The Guitar is the King among American folk music instruments. This instrument has a long history dating back to the ancient Babylonian civilization, but the modern version was developed by Spanish and Italian luthiers (stringed instrument makers) during the 18th century. The American folk guitar, which uses steel strings rather than the gut strings of its predecessors, grew in popularity during the late 19th century, gradually taking its place as the dominant folk instrument of our time.
Because it is easily portable and is suitable for so many different kinds of music ( folk, classical, rock, jazz, pop, swing, etc.) the guitar has found its way into the hands of millions of people over that last 100 years. It is ideal for accompanying folk songs and is used extensively as a rhythm instrument in various kinds of string bands.
Timmy plays a Gallagher guitar made by the Gallagher Guitar Company in Wartrace, Tennessee. It is a smaller body guitar (A-70 Model) with a beautiful tone, especially suited for finger-picking. For more information on Gallagher Guitars, you can click and go to their web site: www.gallagherguitar.com