Graduate Classes

Graduate Classes: (320 hours)

Graduate Classes are designed for Master Program graduates that desire education in areas not selected in their original Master Program So for students who made electric guitars their focus, they can return for acoustic guitar making classes offered in terms of two months each The same holds true for the student that was acoustic guitar oriented, they can in turn select electric guitar subjects to round out their education.

There are prerequisite requirements to move into certain types of builds but the Galloup team can help you select a path that would be most efficient path for your training outline.

Finger Style Acoustic

Finger Style Guitar; One Term (320 Hours)

Class: Finger Style Steel String 1 – Body – 100 hrs

In today’s market, detail work such as hand cut mitered purflings on the top, back and sides show the talent and commitment to excellence of a true craftsman. In addition, the side port is a popular feature offered by many contemporary Luthiers. Your finger style acoustic will incorporate all of these features plus there are many new lessons that will elevate you to the next level of guitar building.

Topics covered:

  • Finger Style guitar design
  • Selecting wood
  • Matching top sets
  • Matching back and side
  • Joining tops and backs
  • Thickness sanding
  • Bending the sides
  • Cutting the rosette and soundhole
  • Fitting the sides to the mold
  • Gluing in head and end blocks
  • Fitting kerfing and linings
  • Shaping side braces
  • Scalloping back braces
  • Fan style X braced top bracing
  • Assembling the body
  • Cutting binding and purfling slots
  • Mitering purflings
  • Binding
  • Cutting the mortise
  • Drilling neck mounting holes

Class: Finger Style Steel String 2 – Neck – 50 hrs

One of the most popular acoustic guitar designs is an elevated neck joint with the neck/body joint at the 12th fret. Focusing on this format opens an area of guitar building and tone that are overlooked by other builders. In addition, the side port is a popular feature offered by many contemporary Luthiers. You’ll expand your skills by focusing on a different style of neck layout and how it affects the top bracing and tone.

Topics covered:

  • Scale length
  • Making fretboards
  • Binding fretboards
  • Fret markers
  • Making the neck
  • Peghead designs
  • Peghead overlays and laminates
  • Tuner layout and fitting
  • Truss rod installation
  • Gluing fretboards
  • Shaping necks and heels
  • Neck sets
  • Side markers
  • Heel cap and laminate

Class: Finger Style Steel String 3 – Finishing – 60 hrs

By this time you’ll be very familiar with our spray booth, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in your finishing technique. We will also cover how to deal with side and back purflings during the finishing process.

Topics covered:

  • Scraping binding and purflings
  • Finish sanding
  • Using spray guns
  • Wash coats
  • Fillers
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing

Class: Finger Style Steel String 4 – Setup and Assembly – 60 hrs

Final setup and assembly are the means to well-balanced tone, and most people consider these to be the most challenging aspects of the course. The Finger Style Steel String guitar setup can prove to be especially challenging in order to get the dynamic tone this instrument has to offer.

Topics covered:

  • Final neck sets
  • Bridge layouts
  • Gluing bridges
  • Installing tuners
  • Fitting bridge pins
  • Leveling frets
  • Dressing frets
  • Making nuts
  • Making saddles
  • Final setup
  • Final buff and polish

Multi-scale Fan Fret Acoustic

Multi-Scale Fan Fret Guitar; One Term (320 Hours)

Class: Fan Fret Steel String 1 – Body – 100 hrs

Multi-Scaled fan frets have become popular instruments with players mostly in the acoustic finger style market. The reason why finger styles are desirable is hugely misunderstood or at least misrepresented. Using the format of the Galloup School’s Finger Style Acoustic Bryan designed a 25 to 26 inch spread fan fret guitar ideal for teaching the unique tricks to making these instruments.

Topics covered:

  • Fan Fret guitar layout and design
  • Selecting wood
  • Matching top sets
  • Matching back and side
  • Joining tops and backs
  • Thickness sanding
  • Bending the sides
  • Cutting the rosette and soundhole
  • Fitting the sides to the mold
  • Gluing in head and end blocks
  • Fitting kerfing and linings side braces
  • Scalloping back braces
  • Fan style X braced top bracing
  • Assembling the body
  • Cutting binding and purfling slots
  • Mitering purflings
  • Binding
  • Cutting the mortise
  • Drilling neck mounting holes

Class: Fan Fret Steel String 2 – Neck – 50 hrs

One of the most popular fan fret mulit-scales is the one inch spread. We will focus on the 25/26 inch spread that is the most popular of the one inch spreads. Focusing on this format opens an area of guitar building and tone that is overlooked by other builders. You’ll expand your skills by focusing on a different style of neck layout and how it affects the top bracing and tone.

Topics covered:

  • Scale length
  • Making fretboards
  • Binding fretboards
  • Fret markers
  • Making the neck
  • Peghead designs
  • Peghead overlays and laminates
  • Tuner layout and fitting
  • Truss rod installation
  • Gluing fretboards
  • Shaping necks and heels
  • Neck sets
  • Side markers
  • Heel cap and laminate

Class: Fan Fret Steel String 3 – Finishing – 60 hrs

By this time you’ll be very familiar with our spray booth, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in your finishing technique. This should be your fifth trip to the spray booth and you should be seeing significant improvement with your finishes.

Topics covered:

  • Scraping binding and purflings
  • Finish sanding
  • Using spray guns
  • Wash coats
  • Fillers
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing

Class: Fan Fret Steel String 4 – Setup and Assembly – 60 hrs

Final setup and assembly are the means to well-balanced tone and most people consider these to be the most challenging aspects of the course. The Fan Fret Steel String guitar setup can prove to be especially challenging in order to get the dynamic tone this instrument has to offer.

Topics covered:

  • Final neck sets
  • Bridge layouts
  • Gluing bridges
  • Installing tuners
  • Fitting bridge pins
  • Leveling frets
  • Dressing frets
  • Making nuts
  • Making saddles
  • Final setup
  • Final buff and polish

Semi Hollow Body Electric

Semi Hollow Body Electric; One Term (320 Hours)

Class: Semi Hollow 1 – Body – 120 hrs

A semi-hollow guitar body is a unique thing to make but doable if you learn the tricks to fitting the internal block and pre-setting the neck pitch. Also included in the body lecture is how to deal with the electronics issues that come with making this format of guitar. The body is an arch top and arch back, thin line electric guitar internally blocked to minimize feed back. This makes it ideal for high volume applications and the go to guitar for many players because of it’s deep rich tone.

Topics covered:

  • Guitar layout and design
  • Selecting wood
  • Matching top sets
  • Matching back and side
  • Joining tops and backs
  • Top carving
  • Carving F – Holes
  • Tuning the top
  • Bending the sides
  • Fitting the sides to the mold
  • Gluing the head and end blocks
  • Fitting the kerfing
  • Shaping the side braces
  • Assembling the body
  • Binding and purfling
  • Cutting the body mortis

Class: Semi Hollow 2 – Necks – 40 hrs

The Semi-hollow body’s neck design includes a traditional mortise and tenon neck joint typical of what’s been used on this class of instruments for decades. You will use a shorter 24.750 scale for that classic tone and feel and you’ll build a neck using these classic design elements to learn how they affect tone and strength.

Topics covered:

  • Scale length
  • Making the fretboard
  • Fretboard bindings
  • Fretboard inlays
  • Truss rod installation
  • Cutting the dovetail
  • Peghead designs
  • Peghead overlays
  • Tuner layout and fitting
  • Gluing fretboards
  • Leveling fretboards using the neck jig
  • Fretting
  • Shaping necks and heels
  • Neck-sets
  • Fretboard markers
  • Side markers
  • Peghead inlay
  • Heel cap

Class: Semi Hollow 3 – Bridge, Pickguard, Tailpiece and Truss Rod Cover – 40 hrs

As is typical for most Semi-hollow body guitars, you will use a trapeze tailpiece with a tune-o-matic for the bridge area set up. A floating pick guard and matching truss rod cover will finish it off for that classic look.

Topics covered:

  • Tailpiece styles
  • Tailpiece mounting bracket
  • Truss rod covers
  • Pickguard styles
  • Pickguard mounting brackets

Class: Semi Hollow 4 – Electronics – 20 hrs

Your electronics will be two double coil humbuckers with a standard “two volume – one tone” set up. You will connect the electronic components outside of the body so the completed harness can be put into place once the guitar is finished.

Topics covered:

  • Pickup selection
  • Pickup placement
  • Altering the pickguard to accept the pickup
  • Mounting controls to the pickguard
  • Output jack placement

Class: Semi Hollow 5 – Finishing – 40 hrs

In finishing, you’ll learn how to deal with flame maple backs and sides, with the added challenge of an arched top and back. At this point, you’ll be impressed by how far you’ve progressed as a finisher!

Topics covered:

  • Scraping binding
  • Finish sanding
  • Using spray guns
  • Advanced masking techniques
  • Wash coats
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing

Class: Semi Hollow 6 – Setup and Assembly – 40 hrs

Setting up an arch top is significantly different from the other instruments you’ve covered. You’ll now be dealing with a much steeper neck pitch and an adjustable arch top style bridge. Unlike the acoustic arch top, the mortise and tenon on a semi-hollow arch top has it own unique challenges.

Topics covered:

  • Final neck sets
  • Bridge layouts
  • Installing the tuners
  • Dressing frets
  • Making nuts
  • Final setup
  • Final buff and polish

Nylon String Classical

Nylon String Classical; One Term (320 Hours)

Class: Classical Nylon String 1 – Body – 100 hrs

The Classical Guitar was recently re-introduced to the school curriculum by senior instructor Sam Guidry. This is a traditional 660 mm scale instrument modeled after iconic European instruments. The Nylon Classical is only offered as a Master Class project or in the Graduate Classes due to it’s delicate nature and thin top and back plates.

As mentioned, the top and back plates of a nylon stringed are lighter that their steel string counterparts. This is to make the guitar more responsive and to accommodate the lower tension nylon strings. We will focus that the fan braced top used on the classic European instruments.

Topics covered:

  • Classicial guitar layout and design
  • Selecting wood
  • Matching top sets
  • Matching back and side
  • Joining tops and backs
  • Thickness sanding
  • Bending the sides
  • Cutting the rosette and soundhole
  • Fitting the sides to the mold
  • Gluing in head and end blocks
  • Fitting kerfing and linings
  • Shaping side braces
  • Scalloping back braces
  • Glueing on braces
  • Assembling the body
  • Cutting binding and purfling slots
  • Mitering purflings
  • Binding
  • Cutting the mortise
  • Drilling neck mounting holes

Class: Classical Nylon String 2 – Neck – 50 hrs

The traditional classical guitar has no neck joint, it’s assembled on a building board with the sides glued into mortised slots cut into the neck blank. We will use the modern bolt on neck joint that has become more popular with the cross over nylon guitars of todays market.

Topics covered:

  • Scale length
  • Making fretboards
  • Binding fretboards
  • Fret markers
  • Making the neck
  • Peghead designs
  • Cutting the slot peghead
  • Tuner layout and fitting
  • Truss rod installation
  • Gluing fretboards
  • Shaping necks and heels
  • Neck sets
  • Side markers
  • Heel cap and laminate

Class: Classical Nylon String 3 – Finishing – 60 hrs

By this time you’ll be very familiar with our spray booth, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in your finishing technique.

Topics covered:

  • Scraping binding and purflings
  • Finish sanding
  • Using spray guns
  • Wash coats
  • Fillers
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing

Class: Classical Nylon String 4 – Setup and Assembly – 60 hrs

Final setup and assembly are the means to well-balanced tone, and most people consider these to be the most challenging aspects of the course. The Nylon Steel String Guitar’s setup can prove to be especially challenging in order to get the dynamic tone this instrument has to offer.

Topics covered:

  • Final neck sets
  • Bridge layouts
  • Gluing bridges
  • Installing tuners
  • Fitting bridge
  • Leveling frets
  • Dressing frets
  • Making nuts
  • Making saddles
  • Final setup
  • Final buff and polish

Arch Top Guitar

Arch Top Guitar; One Term (320 Hours)

Class: Arch Top 1 – Body – 120 hrs

Your guitarmaking skills aren’t complete until you’ve mastered the techniques of building an archtop guitar – one of the most desirable and collectible instruments, and also among the most difficult yet fun to build. By the time you have completed this final segment of the Master Program you will have experienced every aspect of guitar building and repair and will have the knowledge necessary to progress as a well-rounded Luthier.

Topics covered:

  • Guitar layout and design
  • Selecting wood
  • Matching top sets
  • Matching back and side
  • Joining tops and backs
  • Top carving
  • Bracing top
  • Carving F – Holes
  • Tuning the top
  • Bending the sides
  • Fitting the sides to the mold
  • Gluing the head and end blocks
  • Fitting the kerfing
  • Shaping the side braces
  • Scalloping the top bracing
  • Assembling the body
  • Binding and purfling
  • Cutting the dovetail

Class: Arch Top 2 – Necks – 40 hrs

The arch top neck design includes the handsome details that are traditional on jazz-style guitars: three piece design running the length of the neck and a carved volute on the back of the peg head. You’ll build a neck using these classic design elements and learn how they affect tone and strength.

Topics covered:

  • Scale length
  • Making the fretboard
  • Fretboard bindings
  • Fretboard inlays
  • Truss rod installation
  • Cutting the dovetail
  • Peghead designs
  • Peghead overlays
  • Tuner layout and fitting
  • Gluing fretboards
  • Leveling fretboards using the neck jig
  • Fretting
  • Shaping necks and heels
  • Neck-sets
  • Fretboard markers
  • Side markers
  • Peghead inlay
  • Heel cap

Class: Arch Top 3 – Bridge, Pickguard, Tailpiece and Truss Rod Cover – 40 hrs

Like the most impressive arch tops, yours will have a trapeze tail piece and wooden bridge plus a pick guard and truss rod cover made of wood. You’ll choose wood that matches your fretboard and peg head overlays, and ties together the overall look of your instrument.

Topics covered:

  • Tailpiece styles
  • Tailpiece mounting bracket
  • Truss rod covers
  • Pickguard styles
  • Pickguard mounting brackets

Class: Arch Top 4 – Electronics – 20 hrs

Your arch top is a true acoustic instrument, but most arch top players prefer the added versatility of a pickup. You’ll mount a free-floating pickup that secures to the pick guard, learning how to mount electronics to the instrument unobtrusively.

Topics covered:

  • Pickup selection
  • Pickup placement
  • Altering the pickguard to accept the pickup
  • Mounting controls to the pickguard
  • Output jack placement

Class: Arch Top 5 – Finishing – 40 hrs

In finishing, you’ll learn how to deal with flame maple back and sides, with the added challenge of an arched top and back. At this point, you’ll be impressed by how far you’ve progressed as a finisher!

Topics covered:

  • Scraping binding
  • Finish sanding
  • Using spray guns
  • Advanced masking techniques
  • Wash coats
  • Spraying a three-tone sunburst
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing

Class: Arch Top 6 – Setup and Assembly – 40 hrs

Setting up an archtop is significantly different from the other instruments we’ve covered. You’ll now be dealing with a much steeper neck pitch and adjustable archtop style bridge.

Topics covered:

  • Final neck sets
  • Bridge layouts
  • Making the bridge
  • Making the tailpiece
  • Installing the tuners
  • Fitting the tailpiece
  • Dressing frets
  • Making nuts
  • Final setup
  • Final buff and polish

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