Wow! What a great tour. This morning Larry and I drove out to Corona for the Fender Guitar factory tour. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. Before the tour, you can hang out in the Visitor's Center, which is worth a visit all on it's own. The history of the company, along with vintage photos, advertisements, short films and guitars you can actually play are there.
|Fender Visitor's Center|
The tour took us through the whole factory, including the metal shop, woodworking, painting and custom shop. It was really awesome. Even folks that don't play guitar will get a kick out of this tour.
So much of the work is still done by hand. I wanted to buy about 4 guitars on my way out. I restrained myself.
|Beautiful Pastel Guitars!|
You're not allowed to take movies inside the factory, but of course I did. This was in the Custom Shop where they finish the super-expensive, made-to-order guitars! A tech guy was testing out a guitar with some very fancy finger-picking and fret work. I wish we could have heard what he was playing. Very cool.
As we were leaving, we saw this car in the employee parking lot.