U.S. residents purchase 40% of the world's musical instruments. Gibson sources materials from around the world to produce over 320 guitars a day. Workers cut and bond planks for the body. In Canada, Brian Luce looks for quality maple trees.
Wood for Gibson guitar necks undergoes 28 levels of inspection. In Nashville, workers produce one neck every minute; others create the guitar body out of bonded planks. China is the leading exporter of guitars. Traditional methods are part of Gibson guitar manufacturing.
It can take years to become a luthier. Workers top the necks with rosewood, place inlays on the fretboard, attach the pickup, join the body to the neck, and apply paint. Electric guitars first appear during the Jazz Age.
Workers attach electrical components and strings on Les Paul guitars. Les Pauls sell for upwards of $1,000. Adjusters give the guitars their first sound check and final inspection. Gibson produces over 80,000 guitars a year. (Credits)
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In the series exploring cutting-edge manufacturing in an inter-connected world, Gibson Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee, spills the beans on how they make their iconic instruments. A combination of high-tech machinery, hand crafting skills and global logistics come together to bring their famous Les Paul electric guitar to the world stage.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2020
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