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Doc's Ol' Hoss: 1968 Gallagher G-50

Doc Watson’s first Gallagher, “Ol’hoss,” was presented to him in 1968. A G-50 model with a cracked side, it was never intended for sale, but Doc fell in love with

Doc Watson’s first Gallagher, “Ol’hoss,” was presented to him in 1968. A G-50 model with a cracked side, it was never intended for sale, but Doc fell in love with it. It’s been in the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1975, and recently returned to the Gallagher factory for a tune-up. Stephen Gallagher reports that after a new set of strings it was in perfect playing condition. The back and sides are Honduras mahogany with ivoroid binding; top is Sitka spruce; the neck is mahogany with rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Ol’hoss is serial number 68001, the first guitar built at the Gallagher factory in 1968. Grandpa Jones got the last Gallagher made in 1968.

With two channels of 100% valve versatility, selectable output wattage, and footswitchable attenuator.

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

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On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

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How do you capture what is so special about Bill Frisell’s guitar playing in one episode? Is it his melodies, his unique chord voicings, his rhythmic concept, his revolutionary approach to pedals and sounds…? It’s all of that and much more.

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