• Fine Musical Instruments auction at Christies

    Sale 2588

    Fine Musical Instruments

    27 November 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 20

    GALLAGHER GUITAR CO.

    A GUITAR, G-50, THE EX-DOC WATSON KNOWN AS 'OL' HOSS', WARTRACE, TN, 1968

    Price Realised  

    GALLAGHER GUITAR CO.
    A GUITAR, G-50, THE EX-DOC WATSON KNOWN AS 'OL' HOSS', WARTRACE, TN, 1968
    Labeled Model No. G-50 Serial No. 68001 Guaranteed Perfect By J. W. Gallagher GALLAGHER GUITAR CO. WARTRACE, TENN., length of body: 19 13/16 in. (50.3 cm) with case, pick, Ballads from Deep Gap LP and original strap engraved DOC WATSON (3)


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    Provenance

    Don Gallagher
    Country Music Hall of Fame
    Doc Watson


    Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was born in Deep Gap, North Carolina in 1923. After losing his eye sight as an infant he would develop an uncanny ability to navigate his surroundings and environment through heightened hearing powers and his auditory strengths would later contribute to his musical abilities and excellence. Watson's performance career began as a street musician and later with country dance bands, playing banjo, guitar, and harmonica. He developed a dynamic and melodic approach to finger picking and flat picking styles with his interpretations of American colloquial music. He was equally adept in performing a multitude of musical genres from ragtime, bluegrass, gospel, rock and roll, popular song, and country music. In his sixty years as a performer he would garner eight Grammy awards and indelibly influence generations of flat picking and finger-picking guitarists.
    Doc Watson was known to play on a Martin D-18 as well as Gibson Les Paul among other guitars. But his most iconic instrument would become this Gallagher G-50. Gifted to him by the maker J.W. Gallagher, Watson christened the guitar "Ol' Hoss"and used it on the seminal recording sessions for the 1972 LP Will the Circle Be Unbroken. In 1975 the guitar was placed with the Country Music Hall of Fame where it resided on exhibition until recently.


    Literature

    Kent Gustavson, The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson: Blind but Now I See,Tulsa, OK, 2010, pgs. 86, 93-96.


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