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More Guitar Events, Museums & Destinations after you've visited
Museo de la Guitarra Almeira in Spain!
Museo de la Guitarra Almeira in Spain!
The D’Angelico Showroom
New York, NY
Located in midtown Manhattan, this former retail store was transformed in 2011 into a D'Angelico lounge where dozens of guitars are displayed and ready for you to play and jam out. This swank, comfortable atmosphere is an oasis for any guitar enthusiast who would like to step into the den of six-string heaven.
D'Angelico asks that you call a day or two ahead to schedule your visit. View their showroom page to learn more -www.dangelicoguitars.com
Fullertone Duesenberg Showroom - By Appointment Only
Fullerton Fullertone allows you to experience Duesenberg guitars in a very personal way. The space is dedicated to Duesenberg only and features some of the best models they carry. By appointment only, you can immerse yourself in learning and trying out these quality-built instruments in their private showroom along with a full line of Duesenberg pedals and vintage amps.
Fullerton Fullertone requires that you schedule your appointment prior to your visit.
Learn more - www.duesenbergusa.com
Kiesel Custom Guitars - Formerly Carvin
While Kiesel Custom Guitars does not offer a formal factory tour to the public, they do offer a factory showroom where you can demo and buy guitars and basses. Kiesel guitars are not sold in stores and are available through direct order only. That's why visiting their showroom gallery is a must if your in the San Diego area.
Keisel Gallery Showroom - www.kieselguitars.com
Songbirds Guitar Museum
The Songbirds Museum is a guitar exhibit experience like no other. Their massive collection features nearly every vintage make and model from the 1920's through the 1970's. Guided and self-guided tours explore the history and pop culture connected to some of the acclaimed guitars in the world. Be sure to check out the Vault while you're there.
Visit their site and plan your visit - www.songbirdsguitars.com
National Guitar Museum
A must see for guitar fanatics, the National Guitar Museum exhibition is collection of nearly 270 guitars spanning the history and diversity of the instrument. From the earliest beginnings to the legendary and cutting edge, this guitar exhibit rocks!
This NGM makes it's way across the country and usually resides in one location for up to 6 months. Check the Exhibition tour schedule for more details and make every excuse you can to see this guitar spectacle in person - www.nationalguitarmuseum.com
National Reso-Phonic Guitars
San Luis Obispo, CA
If you've ever heard the distinctive sound of a resonator guitar, you know combination of steel and wood produces a tonal texture for bluegrass and blues like no other. Formed in a garage in 1989, National now produces 1,000 per year in 50 different models.
National Guitars offers a factory tour to the public by appointment only. Visit their website and plan your visit -www.nationalguitars.com
This is the HOLY GRAIL after Graceland and Sun Records you must visit the spiritual home of the guitar in the USA, the legendary home of Gibson at 225 Parsons Street where the magic really did happen and Seth Lover and Ted McCarty changed the world of guitar. Made in the USA, Heritage has been handcrafting vintage-looking hollow body, semi and solid body electric guitars since 1985. Their origins started with a man who built mandolins in the 1800's by the name of Orville Gibson (Does the name sound familiar?)
Free public guitar factory tours happen most weeks. Heritage asks that you please call
for availability to reserve your spot. View the tour details here -www.heritageguitar.com
For over 40 years, Collings has been producing handmade world-class acoustic guitars, electric guitars and beautiful archtop guitars. Collings offers a weekly factory tour.
Reservations are required, so please be sure to contact them in advance to set up your tour.
Visits their site here for more details - www.collingsguitars.com
PRS - Paul Reed Smith Guitars
Come and see why this upstart guitar craftsman has made world impact and won the hearts of musicians like Carlos Santana, The Dean of Doncaster Mr John McLaughlin and John Mayer. The PRS Factory Tour is a great way to see how these legendary guitars are built and meet the craftpeople who build them. See how their legendary electric guitars are created from the raw wood to the finished masterpiece.
Visit their site directly for specific tour days and times -www.prsguitars.com
Mesa is a premier manufacturer of bass and guitar amps, pedal effects, tubes and cabinets. Built in the USA, Mesa is known for their renowned tone and quality workmanship. In short, Mesa Boogie blows the doors off most American made amps.
The walking tour usually last about 30 minutes on certain days of the week.
Visit their factory tour here to find out more - www.mesaboogie.com
Santa Rosa, CA
Since 1968, Benedetto has been producing beautiful archtop jazz guitars in their factory in Savannah, Georgia. They request you contact them in advance of your visit to reserve an appointment.
Visit their site directly for specific tour days and times -www.benedettoguitars.com
Santa Rosa, CA
Alembic produces uniquely shaped guitars and basses, along with pre-amps and even strings. They request you call at least 1 week in advance of your visit to reserve an appointment.
Visit their site directly for specific tour days and times - www.alembic.com
For over 40 years, Dean Guitars has been crafting great sounding and unique looking electric guitars, acoustic guitars, basses and blue grass instruments. Their signature V-shaped Wing head and quality build has made them legendary, and the go-to guitar for rock, country and blues artists throughout the world.
Tour the wood shop and watch luthiers cut and craft materials into sonic master pieces. Dean factory tours take place on Thursdays at 2:30 pm or by special appointment. Be sure to also checkout their showroom.
Visit their factory tour page here to find out more -www.deanguitars.com
Ken Smith Basses
100% handmade in the USA, using the highest quality woods, Ken Smith is best known for their basses. For over 30 years, their craftsmanship has put their basses at the center of works of art and invincible sound.
They request you call at least 1 week in advance of your visit to reserve an appointment. Visit their FAQ page and call to arrange your visit - www.kensmithbasses.com
El Cajon, CA
Taylor guitars began manufacturing world-class acoustic guitars in 1984. Taylor offers one of the best manufacturer walking tours, taking visitors through the way wood is chosen, the shaping of the bodies, necks and final assembly.
You can visit the Taylor guitar factory tour page here -www.taylorguitars.com
Santa Cruz Guitar Company
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Guitar Co. builds spectacular acoustic guitars played by artists ranging from Elvis Costello, Doc Watson, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and many others.
In the tradition of true luthiers, Santa Cruz builds acoustic guitars exclusively. It is necessary to call Santa Cruz Guitar in advance to reserve your spot on one of their tours. They stress that showing up unannounced does not guarantee a tour.
Visit their tour page here - www.santacruzguitar.com
The most famous and best known, yes Fender is the BIGGEST GUITAR COMPANY IN THE WORLD. Fender Guitar is one of two legendary guitar manufacturers in the world. The Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision and Jazz bass and their amps have literally defined the musical landscape. The Fender Visitor Center located in CA had one of the best guitar walking tours, but is now closed but the custom shop guys are nice guys and have been known to let guitarheads have a sneek peek in the dream factory where the greatest carftsmen, master builders and guitar mechanics live!
If you love guitars, come here and sit in the car park and Facebook check-in your homage visitation to the true home of the American Guitar!
UPDATE - Tours have officially stopped, but may restart in 2025.
Blog Post on Fender here
C. F. Martin
There's only three as the song goes: Fender Gibson and Martin. Martin & Co. offers public and private tours of their guitar factory, including a museum showcasing their history as a premier guitar manufacturer.
Visit their site and plan your visit here - www.martinguitar.com
Dallas International Guitar Festival 2017
For 40 years, DIGF is the longest running and largest gathering for guitar collectors, dealers, manufacturers and music enthusiasts in the world. Buy, sell, and trade your guitars during this three day event which includes performances and special guests.
With over 450 booths across 140,000 square feet, this guitar paradise can't be missed. Visit their site to learn more about the this years event -www.guitarshow.com/
Guitar God Eric Clapton's epic American guitar feast
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