Technician PROGRAM

Four Months (640 Total Hours)

The Technician Program is a two term program designed with flexibility so the student can best lay out the path of their training. If acoustics are your passion, you can move from the Monarch to the Advanced Finger Style. If electrics are your interest, moving from the Set Neck Electric to Carved Top Electric would be the path for you. Either way the Tehcnician Program is an ideal four-month session that will solidify the direction of your career.

Term One is a well rounded two month session that lays the foundation in the Technician Program. During the first two months you get hands on training making two guitars, one electric and one acoustic. This will help you decide the best path when choosing your Term Two Class projects.

Guitar Repair Classes

To ensure your 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.

CLASS: REPAIRS 1 – Fretting and Fret Dressing – 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 fretboards
  • Re-fretting bound fretboards
  • Compression fretting
  • Hammer-in fretting
  • Gluing in frets
  • Routing fret slots
  • Dressing frets
  • Adjusting truss rods
  • Repairing loose frets
  • Selecting fret wire

CLASS: REPAIRS 2 – 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 a sunburst
  • Spraying metalflake finishes
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing finishes

CLASS: REPAIRS 3 – Acoustic Repairs – 10 hrs
Many repair people today acquired their skills on electrics, but unfortunately have neglected the acoustic market because acoustic repairs are usually 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 problems
  • Re-gluing loose braces
  • Repairing bridge plates

CLASS: REPAIRS 4 – Guitar 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:

  • Electrics
  • Troubleshooting before setup
  • Neck evaluation
  • Truss rod designs
  • Making bone nuts
  • Back-filing nuts and bridges
  • Fitting and replacing intonation saddles
  • Identifying fretboard radius
  • Setting up tremolos and locking nuts
  • Choosing proper string gauge
  • Acoustics
  • Troubleshooting before setup
  • Fitting bridge pins
  • Replacing and refitting bridge saddles
  • Making compensated saddles
  • Making bone nuts
  • Identifying fretboard radius
  • Choosing proper string gauge

Guitar Making: Primer

The HD30 electric guitar and the S22 electric bass guitar were both specifically designed for the Electric Guitar Making Level One training session. The lessons covered are some of the most important everyday topics that will come across your workbench. Along with basic electronics, assembly and set-up, you will get your first introduction to spraying, wet sanding and buffing guitars style finishes.

Guitar Making: Level One/Building an Electric Guitar

Level One guitar making is formatted around the most successful electric guitar of all time; the bolt-on-neck design. In almost any music store, these guitars outnumber others five-to-one. Along with general guitar making skills you will focus on advanced topics to lay the foundation of your training.

CLASS: ELECTRIC 1 – Body – 8 hrs

Wood choice and body design play a large part in the tone of an electric guitar. If you play electric solid body guitars unamplified and you’ll notice distinct differences between various wood types. A solid body that sounds good acoustically will absolutely sound good amplified. We’ll look at the different woods used to make electric guitars and the effect of different body styles on tone and sustain.

Topics covered:

  • Body styles
  • Wood choice
  • Neck joints
  • Fitting neck to body
  • Finish sanding
  • Installing body hangers for spraying



CLASS: ELECTRIC 2 – Neck – 8 hrs

Just as wood affects the body, when making a neck you have to pay attention to wood choice in order to have a good sounding guitar. You’ll learn what makes a neck sound and play great.

Topics covered:

  • Wood choice
  • Scale lengths
  • Fretboard radius
  • Tuner installation
  • Truss rods
  • Finish sanding
  • Installing neck hangers for finishing



CLASS: ELECTRIC 3 – Finishing – 24 hrs

You’ll finish your electric guitar with the same methods used by guitar companies in the 50’s and 60’s — techniques that have stood the test of time and are recognized as the best sounding finishes used on guitars. You will also work with colors, tints and application methods to get the look you are looking for.

Topics covered:

  • Body wood stains
  • Spraying techniques
  • Custom colors
  • Sunburst
  • Metalflake
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing



CLASS: ELECTRIC 4 – Electronics – 10 hrs

Now that you’ve assembled a great guitar you’ll have to learn what makes them tick on the inside. These are topics every Luthier needs to know and tools you’ll used ever day throughout your carrier.

Topics covered:

  • Pick guard types
  • Grounding plates
  • Pickup installation
  • Wiring volume pots
  • Wiring tone pots
  • Wiring switches
  • Wiring output jack
  • Bridge and string grounding



CLASS: ELECTRIC 5 – Final Assembly – 30 hrs

Learn how to assemble and set up an electric guitar to factory specs. Our methods make the job much easier that will cut your set-up time in half. Many of these were developed by Bryan through years of production along with industry standards every tech needs to know.

Topics covered:

  • Pick guard placement
  • Bridge placement
  • Setting neck
  • Tuner installation
  • Installing strap bottoms
  • Fret dress
  • Nut
  • Bridge set up
  • Action
  • String tree placement
  • Pickup height
  • Intonation
  • Final buff and polish

Guitar Making: Level One/Building an Electric Bass

Level One guitar making is formatted around the most successful electric bass of all time; the bolt-on-neck design. In almost any music store, these basses outnumber others five-to-one. Along with general guitar making skills you will focus on advanced topics to lay the foundation of your training.

CLASS: ELECTRIC 1 – Body – 8 hrs

Wood choice and body design play a large part in the tone of an electric bass. If you play electric solid body basses unamplified and you’ll notice distinct differences between various wood types. A solid body that sounds good acoustically will absolutely sound good amplified. We’ll look at the different woods used to make electric basses and the effect of different body styles on tone and sustain.

Topics covered:

  • Body styles
  • Wood choice
  • Neck joints
  • Fitting neck to body
  • Finish sanding
  • Installing body hangers for spraying



CLASS: ELECTRIC 2 – Neck – 8 hrs

Just as wood affects the body, when making a neck you have to pay attention to wood choice in order to have a good sounding bass. You’ll learn what makes a neck sound and play great.

Topics covered:

  • Wood choice
  • Scale lengths
  • Fretboard radius
  • Tuner installation
  • Truss rods
  • Finish sanding
  • Installing neck hangers for finishing



CLASS: ELECTRIC 3 – Finishing – 24 hrs

You’ll finish your electric bass with the same methods used by guitar companies in the 50’s and 60’s — techniques that have stood the test of time and are recognized as the best sounding finishes used on guitars. You will also work with colors, tints and application methods to get the look you are looking for.

Topics covered:

  • Body wood stains
  • Spraying techniques
  • Custom colors
  • Sunburst
  • Metalflake
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing



CLASS: ELECTRIC 4 – Electronics – 10 hrs

Now that you’ve assembled a great bass you’ll have to learn what makes them tick on the inside. These are topics every Luthier needs to know and tools you’ll used ever day throughout your career.

Topics covered:

  • Pick guard types
  • Grounding plates
  • Pickup installation
  • Wiring volume pots
  • Wiring tone pots
  • Wiring switches
  • Wiring output jack
  • Bridge and string grounding



CLASS: ELECTRIC 5 – Final Assembly – 30 hrs

Learn how to assemble and set up an electric bass to factory specs. Our methods make the job much easier that will cut your set-up time in half. Many of these were developed by Bryan through years of production along with industry standards every tech needs to know.

Topics covered:

  • Pick guard placement
  • Bridge placement
  • Setting neck
  • Tuner installation
  • Installing strap bottoms
  • Fret dress
  • Nut
  • Bridge set up
  • Action
  • String tree placement
  • Pickup height
  • Intonation
  • Final buff and polish

Business Plan: Level One – 5 Hours

Many students are great with their hands and good in a shop but handling the basics of everyday business is not on their radar. For this reason Bryan developed three classes to enhance the Journeyman, Technician and Master Programs. These classes are designed to give students a greater understanding of resume’s, job searches and even self-employment.

Business Plan Level One is designed to teach students that the basics of business are just not that difficult. For many, getting started is the hardest part of running a business and even if you intend to work for someone else, a knowledge of fundamental business practices will be most helpful. 

Guitar Making: Level One

Now is the time to choose your area of focus, one that best fits your business plan. To achieve this Bryan offers two from scratch, ground up building options: a steel string acoustic or a set neck electric.

The acoustic steel string was designed by Bryan to teach his students not only what it takes to make a quality instrument but also what makes it tick, what to look out for and what the modern acoustic guitar market is looking for. Once completed you will have an edge on the market no matter if you choose to build for a living or go into to repairs full time.

The set neck electric was designed to give Bryan’s students the skills to do a ground up build with a quick and easy template system custom designed by Bryan for the small shop. Once completed you will have the ability to set up small production runs making it possible to start your line of guitars.

Guitar Making Level Two: Building an Acoustic Steel String

Whether you want to build or repair guitars, it’s important that you know how they’re assembled. We will lead you step-by-step through the building process to give you a real understanding of acoustic guitar design. We’ll cover only the most beneficial information and repeat as few procedures as possible. Upon completion, you’ll have hand-built a flattop acoustic guitar that’s excellent way to introduce yourself to potential employers and customers.

CLASS: ACOUSTIC 1 – 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:

  • Guitar layout and design
  • Selecting wood
  • Matching top sets
  • Matching back and side
  • Joining tops and backs
  • Thickness sanding
  • Bending sides
  • Cutting rosettes and soundhole
  • Fitting sides to mold
  • Parabolic sanding
  • Gluing in head and end blocks
  • Fitting kerfing
  • Shaping side braces
  • Scalloping back braces
  • Scalloping top bracing
  • Assembling body
  • Binding and purfling



CLASS: ACOUSTIC 2 – Neck – 40 hrs

Players are very particular about the neck styles they play. In many cases, the necks feel and contour are the first thing players consider when purchasing and guitar. We’ll look at how the neck affects the tone, feel, and playability of the guitar.

Topics covered:

  • Scale length
  • Making the fretboard
  • Binding fret boards
  • Peg head designs
  • Peg head overlays
  • Tuner layout and fitting
  • Truss rod installation
  • Gluing fret boards
  • Shaping necks and heels
  • Neck sets
  • Fretboard markers
  • Leveling fret boards
  • Fretting
  • Side markers
  • Peg head inlay
  • Heel cap
  • Inlay



CLASS: ACOUSTIC 3 – Finish Work – 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



CLASS: ACOUSTIC 4 – 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 sets
  • Bridge layouts
  • Finish removal
  • Gluing bridges
  • Installing tuners
  • Fitting bridge pins
  • Leveling fret boards using neck jig
  • Fretting
  • Dressing frets
  • Making nuts
  • Making saddles
  • Final setup
  • Final buff and polish

Guitar Making Level Two; Electric Guitar Making

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. In addition, we’ve added pickup winding putting you one step closer to building an entirely scratch-built instrument.

CLASS: 1 ELECTRIC – 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 book matched 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 back sections
  • Pre-routing for electronics
  • Gluing up body blanks
  • Drilling locating holes
  • Jigs and template systems
  • Routing control cavities
  • Routing pickup cavities
  • Routing neck joints
  • Shaping body style
  • Binding



CLASS 2: ELECTRIC – Electric Neck – 50 hours For the neck on your Level Two Electric you will make you 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 up neck blanks
  • Truss rod installation
  • Cutting neck joint
  • Scale lengths
  • Fret board radius
  • Making fret board
  • Shaping inlay
  • Custom inlay
  • Drilling tuner holes
  • Gluing on fret boards
  • Neck carving



CLASS 3: ELECTRIC – Assembly – 40 hrs There are several popular neck joints with all having their place depending on the builds style and purpose. For your Level Two Electric you will use a mortis and tendon set neck method for a great clean simple and solid neck joint.

Topics covered:

  • Setting neck to body
  • Fitting neck joint
  • Final neck set angle
  • Final shaping of neck, heel and body
  • Finish sanding
  • Masking
  • Prepping for finishing



CLASS 4: 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:

  • Masking bindings
  • Body wood stains
  • Spraying techniques
  • Spraying sun burst
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing



CLASS 5: ELECTRIC – Electronics – 20 hour Now that you’ve built a custom guitar, you’ll choose the wiring and pickups – pickups that you’ll wind yourself, giving you more control over the tone of your guitar.

Topics covered:

  • Pick up winding
  • Pickup installation
  • Wiring volume pots
  • Wiring tone pots
  • Wiring switches
  • Wiring output jack
  • Bridge and string grounding



CLASS 6: ELECTRIC – Final Assembly – 40 hrs Learn how to assemble and set up 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
  • Installing strap buttonsFret dress
  • Nut
  • Bridge set up
  • Action
  • Pick up height
  • Intonation
  • Final buff and polish

Voicing: Level One – The physics of sound as applied to acoustic guitars.

Advanced Principles of Instrument Design and Construction – 6 hrs

One of the things that separates the Galloup School from the rest of the pack is the ability to teach instrument voicing and design unlike any other guitar making school in the world. The methods taught in the voicing classes developed from years of research by the Galloup Team. These same methods are being adopted by major manufacturers and some of the most influential boutique builders in today’s market.

Voicing classes have been separated into three levels so the student can better understand the concepts as they correspond to each level of training. Level One – Journeyman Program or first term, Level Two – Technician Program or second term and Level Three – Master Program or third term. This ensures each students ability to comprehend the complexity of the subject and apply it as their corresponding luthier skills advance. The Galloup Team’s system for teaching voicing classes makes it easy to understand, easy to apply and will put you on the path to developing your own tone.    

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
  • Voicing the braces
  • The effects of body geometry
  • How volume and porting alter air resonance
  • How changes in plate size affect plate resonance

Term Two is designed to build on the foundation set in Term One by layering the next level of building techniques and voicing. In addition, students will learn how to decide on the best tool package for your business plan and budget. Level Two Business classes are further designed to prep you for employment and delve even deeper into the idea of self employment.

The advanced building elements of the Fingerstyle Acoustic and the Set Neck Carved Top Electric project choices are ideal for Term Two students to not only get their hands on another build while the lessons are still fresh from Term One, but to challenge them with a new set of skills commonly practiced in modern Lutherie.

Tooling: Tools, Cauls and Templates – 20 hours

Tools, Cauls and Templates – To be a successful Luthier you’ll need the tools to get the job done. Depending on your business plan one of our packages should fit your needs. Each tool package is custom designed by Bryan to fit the classes that you take but any student can order any tool package as they see fit or we will custom build a package for you.

  • Journeyman Tool Package for general set up and repairs
  • Technician Tool Package for major repairs and restorations
  • Master Tool Package for general set up, repairs and restoration with the addition of heavy machinery

For the rest of the program, you will continue to expand your toolbox knowledge by learning what cauls, jigs and templates are necessary to be a successful luthier. If you want to hit the ground running where ever you set up shop after graduation, take advantage of our discounts and purchase tools through the school. The cost for tool packages will vary depending on the time of purchase. Sales tax and shipping charges will be in addition to the costs of tools.

In addition, there are many specialty tools you will need to perform your job that can’t be purchased through traditional outlets. You’ll have used many of these school-owned items and have become familiar with them. This is the time to make note of every specialty item used at the Galloup School to create a detailed catalog of what you’ll need once you open your own shop. If needed, our CNC is available for hire to reproduce all of the jigs and cauls used at the school and we can also customize them to your own instrument design.

Business Plan: Level Two – 5 Hours

Now that you’ve laid the foundation in Business Level One, you have a decision to make – enter the work force or take on self-employment. All employment opportunities come with their pros and cons. In this class, you’ll learn some ways to analyze potential employers to make sure it’s a good fit. If self-employment sounds interesting to you, you’ll learn how to create a basic business plan. Either way, employers or customers, they need to know what you have to offer so you will learn some networking techniques that will put you on the map and in the public’s eye.

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, the electric path or acoustic, the Level Two guitar builds are outstanding instruments that will challenge your skills. 

Building a Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar 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 many new lessons that will elevate you to the next level of guitar building.

Topics covered:
  • Finger Style 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
  • 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
  • Guitar Making Level Two; Electric Guitar Making

    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. In addition, we’ve added pickup winding putting you one step closer to building an entirely scratch-built instrument.

    CLASS: 1 ELECTRIC – 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 book matched 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 back sections
  • Pre-routing for electronics
  • Gluing up body blanks
  • Drilling locating holes
  • Jigs and template systems
  • Routing control cavities
  • Routing pickup cavities
  • Routing neck joints
  • Shaping body style
  • Binding


  • CLASS 2: ELECTRIC – Electric Neck – 50 hours For the neck on your Level Two Electric you will make you 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 up neck blanks
  • Truss rod installation
  • Cutting neck joint
  • Scale lengths
  • Fret board radius
  • Making fret board
  • Shaping inlay
  • Custom inlay
  • Drilling tuner holes
  • Gluing on fret boards
  • Neck carving


  • CLASS 3: ELECTRIC – Assembly – 40 hrs There are several popular neck joints with all having their place depending on the builds style and purpose. For your Level Two Electric you will use a mortis and tendon set neck method for a great clean simple and solid neck joint.

    Topics covered:
  • Setting neck to body
  • Fitting neck joint
  • Final neck set angle
  • Final shaping of neck, heel and body
  • Finish sanding
  • Masking
  • Prepping for finishing


  • CLASS 4: 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:
  • Masking bindings
  • Body wood stains
  • Spraying techniques
  • Spraying sun burst
  • Clear coats
  • Wet sanding
  • Buffing


  • CLASS 5: ELECTRIC – Electronics – 20 hour Now that you’ve built a custom guitar, you’ll choose the wiring and pickups – pickups that you’ll wind yourself, giving you more control over the tone of your guitar.

    Topics covered:
  • Pick up winding
  • Pickup installation
  • Wiring volume pots
  • Wiring tone pots
  • Wiring switches
  • Wiring output jack
  • Bridge and string grounding


  • CLASS 6: ELECTRIC – Final Assembly – 40 hrs Learn how to assemble and set up 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
  • Installing strap buttonsFret dress
  • Nut
  • Bridge set up
  • Action
  • Pick up height
  • Intonation
  • Final buff and polish
  • Instrument Voicing: Level Two

    Materials Measurement and Data Collection – 10 hrs

    Measurement and data collection is at the heart and soul of the instruments voice. Understanding quality materials and collecting the data to develop a path to controlled tone is any serious Luthier’s best bet for consistent results.

    In Level Two Instrument Voicing we will guide you through tone wood selection to help you develop an understanding of what to look for in quality materials so you can develop your ideal tone.

    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
    • Dynamic and static determination of Modulus of Elasticity
    • How to obtain and measure a tap tone
    • Using an FFT analyzer
    • Speed of sound and quality
    • Thickness sanding to a deflection
    • Setting standards for top plates

    Free Housing

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    Financial Options

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    If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Galloup School, please email school@galloupguitars.com.