Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Soul of Tone

"The Soul of Tone - Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps" by Tom Wheeler, published by Hal Leonard.

If you have any interest in guitars this book is a must have. Tom Wheeler, who spent 14 years at Guitar Player Magazine is an amazing writer and historian and has done a terrific job on this book. Over 500 pages and crammed with pictures and history. It's a great reference, only today I was flipping through it looking for some obscure bit of Fender history.

I met Tom on one one or two occasions, the first being on our "Tone Quest" trip to New York during the development of the award winning Cyber-Twin. Here is a picture I took while working at the secret underground Manhattan location of "Tone Quest". This picture is not in the book.

That's Jimmy Vivino from Conan O'Brian's Tonight Show band on guitar in the center. Tom is holding up the metal column in the background.

What's even cooler is that there is a picture of me in the book, yes little insignificant me is in a book whose forward was written by Keith Richards.

They say I am part of the brain trust. Maybe. There always has been a lot of brainy people at Fender, I am more like one of the synapses, an annoying one that flashes for no apparent reason.

Tom's book does a very good job of covering Fender Amp history over the last 60 years all the way up to some of the latest models with a ton of insight into how things got to be the way they are.

You can find it in most good bookstores or at Amazon.

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