084 - 28th January 2006 - Sun Studio Memphis


Vinyl cutting lathe


Chris in the sudio


The X where Elvis stood and sang


Studio equipment


The Diner next door to the studio, now acts as a cafe and gift shop


One of these booths is where Elvis was signed by Sam Phillips


Sun Studios


Outside the FedEx Forum, Memphis


Beale Street, Memphis


Beale Street, the other direction


Gibson Guitar Plant


The bodies are cut from a variety of hardwood, including maple


guitars in process


glueing


drying


binding


drying


Once the necks have been glued in they are then dried for 5 days


Quality control is rigourous


painting


15 layers of laquer are put on each guitar


custom paint jobs are carried out here as well


a guitar takes 3 weeks to produce and the plant in memphis only produces semi hollow bodied guitars with an average of 45 produced in a day. There are 80 employees and the record number produced in one day is 100.


Beale street