About Russell -
Russell Olmsted is a master Luthier with 20 years of experience building and repairing guitars. After graduating from the Galloup School of Lutherie in 1999, Russell began working for Galloup Guitars. While there, he made prototype guitars for the McPherson Guitar Company, hand built custom Galloup Guitars, managed the Galloup Repair Department, and spent 8 years as the Director and Head Instructor for the Galloup School of Lutherie, one of the premier lutherie schools in the US.
Russell has years of experience building several different styles of guitars, including acoustic and electric guitars and basses, archtop guitars, and classical (nylon string) guitars. He has done repairs ranging from standard guitar set ups and electronics to guitar restoration and structural repairs.
In addition to building and repairing guitars, Russell has also trained Luthiers from all over the industry and the world including Austrailia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zeeland, South Korea and the U.S.. His former students now hold positions as heads of building departments and managers for well known guitar companies such as Paul Reid Smith, Gibson, Collings, Greenfield Guitars, First Act, Ribbecke Guitars, and Benedetto Guitars. Other Students have found positions in repair or building departments at various guitar companies or are guitar techs for musicians such as the Black Crows, The B-52’s, K.D. Lang, Counting Crows, The Dixie Chicks, and Paul Simon.