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Factory Tour

How to Make a Pickup, Part 2

July 18, 2008
42 gauge is the most common wire used in pickup manufacturing. This and other common building techiniques are covered in this clip. Also, Evan expalins why Seymour Duncan goes through great lengths to use the same bobbin material used in many classic pickups. Perhaps the coolest part of this video - check out the original winder once owned by Gibson and used for early PAF humbuckers. SD has the winder now and still uses it today.
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How to Make a Pickup, Part 3

July 18, 2008
In this segment we look at lipstick pickups (made with no bobbin), Tele pickups, wax-potting and SD's proprietary "stud loader." Also, see how a humbucker is made, step-by step.
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How to Make a Pickup, Part 4

July 18, 2008
Wooden acoustic pickups are looked at in this segment, as well as the yarn-wrapping process for Tele pickups and SD's quality control process. Also, Evan breaks down the whole active vs. passive thing as we see some Dave Mustaine pickups being made.
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Seymour Duncan Custom Winding Pickups, Part 1

July 18, 2008
Seymour himself is at the winder in this video, showing how he makes pickups. He explains scatter winding and passes on some knowledge that was passed along to him from Leo Fender.
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How to Make a Pickup, Part 1

July 18, 2008
?We went to Santa Barbara, CA to see how pickups are made at the Seymour Duncan factory. In this clip, SD's Evan Skopp explains bobbin material, bobbin insulation and?magnet charging. Also, did you know that temperature changes can wreck your pickup's magnetic pull? Evan breaks down some common demagnetizing dangers.
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Martin Guitar Museum - Part III

June 30, 2008
More footage of Martin's Guitar Museum.

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Martin Guitar Factory Tour- Part I

June 30, 2008
Premier Guitar is checking out how Martin Guitars are made. In this clip you'll get an overview of the parts involved, see how sides are bent and assembled, learn about bracing and see how the ribbon lining is installed.

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Martin Guitar Factory Tour - Part II

June 30, 2008
Premier Guitar is checking out the Martin Guitar factory. Here, we look at rim sanding, body assembly, fretboard gluing, bracing and dovetail necks.

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Martin Guitar Factory Tour - Part III

June 30, 2008
Premier Guitar is checking out the Martin Guitar factory. In this clip you'll see where they make the authentic series guitars and where they repair guitars. Also - check out the company's robotic polisher.

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Martin Guitar Factory Tour - Part IV

June 30, 2008
Premier Guitar is checking out the Martin Guitar Factory. In this clip, we take a look at the X-Series, and the company's sound room, along with finishing, inlay, necks and the final assembly of the guitars.

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Martin Guitar Museum - Part I

June 30, 2008
Footage of Martin's Guitar Museum.

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Martin Guitar Museum - Part II

June 30, 2008
Here's Part II of our personal tour of the museum, led by Martin's Dick Boak. In this vid you'll see the dreadnaught's rise to popularity thanks to singing cowboys, Elvis and the Kingston Trio among others. Watch as Mr. Boak pulls the company's best sounding guitar out of the display case and demonstrates what audio butter sounds like.

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Inside the Martin Factory and Museum

June 11, 2008
We take you step-by-step through the process of building a Martin guitar. Also, see and hear famous Martins in the company''s museum
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Martin Guitars - HM Ben Harper, Authentic Series

June 4, 2008
Check out these beauties from Martin: the new HM Ben Harper and two classics from the Authentic Series -- a OOO-18 and a D-18.
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Taylor Guitar Factory Tour Videos

May 15, 2008
Video tour of the Taylor Guitar factory, led by Bob Taylor
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Taylor Guitars Factory Tour - Part I

May 13, 2008
Bob Taylor gives Premier Guitar a personal tour of his factory. Part I includes elements of wood selection, milling, drying, sanding and neck assembly.
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Taylor Guitars Factory Tour - Part II

May 13, 2008
Part II of Bob Taylor giving Premier Guitar a personal tour of his factory -- bracing, binding, body construction, painting, power source assembly, neck construction.
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Parker Guitars, Washburn Guitars - The Paintshop

May 7, 2008
Inside the factory tour -- this is where Parker and Washburn guitars are painted.
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Parker/Washburn Guitars - Final Assembly & Set Up

May 7, 2008
Premier Guitar is On Location to check out the final assembly and set up process of Parker and Washburn guitars.
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Final Assembly and Set-up: Parker Guitars and Washburn Guitars

May 7, 2008
The final step in the birth of an electric guitar.
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