Featured Seminars

Featured Seminars are offered by the Galloup School to both Galloup students and the general public. Bryan assembles events for further education that are annual or bi-annual. Bryan also makes time for players workshops so the Galloup students can spend time with world class players which gives them insight into what players want out of their instruments. Another way to make them more well rounded Luthiers.

Master Series: Northwoods Seminar – 1996

1996 was the first year for the Northwoods Seminar and it ended up being a huge success. We had an international base of instructors coming from as far away as Japan and Paracho Mexico. The instructors were world class but one thing to note about this photo; the participants who attended this event ended up being some of modern Luthiers most prominent movers and shakers.

Bryan’s repair and restoration service is currently co-managed by seasoned veteran Andy Kirby who is not only a Galloup School graduate, but ran his own successful repair service for many years.

Andy understands what players want because he himself was a touring musician. This gives him insights that other technicians overlook. Andy and Bryan work side by side to ensure Galloup customers get the quality service they have come to expect.

The 1996 instructor list included;

Lindy Frailin, Abel Garcia, Yasuhiko Iwanade, Naoki Ogane, Joe Konkly, Dan Erlewine, Seymour Duncan, Jeff Traugott, Bryan Galloup, Don Macrostee, Frank Ford, Roger Fritz, Steve Uhrik and Tim Scheerhorn.

Master Series: Northwoods Seminar – 2017

2017 Northwoods

The 2017 Northwoods Seminar was one of the largest sessions we’ve had. Within one month of opening the books for enrollment we had to shut it down due to over enrollment.

Master Series: Northwoods Seminar – 2015

2015 Northwoods

Guest Instructors

  • Dave Collins, Repairs
  • Dan Erlewine
  • Tooling
  • Frank Ford
  • Charles Fox
  • Lindy Fralin
  • Bryan Galloup
  • Joe Glaser
  • Sam Guidry
  • Michael Greenfield
  • Will Hylton
  • Michael Kemnitzer
  • Joe Konkoly
  • Don MacRostie
  • Linda Manzer
  • Michi Matsuda
  • Mamie Minch
  • Chris Mirabella
  • Tom Murphy
  • Steve Olson
  • Ken Parker
  • Tom Ribbecke
  • Roger Sadowsky
  • Tim Scheerhorn
  • Chloe Swantner
  • Link VanCleave

Master Series: Bass Guitar Workshop

Steve Bailey And Victor Wooten

The Galloup team and Dr. Edward Mallett collaborated to bring Steve and Victor to the Big Rapids area for a two show series and a work shop at Galloup Guitars. A workshop that was free to the Galloup School students.

Master Series: Custom Guitar Making

Dan Erlewine

In the early 70’s Dan Erlewine built the iconic blues guitarist Albert King a custom left handed “V” that Albert played for the rest of his life. Pictured here you can see Dan giving a workshop discussing the “V” guitar and what the process was like working on such a project.

Bryan and Dan still find ways to stay in touch and work together. A while back, Dan and Bryan decided to re-issue the Flying V and recently Dan came to town to nail down the final details.

In the photo above, several sections of the original wood used in Albert’s Guitar are evident. This wood is being used in the current V Project so nine lucky people will be able to say; “I have a “V” made from the same wood that Albert King’s was made from”.

Master Series: Jazz Guitar Workshop

Fareed Haque


Fareed is a treasure who is as well rounded of a player that you will ever find, in fact, in 2009 he was voted “Best World Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. He has made time to perform in Big Rapids and his shows have included a Jazz Fusion group from Chicago as well as players from out of the country. Fareed always makes the time to talk with Galloup students about topics from playing to guitar set up. He is certainly a popular guest of the Galloup team and students.

Fareed and Bryan have worked together several times over the past few years collaborating on custom guitar designs that ultimately turned out some spectacular instruments.

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1996 Northwoods

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