Gibson Factory, Memphis

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Address: 145 Lt. George W Lee Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, United States

Phone: +1-9015447998

Ticket Price: 10 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Gibson Factory, Memphis

This is a musical instrument shop as well as a guitar factory that is known in the whole country. The family of Gibson’s started a small workshop where they started making mandolins. The African – American musical wave hit the city so much that these instruments became very popular throughout US. At present they are the most important manufacturers of electric guitars.

The most popular are the air guitars and the guitars of the Chet Atkins and the Les Paul and the B.B. King’s Lucille. The factory and retail shop is now opened for public tours. It is a must destination for music lovers and guitarists. Here you will also be able to witness the minute detailing in the process of guitar making.

Gibson Factory Information

  • The retail shop has a good collection of stringed instruments of all genres almost. You can collect one for yourself after enjoying the tour.

Gibson Factory Ticket Prices

  • Children below 5 years are not allowed in the factory.

Gibson Factory Opening and Closing Hours

  • Tours are started every hour from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Mondays to Saturdays.
  • The factory tours starts from 12:00 NOON on Sundays.

How To reach Gibson Factory by Public Transport

  • Bus number 5 and 46 till Linden @ Third

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Gibson Factory, Memphis Reviews

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  • We hope we will not encounter this again and I will update and improve this review when the experience is improved. While it looked nice from the outside and we hear great things about it, I'd advise being prepared for the chance that it may not be open nor reachable even though it should be. My husband & I drove from Southern Texas to visit this factory. Checked the online hours to make sure it was open. Walked there from our hotel (why not, it was just a quick 2 mile hike and we were visiting and enjoying the sites), to find it closed. Hours on the door stated they were indeed open, lights were on, doors were locked, telephone rang but no one answered. We were/are highly disappointed in the lack of organization and professionalism. As a business, much less as a significant landmark/site in The City of Blues, this was a less-than-shining example. We truly hope we get to go through it next time we're in town. I planned it for my husband's birthday, he was so excited; and as musicians and normal humans on a budget, it was wholely a disappointing experience.

  • Definitely recommend the tour. Fascinating that each guitar is hand-built. Great craftsmanship. The only man who paints the guitars has been there forever--no patterns, stencils, etc. so basically every guitar is custom-made!!

  • Very cool place at its current location. Great history and product! Curious to see where the move takes them but I'm sure it can only better the business. Wonder what's happens to the current building now that it's sold?

  • 45 min tour ran fairly quickly. It was $10 for the tour. No photos were allowed inside the factory. The tour guy was great. Overall a good experience.

  • Offering customers the opportunity to see and play practically every current Gibson model available. Also, if you're from out of state and purchase a guitar, they give you the option of shipping your purchase to you. Which saves you quite a bit on local sales tax. I visit this "candy shop" every chance I get, probably a dozen times over the past 10-15 years, including several times during the extremely crowded Beale St. Music Festival. I've always been greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff that were happy to answer questions or look up a price. A visit to the Gibson Store is like heaven for most guitarist and it's a great place to cool down after walking (or staggering) around Beale St. Besides, where else can you just walk up and grab a $25,000 guitar, plug into a 5150 stack and jam a few chords without getting your ass yelled at, or thrown out?

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