Before you start the tour you're given safety goggles to wear and told to stay between the yellow lines at all times.
The first thing we were shown were the cut out shapes for the guitar. This cutting is the only thing done by machine, everything else is hand done.
We got to handle the front and back pieces and they were surprisingly heavy.
Next the frame is stretched.
After the front and back are attached they're bound up like a mummy.
Next the binding is attached around the edges and it is spray painted, after that the guitar gets 14 coats of lacquer.
After lacquering all the bits of paint or lacquer that end up in the wrong places have to be removed, this is very labor intensive and is mostly done by ladies, they practice for months on rejects before working on an actual guitar.
The guitar is then checked for defects before being sent to have the electronics added.
And last, but not least, the guitar we're going back to Memphis to pick-up, one that was made while we were there. Isn't it a beauty, Mac can't wait to get his hands on it.
We learned that the factory employs about 100 workers, makes about 70 guitars a day and ships all over the world, with Japan being one of their biggest customers. It was quite a tour. At the beginning when we were in the guitar shop Mac wasn't interested in buying another guitar, at the end, after seeing the craftsmanship and how it was handmade he wanted one. A great excuse to return to Memphis.
That's my Five, visit the others who are joining in with Amy over at Love Made My Home.