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Dreadnoughts: Gallagher Doc Watson?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by celvira, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. celvira

    celvira Member

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    Hi folks,

    I'm looking for a dreadnought guitar with mahogany back and sides, sitka top, ebony fingerboard and mahogany neck.

    I've read Gallaghers Doc Watson regular have a very good quality/price rate.

    Please, could you tell me any advice?

    I'm looking for a guitar for a flatpicking/fingerpicking (I'm an electric guitar player) with a defined lows, not-crisp highs and dinamics (I would like to hear it at a low and high volume).
    I resign from aesthetics options.


    I'm sorry for my level of english... and thank for your advices!
     
  2. doublee

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    I am sure that is a nice guitar, but also look at Martin D18's in this order of preference:

    D18 GE
    D18 V
    D18

    They have less fancy trim so maybe you therefore get more value for your Euro?
     
  3. celvira

    celvira Member

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    Martins are fine but I prefer less common options.

    Euro/dolar rate is great but unfortunately lots of sellers in Europe think 1 euro = 1 dolar and shops have got only a few guitars in stock (always the most expensive and known marks), so my choice is an american dreadnought from a US seller.
     
  4. Big White Tele

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    I have a 89 Gallagher Doc Watson, Its a great guitar, Ive played other ones that had varying degrees of tone and playability. The Doc has a Wider fret board than a Martin D18, which is simlilar in construction. The Doc Watson neck was bassed on a Gibson Les Paul neck that Doc Watson loved, so its gonna be different the the average Martin.
     
  5. Ogre

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    I have been using a Gallagher G70 for my stage guitar since 1974. It has a great, even & woody tone. I got rid of a Martin D41 when I found this gem. Highly recommended!
     
  6. Trandy

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    Doc recently had Dana Bourgeois build a guitar for him.

    Also...anything Bill Collings makes is superb.
     
  7. northernlake

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    As a fellow European I've also bought from the US. I can advise My Favorite Guitars (www.myfavoriteguitars.com). The are a large Martin dealer but also stock Gallagher. Give them a ring and see. I have no personal experience with Gallaghers, but they look great.
     
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    Doc's Bourgeois is Rosewood. I was working at Pantheon when they originally sent it out. Ricky Skaggs suggested it as a 80th birthday gift and said Doc liked really wide necks. We actually overshot the mark and ended it putting on a new neck, which apparently is more to Doc's liking.

    The Country Boy is the mahogany model and comes standard with a Sitka top. Adirondack top is optional. Country Box Deluxe is adirondack and figured mahogany and a little fancier trim.



    John
     
  10. Trandy

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    I understand Doc's is rosewood....I was merely pointing out the fact that Dana did, indeed, build a guitar for him.

    I'm a Bourgeois dealer and I know Dana, and especially Bonnie, well.
     
  11. Trandy

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    Santa Cruz says a lot of things that, unfortunately, don't stand up too well under scrutiny.

    Nice guitars....but a company with very questionable customer service....and I speak from personal experience....not innuendo.
     
  12. Big White Tele

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    I think Doc owns or has recieved as gifts, just about one of everything.
     
  13. John Thigpen

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    Tim:

    You're at Morgan Music, aren't you? How are things progressing in the fire cleanup? I talked to Alvin pretty regularly when I was at Pantheon, and dropped him a quick e-mail after I heard about the fire. Hope you guys are getting things straightened out.

    John
     
  14. Ogre

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    I am sorry to hear that about Santa Cruz. I have had nothing but good experiences with them, and I think their guitars are second to none.
     
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    +1 on Santa Cruz's. Love 'em. I have a Vintage Artist and it's got the mahogany, spruce, and big low end you are looking for.
     

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