We documented the construction of the very first Gallagher cherry guitar (model G-50C), built in late summer 2016. This guitar is made from a stash of local old growth cherry, purchased by J.W. in the 1950s. Follow its story in these posts.

The Birth of a Guitar (Part X)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part X)

  Today is it! The guitar is finally ready to be set up and played! We’ve got all hands on deck for this one – the current shop owner, Stephen, and his dad, Don. They glue on the bridge, put in the tuners, wind the strings, put everything together,... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part IX)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part IX)

Now that all of the finishing prep work is done, we are ready to start putting shellac on the guitar. We use a small cloth to rub very thin layers (and layers and layers) onto each surface of the guitar. These layers will eventually build on themselves, creating one... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part VIII)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part VIII)

First thing this morning, we sand off the pore fill left to dry yesterday. The guitar is sanded so that the filler stays in the dimples of the grain, but comes off of the rest of the wood. With the pores all filled, the wood is now completely level and ready to be... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part VII)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part VII)

Now that the guitar is all put together, it is ready to be finished and set up. The first step to finishing is pore filling the hardwood. We make a pore fill for each type of wood using joint compound and a variety of colored dyes. This cherry pore fill looks very... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part VI)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part VI)

Since we last checked in, the sides of this guitar were shaped and glued to the top and back. Then the body was bound with brown tortoise shell-like binding, and the neck blank was carved into shape. The fingerboard and headplate were glued to the neck blank, making... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part V)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part V)

A few photos from what happened between day 4 and 5 of this blog. These two guitars are other models; we’ll check back in with the cherry guitar tomorrow! Sanding the bindings. Carving the fingerboard for... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part IV)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part IV)

Thankful today that the drum sander’s repair is holding up, we use it to sand the back smooth and down to the correct thickness. The thickness is measured with a caliper along the way. The cherry that we are using for the back and sides turns out to be very... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part III)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part III)

Today we concentrate on making the guitar’s rim. Wood for the sides is chosen and cut down to size, then sanded (here, with a hand-held sander, because the drum sander veritably exploded mid-sand). We also create a headblock and stamp it with the guitar’s... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part II)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part II)

Today we go back into the attic and look in J.W.’s old wood stash for cherry boards to make guitar backs. The boards are cut and planed so that they are level and the desired thickness. We also find a piece of rosewood to use as a decorative center section for... read more
The Birth of a Guitar (Part I)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part I)

Recently, we found a trove of old-growth cherry in the attic, remnants of J.W.’s years making furniture in the workshop where we now build guitars. In celebration of Gallagher Guitar’s 50th birthday in 2016, we are using this wood to make a set of 20... read more