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Gibson Factory

145 Lt George Lee Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)
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Ranked #15 of 33 Activities in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Tours
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Barton, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

So central we just turned up early in the day. Went round with a group of about dozen others. The work that goes into each individual guitar was mind blowing certainly not mass production and some highly skilled people obviously enjoying their work. The one disappointment was no demonstration of an instrument being played. Not expensive and well worth a... More

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

As a Gibson owner for too many years to say this was almost a pilgrimage, particularly as my latest Gibson was made here. The guide was efficient rather than engaging but seeing the guitars being made and the guide interpreting what we were seeing was just fine. I went on a tour at 3pm and was warned that we would... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was a very good tour. It would have been nice to have seen them working but our tour was on a Saturday. Would have been too noisy with workers there. Would like to have taken pictures but understand why you are not allowed.

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Smyrna, Georgia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I am not a musician - but my husband is, loves guitars and anything about them. So on our first time trip to Memphis, had to check out the Gibson Factory tour. It was well worth the time. It was fascinating to see how a guitar is made from the time the wood arrives to the factory until the finished... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Went on the one oclock tour very good . They take you on to the shop floor . Its amazing how they are all hand made the tour last for up to a hr and is only ten dollers .when the tour is done you can visit the shop good hr spent there

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Perth, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did this tour because we had some time to spare. It was absolutely fascinating to see how guitars are made, and how much of it is still done by hand. We were in the last tour of they day, so there was only a few workers still about - but it was good because it was particularly noisy -... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have not interest in guitars but found this place fascinating. See a guitar made from beginning to end. If you play a guitar, you can try many out in the shop at the end. Takes about an hour to go thru. Nice change of pace from eating.

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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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