Guitar factory tour with Andy Powers – Taylor Guitars facility (Tecate, Mexico)
It is always a rare event to visit a guitar factory. First because there are not that many of them around the world and then because it is rare to be able to access those facilities easily. After visiting Taylor Guitars on the American side in California in El Cajon near San Diego, The Guitar Channel invites you to discover the state-of-the-art factory just a few miles from San Diego, in Mexico, just across the border.
Moreover for this visit we had nothing less than Andy Powers, the master builder of Taylor, as a private guide for the visit of this production unit that is not open to the public normally. In contrast to the factory of El Cajon which is open to all for a visit (very well done) and free every day at 13:00.
Video visit of the Tecate factory - HD Version
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Video visit of the Tecate factory - Live report
In addition to the HD version above, here's a video shot with my iPhone and compiled in one sequence:
The entrance of the Tecate factory :
The factory floor, always super clean:
Andy Powers explaining the drying of the necks before the carving:
Andy Powers in front of the oven to dry the necks:
Ebony wood stock for the fretboard:
Despite the numerous CNC machines inside the factory, many steps are still done my qualified workers:
A CNC machine carving some necks:
The arm rest in the entry level guitar:
The box ready to receive the bolt-on necks:
Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!