BC guitar builder needs your help to rebuild after fire


We do a lot of stories highlighting charity initiatives here on V.I.A., and we also give a lot of press to Kickstarter campaigns where local entrepreneurs are striking out on their own to produce amazing BC products. Generally our subjects are complete strangers but today I’m urging you to help someone who is not only an entrepreneur in need of your financial help, but also a relative of mine.

My cousin Trevor Kronbauer has been hand building guitars in the Okanagan for most of his adult life. He started working with legendary luthier Ted Thompson and moved on to open his own shop in the early 2000’s. Since then Kronbauer Guitars has been producing world class instruments, all by hand, with no CNCing. Due to the time taken, the highest quality materials, and fine workmanship, they get legendary reviews worldwide. They’ve successfully managed to maintain a personal, custom shop approach rather than bang out low quality product at a high volume.

Trevor Kronbauer of Kronbauer Guitars
Trevor Kronbauer of Kronbauer Guitars

Not only do his instruments get praise from musicians, but he’s also a fine example of the grit and hard work that has made this province what it is. He regularly brings in fans like MLA Greg Kyllo to his shop, and works with many of them to produce custom guitars. Or at least he did until yesterday…

Yesterday a fire swept through Trevor’s shop in Armstrong, wiping out much of his guitar stock, specialty wood and tools. He doesn’t have insurance and will have to rebuild on his own, from the ground up.

Photos: Bev Carlson via Facebook
Photos: Bev Carlson via Facebook

I’m urging you to help support Kronbauer Guitars by donating to this GOFUNDME campaign. A little help will go a long way in helping this small BC business get back on its feet.

If you’re not into donating, perhaps you want to get one of the only pre-fire guitars they have left in stock. There are 3 sale right now right HERE.

Also, please consider sharing this post on social. Anything helps. Thanks!

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