Back in January I linked to some very cool pics from the PRS factory in Stevensville, Maryland. So how about some pics from the Fender factory tour in Corona, California? These were shot on an iPhone by Strat Talk member gerryl98 and posted over on Strat Talk. From the post:
…we toured the metal shop where we [saw] them punch out the pickguards, control plates, and amp housings, the area where they CNC the bodies and neck, the area where they skunk stripe the necks, press the frets, trim the fret ends, contour sanding and finish sanding, pickup and pots soldering, and the custom shop!!
From what I remember the inspection is done by employees that are guitar players and then goes to final inspector before it gets sent out. They said they produce about 500 American Fender guitars a day and about another 15 in Jacksons, Charvels and EVH. What’s interesting is that the tour guide said each guitar takes a total of about 8 hours labor but about 2 weeks to complete because of wait times. I think he said drying after painting was several days…might have been 10.
See more pics after the jump and you can get more info on the tour at Fender.com
I generally avoid Beatles stuff but this is a cool one.
I went on a trip last week and forgot my tuner. I downloaded several free tuning apps and thought that GuitarTuna was by far the best. Check it out!
Watch as Alex Chadwick from Chicago Music Exchange gives us a brief history of rock and roll with 100 riffs–starting with Mr. Sandman by Chet Atkins and ending with Cruel by St. Vincent. This video was shot in one take last year and now has over 8 million views. Even cooler than that? Now you can read the tabs as the video plays thanks to the folks at Sound Slice. Full list of songs at Guitar World.
Do you shop at Guitar Center? If you do, you should read this excellent article by Eric Garland. You might also check out this article published last year by The Nation. Still want to shop there?
Don’t be this guy. Via Guitar Fail
Just got the Stadium Arcadium: Special Edition Guitar Book with 2 CDs from Amazon. Apparently this project was conceived by John Frusciante. The tabs in the book are great and the CDs isolate John Frusciante’s guitar tracks and Flea’s bass tracks from the drums and vocals, which is super helpful for learning. I already put the CD tracks in my iTunes and dumped it on my iPad (I dig using Riffmaster Pro for playback). Working on Desecration Smile right now.