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Gibson Factory

145 Lt George Lee Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
901-544-7998
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Ranked #14 of 32 Activities in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Tours
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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour. Make sure you call ahead for reservations. Try to go between 1 and 2 pm to be sure workers are present.

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Rochester, MN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our recent driving vacation took us through Memphis, TN, a city I had previously only encountered as a plane-change location. I was looking forward to seeing the Lorraine Motel/Civil Rights Museum, Sun Records, Graceland and the Gibson Guitar Factory. Of all the things we did in Elvis' hometown, the one I would recommend avoiding is the Gibson Guitar Factory tour.... More

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Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a $10 tour around the factory of Gibsons guitars, that produce the semiacoustic models. It's very interesting to see the stage by stage process from the hydration and bending of the wood through many by hand processes to produce the end models. These are works of art in many respects given the intricate method of production, very little... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have always wondered about the expensive prices, and now I understand. The amount of man-hours and the hand crafting that goes into these guitars was eye-opening. The tour was very fun and informative. The store and demo models for playing were worth the stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

The tour is very informative. Provides great insight how fine musical instruments are made. Well worth the visit.

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Midland, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I stayed at the Westin and I was excited about this place. Now everyone else in Memphis, everyone from the cab driver to the convenience store clerk were so nice. This place just acted like they didnt see me. NO I dont play guitar, but it didnt change my interest in the facility. I walked through the store, no one... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Went to the tour on a Sunday, so there were no workers actually making guitars. However our tour guide outlined all the steps in the process and showed samples of guitars at each stage, it was all very interesting.

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Estero, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It was interesting seeing the production process of a fine hand-made musical instrument. The tour guide was less than enthusiastic. She fave me the impression that she just wanted to get the tour over with. If you go I hope you get a better guide than I did.

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england
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Although I'm not as interested in guitars as my wife, I found the tour very interesting as the various stages of manufacture were actually being done by the workers as we went around the factory. The guide was also very informative. One thing that did surprise me was the amount of dust that was around in the factory. I understand... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wow- you get to see them make Gibson Guitars by hand one at a time! Very cool tour. The tours fill up quickly - best to call in advance to make a reservation or you will not get in. Make sure you request a time that workers are there -not on break or gone for the day. If you play... More

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