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  • 2015 Gibson USA Factory Tour Video

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

    The Gibson USA guitar factory is located Nashville, TN. Inside the factory, skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world. The intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning creates incredible musical instruments. Watch this great video from Gibson USA documenting these processes in high-definition for your viewing pleasure! While you’re at it, be sure...

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  • The New D’Addario Factory Tour

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    D'Addario Tour (69 of 69)

    Every few years The Music Zoo likes to pay a visit to our friends at D’Addario, the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument strings and also purveyors of more musical instrument and guitar accessories than you can likely think of. Drumsticks? ProMark! Drum heads? Evans! Saxophone and clarinet reeds? Rico! Yes, D’Addario offers plenty of products for all kinds of musicians, but we...

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  • Factory Tour: Stephen Stern & The Gretsch Custom Shop

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    The name Gretsch is one of the most revered in the history of musical instruments. Starting as a family business in the late 1800s making banjos and drums, Fred Gretsch Sr. and “that great Gretsch sound” left quite an impression on the 20th century producing unique, often hollowbody guitar models which would appear on records by the Beatles and into hands of landmark players like Chet Atkins....

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  • Factory Tour: Jackson Custom Shop

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    It would be hard to convince us at The Music Zoo that any of the other high-performance guitar builders that exploded onto the scene in the early 1980s has had as lasting an impact, or reached as breathtakingly as high a peak as Jackson guitars has. Who could argue with Randy Rhoads, with that pointy headstock and those sharkfin inlays? Add a neck-through body, don’t forget an optional outrageous...

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  • The Workshops Of Fender Masterbuilders

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    Fender Masterbuilders

    Since the very beginning of time – we think it’s fair to say around the same time the solid body guitar was invented – there has always been Fender. Fender’s reputation in the industry is so deep, so meaningful, and so steeped in history that we won’t even attempt to characterize it here. Instead, we can show you what it’s all about by diving straight into the creative beating heart of the brand....

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  • Factory Tour: Ernie Ball Music Man Part 1

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    The story of Ernie Ball Music Man is a complex and interesting one that is steeped in authentic guitar builder’s history. The company has had some of the true geniuses in the guitar building world playing key roles, starting in the 1970s with Leo Fender, Tom Walker, and Sterling Ball. This innovative and original company has produced some legendary instruments since then, including the famous...

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  • Factory Tour: Ernie Ball Music Man Part 2

    Posted on by Walter Bryant

     

    Welcome to Part 2 of the Ernie Ball Factory Tour! Scroll below to continue!

     

    View Part 1 here!

     

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    Here are some fully sanded bodies, ready to go on to finish. Every guitar in the Ernie Ball Music Man factory is made to order, based on what dealers have requested. It takes a lot of organization to build guitars this way, it requires flexibility and vision, and Music Man does a great job in that...

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  • Factory Tour: Schecter Custom Shop

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    The late ’70s and early ’80s were an exciting time to be a guitar builder. The new breed of guitar heroes didn’t want tradition anymore, they wanted innovation, looks, and performance. A handful of electric guitar builders like Charvel, Valley Arts, and Schecter were heeding that call with new, wild guitars and pickups. A lot of those guitars were built one at a time – true custom orders – helping...

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  • Factory Tour: Fender Custom Shop Acoustics, Part Three

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    Fender Custom Shop Acoustic

    Factory Tour: Part One  Part Two  Part Three

    In parts one and two of our factory tour of the Fender Acoustic Custom shop in New Hartford, CT, we saw how they pick tonewoods and construct all the parts required to build the guitar.  Now it’s time to get down to business and we start with body construction.

     

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    These CNC side benders were designed and built in house. The 2 axis design allows for the...

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  • Factory Tour: Fender Custom Shop Acoustics, Part Two

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    Fender Custom Shop Acoustic

    Factory Tour: Part One  Part Two  Part Three

    We saw in part one of our tour of the Fender Custom Shop Acoustic factory how religious the New Hartford, Connecticut builders are about acquiring and selecting the best tonewoods.  Next we’ll see them put the wood to work.

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    Although the facility lives inside a 160-year-old maze of industrial brick, the factory floor is logically laid out in a loop of...

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