Gibson Beale Street Showcase Factory Tours
Memphis, TN 38103
When a small company named Gibson started crafting mandolins in 1894, it probably had no idea the impact it would make on the world. Today, Gibson is the foremost maker of electric guitars and is known for their famed Les Paul and Chet Atkin models, and of course, B.B. King's Lucille becoming the guitar of choice for artists like Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, and John Lennon and George Harrison.
Every person who has ever played air guitar needs to take a tour of the Gibson Beale Street Showcase. You will watch skilled luthiers as they craft some of the finest guitars in the world. You will see each step of the process: binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning.
Tours are $10 and given: Monday- Saturday 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased inside the Gibson Retail Shop, located one block south of Beale Street, directly across from the FedEx Forum and The Westin Hotel. Reservations are recommended. Only persons age 5 and over admitted.
The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and ends at the retail shop where you can purchase a Gibson guitar of your very own.
FACILITY AMENITIESGift Shop, Guide Available, Motorcoach Parking, Reservations Accepted, Tours, Wheelchair Accessible
GENERAL INFORMATIONAdmission/Rates: $10 per person ages 5+ only.
Hours of Operation: Tours leave every hour; Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.
GROUP AMENITIESGroup Rates Available
Maximum Group Size: 100
Minimum Group Size: 18