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Dec 5, 2022 - 5:27:10 PM
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3190 posts since 4/7/2010

A pal just pointed out this Gibson factory tour video from 1967. The presentation is like many educational films of the era. Kind of funny in that regard, but seeing the the workers doing their jobs with exceptionally dangerous conditions was eyeopening. I won't spoil any of those un-OSHA moments.

THe video features guitars, but stick around for the last few minutes to see a token Gibson Mastertone.

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 12/05/2022 17:28:56

Dec 5, 2022 - 6:04:39 PM
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RioStat

USA

5987 posts since 10/12/2009

I love historical stuff like this film !

Most people just think that things are "made in a factory", never realizing or appreciating the workers that are the heart and soul of the factory.

Lots of fingers and lungs put into danger back then !

Wonder who the Travis-style picker with the red thumbpick, who picks the guitars throughout the film, is / was ?

Dec 5, 2022 - 6:41:55 PM

176 posts since 7/24/2021

Thank you Mr.Smakula!

Dec 5, 2022 - 8:33:36 PM
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13887 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

THe video features guitars, but stick around for the last few minutes to see a token Gibson Mastertone.


And what we see at 15:47 is a double-cut peghead and what appears to be flying eagle inlay -- in 1967. On a banjo with 1-piece flange. I don't care what rim it has. I'll take one.

Dec 6, 2022 - 5:10:41 AM
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2089 posts since 5/19/2018

That was cool. Love all the open blades everywhere, and the well ventilated spray booths.

All in all, very interesting to see. Thanks for posting.

Dec 6, 2022 - 6:27:10 AM
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beegee

USA

23156 posts since 7/6/2005

I like the white shirts and well-dressed workers. I don't think this type of worker exists today.

Dec 6, 2022 - 7:03:28 AM

MattCee

USA

4 posts since 10/3/2022

Surprised at the number of women in the factory for 1967. Super interesting, thanks for sharing!

Dec 6, 2022 - 7:06:58 AM

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Thank you. I enjoyed watching. Like Bob, the attire was refreshing.

Dec 6, 2022 - 7:32 AM

176 posts since 7/24/2021

What is surprising is , nobody’s smoking cigarettes. Lol. Back then everyone smoked. Maybe Gibson was smart enough to realize not everyone loves their instruments to come with with stale smoke and ashes. Interesting video. No a soul is worried about losing a didget.

Dec 6, 2022 - 8:49:26 AM
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leehar

USA

193 posts since 2/18/2018

I spent my whole career working in quality control in factories. In the early days I knew a lot of guys with missing fingers. One boss had two missing fingers on one hand and three on the other! He told an employee in the stamping department he wasn’t running his machine fast enough. The guy answered “ Nobody with just five fingers is gonna’ tell me how fast to run my machine!”

Dec 6, 2022 - 2:12 PM

15097 posts since 6/29/2005

A wonderful video—thank you Bob!!

That huge shaper the guy was using to shape necks scared the living daylights out of me—huge cutter whirling away with no safety guard of any kind. I would be terrified to use that—it could either throw chunks of your hand across the room and spatter them on the wall or throw the neck at you like a large bullet.  There were other shapers as well. They are the most dangerous and terrifying of all woodworking tools with the possible exception of brush chippers, which aren’t use to make guitars.

I thought the number of women was significant—Reading the "Kalamazoo Gals" book, I thought they fired all the women after the war when the guys came home, but they must have learned that their small motor skills for inlay, binding, finishing, sanding, bracing, etc. etc. was something they really needed and reversed their staffing policies.

Dec 6, 2022 - 3:28:30 PM
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3221 posts since 2/18/2009

Thanks for posting the link. The bandsaw jobs looked like the kinds of things I do on mine, though mine are not as big. I was most impressed by the fretting crew. Three whacks and a cut and on to the next one. I've never seen a fret cutter/hammer combination but it looks very efficient, and the skill level they showed is amazing.

Dec 6, 2022 - 3:30:48 PM

4442 posts since 3/28/2008

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Originally posted by Will Frady

What is surprising is , nobody’s smoking cigarettes. Lol. Back then everyone smoked. Maybe Gibson was smart enough to realize not everyone loves their instruments to come with with stale smoke and ashes. Interesting video. No a soul is worried about losing a didget.


I'm thinking they might have had various flammable chemicals all over the place in there.

Dec 6, 2022 - 7:36:40 PM

176 posts since 7/24/2021

Yes they did, but what they didn’t have was personal protection equipment, safety guards, E stops … I don’t think. The point was everything looked dangerous! Risking an explosion was par for the course!

Dec 7, 2022 - 3:55:33 AM
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ahmet

USA

22 posts since 2/8/2008

WOW! A 1962 Plymouth Fury Convertible!

Dec 7, 2022 - 5:00:50 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10266 posts since 1/22/2003

Thank you, Bob. Very nice!

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