As a product specialist for the Gibson Acoustic division, I get the opportunity to travel and see a lot of our great country. March offered me the chance to expand my horizons, as Yorkville Distributing extended the invitation to travel throughout Western Canada, visiting retail stores to do both staff training and public events.
Day One took me to Calgary, where I met up with Yorkville’s Jeremy Berger. We then proceeded to Long and McQuade for staff product training. Later, it was off to Guitarworks, where I did a public presentation on the history and architecture of the Montana acoustics.
The attendees all displayed a passion for guitars, and many had brought their vintage instruments along for a little show-and-tell. Guitarworks also had the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Hummingbirds which, although sold, they allowed the customers to admire.
The following day’s travels took us to Edmonton, Nanaimo, Victoria, and Vancouver with store visits, staff training, and public events filling our days. With Western Canada sales rep Owen Connell as our guide, we had the chance to see some beautiful country, spend time in some incredible acoustic rooms, work with knowledgable sales staffs, and meet many Gibson fans, both young and old. All appreciated the craftsmanship and history that is Gibson, and I came home knowing that the desire to own a true hand-crafted instrument is alive and well.