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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Goodbye Tom Wheeler


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 12th, 2018 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Received word Tom Wheeler died yesterday while in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was 70 years old and a long-time member of the journalism faculty at the University of Oregon.

One of the world's leading authorities on the history of vintage American guitars, he was the editor for many years of Guitar Player magazine.

He also played an instrumental role in the development and production of the first issues of Bass Player magazine.

He was the author of a number of books which remain essential reading for anyone interested in playing and/or collecting vintage guitars and basses.

Among these, his AMERICAN GUITARS, published in 1982, remains the bible for collectors. He also authored the stunning THE STRATOCASTER CHRONICLES for those of this persuasion.

The link here tells more of the life and accomplishments of this amazing journalist.


Tom Wheeler tribute

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 10:33 AM, Feb 12th, 2018)


Feb 12th, 2018 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

He will not be forgotten.



Bass is the place . . .
Feb 12th, 2018 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is so sad. I bought his book "The Guitar Book" back in the mid-1970s, when it was one of the very few reference materials available on guitars.

It's terribly page-worn now, and still has a primary spot on my bookshelf.

This is a great loss for those of us who love guitars, basses, and the history of these instruments.

(This message was last edited by rockdoc11 at 04:04 PM, Feb 12th, 2018)

uncle stack-knob
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united kingdom

Feb 13th, 2018 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh dear.....................................

Uncle Stack-Knob.



Feb 13th, 2018 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I bought and devoured his first book decades ago and subscribed to GP for ages. As a U of O grad, I thought it was great that he taught there. RIP Tom!

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Feb 13th, 2018 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sad news. I exchanged several letters with Mr. Wheeler in the 1980s when I was developing some guitar hardware. He was always eager to share his knowledge and expertise.

Rock on, Mr. Wheeler.

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