J.W. Gallagher’s achievements as one of the first boutique guitarmakers in the mid-20th century are carried into this new “Golden Era” by David Mathis and his team.
Occasionally you see a guitar making workshop passed on between generations within a family, but all told, it’s uncommon. Guitar building, especially when it’s not done in a factory model, is a labor of love, passion and often an all-consuming obsession—not exactly an easy trade to expect your children to carry on. But it is even more unexpected for an outsider to sensitively step in and take on the role of the visionary leader, honoring the original legacy while building on it in their own way.