Repair and Restoration

The team at Galloup Guitars includes some of the finest Luthiers in the world.

Our History

Our Repair Service has a long history that dates back to 1967, when Dan Erlewine founded the shop as The Guitar Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan. Dan not only was the local repair person, he built guitars for prominent players such as Albert King, Jerry Garcia, and Otis Rush to name a few biggies.

Dan and his brother Michael Erlewine founded the roots blues band, “The Prime Movers” in the late 60’s that supported many great players with one notable player being James Osterburg (aka; Iggy Pop) on drums.

Dan and Bryan

In the late 70’s Dan moved up north to Big Rapids, Michigan. By the time Dan and Bryan met, Bryan had been doing repairs for some time. Bryan accepted a position with Dan and that lasted until 1986, when Dan moved to Athens, Ohio to work for Stewart MacDonald.

When Dan moved, Bryan became the owner of the Guitar Hospital and proceeded to expand his personal repertoire until he became an expert in the restoration of vintage guitars, specifically Gibson, Martin and Fender guitars.

Bryan’s Work

Formally established in 1986 as Galloup Guitars then opening the doors as a full time shop in 1988, Bryan’s shop has a well-deserved reputation as a go-to shop for touring musicians and vintage collectors.

Bryan is now one of the worlds leading experts in fretted instrument maintenance, repair, and restoration. His work has been well documented in major publications and he has earned an international reputation as a public speaker lecturing on fretted instrument making and repair. Over the years he has contributed to many publications and currently is one of the co-columnists for Premier Guitar Magazine’s Acoustic Soundboard.

Andy Kirby

The Galloup 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.

ACOUSTIC REPAIR

Over the past thirty years Bryan has performed every acoustic guitar repair possible (and some impossible!) on every style of acoustic guitar. For some of the toughest cases, Bryan developed new techniques and tools which have since become widely used in the world of acoustic guitar repair. From neck re-sets to damaged sound boards, Bryan’s bench has seen it all.

ELECTRIC REPAIR

Bryan has long been considered the first-choice repairman to restore damaged vintage electric guitars. Whether it’s repairing a broken peghead, electronics work, or precision setup, Galloup Guitars meets the highest standards for professional electric guitar repair. Bass players will be glad to hear that Bryan’s been a bassist for 40 years. He truly understands this instrument’s unique issues and can make your bass play and sound right. Find out for yourself why Bryan is among the top electric guitar repair experts in the industry.

FRET WORK

In the early 80’s, Bryan and Dan developed many new tools and techniques for the fretting of new instruments and the re-fretting of vintage ones.
One such tool is the Fret Jig, a custom fixture that adjusts to the angle the player holds the instrument. With this tool, Bryan can accurately predict relief in the “playing option” of an instrument, making for a better feeling and sounding guitar. This tool and others have now become industry standards for luthiers around the world and can be found in almost every repair or building facility.

REFINISHING

Reproducing vintage style finishes for restoring priceless instruments became one of Bryan’s main projects throughout the 1980’s. But it wasn’t just a matter of getting the color right, it also included aging the finish to look correct for its era.

Bryan was one of the pioneers developing methods for setting the patina on refinished instruments to bring them back to their original appearance.

INSTRUMENT REFURBISHING

Instrument refurbishing and restoration are much different from your general maintenance and repair issues. The techniques used typically require decades of experience to bring an instrument back to working condition.

When Bryan takes on a refurbishing job, it’s generally a major project on a priceless family heirloom or an irreplaceable piece of vintage guitar history. He generally takes on two or three projects a year. To inquire about your instrument, give Bryan a call.

(And yes, this guitar was restored to full playing condition!)

To inquire about having Bryan and Andy repair your guitar, reach out to us at repairs@galloupguitars.com or call (800) 278-0089 or (231) 796-5611