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“Gibson Guitar Factory and Tour”
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Gibson Factory
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US$41.52*
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Memphis Discovery Tour including Rock and Soul Museum
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Memphis Gibson Guitar Factory Tour
Ranked #6 of 31 Tours in Memphis
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

If you are interested in guitars and/or a music fan, I think this is an excellent attraction to visit while in Memphis. The room displaying the many famous Gibson guitars alone is highly worth visiting. During our visit, they had on display Scotty Moore's ("Elvis Presley’s guitarist") ES-295 guitar, a Duane Allman Les Paul, a beautiful Les Paul Custom (all yours for ~$4k), several Flying V's and Firebirds, as well as many other beautiful axes, not to mention the many semi- and hollow body and acoustic Gibson and Epiphone guitars. If you ask, you can play most of the guitars on display (probably not the ones in the display cases ;-) ). The factory tour itself is very interesting. I'd recommend reserving a spot at least a day in advance due to demand. You see the various guitar components, along with a pretty detailed description of the manufacturing/assembly process (somewhat surprisingly, very little automation is involved). No photography is allowed.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Interesting tour ,go early on as only take a max of 12 people per tour.quite informative,time to look at how guitars are made and play in shop later.

Thank Sonja P
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

...then go into the store and actually pull one down and play.

The knowledgeable and experienced Gibson Tour Guides provide a very thorough and intimate exploration on how the guitars are made in the factory. You get to handle samples throughout each step of the process throughout the tour. The guides will answer questions throughout the 30-35 minute tour. Any musician will grow to appreciate their craft when seeing the pride, passion and professionalism that goes into building a guitar.

Thank Alan_Mosin_Fan
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Firstly I will give you the tip I was given .... because it's worth it. It is best to book because the tours get full, so book early for the tour at 12 noon. The 12 noon tour is the only tour when all of the staff are fully working.

This factory makes the famous semi acoustic models such as the 335, and not the hard bodied guitars. You get to see every step of how these great guitars are made by hand. From the cutting of the wood, right through to the spraying of the colour, to the product hanging in the shop.

I am a musician and was absolutely captivated for the full hour. Even those people who didn't particularly care for guitars and were just along for the visit told me that they thought the whole tour was very educational and totally inspiring.

The tour wasn't expensive and the guitar shop is well worth a visit. The guys in the shop are also very chatty and they don't mind you playing the guitars ...... they've got every Gibson imaginable in there so enjoy!

Thank Madmum12
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

My oldest son (17) is a guitarist. Knowing we would be touring the Gibson plant was certainly the highlight of our trip for him! I made sure that the workers would be working at the day/time of our tour. The group was taken right out on the factory floor (we wore goggles) and moved from area to area to see how each Gibson is made. Our tour guide was very informative and we never felt rushed. There were samples for us to hold and look at and a Q&A time. She even held back at the end and my son was able to talk with you personally for a bit. There is a store there too and you are able to play available guitars as well as browse the merchandise. If you have a guitarist in your family, it's worth the stop!!

Thank mlelliott
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