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Gibson Factory

145 Lt George Lee Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
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Ranked #13 of 31 activities in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Tours
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Most important: do yourself a favor and book ahead. We visited at 2pm and saw the factory in action. As we waited to begin, we saw numerous people turned away because the day's tours were completely booked. The tour itself was very interesting. Although I don't play guitar, I am an avid music fan, and I like to know how... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide (I think his name is Solomon) was awesome. He was very nice and he took time to answer questions. The factory tour was great. I would say another must see along with Sun Studio. If you take the 12pm or 1pm tour you get to watch the factory at work. It was very interesting to see a... More

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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501 reviews 501 reviews
214 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This is a very good tour even if you don't play guitar. If you go earlier you will see the employees working on the floor. The tour lasts about an hour, but you are not allowed to take pictures. There is an attached store so you may shop as well.

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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185 reviews 185 reviews
125 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

First let me strongly advise you to call ahead a day or so to book a tour on the time most convenient for you ! We dropped by two days and two days the tours were fully booked for the day, than we planned our last day around the time of the tour because we were very much looking forward... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

As someone who is not particularly interested in Guitars, this tour was very informative and kept my attention for the full tour. Our tour guide was well versed in the various aspects of the factory, and responded knowledgeably to questions from the group. We were allowed to view the entire guitar-making process and began to understand better the degree of... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband and I went on the tour. It was neat to see the process. However, it was hard to hear the tour guide, and difficult to see what was she was doing. She was very friendly and happy to answer any questions, but not very interactive. Conveniently, the tour lets out right at the Gibson store. It would be... More

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107 reviews 107 reviews
47 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

When in Memphis, do try to visit Gibson. Even if you don't play the guitar it still is a great visit. Did the factory tour and loved every minute. The explanation was good and seeing how the legendary guitars are made is awesome. Make sure to check when tours are on and book your spot in time as there is... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Usa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Touring the Gibson factory was not planned for our trip. However, as we were on Beale Street (one block over) and my son is a guitar player we thought it would be something interesting to do. The tour is about 35 minutes long and it is interesting. However, it is very hard to hear the tour guide. There is no... More

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Was really looking forward to visiting and going on the factory tour. We struggled to hear what the tour guide was saying, it wasn't very interactive and the tour guide wasn't overly enthusiastic compared to all the other tours we had been on around Memphis. I will just add that Gibson are slave drivers to their staff, your doing a... More

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Milton, DE
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Learn how Gibson electric guitars are made by hand here in the USA. Now I understand the time and detail is takes to build an awesome instrument.

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