- Apr 2, 2007
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This seem's to be going in a good direction..
Good, as I see no reason why women would be less than excellent at this type of work. It is just suddenly I observed that the entire guitar business (from those who work at GC on up) appears male-dominated, and there is no reason it should be.
This.It's male dominated by choice. Nobody is forcing anybody to work where they don't want to. I personally know MANY female guitarists, musicians, and store employees who are female. They LOVE their jobs and are happy as ever. And they aren't paid "less". They are paid the same for the same job at that store in my experience. There are many famous female producers and studio executives ... if you aren't aware.
I've seen many women work in the Gibson factory simply by watching several DVDs and tours. Like probably half/half male female. Yes, they operate the machines, set up the guitars, and paint just as men do.
There isn't any gender issue here IMO. Granted, there are differences but everyone is has super unique characteristics that transcend all these superficial labels i.e. race/gender/color etc... It's all about loving your craft and playing music. That's it. It's so powerful, ya know...Music affects generations to come.
The binding scrapers are women and are most masterful at that delicate craft.
Of course, during the war Gibson wasn't building many guitars; only about 9000 "Banners" in total. Since they were a woodworking plant, most of their effort went to building landing skids for Army gliders, and the electronics department made sub-assemblies for radars.
well, they weren't really luthiers or techs the same way people who work in auto assembly lines aren't really mechanics.
I watched a video on youtube a while back where they interviewed some of the women who worked there (so I wouldnt really call it a discovery) but I cant find it.
found the video
Also, something many people (especially the "feminists") fail to realize is, there are a LOT of women, particularly of this generation (millenials) who have zero interest in most labor-intensive jobs. Hell, it's hard to find men to do a lot of jobs.
... more to do with "lack of interest".