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#1 posted 03-16-2011 12:19 AM

Fascinating – not many face masks in evidence !

And, at about 2 mins in, how confidently the guy used the Yankee screwdriver on what might have been a straight slot screw ?

Pretty smooth job converting an 8mm film – probably running at 16 frame per second – for modern video.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 01:25 AM

Great Tour!! Thank you!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 01:47 AM

I enjoyed this very much and went on to look at several other videos. Building a guitar is a woodworking goal of mine and this motivated me even more. Thanks for posting this link.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 05:19 AM

Thank you for posting.

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 05:28 AM

What, no sawstop with board buddies, howd they ever get anything done ? Love the bandsaw.

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 05:51 PM

Where was OSHA?

-- Illegitimi non carborundum

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 06:54 PM

These are craftsman who know their trade well. They work very efficiently – lack of safety equipment not withstanding. The results speak for themselves. The conversion is really, really good. Thanks for posting this!

OSHA would have a field day in this shop today. But I’d bet this would be considered pretty normal working conditions for shops in other countries today.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 07:21 PM

Very cool video thanks for posting, especially since I’m in a family of guitar players. Me and my brother are more geared towards Gibson but my dad is a huge Fender fan. He just has 1 Stratocaster right now but used to have a solid rosewood Telecaster, apparently they only made a few of them in the 1960’s. He’s kicking himself now because they are fairly pricey, I think he found out they go around $20,000 to $30,000.

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#9 posted 03-17-2011 01:21 AM

Very nice vid and thanks for posting! Already mentioned: no masks… but no guards… no safety glasses… no shirts?!?

But very cool, nonetheless! I really liked how they were “testing” the guitars! What a great job that would’ve been!

Wonder what a Strat made that day would be worth today?

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#10 posted 03-17-2011 03:05 AM

I worked part time in the Fender factory in 1969 & 1970 while in high school. Grew up in Fullerton. I swept floors, did some hand sanding, and moved a lot of guitar parts around! It was my first “real” woodworking experience, my high school woodshop & drafting teacher helped me get the job there

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#11 posted 03-17-2011 07:44 PM

Really enjoyed that video, as has been said H&S would have a field day there and would have soon spoilt that environment! I have worked in a lot worse conditions.
No one looked miserable, all getting on with the job and producing something really special,I wonder if they realised that at the time?

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 01:50 PM

Thanks for sharing. It is nice to see this old video- no OSHA, no face masks, nice old machines that were made in the USA and all craftsmen working at their specialty. It is great that it is saved. They all seemed to enjoy their work and made a fine product!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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