Rory Gallagher’s 1968 Coral 3S19 Electric Sitar

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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