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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (1) 1961 Fender Rory’s iconic 1961 Fender Stratocaster. Rory bought this guitar for £100 in 1963 on credit from the owner of Crowley’s Music Store in Cork, Michael Crowley. According to the legend, this was the first Stratocaster to ever reach Ireland.
The story of how Rory came to own his 1961 Fender Stratocaster is somewhat interesting in itself....
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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (3) 1966 Fender “A white ‘66 Telecaster. The lead pickup was rewound. It was repainted; I stripped it down to its natural wood, and then I tried to get the natural creme finish that I could get, but it turned out kind of white. I used that with Taste as well. It’s a very good Tele” Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (4) Telecaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (5) 1959 Fender First photos of Rory playing this guitar that we know of were taken by Richard Zimmermann on October 20, 1971, in Milwaukee, and then on The Beat Club performance in December 1971 so it is somewhat safe to say that Rory acquired it sometime in summer or early fall 1971.

Beat Club December 26th, 1971
The guitar...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (7) 1963 Gretsch Purchased for $50-80 in a Pawnshop in the late 70s. This eventually became a substitute guitar for the Esquire.

At present I’m using a Gretsch Corvette for slide instead of the Esquire. The Corvette is Gretsch’s attempt at a Les Paul Junior, but I took off the Gretsch pickup because it was too weak and I...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (9) 1958 Fender Rory's No.2 Fender Stratocaster which he purchased while on tour in the US in early 1976, which he used mainly in the studio."I have just bought a new Stratocaster, also second-hand, it looks newer, but it is older than the one I already had. This one is from '58."OOR Magazine, March 1976"I have a ‘57... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (10) Stratocaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (11) 1968 Martin Rory’s acoustic playing is oft-forgotten, but he was a fine flat-top player – and for most of his recording career, he used this D-35.

Rory using the Martin during the Deuce album sessions in 1971. Photo by Mick Rock.
"The Martin D35 I got in London in '69.It's getting better.I had to get a new bridge part...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (13) 1932 National Rory bought this National while on tour in the US in 1973, it's most recognisable on his performance of 'As The Crow Flies' from the Irish Tour film and album and was used by Rory on most acoustic slide numbers.

"I got it from a guy in the States. You get these traveling guitar salesman going...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (15) 1958 Unknown Rory's first guitar which he played from the age of 9 at talent contests across his hometown of Cork City, Ireland.

"I've still got a three-quarter size guitar I had when I was nine. It was in my grandmother's attic for years and I'd forgotten about it. I had a piece of a school ruler on...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (17) 1968 Coral Donal Gallagher:
"Rory had written the track ‘Philby’ about the Cold War and was keen to have some mysterious Eastern flavour on the track. The answer lay in having the sitar guitar to get a kind of balalaika effect, but Coral had only made 50 of these guitars and we only knew where 5 of them...
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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (19) 1978 Fender Rory was first seen using this 1978 Fender Musicmaster around 1982 when touring his Jinx album. Rory added another pickup in the bridge position to make it closer to a Tele / Strat setup and in the early 80s Rory would plug this guitar in live if his '61 Strat was playing up. A case... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (20) Musicmaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (21) 1921 Martin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjj05_PDFjg

Rory's Martin Mandolin which he would famously play on the song 'Going To My Hometown'.

"That was another lucky find. It's an OM model — the orchestra model. Stefan Grossman had the guitar version and it's a gorgeous-looking instrument. It's a small folk-size mandolin but it joins at the 14th fret. It's got a mahogany finish...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (23) 1968 Selmer Rory bought this Saxophone ahead recording the Taste album ‘On The Boards’, on which he played the sax on the songs ‘On The Boards’ and ‘It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again’.

“I still play bits and pieces. On Tattoo, it’s on “A Million Miles Away.” There’s a little hit on “Hands Off,” and “Seventh Son of...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (25) 1979 Fender Fender representatives Don Johnston and Larry Newman presented Rory with a brand new Pearl White 25th Anniversary Strat in New York in November 1979.

Rory with his brand new 25th Anniversary Stratocaster and Fender Representatives in 1979 (L-R Don Johnston, Rory Gallagher, Larry Newman.
They thought I couldn’t afford a nice and clean...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (27) 1960 Gibson Rory was a big fan of Melody Makers, and he eventually owned four of them. With Gibsons, he liked having just one pickup, especially for slide.

"This 1960 Melody Maker was beefed up with a humbucker squeezed into the oval extension of the pickguard, which would have otherwise sported a slender, 7/8-inch-wide pickup with a plastic...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (29) 1976 Fender Rory acquired this Telecaster Deluxe around the time of the Notes From San Francisco recordings in 1977/1978.“I got a Fender Tele-Deluxe with the humbuckers, might as well see what they’re like.There’s no doubt they have that heavy fatsound the single-coils don't have, but the main problem with most guitars with humbuckers, untilrecently, is that they... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (30) Telecaster Deluxe Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (31) 1958 Gibson Rory bought this guitar while recording an album in San Francisco. Rory is seen playing this Les Paul Jr in polaroids taken by producer Eliot Mazer during the recording sessions at His Masters Wheels studios.

"The last one I bought is an old Les Paul junior; you know the one with one pickup. A very good...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (33) 1965 National A couple of decades before Jack White made the Res-O-Glas-bodied catalogue guitar iconic, Rory was again ahead of the curve, picking up this red-and-white beauty and using it onstage in the 1980s.
Rory playing 'I Wonder Who' on the Airline at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1985:
https://youtu.be/Z7ITZgsd4x4
Guitarist Paul Fenton recounted seeing Rory with this guitar in...
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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (35) 1957 Supro This Supro is yet another homage to the American blues guitarists who first captured Rory’s imagination. According toPalmtrees, Señoritas... and Rocket Ships!,Mark Makin’s comprehensive reference book on Nationals, Supros and related guitar brands, Rory’s example appears to be the second iteration of the Dual-Tone, which first appeared in 1954. This updated version, which went on... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (36) Dual Tone Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (37) 1962 Supro This guitar was gifted to Rory by fellow guitarist Paul Fenton in 1985.

"Rory said, shook our hands warmly and we trotted up the stairs so the lad could see the 'baited hook', a 1962 Supro...Paul handed Rory one of the Supros. "Ah yes, indeed, it's abeauty," he said, handing it back. Paul wouldn't take it....

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (39) 1960 Silvertone Rory used this late 1950's - early 1960's Silvertone 1323 guitar during the Tattoo album sessions, it featured in particular on the classic tracks 'A Million Miles Away' and 'Cradle Rock'.

Rory Gallagher plays an electric guitar in a recording studio on 23rd July 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

“In America, if...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (41) 1961 Kay Rory was wide-rang­ing in his tastes in gui­tars and was often drawn to in­stru­ments by bud­get Amer­i­can gui­tar brands that were found in the hands of blues­men in the 50s and 60s. Such is the case with this Kay K1962 Value Leader elec­tric, an af­ford­able model that was avail­able in sin­gle-, dou­ble- and triple pickup... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (42) K1962 Value Leader Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (43) 1965 Teisco Rory gave seriousconsideration to guitar oddities and used them as valid musical tools. If they had a sound or a vibe he liked, they got played. Such was the case with this Japanese-made 1965 Teisco TRG-1 with a built-in speaker, which was used on his final studio recordings; a Peter Green tribute album called Rattlesnake... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (44) TRG-1 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (45) 1964 Epiphone Rory used this beautiful Epiphone Casino when working on the Jinx album in 1982. As a big John Lennon fan, Rory probably liked the similarity to John's Casino from the Let It Be film / rooftop concert.

It was also used on the Defender album on the track 'Don't Start Me Talkin';

"Rhythm is on an old...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (47) 1974 Guyatone Rory worked with Mr. Tomioka of the Guyatone guitar company on this artist model which was presented to him in January 1975.

THE HAND BOOK (Player Corporation) Japan 1977

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (49) 1980's Takamine Rory bought this Takamine acoustic as a back up / live alternative for his Martin D35 while on tour in Japan in 1991.

"It's as close to the Martin as I've heard. I got it on this Japanese trip. I'm impressed with it. When you plug it in, there's no great volume drop when you go...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (51) 1967 Vox Rory would've picked up this electric 12 string guitar because he was a big Brian Jones fan. Brian was the first person Rory ever saw playing slide guitar and that had a big, big impact on him.

Rory used this 12 string Vox for rhythm guitar parts in the studio:

"I have another very singular one. It...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (53) 1980's Washburn Rory bought this Washburn Tanglewood electro acoustic to use as an alternative to his Martin D35 in the early 1980s. He played it live on his Jinx album tour dates and was filmed with it at his show from Offenburg, Germany 16/1/1982:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFXtio4_siQ&t=131s

In the studio Rory used this guitar on the tracks 'Seven Days' and 'Loanshark...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (55) 1960s Harmony "I've got a 12 string Harmony Sovereign, which I use quite a lot on recordings - I had the neck taken off and put back on to get a better action."International Musician and Recording World, December 1976"When the interview was over, we tried to leave his house, but he came out to the sunny garden... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (56) H1270 Sovereign 12 String Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (57) 1960s Stella Rory played this 12 string acoustic in the 1990s. Here's a clip of him playing it and explaining the similarities between American blues and Irish music on Rory's last TV session in 1994 on UTV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfAc8QbafAk

Original catalog description:

STELLA 12-STRING GUITAR
Auditorium size, made of selected hardwoods. Well shaped neck with adjustable Torque-Lok reinforcing rod. Ebonized maple fingerboard...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (59) 1963 Epiphone The old adage of “less being more” may have struck a chord with Rory, at least with this particular guitar.

This Epiphone Coronet from 1963, with its single P-90 pickup and beautifully checked and faded finish, it might be the most eye-catching guitar in the collection. Rory absolutely loved P-90s. He had them in Les Paul...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (61) 1981 Fender Rory used this Fender Lead in the early 1980s. He originally changed the setup of the guitar adding a Dimarzio as a neck pickup and had the neck stripped, as Rory didn't like the gloss on Fender necks. This photo comes from the 1982 Jinx album rehearsal sessions.Rory playing the guitar live. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (62) Lead II Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (63) 1968 Mosrite Daniel Gallagher:

“He liked Joe Maphis, but this is definitely out of the ‘looks cool’ section as opposed to anything that was particularly useful! He’d no doubt have gone, ‘That looks mad… four pickups – okay, just break off the tremolo arm and we’ll be sorted!...I could never imagine Rory being a double-neck player live. For...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (65) 1957 Rickenbacker Rory had an eye for the unconventional and the unusual too, long before weird pawn-shop guitars were dragged into the mainstream by the likes of Jack White and Dan Auerbach. One such oddity is a late-50s Rickenbacker Combo 400 – with its gold anodised scratchplate and a back covered in a grey non-slip material made... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (66) Combo 400 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (67) 1959 Gibson "A Les Paul Junior's a nice guitar; you get a good, tough Junior that's a great sound. I've heard some great sounds on those."

Guitarist, June 1987

TheGibson Les Paul Jr.is a solid-body electric guitar introduced in 1954 as an affordable, entry-levelLes Paul. It was first released with a single-cutaway body style; models with a double-cutaway body...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (69) 1959 Gretsch Rory used this Gretsch Chet Atkins on his 1990 Fresh Evidence album.

"The other odd man out, on the record, is a Chet Atkins Gretsch, a small bodied one, Les Paul shaped. I used that on 'Middle Name' for rhythm, and for the rhythm on 'King Zydeco.'"

Guitar for the practicing musician, August 1991

Rory playing his 1959...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (71) 1964 Burns Burns Guitars London was an English manufacturer of electric guitars and bass guitars, founded by Alice Louise Farrell and James Ormston Burns in 1959. The company was first named "Burns-Weill", then renamed "Ormston Burns Ltd". At its peak, in the 1960s, it was the most successful guitar company in England. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (72) Bison Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (73) Early 1960's Bjarton Rory bought this acoustic in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1967 and recorded the song 'Hail' with it for the debut Taste album.

"I've got an old Bjarton guitar and it's beautiful. It's a very small guitar like the small Martins. Blind Blake used to use one — it's like a ragtime guitar. The neck joins the body...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (75) 1960 Danelectro Rory with his Danelectro 3021 Short Horn guitar in French music magazine Rock & Folk, February 1980. Rory once said “A lot of the guitars in my collection are not really worth much, but they’re just interesting to me”.Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (76) 3021 Short Horn Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (77) 1976 Travis Bean "Yes, I tried a Travis Bean. They gave me one of those, luckily, but I haven’t been able to come to terms with it yet. It's quite a heavy guitar for walking round the stage with, but it’s a nice guitar, got that infinite sustain."

Guitar–the magazine for all guitarists, September 1978

The TB500 model guitars were...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (79) 1978 Ibanez The Ibanez MC500 Musician is a superb piece of guitar art and engineering from Fuji Gen Gakki. Meeting the taste for exotic woods with natural finishes, the MC500 was made using a sandwich of either carved walnut or dark-stained ash with a maple center and walnut or ash back, around a laminated maple and mahogany... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (80) MC500DS Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (81) 1979 Ibanez The Ibanez MC500 Musician is a superb piece of guitar art and engineering from Fuji Gen Gakki. Meeting the taste for exotic woods with natural finishes, the MC500 was made using a sandwich of either carved walnut or dark-stained ash with a maple center and walnut or ash back, around a laminated maple and mahogany... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (82) MC500DS Musician Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (83) 1979 Ibanez ST300 is an intermediate model from the Studio series made by Ibanez. This series is dedicated to the players who prefer discreet looks of their guitars or are in need of a versatile instrument for studio work. ST300 comes with a flat mahogany body with double cutaway and neck-through construction. There is no binding around... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (84) ST300 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (85) 1960 Silvertone Rory was attracted to cheap guitars like the Supros and Silvertones, rather than expensive all‑singing-and-dancing new guitars, because they were what the original blues players used. This coral red 1360 has had some mods including the addition of two single coil pickups in place of the lipstick pickups the guitar came with, plus a Fender... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (86) 1360 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (87) 1959 Silvertone Beginning Fall 1957: these models used the new Dano masonite/Poplar (or pine) wood frame, 13.25" wide, single cutaway, body style. Available in black enamel color.Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (88) 1319 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (89) 1963 Gibson The Gibson Melody Maker was first launched in 1959 and discontinued in 1971. It had a thin slab-style mahogany body and a one-piece mahogany neck. All the electronics, from the small single-coil pickups to the cable jack, were assembled on the pickguard and installed in a rout in the front of the body. The strings... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (90) Melody Maker 'D' Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (91) 1964 Gibson This Gibson Melody Maker has definitely been tinkered with. Rory removed the original single coil pickups and put in one trusty P90 pickup in their place.

The Gibson Melody Maker was first launched in 1959 and discontinued in 1971. It had a thin slab-style mahogany body and a one-piece mahogany neck. All the electronics, from the...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (93) 1965 Teisco This leftfield electric comes from Teisco, a Japanese budget brand which during the mid 1960s was bringing its eccentric design approach to guitars such as this offset. When he was on the road, especially in America, he would just go into pawn shops and buy these odd types of guitars such as Kays, Harmonys, Tokais... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (94) Del Rey TG-64 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (95) 1959 Burns Weill Manufactured in London.

In 1959, Burns teamed up with Henry Weill and produced a small range of solid body ‘Burns Weill’ instruments, with complete electrical assemblies supplied and manufactured by Weill. These units were noticeably hotter, with visual influences similar to early Guyatone manufactured solid guitars, starting to appear in the UK in the late 50s.
As...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (97) 1959 Burns Weill Manufactured in London.

In 1959, Burns teamed up with Henry Weill and produced a small range of solid body ‘Burns Weill’ instruments, with complete electrical assemblies supplied and manufactured by Weill. These units were noticeably hotter, with visual influences similar to early Guyatone manufactured solid guitars, starting to appear in the UK in the late 50s.
As...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (99) 1960 Supro The Supro / Valco Coronado was one of a large number of models built in the early 1960’s by Valco under the Supro and National names. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois due to that city’s central location for manufacturing and distribution, Valco was the heir to the National and Dobro companies. They made musical instruments and... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (100) Coronado Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (101) 1960 Kay Rory photographed with this Kay Swingmaster for the album artwork of his last record 'Fresh Evidence'

The Kay K672 Swingmaster was one of the many guitars produced by Kay in the early 1960's. It is a thinline hollowbody archtop, with a single rounded (florentine) cutaway and two pickups.
The body is built with maple laminate; the neck...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (103) 1963 Gretsch Unlike Rory's other more famous, Gretsch Corvette, this model was left in it's original setup. From the 1965 Gretsch catalog:Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (104) Corvette PX6135 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (105) 1965 Guild The S-200 Thunderbird was unveiled in 1963, Rory probably was attracted to this odd bird because Muddy Waters played one when he had an endorsement deal with them in 1966.

The Thunderbird had both lead and rhythm circuits. In lead mode you got a volume and tone control with a lower value capacitor that gave you...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (107) 1998 Fender Fender Custom Shop designers met Donal Gallagher, brother of late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, in Los Angeles in 1997 and received one of the most coveted guitars of all time - Gallagher’s heavily worn 1961 Stratocaster® guitar. Fender initially built 40 replicas for European sale, but was subsequently besieged with requests for more. The Rory... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (108) Replica Stratocaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (109) 1974 Gibson Rory picked this Gibson up in San Francisco while recording an album he would go on to bin, later released as 'Notes From San Francisco'. The day after dropping album in 1978 he caught his thumb in a taxi door. He was pictured playing this guitar with his broken thumb.

The exact date of this guitar...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (111) 1976 Yamaha Rory was filmed playing his Yamaha SX800B in 1978 during rehearsals for his upcoming Mountain Dew Festival performance in Cork, Ireland.

Yamaha SX800B 'Devils Head', is a rare domestic market model only made between 1976-79. Lightweight solidbody electric guitar with double cutaways and three single coil pickups. Features set neck, and katsura wood body.

Rory pictured with...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (113) 1983 Tokai Rory used this Tokai on the track 'Road To Hell' from his Defender album:

"Rhythm guitar was the Gretsch Corvette. We wanted to build it up without turning it into an orchestra thing, so I added a dulcimer instead of acoustic. Lead guitar was a white metal body Tokai Talbo -a very under-rated guitar. That went...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (115) 1983 Tokai By the early ’80s, Tokai had progressed to producing superb replicas of a range of historic American guitars, true to both the originals’ physical specifications (neck profile, colors) and sound.

Armed, no doubt, with the sophisticated expertise it acquired in developing these accurate copies, Tokai turned to creating a guitar unique unto itself. The result was...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (117) 1976 Fender Dark Walnut Natural Finish, Rosewood Fretboard, 3-Single Coil Pickups, 5-way Selector Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (118) Stratocaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (119) 1982 Fender Gold Finish, Rosewood Fretboard, 2 rail humbuckers. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (120) Stratocaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (121) 1990s Charvel The Charvel Surfcaster is a model of electric guitar designed and produced in the early 1990s by the Charvel/Jackson guitar company. The Surfcaster was manufactured in Japan at the Chushin Gakki factory as were all the import Charvel guitars in this era. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (122) Surfcaster 12 string Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (123) 1992 Patrick Eggle The JS Berlin Legend made by British luthierPatrick Eggle was custom built for Rory in 1992 as a gift by fan Gordon Morris. The instrument was built to Rory’s specifications and is distinguishable by its gloss finish and the initials ‘RG’ on the 12th fret of the fretboard.

The Gallagher family returned the guitar after Rory's...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (125) 1980 Fender Rory was always trying out different pickup combinations and setups on guitars. He’d get an idea like having two humbuckers in a Strat and work with Dave Edwards to try it out. This is one of their frankensteins!

Rory in Spain with the Stratocaster, photo by Bob Hewitt.

Around 1979 Rory’s main Strat was playing up. He...

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (127) - Gibson* This double cutaway Les Paul Jnr is probably a good 'copy/fake' that Rory picked up along the way as he loved the single P90 setup. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (128) Les Paul Junior Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (129) 1981 Gibson This guitar is hard to place due to it's odd Gibson headstock logo and more importantly that Gibson had discontinued the Les Paul Junior model in 1963. Though the serial number does place it as being made by Gibson in either Nashville or Memphis in 1981. Anyway it looks very cool! Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (130) Les Paul Jr Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (131) 1993 Gibson Introduced in 1993, the Nighthawk represented a radical change from traditional Gibson designs. While its maple-capped mahogany body and set neck were reminiscent of the classic Gibson Les Paul, the Nighthawk incorporated a number of characteristics more commonly associated with Fender guitars. But the Nighthawk was not a commercial success; production of all models was... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (132) Nighthawk Custom Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (133) 1960 Danelectro This guitar was based on an idea from Vinnie Bell. Bell was an in demand studio player in the 1960's. Though Bell is Italian, he was periodically asked to double on the Greek Bouzouki for a record. As the age of the electric 12 string guitar ushered in, Bell got the idea to create a... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (134) Bellzouki 12 - String Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (135) Late 1950's Barth This guitar designed to a large extent by Paul Barth, a major player in early electric guitar development, and a designer of instruments like the Rickenbacker Capri, which John Lennon made famous. It's that Capri design that Barth took with him when he left Rickenbacker in 1957 and opened up his own shop and contracted... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (136) Model 200 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (137) 1993 Continental In 1992 the first resonator guitar was manufactured and delivered under the “Continental” logo.All Continental models have a brass body and flamed maple necks. The guitars are handmade in Munich.A Brass body, flamed maple neck high with a gloss finish.
Single cone, nickel-plated.
Ebony fingerboard, bone saddle.
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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (139) 1967 Danelectro This Danelectro Shorthorn has a double cutaway body with short horns. Masonite/poplar frame bodies, 13.25" wide. This 5025 model came blond with two pickups. The headstock shape dates the guitar to 1967-68.

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (141) 1961 Musima A rare Musima Elektrina guitar made in East Germany it comes with with two 'Rellog Gitona' pick ups. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (142) Elektrina Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (143) 1951 National The National Dynamic Lap Steel was built from 1941 to 1968 for National String Instrument Corporation by Valco in Chicago, Illinois.This six-string lap steel features a white finish to the body with black plastic faceplate; two white plastic volume and control knob; a white and black plastic fingerboard with colorful markers; black pickup cover; and... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (144) Dynamic Lap Steel Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (145) 1990 National The National Reso-Phonic Guitar company was formed in 1989 by Don Young and McGregor Gaines in a California garage. They began producing resonator guitars under the name "National Reso-Phonic Guitars".

Since 1990, the factory has been located in San Luis Obispo, California. It produces over 1000 instruments annually, in more than 50 different models.

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (147) 1964 Silvertone This cherry red axe started its run with a unique whammy assembly, never offered on any other Silvertone. With its Jazzmaster good looks, all-around bound fingerboard, fancy block fret marker inlays, snazzy gold silkscreen logo to match the gold translucent knobs.

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (149) 1992 Fender Part of the Fender "California Series" the La Brea typically have Fender "piezo" electronics and the fingerboard is a Fender "C" shape. Given the flame maple finish the guitar was more than likely made in Korea in 1992. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (150) La Brea Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (151) 1970s Eccleshall Chris Eccleshall was Rory Gallagher's favoured guitar technician from 1971 to 1985, rebuilding and re-fretting his battered Fender Stratocaster at least 15 times (including a neck change), and was responsible for disabling the Strat's vibrato mechanism using a wooden block, a modification he was later also commissioned to apply to Eric Clapton's "Blackie". He built... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (152) Custom Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (153) 1970s Eccleshall "Chris Eccleshall made me an acoustic mandola and I used to play that with a pick-up. I've been thinking of using that again recently. I had the top string tuned to A for a while and then to B but then we used to do some numbers a bit deeper and it used to sound... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (154) Mandola Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (155) 1991 Guyatone Rory playing this Guyatone prototype which was given to him in Japan in on his 1991 tour. Below an advert featuring Rory in the 1993 Guyatone catalog. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (156) Prototype 'Marroly' LGX-II Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (157) 1990s Hohner Rory never owned a Gibson Les Paul but later in his life he picked up this Hohner L90, which is based on a 1956 Les Paul. It has a Mahogany neck,
solid Californian Maple body,
HP GS-90 pickups,
Silver nickel frets. It was made in the early 1990s possibly in Japan.
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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (159) 1990s Hohner The Hohner L59 Professional is thought to be the best of the many Les Paul copies the company had made. These guitars are meant to be recreations of the holy grail Gibson 1959 Les Paul guitars. The L59 is constructed of a mahogany body with solid maple top with a flame maple veneer, set neck... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (160) L59 Professional Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (161) 1977 Guyatone Rory was presented with this early prototype of the Guyatone Glory LG-1000 Deluxe model in 1977.Guyatone catalog 1978 Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (162) Glory LG1000 Deluxe Prototype Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (163) 1962 Harmony From the 1962 Harmony catalog:

Stratotone "Mars" cutaway model double pickup provide outstanding value in its price class. Hollow "tone chamber" construction. Ebonized maple fingerboard. Straight-line hardwood neck with built-in steel reinforcing rod. Finely finish in warm sunburst effect showing the grain of the wood. White celluloid bindings. Adjustable bridge. Hinged tailpiece.
Twin built-in pickups, each with...

(Video) Rory Gallagher. Barry Richards Rock Show, [1973]

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Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (165) 1990s Hofner The original Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Höfner in 1955 and first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in the spring of 1956. It seems that Walter's intention was to produce a bass guitar that would be appealing to players of the upright bass (double bass) who no longer wanted... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (166) 500/1 V63 Violin Bass Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (167) 1971 Eccleshall "I moved from that to electric mandola...The difference in sound between the electric mandola and acoustic mandolin is fairly extreme for what we were doing."http://www.roryon.com/collection.htmlRory Gallagher performing on stage (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns) c.1971 Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (168) Electric Mandola Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (169) 1980 Ibanez A 12-string spruce top, mahogany sides/back, black and white binding, mahogany neck, rosewood finger board, position dots, chrome covered machine heads, came in natural or brown sunburst (V302BS).Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (170) V302BS Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (171) 1959 Guyatone One of the earliest Guyatone solid body electric guitars. In the 1960s, Rory used a small Guyatone LG-50H as a slide guitar on stage a few times, but he soon exchanged it for a Telecaster. In 1974 when he visited Japan for concert tour, he looked for his old small Guyatone model. And he found... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (172) LG-60B Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (173) Unknown "I got a mandolin from Clifford Essex and it was a beautiful round body thing. I started working on that then, but I didn't play it until I started in ‘71 with this band. Unfortunately. I took it to the States on tour and the heat made the glue come apart and the neck folded... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (174) Mandolin Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (175) Unknown "Then I got another in this shop down in Victoria, it's a very unusual looking mandolin. It had an intricate design around the soundhole — like a kind of cover which I took off and it's like a cross between a round body and a Martin, and I had that done up and used it... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (176) Mandolin Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (177) 1990s Charvel Rory would often try out different electro acoustics for his live performances instead of the Martin D35, but invariably he'd return to the D35. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (178) 625C Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (179) 1980s Fender Rory would work with Dave Edwards in the 1980s and 1990s putting together component Telecasters and Stratocasters to try different setups and looks. Rory in Bonn 1992, photo by Lothar Trampert Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (180) Component Telecaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (181) 1980-90s Fender Rory would work with Dave Edwards in the 1980s and 1990s putting together component Telecasters and Stratocasters to try different setups and looks. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (182) Component Telecaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (183) 1980-90s Fender Rory would work with Dave Edwards in the 1980s and 1990s putting together component Telecasters and Stratocasters to try different setups and looks. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (184) Component Stratocaster / Lead II Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (185) early 1970s Guyatone A Guyatone copy of a Gibson Les Paul Jr double cutaway, very similar to Rory's 1959 one.1974 Guyatone Catalog Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (186) Les Paul, Jr. Style Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (187) 1980-90s Fender Rory would work with Dave Edwards in the 1980s and 1990s putting together component Telecasters and Stratocasters to try different setups and looks. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (188) Component Telecaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (189) 1980-90s Fender Rory would work with Dave Edwards in the 1980s and 1990s putting together component Telecasters and Stratocasters to try different setups and looks. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (190) Component Telecaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (191) 1980s Chris Eccleshall A gift from a fan called Gordon Morris to Rory was this Chris Eccleshall custom built Telecaster. Rory used the guitar on 'Continental Op' from the Defender album."Main guitar was my Eccleshall Telecaster with Gibson PAF's, lead phrases were a white Tele, but the slide was the Gretsch Corvette through an AC30. The sound was... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (192) Telecaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (193) 1980-90s Fender Rory would work with Dave Edwards in the 1980s and 1990s putting together component Telecasters and Stratocasters to try different setups and looks. Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (194) Component Stratocaster Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (195) 1940s Oahu Rory photographed with this Oahu lap steel by Ulrich Handl at Musicland Studios, Munich in 1976 Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (196) Diana Lap Steel Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (197) 1980 Sigma American company C.F. Martin created the brand "Sigma" in order to compete with cheaper guitars that were imported from Asia. Sigma released a wide series of acoustic and classical guitars, which initial construction was in Japan by various manufacturers/factories from 1970 through 1983.The first Sigmas were typically dreadnought acoustic, although Grand Concert Series (GCS) and... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (198) DM5 Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (199) Greek Rory was a fan of legendary Greek musician Manolis Chiotis, one of the greatest virtuosos of the bouzouki.The bouzouki is a musical instrument with Greek origin in the lute family. A mainstay of modern Greek music, the front of the body is flat and is usually heavily inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The instrument is played with... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (200) Bouzouki Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (201) 1980 Veillette Citron Veillette-Citron Shark Baritone guitars are very rare birds today as only 15 pieces were ever made. Veillette-Citron was a pioneer in neck-thru-body construction with highly-figured maple and exotic hardwoods, sophisticated electronics, and other trend setting features, especially in modern, high-end electric bass design. They also created the first-ever production baritone guitars. Today, their hand crafted... Read More Instruments - The Official Site of Rory Gallagher (202) Shark

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Rory Gallagher is famous for using a treble booster pedal. Most notably, he used the Dallas Range Master Treble Booster, which he paired with his Vox AC30. He then later switched to use a Treble Hawk booster, which he paired with his Fender amps. Both of these pedals added more treble and bite to Gallagher's sound.

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Blues-rock legend Rory Gallagher is the rare instance of a guitarist who was identified strongly with a single instrument. While he performed with other guitars, it was his 1961 Fender Stratocaster that Gallagher played extensively throughout his lifetime, from 1963 until his death on June 14, 1995.

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According to lore, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jimi Hendrix was asked, “How does it feel to be the greatest guitarist in the world?” He is believed to have answered, “I don't know, go ask Rory Gallagher.” Accounts of Hendrix's reference to the Irish blues-rock guitarist and singer abound but, to be ...

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