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[24 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 11: Leo Fender’s Laboratory | 6,747 views]
Weekend Field Trip 11: Leo Fender’s Laboratory

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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[13 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 9 – Carvin Guitars | 2,901 views]
Weekend Field Trip 9 – Carvin Guitars

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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[22 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 6 – Martin Guitars | 2,445 views]
Weekend Field Trip 6 – Martin Guitars

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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[1 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 4 – Gibson Guitar Factory | 5,275 views]
Weekend Field Trip 4 – Gibson Guitar Factory

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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