It’s Sunday evening, February 9th, 1964. The Beatles are making their American television debut in front of an audience of 73 million viewers. Among them, in the town of Westbrook, Maine, is a ten-year-old boy named Dana Bourgeois. As Dana recalled, “After that, about everyone my age ran out and got a guitar. And that’s how I got interested in playing.”
As so often happens in Maine, interest sparks creativity. Creativity kindles inspiration. Inspiration ignites passion. And passion becomes its own force of nature. In Maine, in the right hands, that force of nature can make almost anything happen. In the case of Dana Bourgeois, his hands would one day craft some of the best acoustic guitars in the world.