Gibson Guitar Factory

Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory and see all the stages of creating a guitar, from the raw wood to the finished product being painted

The guitars you seeing being made are eventually sold in the retail gift shop. 

The Gibson factory tour is a not to be missed attraction on your Memphis vacation.  Add it to your list of our music themed destinations to visit. 

Visit Beale Street, the home of Memphis music, walk a short distance past the FedEx Forum and see guitars being created

Luthiers at work

A Luthier is defined as a maker of stringed instruments.  There are Luthiers on staff here, but they may or may not be working when you take your tour.  The tour is interesting and informative, even if they are not on site.

Gibson Guitar Factory Tour

Keep in mind it is a woodworking factory with the accompanying sawdust

The atmosphere in the factory is kept at a constant temperature to maintain the wood suitable for creating guitars.

The tour guides here are well-informed and happy to share information with you.  The presentation they give as you walk through the factory provides you with ample information about how the guitars are made. 

If you have questions, they are glad to answer them as well. 

- Need to Know -

  • Gibson Guitar Factory Tours and Retail Shop is located at 145 Lt. George Lee Avenue across the street from the FedEx Forum and the Westin Memphis Beale Street.
  • It is in the downtown area where you will pay to park.  There are a few parking meters downtown, but it is likely you will have to park in a lot or a garage. 
  • The building is accessable, but keep in mind you will be going through a factory.  Your guide will give you a description of the conditions and atmosphere before the tour so you can decide if it is appropriate for you. 
  •  If you are staying at the Westin or Peabody and parked at either, you can easily walk to Gibson Guitar.  
  • Allow about 45 minutes for the tour.  Leave yourself some extra time to browse in the retail shop. 
  • It is recommended you make reservations for the tour. 

YeaMemphis Tip – If you are thinking of buying a guitar, what better Memphis souvenir could there be than your own Gibson guitar purchased after your factory tour.  

Best Photo Op – See if you can get a photo in front of the lobby desk with the huge guitar in the background.  The Wurlitzer Jukeboxes are beautiful.  Get a photo with your favorite one.

Visit Gibson, Rock 'n' Soul and take a stroll down Beale Street

A true Memphis experience

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