My shop has grown into the 11,000 square foot facility custom designed to handle all operations in-house including; wood re-sawing, instrument finishing, lectures, digital and media presentations and CNC/CAD services. The shop is continually changing and adapting to keep up with the team’s push to be the very best in the world.
“My shop is an old time guitar shop with the same feel and vibe I grew up with. I’ve worked in some of the biggest shops in the world, at the highest standards and under the tightest regulations. I bring this level of professionalism to Galloup Guitars to make it one of the finest guitar shops in the world. We are not a music store and we don’t buy, trade or broker guitars. There are times we help match guitars to players, but that’s about it. What this shop is dedicated to is preserving fine stringed instruments, training craftsmen for the future of our trade and building fine hand crafted guitars.”
The layout of Bryan’s work area has not changed in 30 years. His work bench, tools, jigs and fixtures are fashioned exactly the same now as when he used to build and repair some of the most iconic guitars in the world.
When Bryan gives lectures, it is at this very bench so students get a chance to experience a piece of guitar history, to see first hand what a Master Luthier’s bench looks like and how a Luthier like Bryan Galloup makes it happen.
Bryan keeps a large selection of old school stuff around for general guitar testing and to set the pace for future guitar designs. All of the lessons in the Galloup School are based on the reverse engineering of classic examples of the “old cool stuff”.
It also works it’s way into the School at every level from the Tube Amp Building class to the guitars and even down to the vintage based pick-ups of the Pickup Winding Class.
The shop has many different departments from CNC and CAD to media and photography. All departments are generally in full swing and students are able to watch them in operation. This allows the student to experience first hand how each departmetn contributes to the shop.
“When you are in my shop, you are witnessing an actual productive guitar facility. We are making, repairing and designing guitar right next to you as you work. This is the same approach to training as when I did my apprenticeship in the Tool and Die shops. It works for me then and it works for my students. We are a team”.
The shop was custom designed by Bryan to be the most efficient there is facility dedicated to restorations, custom guitar making and The Galloup School.
The machinery is well kept and the layout of the facility reflects Bryan’s 40 plus years working around shops. Some of the equipment is professional grade but Bryan makes sure that students also use everyday equipment that can easily be purchased.
In Bryan’s shop he still operates his Galloup Guitar restoration and repair service. The department is managed by Luthier Andy Kirby who oversees the constant flow of instruments that are brought in or shipped in, some from around the world.
The number of vintage restorations seems to equal the number of “everyday” instruments that are brought in so there is always something cool in the Galloup Shop.
Bryan’s shop has always been one of the cleanest, well operated guitar shops in the world. It is Bryan’s policy that a clean shop makes for a healthy mind and a healthy body.
As a result, the Galloup shop is equipped with multiple dust collection systems and custom made cross draft tables for all sanding of wood or finishes. It’s these appointments that separate the Galloup School from all the others.
“A Luthier can do this work forever if they pay attention to what they are exposing their body to.”
The Galloup spray facility has a professionally installed, climate controlled DeVilbiss spray booth complete with air make up. The students use the same facility as used by the Galloup team. Once you’ve been through the system you will know and see what it takes to spray a professional finish.
As with all other operations, spraying chemicals are approached with caution and respect. The high volume air replacement system makes for quick evacuation of over spray for a responsible spraying lesson.
Many of the lectures have to be presented at a bench in a class setting but students standing around a bench never works. There will always be students that can’t see properly. Bryan wanted to make sure every student was able to see and make the most of each lecture.
“I made my media lecture room that’s set up with three monitors so each student can get the information they payed for. The room is the ideal size for lectures and demonstrations. Even the student who sits in the back seat in the corner has a great view”.
The Galloup School’s classrooms are set up with custom made benches modeled after the bench Bryan used for years. It’s the ideal size, just big enough for the students to have an adequate work area. Each bench is equipped with the same appointments Bryan made the most of when building his carrier.
“This bench is the ideal size. It makes the student stop and clean in between procedures before they can move on to the next step. This generates healthy working habits that will last a lifetime”.
The classrooms are set up with multiples of these benches ideally spaced to create a healthy working environment. Each classroom has it’s own storage, equipped with the prime jigs and fixtures the students use daily. The fretting supplies and neck jigs are set up ready for use and tool cribs are accessible in each classroom.
“I teach the students that a clean working environment is the only way to work. Once proper working habits are in place, your ability to be successful is less burdened by kayos and disorder. Clean and neat in the only way to work”.
Each classroom only has the necessary equipment for basic everyday use. All heavier, noisy, dusty machinery and procedures are in a isolated machinery room. This keeps the dust down and noise away from the classroom so you can concentrate on your training.
“Along with a well kept shop, I have always enjoyed a studio setting for my work area, I learned this from Dan Erlewine. This is time to settle in and concentrate on your work, enjoy some music and remind yourself why you want to do this for a living, not be blasted with the sounds of sander, routers and dust collectors”.