@ToyotaMatt, I learned a bit of history the other day you may be interested in. Perhaps you’re already aware of this?
I started work at at Gibson USA this week as a new career path. Yes! I make guitars for a living, finally!
In our orientation we learned that during WWII 90% of Gibsons staff joined the armed forces and their production was devastated. Not only that but all the manufactures had the same problem. What to do? We didn’t have the strategic advantage to win the war so the USA needed an other approach.
The women and young men who were not quite fighting age were hired. But they were unskilled and needed to be brought up to speed in a matter of days. So Gibson developed a step by step process for teaching someone a new skill that they could apply to other skills as well.
People were mastering their jobs in record time and the production numbers went through the roof despite having no experienced employees. The guitars manufactured by those women are some of the most sought after and prized instruments ever made starting at $75,000 today if you can find one.
The rest of the nation picked up on what Gibson was doing and they shared their methods with the entire country. We had something like 5-6 tanks to every one German tank. This is how we won the war (arguably) we simply outgunned the enemy.
When the war was over and the soldiers returned home it was seen as condescending to teach a Marine veteran how to pop a rivet using a step by step card (step 1. Pick up the rivet gun. Step 2, pick up a rivet) yeah that’s wasn’t gonna fly with these hardens vets so the country got away from those practices and relaxed a lot.
The Japanese and Germans, after the war, were so amazed by how much America produced that they approached us and asked how we did it. Well, Gibson shared their point by point training mindset with them.
Japan went on in the 70’s and 80’s to out manufacture everyone else using this method developed by Gibson. Toyota was leading the way in developing an even more in depth training mindset and came up with the concept of building people who make cars.
This was the birth of T-Ten! And it goes deep as you know…
Gibson and many other American manufactures were suffering in the 80’s and 90’s and approached Toyota to ask how they were performing so well. Surprised, Toyota told Gibson “you taught us this method”… haha!! So Gibson gave Toyota the brainchild that turned into T-Ten and then later took the Toyota method and applied it to guitars again.
So here I am, an American luthier and a Toyota nut working for the company that started it all. If it weren’t for Gibson we would be living in in a different world and Toyota wouldn’t be a part of it.
So far Montana is awesome! It can’t decide if it’s winter or spring though. That’s the mountains for ya though.Man…just read your whole thread. Was a great read in between coats of paint . What an awesome journey you’ve had with your truck. And killer side kick you have. Keep thinking I need to get another pup. How are you liking Montana?