“On this guitar, he carved out his legacy of being one of the greatest guitarists of all time”: Rory Gallagher’s iconic ’61 Fender Stratocaster is heading to auction for the first time ever

Rory Gallagher's 1961 Fender Stratocaster
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Rory Gallagher’s legendary 1961 Fender Stratocaster – which the blues rock virtuoso used to cement himself as one of the all-time greats of guitar music – is set to be sold at auction via Bonhams.

It’s the first lot from “The Rory Gallagher Collection”, which will oversee the sale of numerous items from the guitar master’s gear collection, from his most iconic guitars to a selection of amps and accessories.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.