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[24 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 11: Leo Fender’s Laboratory | 5,915 views]
Weekend Field Trip 11: Leo Fender’s Laboratory

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The world would be a very, very different place without Clarence Leonidas Fender. A very different place indeed.
It’s difficult to imagine a Stratless world.  Or a world with no electric bass guitar. Or a world without the myriad other innovations and improvements that Leo Fender birthed.  Perhaps these things would have come along some other way or perhaps they needed a tinkerer like Leo.
I think we’ll do a bit of a Leo Fender article in the near future but, for now, you can take a short trip around Leo’s laboratory.
This …

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[11 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 10: Trussart Guitars | 2,323 views]
Weekend Field Trip 10: Trussart Guitars

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We all know Trussart Guitars, right?
The crazy ones made out of steel?
Sure you do.  And, if you’re like us, you’ll probably think they’re pretty, frickin’ cool.
For this week’s field trip, we’re off to visit Jame’s Trussart’s workshop to get a look at some of these guitars coming together.  It’s a photo tour this time (no video, sorry).
The tour is hosted over at wired.com – not necessarily the first place that springs to mind when you think of rusty, steel, guitars but you can’t argue with the images they’ve got.
Off you …

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[13 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 9 – Carvin Guitars | 2,613 views]
Weekend Field Trip 9 – Carvin Guitars

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Off to Carvin this week.  We’ll get a look at a number of complicated CNC machines make the various bits that make the various Carvin guitars before checking out the finishers applying a couple of different finishes – including a black/blue burst.  You can see the guys in the factory doing final setup and even see pickups being wound.
Take a look.

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[6 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 8 – Galloup Guitars | 3,691 views]
Weekend Field Trip 8 – Galloup Guitars

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Time to take a (welcome) step back from the big guns; the Fenders and Gibsons and whatnot.  Time to take a look at a small (relatively speaking only) guitar maker.
The guitar on the left is the, rather splendid, Solstice from Galloup Guitars.
Galloup is run by Bryan Galloup, a luthier and repair-man second to none.  If there’s something he doesn’t know about guitars, there’s a fair chance that it’s not worth knowing.  Anyone who’s studied Dan Earlewine’s excellent tuition on particular guitar repair jobs will probably already be familiar with Bryan …

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[29 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 7 – Back To Gibson | 2,200 views]
Weekend Field Trip 7 – Back To Gibson

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OK, so we visited Gibson a few weeks back but there’s always something new to see and to learn.
Here’s a series of three videos following the assembly of a Les Paul. Plenty of interesting stuff to see at each stage of the process and you get to see the presenter hack at lovely Les Pauls in various stages of construction – personally, I hope that guitar on which he butchered the neck tenon with a chisel (looking like he was going to stab himself in the process) wasn’t actually sold …

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[22 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 6 – Martin Guitars | 2,114 views]
Weekend Field Trip 6 – Martin Guitars

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OK, you might want to get a cup of coffee for this one.  We’ve got a long tour ahead of us but it’s worth it.
We’re off to Martin Guitars to see the factory and get stepped through the build from chunk of wood to splendid guitar.
Got that coffee yet?  Good.  Now go and get a cookie too – it’s the weekend.
Right.  Let’s go.

These are from the Premier Guitar channel on YouTube

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[8 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 5 – Marshall Amplification | 2,212 views]
Weekend Field Trip 5 – Marshall Amplification

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We’ve had a few tours of guitar manufacturers up to now.  How about visiting an amplifier manufacturer?
Yeah?  Great.  That being the case, where else could we go but to Marshall.
Here you go, then.  The home of the Marshall Crunch.
Let’s ROCK!.
Too much?  Sorry.  Anyway, this is a long one but well worth it.  Check it out…

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[1 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 4 – Gibson Guitar Factory | 4,645 views]
Weekend Field Trip 4 – Gibson Guitar Factory

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A trip down Nashville way this week.  Off to Gibson Guitars with that bloke from that show – what’s his name?

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[24 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 3 – G&L Guitar Factory Tour | 1,558 views]
Weekend Field Trip 3 – G&L Guitar Factory Tour

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Pack a lunch, we’re off to G&L.
No narration on this one and it’s a bit noisy (workshop sounds) but you can see a number of interesting processes.
Check it out.

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[18 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 2: Taylor Guitar Factory Tour | 1,712 views]
Weekend Field Trip 2: Taylor Guitar Factory Tour

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OK, so this is an interesting one to follow on from yesterday’s Yamaha tour.  Today’s tour is to Taylor Guitars.
Just like you did in school, I want you to compare and contrast Taylor’s approach and what you see in their factory to what you saw in yesterday’s video from the Yamaha factory.  I think it’s interesting to see these two tours and the approaches outlined in each.
Now go and write an essay on what you’ve learned.  Or not, I don’t care.  What am I, your mother?

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