Technician PROGRAM

Four Months (640 Total Hours)

The Technician Program is designed with flexibility, so the student can best choose the path of their training. If acoustics are your passion, you can move from the the flat top steel string to the Advanced Finger Style. If electrics are your interest, moving from the Level One electric to Carved Top Electric would be the path for you. Either way, the Technician Program is an ideal four-month session that will solidify the direction of your career.

My Technician Program builds on the lessons taught in my Journeyman Class to advance your skill to include topics required to secure a job in the more advanced guitar shops. -Bryan-

Term One

Guitar Repair Classes

To ensure success, you will need to generate a positive cash flow. One of the fastest ways to do so is through repair and restorations. The repair sessions in Term One cover the most requested and best money-making topics.

Repairs: Session One

Fretting – 8 hrs First, we’ll focus on fretting techniques. You’ll be introduced to the fret jig, which simulates string tension on an unstrung guitar to allow for faster, more accurate fretwork.

Topics covered: truss rod designs flattening fret boards re-fretting compression fretting hammer-in fretting gluing in frets routing fret slots dressing frets adjusting truss rods repairing loose frets selection fret wire

Repairs: Session Two

Finishing Techniques – 2 hrs In repair work, it’s important to be able to refinish both electrics and acoustics. You’ll learn the finishing techniques used by manufacturers, plus the necessary woodworking skills to restore damaged guitars.

Topics covered: repairing dents – finish sanding – applying wood fillers – spraying custom colors – spraying sunburst – metal flake finishes – wet sanding – buffing

Repairs: Session Three

Acoustic Repairs – 10 hrs Many repair people today acquired their skills on electrics, but neglected the acoustic market because acoustic repairs are typically more advanced. Here we will focus in-depth on acoustic guitars and their unique problems.

Topics covered: neck resets – bridge re-glues – repairing cracks – humidity issues – re-gluing loose braces – repairing bridge plates

Repairs: Session Four

Setup and Maintenance – 10 hrs Two of the most useful and challenging subjects of the program. Every repair job requires some amount of setup to enhance or maintain top performance.

Topics covered: troubleshooting before setup – neck evaluation – adjusting action – making bone nuts – back-filing nuts and bridges – setting pickup height and intonation – replacing intonation saddles – identifying fretboard radius – floating tremolos – locking nuts – proper string gauge – fitting bridge pins – replacing bridge saddles – compensated saddles –

Business and Marketing

Business: Session One – 2 hrs Many students are great within a shop, but handling the basics of everyday business is not on their radar. For this reason, Bryan developed three classes which parallel the Journeyman, Technician and Master Programs to assist students in making the transition.   

Guitar Making: Level One

It’s time to decide the areas of building and repair that best fit your business plan. To achieve this, two “ground up” build options are offered. You can choose either an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar.

The acoustic guitar teaches students what it takes to make a quality instrument and what the modern acoustic guitar market is looking for. Once completed, you will have an edge on the market, whether you choose to build for a living or go into repairs full-time. The electric guitar uses an easy template system custom-designed for the small production shop. Once completed, you will have the ability to setup small production runs, making it possible to start your own line of guitars.

Level One: Option One

Steel String Acoustic


We will lead you step-by-step through the building process to give you a real understanding of acoustic guitar design. Upon completion, you’ll have hand-built a flat top acoustic guitar that serves as an excellent way to introduce yourself to potential employers and customers.

Acoustic Guitar Body – 80 hrs
The heart of the acoustic guitar is the body. The tonal quality of the finished instrument reflects wood choices, bracing patterns and body styles. All of these elements will affect clarity, balance, projection, warmth and overall tonal character.

Topics covered: Layout and design - wood selection - top sets - back and sides - plat 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 neck's feel and contour are the first thing players consider when purchasing a guitar. We’ll look at how the neck affects the tone, feel, and playability of the guitar.

Topics covered: scale lengths - making a fretboard - peghead designs - overlays - tuner layout - truss rod installation - gluing on fretboard - carving necks - setting necks - fretboard markers - leveling fretboards - fretting - side markers - peghead 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 fretboards - fretting - fret dressing - bone nut - bone saddle - final setup - final buff and polish.

Tone Wood Upgrades

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


Level One: Option Two

Electric Guitar


Bryan designed a template method of building electric guitars that is ideal for small shop production on a tight budget. Using high quality materials, you’ll scratch-build a guitar that reflects the classic lines of some of the finest electrics ever made. 

Level One Electric Body – 60 hrs

As a continuation of  Level One Electric Guitar Making, we will further evaluate the importance of quality material and how they play a part in the tone of the guitar. Unlike the Level One Electric, Your Level Two Electric has a bookmatched flame maple cap that further adds to the complexity your material options have on the tone of the instrument.

Topics covered: body styles - wood choice - joining flame maple tops - joining beck sections - pre-routing for electronics - gluing body blanks - locating holes - using template system - control cavities - pick cavities - neck joint - shaping body

Level One Electric Neck – 50 hours

For the neck on your Level Two Electric, you will make your neck from quarter sawn, high-grade maple. This style of neck making is the most popular electric guitar neck for it’s incredible stability and great tone.

Topics covered: wood choice - gluing neck blanks - truss rod installation - neck joint - scale lengths - fretboard radius - making fretboards - peghead overlay - tuner layout - gluing on fretboard - shaping neck 

Level One Electric 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

Level One Electric Electronics – 20 hour

Now that you’ve built a custom guitar, you’ll choose the wiring and pickups, giving you more control over the tone of your guitar.

Topics covered:  pickup installation - volume pots - tone pots - switches - output jacks - bridge grounding- soldering

Level One Electric Final Assembly – 40 hrs

Learn how to assemble and setup 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 Level One Electric, as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing. 

 

Voicing: Level One

Principles of Instrument Design – 6 hrs What separates the Galloup School is the ability to teach instrument voicing and design unlike any other guitar making school in the world. The methods taught have been separated into Levels to assure that each student has the ability to comprehend the topic as their luthier skills advance. Bryan’s system is easy to understand and easy to apply, putting you on the path to developing your own tone.    

Topics covered: how sound works – compressions and refraction – human hearing range – guitar body functions – physics of vibrations – fundamentals and harmonics – what are resonances – Helmholtz resonators – tap tones – material selections – bracing – brace voicing – body geometry – porting alterations – plate resonances

Term Two

Term Two is designed to build on the foundations laid out in Term One. Layering the next-level building techniques, Level Two Voicing, business class and choosing the correct tool package are all key topics to help prep you for employment. The advanced building elements of the Fingerstyle Acoustic or the Set Neck Carved Top Electric are ideal builds while the lessons of Term One are still fresh.

Tooling: Tools, Cauls and Templates

Tools, Cauls and Templates – 20 hrs – Successful Luthiers need the proper tools to get the job done. Bryan has three tool packages which correlate to the training and goals of the graduate.

  • Journeyman Tool Package – for general setup and repairs
  • Technician Tool Package – for major repairs and restorations
  • Master Tool Package – for setting up a full repair and building facility.

In addition, there are many specialty tools you’ve used in the Galloup School that can’t be purchased through traditional outlets. Our CNC shop’s outlet store, Luthier’s Connection, will reproduce the jigs and cauls used at the Galloup School or customize them to your own instrument design. Tool packages will vary depending on time of purchase and do not include taxes, shipping or handling charges.

Business Plan

Business: Session Two – 2 Hours Now that you’ve laid the foundation in Business Level One, you have a decision to make; enter the workforce or take on self-employment. All employment opportunities come with their pros and cons. In this class, we will look at ways to analyze potential employers to make sure it’s a good fit.

Guitar Making: Level Two

Now that you’ve completed Term One of the Technician Program, you’ve set into motion your area of interest and the instruments you intend to focus on. The next step is to decide what instrument will expand your training to the next level. Depending on your choice (electrics or acoustics), Level Two guitar builds are outstanding instruments that will challenge your skills. 

Level Two: Option One


Fingerstyle Acoustic


Fingerstyle steel string 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
Tonally, a Fingerstyle guitar has 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 neck's feel and contour are the first thing players consider when purchasing a guitar. We’ll look at how the neck affects the tone, feel, and playability of the guitar.

Topics covered: scale lengths - making a fretboard - peghead designs - overlays - tuner layout - truss rod installation - gluing on the fretboard - carving necks - setting necks - fretboard markers - leveling fret boards - fretting - side markers - peghead 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 fretboards - fretting - fret dressing - bone nut - B-bump bone saddle - final setup - final buff and polish 

Tone Wood Upgrades

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

Level Two: Option Two

Set Neck Electric


Bryan designed a template method of building electric guitars that is ideal for small shop production on a tight budget. Using high quality materials, you’ll scratch-build a guitar that reflects the classic lines of some of the finest electrics ever made. 

Level One Electric Body – 60 hrs

As a continuation of your Level One Electric Guitar Making, we will further evaluate the importance of quality material and how they play a part in the tone of the guitar. Unlike the Level One Electric, Your Level Two Electric has a bookmatched flame maple cap that further adds to the complexity your material options have on the tone of the instrument.

Topics covered: body styles - wood choice - joining flame maple tops - joining beck sections - pre-routing for electronics - gluing body blanks - locating holes - using template system - control cavities - pick cavities - neck joint - shaping body

Level One Electric Neck – 50 hours

For the neck on your Level Two Electric, you will make your neck from quarter sawn high-grade maple. This style of neck making is the most popular electric guitar neck for its incredible stability and great tone.

Topics covered: wood choice - gluing neck blanks - truss rod installation - neck joint - scale lengths - fretboard radius - making fretboard - peghead overlay - tuner layout - gluing on fretboard - shaping neck 

Level One Electric 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

Level One Electric Electronics – 20 hours

Now that you’ve built a custom guitar, you’ll choose the wiring and pickups, giving you more control over the tone of your guitar.

Topics covered:  pickup installation - volume pots - tone pots - switches - output jacks - bridge grounding- soldering

Level One Electric Final Assembly – 40 hrs

Learn how to assemble and setup 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 Level One Electric, as with all of our Galloup School class projects, we offer premium tone wood upgrades upon request. Please call for availability and pricing. 


Voicing: Level Two

Materials and Data Collection – 10 hrs Measurement and data collection is key with developing the voice of the instrument and understanding quality materials is the best bet for consistent results. In Level Two Instrument Voicing, we guide you through tone wood selection to help you develop an understanding of what to look for in quality materials.

Topics covered: weights and balances – value of quality materials – record keeping – data collection – properties of tone woods – modulus – dynamic vs static – tap tones – FFT – speed of sound – deflections – setting standards for tone woods

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