Tom Wheeler

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edited February 12 in Tributes
Learned today that Tom Wheeler - long time editor of Guitar Player during its heyday and writer of many famous guitar books - has passed away aged 70. 

Not a household name - but someone I’m sure many of us have learned at lot from. He took guitar journalism very seriously and really raised the bar.

RIP.
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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 577
    Really sorry to hear that. His books and mag articles have been a treasure trove of guitar related info over the years. He'll be missed.
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3057
    Sad news. I devoured Guitar Player magazine in my youth and Tom Wheeler's editorial and articles on that mag were excellent. So good that I've still got most of the issues that I purchased back then tucked away in my loft.
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 3747
    just coincident that I was reading the new OP @HarrySeven started regarding Guitarist magazine - At the same time I just got an e-mail update from www.premierguitar.com and noticed Tom Wheeler had recently died
      
    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/26987-remembering-tom-wheeler?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PGN - 021318&utm_term=PG Weekly

    many will know him for some excellent books he wrote on the guitar history and I recall him as editor for Guitar Player in the 80's

    Maybe there was some mystic with the USA mags and market place back then compared to our own mags, but I always looked forward to reading them - I still have shed loads of them and have debated selling them - Yet part says I should re-read some again - Fun finding out about products we never saw over here back then - World is now so much smaller so many such items are now available over here in one guise or another

    I know this could/should go in 'tributes' but as it is relevant to the Guitarist magazine OP then thought it should stay amongst the guitar page !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 3747
    just seen that and posted a similar blog in guitars section about it
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3244
    edited February 14
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30288
    RIP :(.

    ’The Guitar Book’ was my ‘bible’ as a teenage guitar obsessive, and although some of the information in it is a little dated now it’s still a worthwhile read.

    He had a knack of writing in an accessible style without dumbing things down too far.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5263
    Yeah, read a few of his books. Sad loss of a valuable knowledge base there for us all.
    <Vintage BOSS Upgrades>
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4438
    ICBM said:
    RIP :(.

    ’The Guitar Book’ was my ‘bible’ as a teenage guitar obsessive, and although some of the information in it is a little dated now it’s still a worthwhile read.

    Same. I bought mine in WHSmiths in London at the same time I spent the money I’d got for doing well in my O-levels on a Vantage Spirit (LP style). Still like picking it up now.
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