Welcome to our show. I’m Dr. Idonuma of Digimart Basement Lab. Today we’re here from Japan to visit the Epiphone factories in Qingdao, China. It looks like there are two of them in Qingdao. So what’s the secret behind Epiphone’s high quality and cost-effective guitars? First, we’ll check out their main one, the GQ factory. Let’s go! Here we are at the wood storage warehouse. Looks like wood is sent here from around the world after being roughly cut and seasoned. Here we see bodies and necks being processed at the same time. Why? I’d like to ask Mr. Lewis about it. It looks like a lot of handwork is involved. Let’s ask Mr. Lewis about it. Meanwhile, cutting edge technology seems to be used too. I’d like to ask Mr. Lewis about it. Making the neck is one of the most important processes. The “Quality Control” people here are carefully inspecting the neck. I’d like to take this opportunity to actually feel one. Pardon me. It’s already extremely smooth. What a comfortable grip! These press machines are exclusively for Casino bodies. Had they always been used? Let’s ask Mr. Lewis. I hear this line is quite new. Could you tell us about it? The paint line seems to have greatly changed too. Let’s hear some examples. Your factory is indeed a spectacle! Here we are at the final assembly line. All these people form this line for the final process. What a sight to see! Look, everyone! Above these pickups it says in kanji what we read as “pickup-sound-device”. And all the way here we see the word…… “above-strings-pole”? It seems to mean “nuts”. So nuts are “above-strings-pole” in Chinese. Chinese characters literally symbolize meanings. It’s great how we Japanese can guess them, right? So after all these processes, the products are finally checked in these cells to be delivered to Epiphone fans around the world. Wow! I suppose this is where finished products are stored. Rows of guitars are here, ready to be shipped. There’s more? This is awesome! Look at all these guitars waiting to be shipped! Now we’re here at the other Epiphone factory in Qingdao called EQ. Models made here seem to be different from the ones at GQ. Let’s go see. Here is where wood for necks and fingerboards are stored. Seasoned wood is brought here to be stored under the right temperature and humidity. This is for an Epiphone Joe Bonamassa signature Firebird model. You can clearly see that it’s a “thru-neck” construction. Mr. Lewis, we saw a similar line at the GQ factory yesterday. Could you tell us about it? Now we know that both factories focus on efficiency. Let’s hear about the differences then. Please tell us about one of EQ’s latest machines. What a smooth touch! High quality guitars are being shipped around the globe from this factory! Right on!