- The first Gallagher guitar model, the G-50, was named after J.W.’s last initial and his age at the time it was made.
- Doc Watson specifically requested the flatter, C-shaped neck profile on what is now the Doc Watson model. “He thought it would give him a faster action,” said J.W., in a 1978 interview with the Tennessee Folklore Society. “I told him I hadn’t noticed him having any problem that way!”
- J.W. made the “G” headstock inlay by cutting around a “G” he snipped from the masthead of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. (The T-G has since changed the font. We have not.)
- It was Merle Travis who famously described Doc’s Gallagher’s sound with the expression, “Rings like a bell!” Travis and Watson were recording on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s seminal 1972 album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, when Merle uttered the statement.
- The first GC-70 (000 body size) was built for Grandpa Jones, upon Ramona’s request. It was her gift to him, Christmas 1968. She picked it up from the shop on Christmas Eve.
Gallagher Guitar Owners (past and present)
Hank Williams, Jr.