the Galloup Team

The quality of an education is tied directly to the quality of the instructors. The staff at the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair were personally trained by Bryan and hand-selected for the skills they brought to the shop and the classroom. You will not find more qualified staff than the Galloup Team and they are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Bryan Galloup is an industry leader in the preservation of vintage and contemporary fretted musical instruments. Galloup Guitars is a full-service guitar facility producing Bryan’s line of fine stringed instruments and is also home to the prestigious Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair.

Bryan is recognized as an expert in guitar tone development who’s innovations include his proprietary Computer Assisted Voicing™ approach. This opened the door for his Instrument Making System™, Wood Management™, and Sound Profiling™ software which is changing the way industry views guitar acoustics and design.

Bryan’s job as the Galloup Schools director is to keep the facilities in proper working order and personally develop new class outlines that keep his programs current and relevant. One of Bryan’s talents is his ability to see gaps in the guitar making world and then invent procedures that will eventually become part of the it Galloup School’s curriculum. This ensures Bryan’s students will always have an edge no other school can offer.

Jean Howarth is more than our office manager, she is our all-around go-to person that keeps us on track. When Susan Galloup passed in 2013, Jean stepped in to guide the Galloup team through some very tough times. Along with handling all business, Jean is instrumental with helping students work through the enrollment and financial process.

With a degree in Business Administration and over 30 years experience as a business owner herself, Jean has taken on the roll of teaching the Galloup School’s Business Classes. This is a three-level lecture series (one for each term) that engages students to establish their options to better control their future in Lutherie.

Tom Dalia is a Galloup School Master Class graduate who started his Student Graduate Session in the spring of 2019. As a student, his positive attitude and eagerness to learn caught the attention of the Galloup staff and he seamlessly stepped into our CNC department making it one of the best in the business.

Additionally, Tom spends his time designing and producing parts for various projects within the shop and spearheads our Luthier’s Connection outlet store which provides quality tools and building systems to the Guitar Building community.

Benjamin Kahler made a strong impression on the Galloup School staff. He put himself through the Galloup School and showed total commitment to learning his craft. Ben’s work was at the top of his class, but where he shine was his ability to quickly learn a wide range of topics and problem solve. After completing his Student Graduate Program, Ben became a full time instructor teaching Arch Top Guitar Making in the Galloup School.

Currently Ben has moved into a full time building position at Galloup Studios and divides his time making specialty OEM guitars for select customers and making Bryan’s D-18 Replica project. Ben’s personal line Tikatoo Guitars are unique in every aspect with a style all their own.

Tyler Robbins is a Journeyman Program graduate who was immediately selected for our two-year student graduate program. During this time proved to be a uniquely insightful craftsman. He has an eye for design and the hand skills to back it up. Robbins Acoustics are some of the most in-demand instruments offered today.

Currently, Tyler works with Bryan and Tom Dalia to make Bryan’s personal line of guitars. These are some of the finest guitar being made today. Tyler was instrumental in the development of the Galloup Studios and has contributed hugely to the conceptual design of the studio’s projects.

Andy Kirby Andy is a Galloup School graduate of 2002 who also ran his own successful repair service for many years. Andy is the head instructor in the school who has taken the Journeyman Class to new heights by expanding our schools repair and restoration classes and solidifying the GS-A1 student build to be the best we’ve ever offered.

Andy understands what players want because he is a multi-instrumentalist who is an active and touring musician himself. This gives him insights that can be overlooked by other technicians. In the school, Andy teaches the first term as well as short-term and pickup winding classes. He is also our Taylor Guitars specialist and teaches our Taylor certification classes.

Student Graduates

Adam Winarski is a Galloup School Master Class graduate who accepted one of our Student Graduate positions working with Tom Dalia in the CNC department. As the Galloup shop grew throughout 2020 Adam stepped up to teach some of the Enrichment Classes as well as make many of the parts, jigs and fixtures we sell to our Galloup Graduates.

Additionally Adam took over the Galloup Solid body Electric and Semi Hollow building responsibilities and is currently working with world renowned guitarist Fareed Haque to develop our Galloup Freed Haque Model that will be available by the end on 2021.  

Cooper Wentz is a Galloup School Master Class graduate. His desire to improve his work and inherent artistic abilities lead him to be accepted into the Student Graduate program.

Cooper splits his time between working on enrichment classes, building up Galloup video content and media presence, and helping students and instructors. Cooper hopes to start his own line of acoustic guitars, incorporating inlay work and engraving into his builds.

Steven Anderson is a Galloup School Master Class Graduate, and a passionate guitar player. During his time as a student, his guitar building skills and enthusiasm for the lutherie industry were evident, making him the perfect candidate for a student graduate position.

Steven is now working under Andy Kirby, helping to teach the journeyman students and assist in the repair department. Steven plans to use these acquired skills to work his way into the repair industry, ultimately aspiring to open his own guitar building and repair shop.