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 guitars of various body sizes, all with cherry backs, sides, and necks. As the guitars are taking shape, we’ll post here about their progress!

Today, we select beams with as straight of a grain as we can find to cut into segments that will become guitar necks. Gallagher guitar necks are made from a single piece of wood; it’s important to use wood with straight grain so the neck won’t bow later. We use a neck pattern to trace the shape in chalk onto the cut segments.