Gibson has just uploaded footage shot in 1967 of its famous Kalamzoo factory. This lost archive footage is now available to watch on the GibsonTV Channel on YouTube. It includes such wonders as the truss rod, first developed in 1908 by Gibson employee Thaddeus McHugh.
1967 Factory Tour
Shot in the original Gibson Kalamazoo, Michigan factory back in 1967, this unique glimpse into the company’s factory floor is a step back in time. This slice of Gibson history reveals factory workers using rare, and now banned, woods, including Brazilian Rosewood, Sri Lankan Ebony and Honduran Mahogany. It’s the stuff of dreams for all hard-core Gibson aficionados. And back then, it was all old growth and well-seasoned.
20 Minutes of History
This short 20 minute mini-documentary includes insights into the company’s hallowed PAF humbucking pickups, electronics, and more. If you have ever wanted to see how they did it in the old days, then this little movie is perfect for you. I wonder how much has actually changed in the 55 years since this footage was taken?
They don’t make them like they used to. Or do they?
I think Gibson would have us all believe that not much has been altered in its production line, according to some of the comments on the YouTube post. However, I get the feeling that things aren’t quite the way they were back then, and the dream of vintage guitars being built the old fashioned way, is more than likely just that. It certainly is worth a watch, though. So grab a cold one, and check it out below.
Guitar Factory Tours
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1967 Gibson Factory Tour Video
- Gibson 1967 Semi- Hollow Body being built: YouTube/GibsonTV
- The 1967 Kalamazoo factory was pretty dark: YouTube/GibsonTV