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Gibson Factory

#4 of 28 Tours in Memphis
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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Address: 145 Lt Geo W Lee Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-4025
Phone Number: 901-544-7998
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Great place to visit if you find a good guide

The factory is fascinating unfortunately our guide was droning on at a fast pace and, as I was struggling to keep up translating for my friends, I ended up missing plenty so all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Laura M
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Terni, Italy
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Terni, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The factory is fascinating unfortunately our guide was droning on at a fast pace and, as I was struggling to keep up translating for my friends, I ended up missing plenty so all of us did. I wish we had an audio guide because it made no difference that I had informed the skinny blond youth leading the tour that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tours are hourly, so you must time it right. The earlier in the day the more action of guitar making. The tour is of the ground floor of start to finish. Interesting. A lot of , walking a little , then stand and listen. It was rough on my back to just stand. My husband thoroughly enjoyed it. I... More 

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed this tour. You get to see how Gibson builds each of their guitars from start to finish. Guide was informative about the process and history behind the guitar maker. Tour lasts about an hour, they do not allow photos to be taken though. I would recommend reservations ahead of time.

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Thank Rhodes1104
Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband owns 3 Gibson guitars, but I knew nothing about them. I do now and appreciate the high cost and hand-made treatment. Most interesting were the other visitors on the tour - not touristy types at all and wide variety of ages/ethnicities. Well worth the price.

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Thank KentuckyMagpie
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was very interesting to see the amount of time and hands on work that goes into making each guitar. Would have liked to have learned more about the history of Gibson and Les Paul, as well as more about the artists they have made custom guitars for over the years (although I realize this is a factory and the... More 

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Scotland, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gibson guitars are so iconic that a chance to see them being made is not to be missed. I was amazed how much of the process is labour intensive and not machine reliant. Just wait til you see how freehand some of the guitars are painted! An incredibly interesting insight into the making of these beautiful instruments.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit Memphis, you HAVE to take the Gibson Guitar Factory tour. It is amazing to see how the guitars are made and the care that goes into making each instrument! Vic was a wonderful tour guide!

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Riverton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the tour of the factory to see how a Gibson is made. NO cameras are allowed and it is a bit noisy but the guide uses a mic. I had no idea how much is involve I'm making a Gibson. Some steps are automated but a lot is still done by hand.

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Mendenhall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had planned to go to the Elmwood Cemetery, but it rained. There we were on Beale street, and a block away was the Gibson Guitar Factory (and a couple of steps away from Starbucks!). What would you do? This factory makes hollow body guitars, not solid-body. They offer tour groups several times a day, for a reasonable fee. Group... More 

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Thank Nancy W
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

You really must take a tour of this place. I went yesterday and it was a real education. This is the place Gibson build all their semi- acoustic and acoustic guitars and you can see each step in the transformation of wood to a fully finished guitar. An hour well spent.

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