28th November 2012
Lives for gear
The Gibson factory is similar, and I see nothing wrong with a machine that carves perfect necks every time, there is plenty of hand work for good craftsmen on a guitar, so to replace a human with a machine that does the job -better- makes good sense to me. Gibson, the Gibson Custom Shop, and Martin are all working out of large modern facilities and they've automated about all they can without dropping quality... other than that hand polishing thing with Martins... that bothers me. But again, you couldn't buy a Martin for under $1500 in the old days, and now they have models under $1k.