Enrichment Classes

Weekend and Specialty Classes

In addition to our Technician, Journeyman, and Master programs we offer a wide variety of Enrichment Classes. These special sessions and weekend intensives are open to the public as well as to Galloup School students. The presentations are a great chance to broaden your knowledge and focus on special subjects of interest to you. These seminars are taught by some of the best in their field personally selected by Bryan in easy to understand lessons for maximum payoff for the students.

For those thinking of attending the Galloup School my Enrichment Classes are a great way to sample the school and the Galloup team. The Set Up, Maintenance and Fretting Classes are great sessions to that will give you an insight into skills you will need everyday with making and repair guitars.

Fretting; Two days (16 Hours)of class time. $750

In this segment, we will focus on fretting techniques and procedures. This course covers everything from complete fret replacement to dressing. During the class students are introduced to the neck jig, which simulates string tension on an unstrung guitar to allow for faster, more accurate fretwork. This class is valuable to technicians who want to take their craft to the next level, but whose demanding schedules don’t allow for a long training session. It’s also great for repairmen and music stores who want to sharpen their skills to better serve their customers.

Topics covered:

  • How to build a neck jig
  • Flattening fret boards
  • Re-fretting bound fret boards
  • Compression fretting
  • Hammer-in fretting
  • Gluing in frets
  • Dressing frets
  • Repairing loose frets
  • Selecting fret wire
  • Identifying fretboard radius
  • Replacing pearl and plastic inlays
  • Truss rod operation
  • Neck relief and back bow
  • How the neck works

Set-Up; Two days (16 hours) of class time. $750

One of the most useful and challenging subjects of the program. Every repair job requires some amount of setup to enhance or maintain top performance. During this intensive two day course students learn essential skills to take their setups to the next level. Topics range from making custom bone nuts and saddles, to action, intonation and proper truss rod adjustment. Like the fretting class, this is a great way for those with demanding schedules to hone their skills or get a taste of the school before attending one of our longer programs.

Topics covered:

Electric

  • Evaluating a customer instrument
  • Troubleshooting before setup
  • Neck evaluation
  • Truss rod designs
  • Making bone nuts
  • Back-filing nuts and bridges
  • Adjusting and replacing saddles
  • Setting action
  • Setting radius
  • Pickup height adjustment
  • Setting up floating tremolos
  • Choosing proper string guage
  • Setting proper intonation.

Acoustic

  • Evaluating and troubleshooting
  • Replacing and fitting saddles
  • Making bone nuts
  • Back-filing a nut
  • Adjusting action
  • Identifying fretboard radius
  • Choosing proper string gauge
  • How the neck works
  • Truss rod operation
  • Martin T-bar truss rods
  • Martin O-beam truss rods
  • Gibson single-action truss rods
  • Double-action truss rods
  • Concepts of relief and back bow

French Polish; (15 Hours) $250

French polishing is a traditional finishing technique used to hand apply shellac for a beautiful finish for an instrument. In this class we learn the traditional method of French polishing including pumice pore filling, bodying, and final glazing to give the student confidence to employ this method for finishing their instruments without the need for complicated spray equipment.

Topics covered:

  • History of french polish
  • Benefits of shellac
  • Mixing shellac
  • Making the “pad”
  • Surface preparation
  • Filling pores
  • Bodying
  • Surface leveling
  • Glazing
  • Final rub out
  • Repairing Shellac Finishes
  • Measuring finish thickness

Pickup Winding; One day (8 hours) of class time. $225

This seminar gives you the knowledge and skill to confidently handle any basic pickup rewinding job, and to hand-wind pickups for your own custom instruments. As part of this course, you’ll wind your own humbucking pickup.

Really understanding how pickups work gives you an edge in building custom electrics and doing pickup repairs.” – Bryan Galloup-

Topics covered:

  • Assemblies
  • Double coils
  • Single coils
  • Guitar pickup styles
  • Bass pickup styles
  • Bobbins
  • Pickup assemblies
  • Materials
  • Types of wire
  • Wire gauges
  • Wax potting
  • Alnico magnets
  • Ceramic magnets
  • Hum canceling function
  • Scatter winding
  • Pickup winding methods
  • Out-of-phase wiring
  • Wiring a coil tap
  • Wiring a split coil
  • Hand winding machines
  • Pickup assembly techniques

Tube Amp Building Class; Four days (32 hours) of class time. Materials included. $1500

In addition to the electric guitar building elements of the Galloup School curriculum, Bryan has added tube amp building to round out your experience and understanding electric guitar tone.

“This four-day intensive expands your knowledge of an amp’s internal workings, refines your cabinet building skills, and improves your wiring technique. You’ll make yourself a point-to-point-wired, vintage style tube amp.” – Bryan Galloup-

In this two-weekend seminar not only will you learn how to build a classic wood amp cabinet, you’ll use it to assemble a replica of a 1950’s tweed tube amp, point-to-point wired for the classic tone that defined the sound of the American music scene. You’ll leave the course with a working amp, hands-on experience, and an understanding of tube amp and cabinet building.

Part One: Amp Cabinet Building

Wood Selection

  • Processing Lumber
  • Selecting raw materials
  • Cabinet layout

Cabinet Design

  • Joining techniques
  • Speaker selection
  • Cabinet types
  • Closed vs. open back

Cabinet Construction

  • Routing dovetails
  • Dimensioning cabinet panels
  • Applying grill cloth
  • Gluing techniques
  • Preparation for finish
  • Installing cabinet hardware

Part Two: Tube Amp Assembly

Tube Amplifier Theory

  • Reading schematics
  • Ohm’s law
  • Tube function
  • Signal chain
  • Tube sag
  • Plate voltages
  • Transformer operation

Component Identification

  • Chassis
  • Transformers
  • Capacitors
  • Resistors
  • Tubes
  • Potentiometers
  • Cabinet
  • Speakers

Tube Amplifier Construction

  • Soldering techniques
  • Mechanical connections
  • Eliminating oscillations
  • Chassis assembly
  • Component installation
  • Speaker installation
  • Troubleshooting

Tube Amplifier Modification

  • Recalculating plate voltages
  • Tube options
  • Transformer alterations
  • Speaker options

Dynamic Voicing; Four days (32 hours) of class time $4,000

Acoustic guitar voicing is the Holy Grail of guitar making. Traditionally it takes Luthiers most of their careers to develop an understanding of instrument tone and how to shape it. Something this vital should not be left to chance, and it’s not necessary for you to spend years of trial and error in the hopes you’ll rediscover this knowledge. Our voicing classes are the result of eighteen years of intense research exploring and explaining the voicing process to develop a systematic approach that blends traditional intuitive building methods with modern technology.

“This knowledge has a huge impact. It has such a payoff in the students’ future and career… This is the ability to control and improve tone with every instrument they build from here on.” – Bryan Galloup

Our course is built on information that is measurable, understandable, and teachable. It will help you build better sounding, more consistent instruments. It has helped us build finer and finer instruments, and it will help you. This four-day seminar presents the theory and practical techniques of acoustic instrument voicing. The lessons are delivered in both lecture and lab format that are measurable, understandable, and teachable.

Dynamic Voicing Level One; Advanced Principles of Instrument Design and Construction

The physics of sound as applied to acoustic guitars. How does a guitar work? Which parts actually produce sound and can be adjusted by the builder?

Topics covered:

  • What is sound, and how does it function?
  • Compressions and rarefactions (the slinky model)
  • Human hearing range
  • How the guitar body works to create sound
  • The physics of a vibrating string
  • Fundamentals and harmonics
  • What is resonance
  • The Helmholtz Resonator, complex oscillator
  • Understanding and using tap tones
  • Selecting materials: density and strength-to-weight
  • Bracing: its function and various approaches
  • The effects of body geometry
  • How volume and porting alter air resonance
  • How changes in plate size affect plate resonance

Dynamic Voicing Voicing Level Two; Materials Measurement and Data Collection

New concepts in measurement and data collection, helping the student understand and quantify the material properties of wood.

Topics covered:

  • Using measurements to select materials
  • The value of quality materials
  • Importance of record keeping
  • New data collection methods
  • Material properties of wood
  • Determining modulus
  • How to obtain and measure a static tone
  • Frequency analyzing methods
  • Speed of sound and quality
  • Sanding to a deflection
  • Setting standards for top plates

Dynamic Voicing Level Three; Applying Voicing Knowledge

Building on the foundation established in Voicing 1 and 2 through practical application. Setting aside any bias about what is the best tone, the builder’s challenge is creating the conditions that deliver the particular tone needed from a particular guitar.

Topics covered:

  • Review: overview of material testing
  • Applying your measurements
  • The purpose of voicing
  • Brace carving: scalloping, tapering and other carving methods
  • Practical application and demonstration of top voicing
  • Back tuning
  • Measuring the final resonances
  • Tuning body resonances
  • Summary, conclusions

Inlay Seminar; (10 hours) Materials included – $300

Inlay can be an excellent way to personalize guitars, and it’s a great selling tool. In this seminar, you’ll experience an intermediate level project from the beginning stages of layout and design to the final stages of engraving.

“Custom inlay is a major selling tool in the custom guitar world. It takes time and focus to get good results — you can’t rush it. This seminar is a chance to completely focus on inlay without distractions.” – Bryan Galloup-

A sample drawing project is provided to help you get into drawing your own designs. You’ll learn that drawing isn’t hard when you take your time in the approach we’ll teach you.

Topics covered:

  • An overview of inlaying
  • The history of inlay
  • Inlay as art and ornamentation
  • Review of famous work
  • Inlay styles
  • Introduction to the techniques
  • Common materials
  • Recommended suppliers
  • Guitar-specific techniques
  • Inlay tools
  • Engraving tools
  • Project layout
  • Material preparation
  • Jeweler’s saw operation
  • Cutting techniques
  • Dremel setup
  • Cutter types
  • Cavity preparation
  • Epoxies and fillers
  • Project installation
  • Cleanup and leveling
  • Engraving

Tool Sharpening; One day (8 Hours) Tools included- $500

Tool sharpening is a skill all in its own. Too many young luthiers do not know the proper methods for sharpening their cutting tools. The foundation of proper edge set up and maintenance is taught during this day long class. Students will receive a chisel, card scraper, two sharpening stones, burnisher, Veritas Mk 2 honing guide, and professional instruction on how use and care for each item.

Topics covered:

  • Sharpening theory
  • Saftey
  • Tool setup and maintenance
  • Sharpening supplies
  • Card scrapers
  • Plane irons
  • Chisels
  • Choosing the best tool for the job
  • Maintaining sharpening stones
  • Using a honing guide
  • Flattening techniques
  • Primary bevels
  • Micro bevels
  • Back bevels

Acoustic Cutaway Construction; One Day (8 Hours)

Acoustic guitar can commonly be ordered with cutaways. There are two examples; the Florentine and the Venetian. Both are valuable techniques to have under your belt as some customers prefer one over the other. In this one day session you will hand a Venetian style cutaway and through demonstration your instructor walk you through the variables of the Florentine style.

Topics covered:

  • Bending techniques
  • Laminated sides
  • Florentine cutaway
  • Venetian cutaway
  • Design limitations
  • Laminating/Bending with SuperSoft
  • Internal block fabrication
  • The unbound Florentine cutaway
  • Joining with a hand plane
  • Butt-joining
  • Cutaway block install
  • Binding and purfling a cutaway

Acoustic Armrest Construction; One Day (8 Hours)

There have been several advancements to the acoustic guitar over the past decade with two of them being the side port and the armrest. Both are inventions of Canadian Luthier Grit Laskin. The armrest has become very popular with many version popping as Luthiers attempt to put their own spin on it, but the bottom line is; the arm rest is here to stay any you are going to get request to perform achievable but tricky operation.

In this one day session, your instructor will demonstrate the trick to achieving a clean appearing, stable version to offer to your customers.

Topics covered:

  • Arm rest design
  • Bevel terminations
  • Making the internal block
  • Boxing the guitar
  • Cutting binding and purfling slots
  • Top purfling layout
  • Cutting the bevel
  • Fitting purfling and binding
  • Selecting and fitting bevel veneer
  • Final cleanup

Making A Wooden Archtop Tailpiece (8 hours)

The traditional metal tailpieces of classic archtop guitars are both attractive and fully functional. However,wood tailpieces can add an extra degree of elegance and allow the luthier to create something unique to their own instruments. In this class we will explore methods of construction as well as tackling issues such as grounding the strings.

Topics covered:

  • Materials
  • Methods of attachment
  • String retention
  • Tailpiece adjustment
  • Break angles
  • Grounding the strings

Tuition and Application

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