My shop has grown into an 11,000 square foot facility custom-designed to handle all operations in-house. It’s continually changing to keep up with the times and the team’s desire to be the very best. If you visited my shop, you would see that (for the most part) it’s an old-school guitar shop with the vibe I grew up around. But through my exposure to larger manufacturing shops, I’ve combined this old-school vibe with modern methods to develop a working and training facility unlike any other.
Furthermore our shop is one of the cleanest Luthier shops you will find anywhere. It’s always been my policy that a clean shop promotes a healthy mind, healthy body and quality work. Additionally our shop follows disinfecting and student distancing polices that meet or exceed suggested guidelines. This coupled with our lower populated area of 50 people per square mile makes Galloup Guitars an ideal location for your Lutherie training.
History and Tradition
The layout of my work area has not changed in 30 years. My work bench, tools, jigs and fixtures are fashioned exactly the same now as what I’ve used to build and repair some of the most iconic guitars in the world.
When I lecture, it’s at this very bench so students get a chance to experience a piece of guitar history and see firsthand what a Luthier’s bench looks like and how a Luthier makes it happen.-Bryan-
Access To The Best
I keep a large selection of old-school stuff around for general guitar testing and to set the pace for future guitar designs. All of the lessons in the Galloup School are based on the reverse-engineering of classic examples of this “old cool stuff”.
This approach works its way into the School at every level from the Tube Amp Building class to the vintage-based pickups winding.-Bryan-
My shop has many different departments from CAD/CAM to media and photography. All departments are generally in full swing. This allows the student an opportunity to experience firsthand how each department contributes to the shop. We are making, repairing and designing guitars right next to you as you work.
This is the same approach to training that I experienced when I took my apprenticeships, and if it worked for me then it will work for my students.-Bryan-
My shop evolved through decades of application to handle the needs of the team and the work at hand. The machinery is well kept and the layout of the facility reflects 40 plus years of working around shops and paying attention to the market.
Some of the equipment is professional grade, but I make sure students also use everyday equipment that can easily be purchased.-Bryan-
Not Just A School
In our shop, my Galloup Guitar restoration and repair service is still in operation. The department is currently managed by Luthier Andy Kirby who oversees the constant flow of instruments shipped in from around the world.
The number of vintage restorations seems to equal the number of “everyday” repairs, so there is always something cool in the Galloup Shop.-Bryan_
A Well Executed Plan
The Galloup shop is equipped with multiple dust collection systems and custom-made cross draft tables for all sanding of wood or finishes. The available working area to student ratio assures each student has acquitted space to perform their work in a healthy and safe manor.
It’s these appointments that separate the Galloup School and sets a standard for the students.-Bryan-
Finishing And Finishes
The Galloup spray facility has a professionally installed, climate-controlled DeVilbiss spray booth, complete with air makeup and fire suppressant system. The students use the same facility as used by the Galloup team.
As with all other operations, spraying chemicals are approached with caution and respect. The high volume air replacement system makes for quick evacuation for a responsible spraying lesson.-Bryan-
Media Lecture Center
Many lectures have to be presented at a bench in a lab setting but students standing around a bench never works. There will always be students that can’t see the lecture properly. For this I made a media based lecture room which is equipped with three monitors so each student gets the information they payed for.
As with other sessions, when necessary instructors separate classes into smaller groups to respect the Galloup School’s student distancing guidelines.-Bryan-
Your Space To Work
“The Galloup School’s classrooms are equipped with custom-made benches, modeled after the bench Bryan used for years and equipped with the same appointments that molded his career.
These benches are the ideal size. It makes the student stop and clean in between procedures before they can move onto the next step. This generates healthy working habits that will last a lifetime.”-Bryan-
Distancing And Cleanliness
The classrooms are set up with multiples of these benches, ideally spaced at a six feet minimum boundary to create a socially healthy working environment. Each classroom has its own storage, equipped with the prime jigs and fixtures that the students use daily.
I teach the students that a clean working environment is the only way to work and this includes washing, cleaning and disinfecting work areas, counter tops and washrooms for a healthy working facility.-Bryan-
Tooling And Fixtures
Each classroom only has the necessary items for everyday use. All heavy, noisy, dusty machinery and procedures happen in an isolated machinery room. This keeps the dust down and noise away from the classroom, so you can concentrate on your training.
I have always enjoyed a studio setting for my work area. I learned this from Dan Erlewine. This is a time to enjoy some music and remind yourself why you want to do this for a living and not be blasted with the sounds of sanders, routers and dust collectors.-Bryan-