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 at the school and hand-selected by Bryan 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. In 2003, he developed his Computer Assisted Voicing™ approach. This opened the door for his Instrument Making System™, Wood Management™, and Sound Profiling™ software, which is changing the way the 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 the programs current and relevant. One of Bryan’s talents is his ability to see the gaps in the guitar making world and then invent procedures that will in time make it into the Galloup School curriculum. This equates to inventing the future of Lutherie, therefore Bryan’s students will always have an edge no other School of Lutherie can offer.

Jean Howarth is the office manager and all-around go-to person that keeps Galloup Guitars and the Galloup School on track. When Susan Galloup passed in 2013, Jean stepped in and guided 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 in order to help students make the transition to a career in Lutherie. This is a three-level lecture series (one for each term) that engages students, lays out their options and puts them in control of setting the course of their future.

Tom Dalia is a Master Class graduate of the Galloup School 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.

Tom leads our CNC Department and spends his time designing and producing parts for various projects within the shop. Aside from internal projects, Tom also spearheads our CNC service Luthier’s Connection, 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 the craft of Lutherie. Ben’s work was at the top of his class, but where he seemed to really shine was his ability to quickly learn a wide range of topics.

After completing his two year Student Graduate Program Ben became a full time instructor teaching Arch Top Guitar Making. Currently Ben has moved into a full time building position making specialty guitars for OEM customers and is spearheading the Galloup D-18 Replica project. Additionally Ben is building his own line of Arch Top’s Guitars.

Tyler Robbins is a Journeyman Program graduate who was immediately selected by Sam for a two-year apprenticeship. Tyler apprenticed with Bryan, and 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 to make the Galloup personal line of guitars, while also making his own line of Robbins Acoustics. 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 is a Galloup School graduate who also ran his own successful repair service for many years. Along with Bryan, he currently co-manages  the repair and restoration department at Galloup Guitars.

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 multiple repair lectures to the Journeyman students, as well as short-term and enrichment 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.

Nathan Rogers is a Galloup Master Class graduate with an impressive background in guitar playing. His journey into the guitar industry began at Musicians Institute, but his studying did not stop at guitar performance–he also desired to learn guitar building.

These skills and passions drove Nate to accept a position in the Student Graduate program, where he currently works with students on track to complete the electric guitar course. Nate ultimately hopes to build his own electric guitars in his home town, Traverse City.

Alyssa Finnivan is a Galloup School Master Class graduate. As a student, her attention to detail and excellent work caught the attention of guitar building expert, Tyler Robbins. Soon after her graduation, Tyler offered to teach her under a Student Graduate position, where she currently continues her education.

Alyssa is now aiding in the construction of Tyler Robbin’s acoustic guitars, while also playing a role in the production of Galloup guitars. She plans to utilize these experiences to begin her own electric guitar line.

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.