• Michael Greenfield

  • Bob Benedetto

  • Dan Erlewine

  • Linda Manzer

  • Collings Guitars

  • Tom Ribbecke

“We look to Bryan to provide the next generation of craftsmen.”
We have tremendous respect for Bryan, his curriculum, and the students that graduate from his program. We often look to him to provide us with the next generation of American craftsmen.

- Bob Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars

“The Galloup School has the right program to learn the art of lutherie.”
From the novice who wants some insight on repairing and building stringed instruments to the established luthier or repair shop that would like to expand upon their skills, the Galloup School has the right program to learn the art of lutherie. Bryan and Susan have developed a demanding curriculum that prepares the graduating student for immediate employment. Their staff is a group of professionals who work in the industry and bring these experiences to Galloup’s state of the art repair/manufacturing facility. I would highly recommend the Galloup School to anyone wanting to learn about lutherie from the traditional methods to new applications that have become industry standards (many of these new techniques were developed by Bryan himself). Bryan’s open mind on new techniques and attention to detail made Galloup School our first choice as a training facility for our tuning system.

I went to Galloup to set them up as a BFTS training center, but came back learning so much from Bryan, Susan, Russ, and Sam; both in lutherie and business. We are happy to have Galloup Guitars working with us as a retrofitter, manufacturer, and training facility for the Buzz Feiten Tuning System.

- Greg Back, Buzz Feiten Tuning System

“I was 17 years old when I went to study with Bryan.”
I was 17 years old and wet behind the ears when I went to Michigan to study with Bryan in his Journeyman’s Program. His knowledge of the guitar is second to none but what is MOST commendable is his ability to teach, encourage and inspire. I learned as much about how Brian ran his business as I did about building and repairing. My confidence level was boosted and I was, incredibly, even more passionate and excited about working in the guitar industry than I was when I arrived.

Bryan’s small class sizes and intimate setting are a critical part of his personal delivery style. When I left Michigan, I went home to Canada and started my own small business building and repairing guitars at the age of 19. It was 400 sq. ft. and I was busier than I thought I would be. Later my growing experience led me to an idea that I later patented called the Griffiths Active Bracing System. I started Garrison Guitars to commercialize the technology and this year we’ll ship 24,000 acoustic guitars to 34 different countries.

If you want above average results, you need an above average teacher. Bryan is that and more. I congratulate you on your wisdom in choosing Galloup Guitars as your place of study. There is no comparison.

- Chris Griffiths, President & CEO, Garrison Guitars

“Studying with Bryan was and is the foundation of my career.”
Studying with Bryan was and is the foundation of my career. Bryan Galloup’s quarter century at the forefront of guitar repair and restoration has earned him a legendary reputation within our industry.

It has also afforded him an astounding network and a circle of friends who are no less than the luminaries of the guitar world. It is this encyclopedic knowledge of the guitar and its evolution, which has enabled him to become one of today’s preeminent guitarmakers. His ability to communicate his experience and knowledge, while sharing up-to-the-minute theories and techniques, in easy to understand, no-nonsense language make his course the most important step you’ll take in learning how to craft acoustic guitars. I know it was and still is the foundation of my career. I am honored to have Bryan as a friend and mentor.

- Michael Greenfield, Greenfield Guitars

“I’m having the time of my life working for First Act. Thank you.”
Thank you for laying the foundation of my career with your teaching. I was hired by First Act to work in their “Studio for Artists” as a custom luthier. This is the pinnacle of my career (so far) as a guitarmaker and I am having the time of my life working for First Act. So thanks again for the superb instruction. It has set the tone for my life and I couldn’t feel better about where it has taken me.

- Jesse Hopkins, First Act Guitars

“There is a “True Galloup” footprint in my shop.”
A note of appreciation for the training and discipline Bryan has provided for his students, I have had the best experience with his alumni, and there is a “True Galloup” footprint in my shop.

- Tom Ribbecke, Ribbecke Guitars

“I couldn’t be prouder of what he’s accomplished.”
If you start with talent, skilled hands and an artist eye, then work very-very hard for years, “and then work even harder,” it’s possible to become a fantastic guitar maker, repairman, teacher, husband, father and innovator. That’s what Bryan Galloup has done since he worked in my shop in the early 80’s. I couldn’t be prouder of what he’s accomplished, and he is a special friend.

- Dan Erlewine, Erlewine Guitars, Research and Development Stewart MacDonald

“Bryan expects the same high standards from his students as he does from himself.”
Besides being an amazing guitar builder Bryan Galloup also has built one of the best guitar making teaching facilities in the world. If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Bryan expects the same high standards from his students as he does from himself. His pursuit of excellence is relentless and inspiring.

What I also love about Bryan is his curiosity to explore and understand how the acoustics of instruments really work. It’s a complex journey and Bryan has made hugh strides in this department and very generously shared his journey in an open and understandable way. You cannot help but learn and be inspired being around him. AND….on top of all this, Bryan Galloup is one of my favourite people on the planet.

- Linda Manzer, Manzer Guitars

“We are very proud to be part of this amazing school”
The quality of the students and training they received has helped them transition into the working environment with full knowledge on building instruments. Here at Collings Guitars, Inc we take great pride in the quality of our instruments and out craftsman that build them. The Galloup School of Lutherie has an amazing program and we are very proud to be part of this amazing school.