Mr. Pat Foley- The Real Wizard of Oz.
The man behind the curtain, the guy you never see but the one who makes things happen. "The Pivot Man". These words describe a gentleman that most people do not know directly, but most assuredly benefit from his efforts. Got an Dave Grohl ES-335 in your stash? Or, how about an aged and signed Slash Les Paul? Better yet, were you the first guy on your block to have a Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul with his name scrawled on the back of the headstock? Well, if you do or were, you can thank the man pictured here, because this is Mr. Pat Foley and he is the Head of Artist Relations for Gibson Guitars. Ladies and Gentlemen, you are looking at the very person that talks endlessly on the phone and travels thousands upon thousands of miles to ensure that we, the guitar- loving community are able to get our hands on all those signature and "Inspired By" guitars that come from the Gibson Custom Shop. He is the direct link between Gibson and the Artists themselves; not only must he please the namesake for which the guitar will be produced, but he must juggle these demands with the constraints and consideration of actually getting these guitars produced at a reasonable price. Again, "the pivot man". For the most part and from what we've seen, it's a thankless job- almost a "ghost" job if you will. I don't think anyone really stops to think about the time and effort Pat puts into making these deals happen; All we see is an announcement from Gibson or we wander into our local music store and there hangs the newest Signature guitar on wall as if it just appeared overnight. The fact is, this guy works tirelessly to put together complex and intricate deals with the biggest names in Rock music so that we can have a guitar like our idols play. It's a dammed tall request in our book and in that light, we want to stop for just a moment to say, "Thank You, Pat". Often times, it's the hardest workers that go unnoticed until the fruits of their labor are no longer present and it's only at that moment that the rest of us realize exactly just how much you really did. In our book, you are a King and always, an 'Elk...