Gibby Factory Tour - DIYers will appreciate some of the tricks

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Engraver-60, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Bentley

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    I'm not paying 3000 bucks for a 61 Reissue VOS where the only handdone thing is the grain fill and clearcoat. I think if I was going to pay in the thousands for a guitar I'd go to one of you guys. James probably, if I could get my hands on that orange tele he made.
     
  2. Bentley

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    But I wouldn't mind that fret slotting jig...
     
  3. '59_Standard

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    Well done, Nick. ;)
     
  4. Nick JD

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    I guessed right?
     
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    I dunno 'bout that… here's a more palatable way to look at modern manufacturing techniques….…

    all a machine does is remove MOST of what ya don't wanna be part of your guitar….. It just knocks/cuts it off and throws it away… ALL the rest of what remains, that will be parts of your guitar, is insulated from the machine's brutal, irreverent, ripping of the wood, by hand shaping with a unique abrasive tool, designed to remove more wood slowly, so it's cutting action can be better controlled… If I recall, it's called sandpaper.

    so there aren't many "parts" that are hacked at by a machine then stuck directly to the guitar without that hand shaping with that special abrasive tool… so.. could be said that all of 'em are hand shaped.

    Oh… And THAT is how a video of the manufacturer of a product should be done…. not too many questions after watching that one...

    Ron Kirn
     
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    The real difference between Gibson and a small builder is that Gibson can afford the cool toys!
     
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    I'm still awaiting Blues' reply. :cry:
     
  8. adirondak5

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    I would build em like that if I could afford the tools , but that'll never happen .
     
  9. P Thought

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    Wow! I learned a lot watching that, including 1) CNC technology is not from the devil; 2) I'd happily buy a new Gibson someday, if I could afford it; and 3) that "Premier Guitar" 'zine is pretty cool.
     
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    I wish Gil would make a video and show them how it's done in a 300 sq.ft. roof top shack in Israel.
     
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    Believe me,

    I'm sure Gibson knows exactly who Gil is.

    Rob
     
  12. Fred_Garvin

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    :)Thanks, Ron. That is a better way to look at it.

    Any sizable operation would be foolish not to use CNC, if only for the sake of consistency. And think how much Gibson would have to charge if all of that shaping were done by hand. They'd have to charge for skilled craftsmanship AND the name on the headstock, they'd all be $10 grand!
     
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  13. Revv23

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    You obviously can't compare what Gil does with what Gibson is doing.
     
  14. dennyman

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    Thanks for posting that vid. I've had some QC issues on my '94 J-45 (paint & glue) and '03 Firebird (fret sprout). But this vid renewed my faith in their operations and employees.
     
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