Gallagher Guitars

(Heirlooms Music is the authorized distributor for this brand in Singapore)

IN 1968, Doc Watson was picking under a tree at a music festival with Merle Watson.  J.W. Gallagher and son, Don walked over and offered for Doc to play the guitar that was in the case they were carrying. Doc did, liked the sound and when he went to hand it back, they struck a deal. “Keep it, for as long as you play it.”

That guitar became Ol Hoss and it was the first Gallagher guitar that year. The last that year was bought by the late, great, Grandpa Jones.  

Today, the Gallagher family keeps doing what they do like nobody else…they make guitars that ring like a bell.J.W. Gallagher first began woodworking as a cabinetmaker in Wartrace, Tennessee in 1939. He made fine quality furniture. However, by the 1960’s, J.W. Gallagher was making quality guitars exclusively.

Don Gallagher, the fifth generation Gallagher born in Wartrace.  He literally grew up working in his father's shop. In the early 1960's he closely assisted his father in development of the guitar business.

In 1976, Don Gallagher assumed the responsibility of operating the family business when his father semi-retired.  He knows guitars, he’s built guitars for the best in the business.  That’s probably what he’s doing this very minute.


J.W, Don and now his son, Stephen who can explain the physics of what makes a Gallagher a Gallagher, and at the same time, tell you about hiding in the fireplace when he was a child when some pretty famous names in the music business would come over to the house, pick and talk guitar on a Sunday afternoon.


Gallagher Guitars are built by hand in very limited numbers. From 1965 to 2005 only 3037 instruments were made, that’s around 75 a year. Limited numbers, unlimited care.There is no substitute for fine craftsmanship in a musical instrument. The workmanship on all Gallagher guitars is the same regardless of price or model.

The difference in cost of the various models is governed by the cost of materials and the amount and type of trim used. And nothing else.


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