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Old 04-13-2019, 02:26 AM   #631
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That's retarded. That guy needs to go back to his job at Chipotle.

If you were ambidextrous and could play both right and left, you could do an electric and flip it back and forth to demonstrate your skills, but unless you have 3 or more arms, you can't do anything but clang open strings to augment what you're doing with the other guitar. It's more art than instrument.
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:35 AM   #632
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They'll need another final pass, but the slots are mostly done on this one.


I'm waiting for the templates to arrive, so I might as well do a few of these fret boards while I've got the jig out and my skills are improving.



That's 4 necks and 4 finger boards. 2 more finger boards and one neck out in the shop. I need body blanks. I've only got 2
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:02 PM   #633
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I just toured the Martin guitar factory this afternoon. Pretty thorough tour.

Gluing up the front and back panels by hand. They use this press that clamps multiple panels at once.


Stacking them as them come out of the clamps.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:05 PM   #634
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Candling the panels to check for knots before they lay out the front and back for the cnc machine.


Cnc machine cutting out the fronts and backs.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:10 PM   #635
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The neck is roughed out by cnc and finished up by hand.


I took a ton of pictures, but not of every step.

Here's a laser ingraving machine for the name and serial number.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:13 PM   #636
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This is a robot finish buffing machine


And a bunch of assembled bodies, unfinished. There were hundreds of these all over the place.


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Old 04-15-2019, 07:14 PM   #637
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Racks full of necks.


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Old 04-15-2019, 07:21 PM   #638
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When they cut out the front and back, they leave these tabs on them to help index all the other work they do each step of the way.



The index holes come in handy when gluing in the braces and clamping them to dry

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Old 04-15-2019, 07:26 PM   #639
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Sorry to hijack the thread but thought this would be a good spot for these pics. It was a very cool tour, and I recommend it.

And they are hiring. They mentioned that several times.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:30 PM   #640
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Good one! I'm pretty sure I can't afford that tour
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:32 PM   #641
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There's a hard sell at the end and we dropped almost $100 on just t-shirts.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:38 PM   #642
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They give you a piece of a Martin as a souvenir of the tour. They do a very fast print laser engraving of the sound hole cutout to each person who takes the tour.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:40 PM   #643
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I'm thinking my entry fee would be around $1200
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:00 PM   #644
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Wow. That is damn cool. Hiring you say...
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:17 PM   #645
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So cool. And thanks for dropping it here.

Did having seen what I did help you get a sense of what they were doing at all? I can't believe I've never gone there. But then I've never toured the Harley plant either.

Good stuff
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