2006 Gallagher Doc Watson Dreadnought Sitka Spruce and Mahogany ID-8503
2006 Gallagher Doc Watson Dreadnought Sitka Spruce and Mahogany
Gallagher Guitars have long been associated with the Watson's. In 1968 Doc and Merle Watson started playing guitars made by J.W. and Don Gallagher, a G-50 and a G-40 respectively. This orginal G-50 which Doc called Ol Hoss is on display at he Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. In 1974 a guitar was made for Doc by J.W. Gallagher which incorporated some particular features Doc wanted. This guitar became the Gallagher Doc Watson Model.
The Doc Watson model is constructed with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. The top bracing is scalloped and shaped by hand to produce a powerful, clean tone. The fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony for durability as well as beauty.
Sitka Spruce isn't as stiff as Adirondack and has a lower stiffness-to-weight ratio. A positive side-effect of this more flexible soundboard is that it doesn't take near as much strength to produce tone. A player with a lighter attack or even fingerstyle players will find Sitka Spruce much more suited to their playing style. When paired with mahogany, you get a guitar that is extremely well balanced with a dry, woody tone. Mahogany is also known for being generally easy to record, as they are much more balanced in front of a microphone before you even reach for the eq. This guitar plays like a dream, is comfortable, and sounds like an old friend! Warm, and woody, dry, with nice crisp trebles.
This particular guitar is in fantastic condition. The fingerboard had a small crack roughly between the 13th and 17th fret which has been repaired and is stable. There are a couple of very small surface only scratches and indentations on the top lower bout, side and back. The case has a melted spot on the top which is pictured with the detailed photos below. The fretwear is very minor in the first position and it includes the original hardshell case.
- Serial: 3233
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 25"
- Year: 2006
- Inlays: MOP Dot fingerboard inlays
- Rosette: Herringbone
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Bridge: Ebony
- Bridge Pins: Ivoroid with Ebony Dots
- Tuners: Nickel Schaller Tuners
- Purfling: Herringbone
- Body Binding: Ivoroid
- Headstock Binding: Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Tortoise Style
- Backstrip: Zigzag
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
- Headstock Inlay: Gallager Logo
- Frets To Body: 14
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included