Rory Gallagher’s 1968 Coral 3S19 Electric Sitar

access_time First seen circa 1979

Purchased for $1500 in Florida by Rory’s brother Donal, and used by Rory on tours.

He first played the Sitar on a song Philby (1979), but for that occasion, he borrowed it from Pete Townsend. However, the songs Kickback City (1987) and Ghost Blues (1990) were most likely recorded on Rory’s own 1968 Coral.

(on Kickback City) The sitar -that was the x-factor. We mixed and remixed it, but there was still something missing, so we took the Coral sitar in for a couple of little phrases, and it knitted it together.

Rory’s Story by Jon Lewin

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access_time 1963

1961 Fender Stratocaster

Rory bought this guitar (Serial Number 64351) for £100 in 1963 on credit from the owner of Crowley’s Music Store in Cork, Michael Crowley. Over the years, the Strat would become Rory’s main guitar and the one he would most often be associated with. Origin Story The story of how Rory came to own his 1961 Fender Stratocaster is somewhat interesting in itself. The guitar’s previous owner was Jim Conlon, who is known […]

access_time 1970

1966 Fender Telecaster

Rory was first seen playing this guitar during a gig played sometime in early to mid-1970 [Photo of Rory Gallagher 1970 Copenhagen, Denmark]. The exact date of this gig is unknown, but January 1st (as noted in the original photo description) seems to be unlikely since Taste played Ulster Hall in Belfast on that exact date. The next time Rory appears with this guitar is the Isle of Wight concert in August 1970. At that point, […]

access_time 1979

1957 Gretsch Corvette

Purchased for $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 put on a P90, which is an old black Gibson single coil pickup. Beat Instrumental, […]

access_time 1959

Rosetti Solid 7

This was Rory’s first electric guitar, bought about two years after he acquired his first acoustic guitar – a dark sunburst general model of unknown manufacturer. This guitar was made by a Dutch firm called Egmond and imported into the UK by Rosetti company, who sold them for about £20 in the 60s. Although we couldn’t find any photos of Rory with the guitar, he most likely had the two-pickup model, since the three-pickup one […]

access_time 1971

1958/59 Fender Esquire

First photos of Rory playing this guitar that we know of were taken by Richard Zimmermann on October 20, 1971, in Milwaukee, so it is somewhat safe to say that Rory acquired it sometime in summer or early fall 1971. The guitar is an Esquire model, but Gallagher himself often referred to it as a Telecaster since it was fitted with a neck pickup – essentially converting it to a Tele. The Telecaster is a 1953 Esquire […]

access_time 1979

1979 Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster

Rory acquired this guitar upon visiting Fender factory presumably sometime during his 1979 US tour. They thought I couldn’t afford a nice and clean guitar, and they were slightly embarrassed by the finish (of the 1961 Stratocaster) so they gave me a lovely white Anniversary Strat – which I used in the studio a lot. It has a great sound, but the odd thing is that nowadays the people are no longer offended […]

access_time 1982

1978 Fender Music Master

Rory was first seen using this guitar around 1982. Interesting to note, in an interview published after Rory’s death, it is said that Rory owned a Fender Duo-Sonic fitted with a Music Master neck. [Dec. 1998 issue of The Guitar magazine] However since this particular Music Master is accounted for, the interviewer either made a mistake or Rory owned two of them – one of which served as a donor […]

access_time 1995

1958 Fender Stratocaster

Rory owned a vintage 1957 maple-neck Stratocaster that he used only in the studio. This information comes from the 1998 article published in December 1998 issue of The Guitar Magazine, and from the Rory Gallagher official website, where you can see the photos of the guitar. It’s unknown when exactly Rory acquired this Stratocaster, on which specific tracks he used it.

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