Repairs

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

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

Our History

Dan moved to Big Rapids and eventually met Bryan, who accepted a position with Dan that lasted until 1986. Once Dan moved on to Stewart MacDonald, Bryan became the owner and continued offering quality repairs specializing in Gibson, Martin and Fender guitar restorations.

Dan and Bryan

Dan moved to Big Rapids and eventually met Bryan, who accepted a position with Dan that lasted until 1986. Once Dan moved on to Stewart MacDonald, Bryan became the owner and continued offering quality repairs specializing in Gibson, Martin and Fender guitar restorations.

Bryan’s Work   

The Galloup repair and restoration department is managed Andy Kirby, who is a Galloup School Graduate and ran his own successful repair business for years. Andy and Bryan work side-by-side to ensure that Galloup customers get the quality service they have come to expect.

In the school, Andy teaches multiple repair lectures to the Journeyman students, as well as short-term and enrichment classes.

Andy Kirby

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

Acoustic Repairs

Bryan has long been considered the first-choice to restore damaged vintage electric guitars. Whether it’s a broken peghead or a precision setup, Galloup Guitars meets only the highest standards. Bass players will be glad to hear that Bryan has been a bassist for 40 years. He truly understands this instrument’s unique issues and can make your bass play and sound right.

Electric Repairs

In the early 80’s, Bryan and Dan developed many new tools and techniques for fretting new and used instruments. One such tool, “The Fret Jig”, adjusts to the angle at which the player holds the instrument. Now, Bryan could accurately predict relief in the “playing option”, making for a better-feeling and playing guitar.

Fret Work

Reproducing vintage-style finishes for restoring priceless instruments became one of Bryan’s main projects. 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 a pioneers developing methods for setting the patina on refinished instruments to bring them back to their original appearance.

Refinishing

The techniques used for restorations typically require decades of experience to bring an instrument back to working condition. When Bryan takes on a restoration job, it’s generally a major project on a priceless family heirloom or an irreplaceable piece of vintage guitar history. To inquire about your instrument, give Bryan a call.

Restorations

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