Enrichment Classes are primarily offered as a supplement to our long-term training options. Each session covers relevant subjects every Luthier should know but can’t be effectively positioned into our long-term class outlines.
French Polish: (15 Hours) $250
French polishing is a traditional finishing technique used to hand-apply shellac for a beautiful finish for an instrument. In this class you learn the traditional method of French polishing to give you the confidence to apply this method of finishing your instruments without the need for complicated spray equipment.
Topics covered: history of french polish – benefits of shellac – mixing shellac – surface preparation – pore filling – bodying – surface leveling – glazing – final rub out – repairs – measuring thickness
Pickup Winding: One day (8 hours) $300
This seminar gives you the knowledge and skill to confidently handle any basic pickup rewinding job, and to hand-wind pickups for your own custom instruments. As part of this course, you’ll wind your own humbucking pickup.
“Understanding how pickups work gives you an advantage in building custom electrics and doing pickup repairs.”
Topics covered: assemblies – double coils – single coils – pick up styles – bobbins – materials – wires – wire gauges – potting – Alnico magnets – Ceramic magnets – hum-canceling – scatter winding – winding methods – out-of-phase – coil tapping – coil splitting – hand winding – pick up assembly
Tube Amp Building Class: Four days (32 hours) Materials included. $1500 (open to public)
In addition to the electric guitar building elements of the Galloup School curriculum, Bryan has added tube amp building to round out your experience and understanding electric guitar tone.
“This four-day intensive expands your knowledge of an amp’s internal workings, refines your cabinet building skills, and improves your wiring technique.”
In this two-weekend seminar, not only will you learn how to build a classic wood amp cabinet, you’ll use it to assemble a replica of a 1950’s tweed tube amp, point-to-point wired for the classic tone that defined the sound of the American music scene. You’ll leave the course with a working amp, hands-on experience, and an understanding of tube amp and cabinet building.
Part One: Amp Cabinet Building topics covered: processing lumber – selecting materials – cabinet layout – jointing techniques – speaker selection – cabinet types – close backs – open backs – routing dovetails – cabinet panels – applying grill coverings – covering vs finishing – assembly and hardware
Part Two: Tube amp assembly topics covered: reading schematics – Ohm’s law – tube function – signal chain – tube sag – plate voltage – transformer operation – chassis – capacitors and resistors – tubes – potentiometers – soldering – mechanical connections – chassis assembly – amplifier/cabinet assembly – troubleshooting modifications
Dynamic Voicing: Five days (32 hours) $4,000 (open to public)
Acoustic guitar voicing is the Holy Grail of guitar making. Traditionally it takes Luthiers most of their careers to develop an understanding of instrument tone and how to shape it. Our voicing classes are the result of decades of intense research to developed techniques that are measurable, understandable, and teachable that will teach you how to build better sounding, more consistent instruments.
“This knowledge has a huge impact on the students ability to control and improve tone with every instrument they build from here on.”
– Bryan Galloup-
Level One: Advanced Principles of Instrument Design and Construction
Topics covered: What is sound – compression and refraction – human hearing – how the body works – physics of strings – fundamentals and harmonics – resonances – Helmholtz resonator – complex oscillator – tap tones – material selection – function of bracing – body geometry – sound ports – plate size vs plate resonances
Level Two: Materials Measurement and Data Collection
Topics covered: measurements to select materials – value of quality materials – record keeping – data collection – material properties – determining modulus – static tones – analyzing frequencies – deflection sanding – standardizing plates
Level Three: Applying Voicing Knowledge
Topics covered: overview of material testing – applying measurements – purpose of voicing – brace carving styles – plate voicing – plate tuning – analyzing final resonances – tuning body resonances – summaries and conclusions
Inlay Seminar: (10 hours) Materials included – $300
Inlay can be an excellent way to personalize guitars, and it’s a great selling tool. In this seminar, you’ll experience an intermediate level project from the beginning stages of layout and design to the final stages of engraving.
“Custom inlay is a major selling tool in the custom guitar world. It takes time and focus to get good results — you can’t rush it. This seminar is a chance to completely focus on inlay without distractions.”
A sample drawing project is provided to help you get into drawing your own designs. You’ll learn that drawing isn’t hard when you take your time in the approach we’ll teach you.
Topics covered: history of inlay – inlay as art – famous work – inlay styles – techniques – materials – suppliers – guitar specific techniques – inlay tools – engraving tools – project layout – preparation – saws and cutters – cutting techniques – cavity preparation – epoxies and fillers – installation – cleanup and leveling – final engraving
Tool Sharpening: One day (8 Hours) Tools included- $500
Tool sharpening is a skill all in its own. Too many young luthiers do not know the proper methods for sharpening their cutting tools. The foundation of proper edge set up and maintenance is taught during this day long class. Students will receive a chisel, card scraper, two sharpening stones, burnisher, Veritas Mk 2 honing guide, and professional instruction on how use and care for each item.
Topics covered: theory – safety – tool set up – supplies – scrapers – plain irons – chisels – choosing tools – maintaining sharpening stones – honing guides – flattening stones – primary bevels – micro bevels – back bevels
Acoustic Cutaway Construction: One Day (8 Hours)
Acoustic guitar can commonly be ordered with cutaways. There are two examples; the Florentine and the Venetian. Both are valuable techniques to have under your belt as some customers prefer one over the other. In this one day session we cover both styles through demonstration as your instructor walk you through the variables.
Topics covered: bending techniques – laminations – Florentine style – Venetian style – internal blocks – jointing Florentine styles – butt-jointing – block installation – binding and perflings
Acoustic Armrest Construction: One Day (8 Hours)
The armrest has become popular, with many versions popping up as Luthiers attempt to put their own spin on it. But the bottom line is: the arm rest is here to stay and you are going to get requests to perform this achievable but tricky operation. In this one day session, your instructor will demonstrate the trick to achieving a clean appearing, stable version to offer to your customers.
Topics covered: designs – bevel terminations – internal blocks – cutting binding and perfling slots – rest top and side perfling slot – cutting bevel – fitting bevel veneer – final clean up
Archtop Tailpiece: (8 hours)
The traditional metal tailpieces of classic archtop guitars are both attractive and fully functional. However, wood tailpieces can add an extra degree of elegance and allow the luthier to create something unique to their own instruments. In this class, we will explore methods of construction as well as tackling issues such as grounding the strings.
Topics covered: materials – attachment methods – string retention – adjustments – break angles – grounding issues
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