FRETS.COM Field Trip
And Fender, too
Guild's Nashville Custom Shop
© Frank Ford, 8/1/01; Photos by FF, 3/21/01 Please click the small photo to get the big picture.
Conveniently located in Music City where celebrity artists abound, it's where some of the custom Fender instruments are made, along with special Guild, Benedetto and other models. A small crew of skilled luthiers work here in a factory that's roomy and well stocked with materials and tools:
Dan Erlewine and I stopped in for a short visit with plant manager Tim Shaw (left) and his crew:
Dan's just as much of a camera jockey as I am!
We saw all kind of different special instruments in progress:
An old time scraping technique, using the edge of a glass microscope slide:
Glass is incredibly hard, and holds its edge well as a scraper. This is essentially the same scraping technique used since the days of the Seventeenth Century Cremonese master violin makers.
Flat top guitars, Archtop guitars, solid and hollow body electrics give these craftsmen a good variety of work: