Galloup school of Guitar Building and Repair

Industry-Recognized Career Training

Each program was developed through decades of experience to give you real world knowledge of lutherie. You will build excellent instruments here in our shop and when you graduate you can say much more than “I made that”, you’ll understand guitar making from the ground up and what it takes to be a professional Luthier.

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We offer four primary long-term training options: Journeyman, Technician, and Master Programs, as well as our Graduate Classes. For those with time constraints, we offer our Enrichment and Short-Term training to better fit their schedules.

Enrichment, Graduate and Short Term Intensives are offered as supplements to our Long Term training options but, all are outstanding ways to advance or round out your Lutherie training.

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Health and Safety

The Galloup School is located in Mecosta County, Michigan, a rural area with a population density of 40 people per square mile.  We have worked diligently to address issues regarding cleanliness, disinfection and cross contamination in response to the virus. Following CDC and MIOSHA guidelines, we’ve implemented temperature checks, require face masks and disinfect work bench surfaces.  To help with social distancing, the Galloup School’s student body has been reduced from its previous 27 student per class load down to 20.  Finally, the list of required tools students need to bring has been expanded.  This action alone will help minimize the potential for cross contamination by reducing the number of shared hand tools. Together, these measures are the best defense in ensuring the best possible outcome in a small private trade school.

Journeyman Class Update for 2021

In the spring of 2020 the worst pandemic in 100 years surfaced all over the globe. During this time off many chose to rediscover the arts, including playing guitar and suppliers who were well stocked before the quarantine found their inventory exhausted by the end of 2020. So what does this mean for the guitar market over the next three to five years?  There is no doubt guitars purchased during quarantine will end up on the secondary market so repairs and restorations will see a strong resurgence for the foreseeable future.

In response, as well as requests from students, the Journeyman Program has been restructured to prepare for this shift in the market. First, the AG-1 Steel String Acoustic and the GS-ESN1 Solid Body Electric builds have been redesigned to allow an even greater focus on detail and quality and secondly, instruction in repair and restoration is being greatly expanded. To make room, The Electric Guitar Primer has been moved to its own stand- alone session however; the lessons associated with the Primer Guitar will still be integrated throughout the Journeyman Program. I truly believe will be in the best interest of The Galloup School and my graduates.

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Sort-Term Personalized Training

Bryan Galloup is now offering personally supervised one and two week training sessions. Our short-term training sessions will cover repairs that are in high demand and structured to be taken individually or combined for a two or three week session. These classes are ideal for those who wish to advance their lutherie skills but are unable to commit to a long term training program or they can serve as a primer for incoming long term students.

We are very pleased to announce our collaboration with Taylor Guitars to offer Silver and Silver Plus Level Warranty Certification training. These two day and one week training sessions cover the subject required by Taylor Guitars to prepare technicians with becoming a Taylor Certified Warranty technician. These classes are offered to current Galloup students or anyone who wants to become Taylor Warranted Certified.

“The Galloup School is a Taylor warranty training center only. Once the training is complete and a passing grade received, the Galloup School will forward the students information to Taylor Guitars. Additionally students are required to contact the Taylor Warranty Center for final instruction with receiving their official Taylor Guitars Warranty Certification”. -Bryan Galloup-

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