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Rory Gallagher

Fancy owning a piece of rock n' roll history AND helping save lives at sea?

Alright, that’s a slightly loaded headline… One of Rory Gallagher’s amps is for sale, though – and it’s for a very good cause.

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IN THE EVENT that you happen to have a few thousand euros lying around*, there’s a chance to get your hands of a small piece of rock & roll history later.

A warm-up amp owned by Rory Gallagher is being placed on sale an auction of music memorabilia at Whyte’s Auctioneers in Dublin.

The late guitarist’s brother Donal is offering it for sale, along with a Rory Gallagher ‘replica’ Fender Stratocaster, to help raise funds for the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat in Co Cork.

According to the Gallagher family:

The Californian, Oberheimer ‘Studio Amp’, is extremely rare (serial 003), it was purchased by the guitarist in the mid ‘70s and is in good working order.


Gallagher had strong links with the Co Cork fishing village, and used to visit the area to seek inspiration for new material.

The amp and guitar set are expected to sell for around €7,000 at today’s auction, which takes place at the Whyte’s Molesworth Street gallery in Dublin at 4pm.

Other items on offer include memorabilia from U2, The Cranberries, Phil Lynott, Queen and the Boomtown Rats.

Whyte's Irish Art & Collectables Auctioneers / YouTube

*In the event that you don’t happen to have a few thousand euro lying around, the Ballycotton lifeboat crew are always grateful for charitable donations.

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