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“Eric Crapton.... Really” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fender Guitar Visitor Center

Fender Guitar Visitor Center
301 Cessna Cir, Corona, CA 92880
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Corona
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sightseeing Tours
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London, United Kingdom
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“Eric Crapton.... Really”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Well the amazing thing about the Fender Guitar visitor centre is that the factory is making up to 500 guitars a day which is an American manufacturing success story. The visitor centre is OK. I've read the rave reviews, I am a guitarist and I love Fender. But the tour itself on the day I went was 'amateur night'! Very poor welcome on reception. Late, all over the place, poor narration (just hard to understand), broken audio equipment and references to Eric Crapton. Well he may have been once?!! The previous day I went to Universal Studios. They know how to do a professional tour. The good things about Fender are the Jam Room, brilliant, just pick up and play. The Custom Room, create your own guitar. The whole tour thing could be much better. But it still a great place......

Visited July 2014
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“If you play guitar, bass or know/love someone who does, you should go here if you're anywhere close!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I've visited Corona multiple times while my son was a student at UCR and only just found out about this place on our recent trip to graduation. There is a tour ($10 adults, less for Senior, students) of the factory where they make Stratocasters, Telecasters, basses and other instruments. It's fascinating for anyone interested in manufacturing, woodworking, music, guitars or basses. There is also a museum (free) where they have lots of stuff for looking and purchase including vintage guitars and exhibits of famous Fender guitar players. There's even a room where you can play many different kinds of Fender and Gretch guitars and basses using a wide variety of Fender amps. I could have stayed for days!!

Visited June 2014
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Bogota, Colombia
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“Gotta love this, guitarist or not!! 1 hour-drive from LA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I went down to the Fender Corona factory with the wife (not a guitarist), and we both loved the Fender Factory Tour and the Visitor Center. It´s about a one-hour drive from LA, where we were visiting at the time.

The Visitor Center is free of charge, and there is a lot of stuff to see, from historic memorabilia to the Jam Room (actually, there are 2 - one for Fender gear, and another for other Fender brands, such as Gretsch, Jackson and EVH), where you can play all you want. Tried a Cabronita Tele and a Fender Reverb someting, and they sounded amazing. :)

There is also a room where you can build your customized guitar from parts you can see and choose. Cool too.

The best part, of course, was the Factory Tour. You get to see nearly all the processes involved in guitar-building, and meet many of the factory workers, including some very nice ladies who have been there for many decades. Plus, you get a good look at the Custom Shop.

Unfortunately, I was not planning on buying a new guitar. But, if I were, the guide said he could put some 20 "freshly-made" guitars so I could try them there at the factory, and choose my favorite (prices were around 30% off MRSP, which I think is basically the same as at your average Guitar Center). Is that cool or what?

My wife actually enjoyed the tour and bought some chick´s clothes at the Visitors Center. So, yes, bring your girl, she won´t kill you.

Visited April 2014
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Sydney
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“If you love your Fender - don't miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Made a special side trip to do this factory tour (while my husband and son went to Disney). Dave Brown gave an enthusiastic and informative tour of the factory. You see the process of Teles and Strats being made from pieces of wood straight through to viewing completed awesome custom models. (The only thing you don't see is the paintwork being done because of the high contamination risk - you see a short film of this being done). You are issued a head set so you can hear everything being said and protective glasses. Make sure to wear closed shoes/boots. See their website for tour times. There is an interesting exhibit, you can try out some guitars in the jam room and there is merchandise. Loved it!

Visited January 2014
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“American Icon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Let me Tele you, this tour is out of the Strat-osphere. The visitors center is free and houses some great displays about Rock and Roll legends and their Fender guitars. There is a jam room where you can plug in a cool guitar and jam for as long as you want. There's plenty of swag and Fender gadgets to buy as well. The factory guided tour is $10 and well worth it. You get to see every part of production from wood selection and neck construction to finishing and set up and even the Custom Shop. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and even though our group had 27 people, he was able to keep all of our attention and make it personable. If you have any interest in guitars at all, this is a must-do.

Visited January 2014
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