs that stir my heart as only Roger Mcguinn can do.
Regards,
Mike Gilles
Regards,
Mike Gilles

(This message was last edited by Mikegilles at 01:29 AM, Dec 17th, 2002)

Mikegilles

Southern California

Mike Gilles
Dec 17th, 2002 01:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gallaghers are played by many fine bluegrass and fingerstyle players. Doc Watson's signature edition was purchased by Steve Kaufman -- three time flatpicking champion -- before they decided to make a signature edition for him. Now I know that Kaufmann plays a Collings 000-2H on a regular basis, but I don't think he's gotten rid of his Gallagher. My advice to you is to test drive a few of the higher end Martins, and then check out some of the Collings before you interview any custom guitar makers. You may fall in love with the perfect guitar for your progeny any step along the way. I guarantee you won't make a mistake if you trust your own instincts. I own 2 Martins, 2 Collings, 1 Lowden, 1 Rainsong, and1 Gibson ES-335 Dot Reissue, and I'm looking for the right Fender for that empty part of my heart. I'm considering a Gallagher 12-string to satisfy those songs that stire my heart as only Roger Mcguinn can do.
Regards,
Mike Gilles
Regards,
Mike Gilles

(This message was last edited by Mikegilles at 01:29 AM, Dec 17th, 2002)

Jim Webster
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Dec 17th, 2002 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks all for your comments. And thanks Sgt for the offer to check these out in person. I may take you up in it later if needed but I think I'll get a chance to try out Gallaghers (and Collings, Martin, Gibson, Taylor et. al.) at Merlefest in the spring. They'll have vendor tent space. I know they're awarding a Gallagher as first prize in the amateur guitar picking contest (and would you believe a Taylor as SECOND prize?). But knowning full well I have about as much chance as my dog as winning a guitar picking contest at a festival where half the audience can probably hold their own with the featured performers, I'll still have lots of fun checking out the high-end axes. I'm not ready to buy for a while (new roof needed first), but in the meantime looking is fun in its own right.

Sgt
Contributing Member

TENN. (South Middle)

just a "learning fool"...
Dec 18th, 2002 04:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh and for what it's worth...last spring I started looking for an acoustic guitar...one that was above the average off the wall but not one that was strictly custom shop...and after looking and looking ad playin htis one and that one...it got narrowed down to either a Guild or a Taylor and Taylor won out...played just a tab better than the Guild...FWIW....

I saw the Gallagher rep at the NAMM show and he asked me if I wanted to play one..I passt aminly because it was so noisy at the show that you wouldn't be able to hear it plus their price range was way out of line on what I wanted to spend but they sure looked nice...

If you like you can always e-mail me I expect to be still around...

Good Luck...

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