Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Philip Guay from Los Cabos Drumsticks in this mini podcast episode.
A little bit about Los Cabos
Los Cabos is a family run operation from New Brunswick, Canada. They have been in operation since 2005, however, it was a wood working business that had been around for years before it became Los Cabos operating as Lawrence Wood Products. Originally the shop produced spindles and business was very good. But eventually the clients took their business to China and things fell apart pretty quickly forcing the company to find another way.
They had all the tools they needed to start making drumsticks and so they did. Phil's parents hustled those drumsticks wherever they could making road trips out of it. It's a pretty cool little story and I always like hearing about the ma and pa small business stories.
The company also makes a conscious effort to reduce waste by using their wood scraps to heat the shop with their wood stove in the cold winter months, selling their “wood nubbins” to a company that makes fire starters and lastly by donating their sawdust to a local farmer to provide bedding to the farmer’s horses.
Los Cabos is also the only drum stick manufacturer that offers a Red Hickory line that is available in most models in their regular Hickory line. Red Hickory offers an advantage over the regular Hickory in that the wood molecules are denser and thus a little bit heavier and offer more durability over the regular Hickory and Maple lines. I currently use these Red Hickory sticks and so far I am loving them.
Who is Phil?
Phil Guay is the Resource Manager and Artist Relations Representative for Los Cabos. A Canadian Armed Forces Vet, Phil served our country for ten years before working for his family business.
It is no secret that I am a very proud Canadian. With that bias aside, these are great drumsticks. I am the kind of person that just likes shit that works and doesn’t have gimmicks attached to it. That goes for anything, just to be clear. I am just kind of a simple no frills type of person.
These sticks feel incredibly natural and “real” in my hand. They are well balanced and their drumstick line has everything I would personally want. I have been using these sticks for a short while and I have made up my mind that I will only buy Los Cabos sticks going forward.
Another point I will make is that my wife and I run a ma and pa flower shop in a small Canadian community, I have empathy for family run businesses and I want to support that. It is fantastic that the sticks are great and that I like how they perform, but the fact that they are Canadian, offer a no frills product, retail for a fair price and finally because it is a family run business.
Check out their full line of products at www.loscabosdrumsticks.com
Beats performed by: Cameron Fleury // Los Cabos Artist
Los Cabos’ Socials