April 9-11 brought Spring Gibson Days to Fuller’s Vintage Guitars in Houston. The event was a huge success, with special sales, clinics and performances throughout the three days.
Thursday evening kicked off the weekend with an after hours invitation-only sale. Guests arrived to take in a large selection of Ren Ferguson Museum Masterpieces and other limited run and custom guitars in Fuller’s inventory. Music filled the room as customers and employees played and sang their way through the night.
New 2009 models were the hit of the weekend, with the Songwriter Deluxe Standard, the J-45 Custom, and the new Super Dove attracting the most attention. Players were fascinated with the playability of the Songwriter’s new compound radius fingerboard, and the accurate acoustic reproduction that the Fishman Aura Ellipse pick up system provides impressed all who heard it.
Both the Acoustic and Electric Custom Shop trailers, along with one of the Gibson tour buses, were in the parking lot for the weekend, and they were filled with people playing the selection of guitars displayed. Carl Tosten, from Seattle, Wash., performed his unique style of acoustic wizardry on the stage in one of the acoustic rooms to an enthralled crowd both Friday and Saturday.
Texas legend Ray Wilie Hubbard, most famous for writing the Jerry Jeff Walker hit “Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother” and many others, made an appearance. To the delight of the full house on Saturday, he performed several sets of music and storytelling, explaining his theories on song crafting and amusing everyone with anecdotes from his many years in the music industry.
The event was a huge success, and a great way to kick off the summer.