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The Shop Tour presented below will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of Nordstrand Guitars and hopefully provide some insight into our humble company and how we make our basses.   Enjoy!

This is Carey's office.  Best described as an organized mess, it's where Carey spends his days paying bills, answering emails, answering phone calls, testing basses, and finding inspiration for new and interesting projects and products.

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This is Mo's workspace and features the main bass assembly bench.  In progress basses usually hang out on the wall as they are carefully put together.  The white and gray machine in the center of the frame is the laser machine, which is used for things like etching the neck plates and making pickguard templates as well as making all kinds of pickup parts. Through the door to the left is the wood shop where all the wood working takes place.

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Here's a direct view of the workbench.  Parts are stored in the bins on the left until they are needed on an instrument.  Mo spends most of his day standing here - but he's used to standing a lot as a working bass player.

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Looking left into the wood shop.  The radial saw in the front is used for slotting fingerboards.  The shop is built around the large bench in the middle. You can see a handle on the cover for the wood storage area in the bench just behing the radial saw.  This is where all the exotic tops are stored until they are used.  There's some really nice stuff stashed away in there.

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Here we see the K2 CNC on the right and other standard wood shop tools here and there.  We use the K2 as much as we can to maintain consistency from bass to bass.  It really doesn't save much time, but it does make it easier to produce consistently high quality basses.

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The band saw on the right is used to resaw tops as well as cut parts close to spec prior to loading on the CNC.  The big belt sander in the middle is used quite a bit for edge sanding as well as sanding radii into fingerboards.

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Here's the secondary work surface where we can do glue ups and other projects without jamming up the main area.  Also, the invaluable Delta thickness sander is on the left.

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Here's the wood stash. Body blanks are on the left, neck wood is standing up at the right and fingerboard blanks are behind them on the shelf.

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This is our work in progress storage area.  We keep the necks in the rack on the left and the bodies in the other three racks.  There's also a buffer set up for paint touch ups and other miscellaneous buffing tasks.

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This is the production tracking system.  It's mainly for us to keep track of where we are during the production of basses and also for Carey to be able to check up on when a bass might be finished. It's really quite a handy set up.

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Well, that's the end of the tour for now.  Please be sure to check the How They're Made section of the website for more pics and videos.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

 ©Carey Nordstrand