Graduate Classes

Graduate Classes: (320 hours)

Graduate Classes are designed for Master Program graduates that desire education in areas not selected in their original Master Program So for students who made electric guitars their focus, they can return for acoustic guitar making classes offered in terms of two months each The same holds true for the student that was acoustic guitar oriented, they can in turn select electric guitar subjects to round out their education.

There are prerequisite requirements to move into certain types of builds but the Galloup team can help you select a path that would be most efficient path for your training outline.

Graduate: Option One

Finger Style Acoustic


Finger Style steel strings acoustics are a much more demanding instrument than a standard steel string flat top. To meet the demands of the players the weights and balances are more precise. You will apply the skills you’ve acquired in you previous builds and apply lessons from our Level One Voicing Class. 

Finger Style Acoustic Guitar Body – 80 hrs
Tonal a Finger Style guitar have a much quicker response and relies less on raw headroom. The variable to achieve this reflects the tone woods you choose and the bracing pattern used to voice the instrument.

Topics covered: Layout and design – wood selection – top sets – back and sides – plate joining – thickness sanding – bending sides – cutting rosette – cutting sound hole – fitting to mold – parabolic sanding – fitting kerfing – side braces – scalloping back braces – scalloping top braces – assembling body – binding and perflings

Acoustic Neck – 40 hrs Players are very particular about the neck styles they play. In many cases, the necks feel and contour are the first thing players consider when purchasing and guitar. We’ll look at how the neck affects the tone, feel, and playability of the guitar.

Topics covered: scale lengths – making a fret board – peg head designs – overlays – tuner layout – truss rod installation – gluing on fret board – carving necks – setting necks – fret board markers – leveling fret boards – fretting – side markers – peg head inlays – heel cap

Acoustic Finish – 40 hrs Bryan has spent years perfecting acoustic guitar finishes. The methods taught at the Galloup School are systematically perfected operations that will deliver a finish that gives the best tone without sacrificing wood protection.

Topics covered: finish sanding – masking techniques – spray gun operations – wash coats – fillers – clear coats – wet sanding – buffing

Acoustic Setup and Assembly – 40 hrs Final setup and assembly are the means to well-balanced tone and great playability. Most people consider these to be the most challenging aspects of the course.

Topics covered: final neck set – bridge layout – gluing bridges – tuner installation – fitting bridge pins – leveling fret boards – fretting – fret dressing – bone nut – bone saddle – final set up – final buff and polish 

Tone Wood Upgrades

For the Finger Style Acoustic as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing.    

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Graduate: Option Two

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Multi Scale 

The Fan Frets are a popular option in the modern acoustic guitar market. Built on the foundation set by the Finger Style guitar in term two, my will learn how to make these unique instruments.

Body – 80 hrs Tonal a Finger Style guitar have a much quicker response and relies less on raw headroom. The variable to achieve this reflects the tone woods you choose and the bracing pattern used to voice the instrument.

Topics covered: Layout and design – wood selection – top sets – back and sides – plate joining – thickness sanding – bending sides – cutting rosette – cutting sound hole – fitting to mold – parabolic sanding – fitting kerfing – side braces – scalloping back braces – scalloping top braces – assembling body – binding and perflings

Multi scale neck – 40 hrs Players are very particular about the neck styles they play. In many cases, the necks feel and contour are the first thing players consider when purchasing and guitar. We’ll look at how the neck affects the tone, feel, and playability of the guitar.

Topics covered: multi scale lengths – making a fret board – peg head designs – overlays – tuner layout – truss rod installation – gluing on fret board – carving necks – setting necks – fret board markers – leveling fret boards – fretting – side markers – peg head inlays – heel cap

Finishing – 40 hrs Bryan has spent years perfecting acoustic guitar finishes. The methods taught at the Galloup School are systematically perfected operations that will deliver a finish that gives the best tone without sacrificing wood protection.

Topics covered: finish sanding – masking techniques – spray gun operations – wash coats – fillers – clear coats – wet sanding – buffing

Assembly and setup– 40 hrs Final setup and assembly are the means to well-balanced tone and great playability. Most people consider these to be the most challenging aspects of the course.

Topics covered: final neck set – bridge layout – gluing bridges – tuner installation – fitting bridge pins – leveling fret boards – fretting – fret dressing – bone nut – bone saddle – final set up – final buff and polish 

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Tone Wood Upgrades

For the multi scale acoustic as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing.    

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Graduate: Option Three

Semi Hollow Body

The Semi- Hollow Body is an arch top and thin line electric guitar internally blocked to minimize feed back. This makes it ideal for high volume applications. For students this format is an ideal instrument if electric guitars are your prime focus.

Body – 120 hrs Your guitar making skills aren’t complete until you’ve mastered the techniques of carving a arch top guitar plate. In addition a semi hollow body utilizes and solid block technology to minimize feedback and maximize sustain. 

Topics covered: instrument design – wood selection – matching top set – matching back and sides – joining tops and backs – carving top plates – bracing top – carving F – Holes –  laminating sides – fitting sides to mold – head and end blocks – fitting the kerfing –  body assembly – bindings and perflings – cutting mortise 

Necks – 40 hrs The semi hollow neck design includes a mortise and tendon style neck and a low profile that most electric players love. You’ll make a neck using classic design elements and learn how they affect tone, strength and sustain.  

Topics covered: scale length – making the fret board – fret board inlays – truss rod installation – cutting tendon – peg head designs – overlays – tuner layout – neck sets – gluing fret boards – leveling fret boards – fretting – shaping necks – fret board markers – side markers – peg head inlay – heel cap  

Finishing – 60 Hrs As a continuation from your Level One Electric, you will choose a color scheme that suits your preferences. We have a wide selection of colors and shaping options so you can personalize your Level Two Electric.

Topics covered: final shaping of neck – final shaping of body – final shaping of neck – masking techniques – staining body – spraying custom colors – spraying clear coats – wet sanding – buffing

Electronics – 20 hour Now that you’ve finalized the building portion you’ll choose the wiring and pickups – pickups that you’ll wind yourself, giving you more control over the tone of your guitar.

Topics covered: pick up wiring – pick up installation – volume pots – tone pots – switches – output jacks – bridge grounding

Level One Electric Final Assembly – 40 hrs Learn how to assemble and set up an electric guitar to factory specs. Our methods make the job much easier, and cut your setup time in half – skills you’ll use every day.

Topics covered: bridge placement – tuner installation – strap button installation – fret dressing – bone nut – bridge set up – action – pick up set up – intonation – final buff 

Tone Wood Upgrades

For the semi hollow electric as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing. 

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Graduate: Option Four

Classical Guitar

The Classical Guitar was recently re-introduced to the school curriculum by senior instruction Sam Guidry. This is a traditional 660 mm scale instrument modeled after the iconic European instruments.

Body – 80 hrs The tonal response of a Classical Guitar is profoundly different that that of a steel string instrument. The lower tension of the nylon strings require a different set of skills to produce the rich delicate tone of a classical guitar.instrument.

Topics covered: design – wood selection – top sets – back and sides – plate joining – thickness sanding – bending sides – cutting rosette – cutting sound hole – fitting to mold – parabolic sanding – fitting kerfing – side braces – lattice bracing – top and brace voicing – assembling body – binding and perflings

Neck – 40 hrs Classical players particular about the neck styles they play. The necks feel and contour are the first thing players consider when purchasing and guitar. We’ll look at how the neck affects the tone, feel, and playability of the guitar.

Topics covered: scale lengths – making a fret board – slot peg head designs – overlays – tuner layout – truss rod installation – gluing on fret board – carving necks – setting necks – leveling fret boards – fretting – side markers – heel cap

Finishing – 40 hrs Even though the back, sides and neck will be a modern style finish, you will apply a traditional shellac “French Polish” style finish to the top. The methods taught at the Galloup School are systematically perfected operations that will deliver a finish that gives the best tone without sacrificing wood protection.

Topics covered: finish sanding – masking techniques – spray gun operations – wash coats – fillers – clear coats – shellac finishes – French polishing – wet sanding – buffing

Assembly and set up– 40 hrs Most people consider these to be the most challenging aspects of the course and a classical instrument has a unique set of challenges. You will learn how the set up of classical instruments to accommodate the lower tension nylon strings.

Topics covered: final neck set – pin-less bridge making – bridge layout – gluing bridges – tuner installation – leveling fret boards – fretting – fret dressing – bone nut – bone saddle – final set up – final buff and polish 

Tone Wood Upgrades

For the classical acoustic as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing.    

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Graduate: Option Five

Arch Top Guitar

Our Arch Top Guitar is an old school seventeen-inch instrument that’s hand carved Sitka Spruce top and carved figured maple back. A mini double coil pick up to round out the build.

Body – 120 hrs Your guitar making skills aren’t complete until you’ve mastered the techniques of carving an arch top guitar plate. By the time you have completed this final segment of the Master Program you will have experienced every aspect of guitar building and repair. 

Topics covered: guitar layout and design – selecting wood – matching top sets – matching back and side – joining tops and backs – top carving – bracing top – carving F – Holes – bending the sides – fitting the sides to the mold – gluing the head and end blocks – fitting the kerfing – shaping the side braces – scalloping the top bracing – assembling the body – binding and purfling – cutting the dovetail

Neck – 40 hrs The arch top neck design includes the handsome details that are traditional on jazz-style guitars. You’ll build a neck using classic design elements and learn how they affect tone and strength. 

Topics covered: scale length – making fret board – fret board inlays – truss rod – dovetail – peg head design – overlays – tuner layout – fret board gluing – leveling fret board – Fretting – shaping necks – Neck-set – fret board markers – side markers – inlay – heel cap

Components – 40 hrs Like the most impressive arch tops, yours will have a hand-carved wooden bridge, pick guard and truss rod cover made of wood. You’ll choose wood that matches your fretboard and peghead overlays that ties together the overall look and style.

Topics covered: tailpiece styles – truss rod covers – pick guard styles – pick guard mounting brackets – bridge styles

Electronics – 20 hrs Your arch top is a true acoustic instrument, but most arch top players prefer the added versatility of a pickup. You’ll mount a free-floating pickup that secures to the pick guard, learning how to mount electronics to the instrument unobtrusively.

Topics covered: Pickup selection – Pickup placement – Altering the pick guard to accept the pickup – Mounting controls to the pick guard – Output jack placement

Finishing – 40 hrs In finishing, you’ll learn how to deal with flame maple back and sides, with the added challenge of an arched top and back.

Topics covered: Scraping binding – Finish sanding – Using spray guns – Advanced masking techniques – Wash coats – Spraying a three-tone sunburst – Clear coats – Wet sanding – Buffing

Setup and Assembly – 40 hrs Setting up an arch top is significantly different from the other instruments we’ve covered. You’ll now be dealing with a much steeper neck pitch and adjustable arch top style bridge.

Topics covered: Final neck sets – Bridge layouts – Making the bridge – Making the tailpiece – Installing the tuners – Fitting the tailpiece – Dressing frets – Making nuts – Final setup – Final buff and polish

Tone Wood Upgrades

For the arch top acoustic as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing.    

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Tuition and Application

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