Monday, July 25, 2016

Martin Guitar Factory, Nazareth, PA

While we are in PA camping for 10 days we have two different groups of friends coming camping on the weekends but the weekdays are pretty quiet so we did some touring around.

The Martin Guitar Factory tour was great, although we don't play guitar we do love factory tours! Sadly there seem to be less and less of them.
Martin Guitars are famous and the factory has a nice museum full of famous peoples guitars and stuff. If you pay money an actual person from the Martin family will give you a tour.

They do make inexpensive instruments I think they have one model under $500 but those are made in Mexico. Everything here is much more expensive.

There is a lot of hard hand work and artistry that goes into one of their guitars and you get to see it all in progress on the tour.
There is also some pretty high-tech equipment in use like numerous laser cutter and engravers.
Clamps, Clamps and more clamps! The workers seem pretty happy, this part of PA isn't exactly a hot-bed of good jobs. I imagine this factory is the best place to work for a hundred miles.

 Guitars are custom made in many different sizes, styles and materials.(Everything in this factory is made of wood, the Mexican factory does produce one partially composite model)
At the end of the tour they have a room with some guitars that one can play.

Totally one of the best factory tours (Although Boeing will always be the top.) we've gone on.

The factory is in a cool old building and we ate lunch right outside at some picnic tables.

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