Dan Erlewine’s repair seminars at the Galloup School

Dan Erlewine visits the Galloup School to teach special weekend intensives on repair techniques. Join us for jam-packed weekend of learning the next time Dan’s in town!

Dan’s made a career of teaching lutherie in videos, books and magazines. He’s a lot of fun and he’s got a lot of knowledge to share. Contact us to see when the next seminar is scheduled, and sign up early.

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Here are some topics covered in two of Dan’s previous Galloup School seminars:

Structural Acoustic Guitar Repair Workshop

  • Evaluating the work, making a repair estimate, and selling the customer
  • Time allotment per the job
  • Removing a bridge
  • Making a bridge
  • Locating the bridge for regluing
  • Cutting a saddle slot for correct intonation
  • Inspecting and cleaning a guitar on the inside
  • Cleaning and regluing braces
  • Removing, replacing, (and plugging) bridge pads
  • Gluing & clamping techniques for braces, cracks, and fractures
  • Using hot hide glue
  • Splinting cracks with wood
  • Talking money& per-hour charges, bench fees, “free estimates” and learning how to charge for your work

Touchup & Finish Repair Workshop

  • Mixing colors
  • Using solvents, stain, and pigment by brush
  • “Hiding” repairs & graining
  • Air-brushing basics and what to buy
  • Blending-in old finish to new
  • Mixing and using shellac
  • French-polishing
  • Spraying shellac
  • Coloring shellac
  • Shellac touchups by hand with a brush
  • Drop-filling, leveling, buffing
  • Coloring epoxy