formula," Galas says. "But to take it a little bit further, to bring new ideas and different construction methods to the task makes all the difference .... There's a fine line between building a really responsive, musically expressive guitar and building a guitar thatis going to implode under 160 pounds of string pressure."

Galas says his highest goal is to build guitars that have two kinds of "allure." By this he means a certain indefinable quality that can be seen from across the room - a guitar that speaks to you, before it's even been played. Once played, that instrument charms and begs to be played more.

Galas' technical proficiency allows him to meticulously craft these alluring guitars, but it is his appreciation for making music that