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John Ficken


From:
Sunny Southern California, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 8:54 am     Reply with quote

All...I am Tom's cousin-in-law, and the only other guitar player in the family. I regret to pass along the word that Tom Pettingill of Pettingill Guitars was lost to a heart attack on January 5, 2017. I'm sorry, but I have no further information. Tom was a very private person, and I think I'm the only one in the immediate or extended family that even knew he was on this board.

I would add that even as family, I never ordered my Pettingill guitar. I always thought there would be time. There isn't. Enjoy your friends and family while they are here. And those of you fortunate enough to have a Pettingill, I hope you'll treasure them for the works of art they are.
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Rick Barnhart


From:
Arizona, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:00 am     Reply with quote

I'm so sorry to hear this, John. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom a few years ago. He was a meticulous genius, and craftsman. I will always treasure the two lap steel guitars that he custom built for me. Rest well ol' friend.
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Jon Light


From:
Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:40 am     Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing this news, John.

This is just too awful.
R.I.P., Tom.
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Stephen Abruzzo


From:
Philly, PA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:47 am     Reply with quote

John...OMG....I am just sick over this news....so sorry for your loss.

I last messaged with Tom on 01/03/17. In part, he had this to say...."I'm ringing in the New Year with a dose of the flu. My poor niece had the bug over Christmas and despite trying to minimise exposure, the whole family fell to the bug. Today is better than the last couple days, so the end is in sight."

I ordered my first steel from Tom in mid-2009. We had many discussions and I felt secure in ordering a steel from Tom. Lucky me...the steel was a work of art and it sounded great.

We would converse every so often about steels, his future builds and then I would wind up ordering another one, always something very different looking and sounding than my prior steels.

Tom was an artiste' in every sense of the word and I will miss our cyber conversations.

Rest well my friend.
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Brad Bechtel


From:
San Francisco, CA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:54 am     Reply with quote

My sincere condolences to you and the family, John. We all appreciated Tom's contributions to the steel guitar world.
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George Piburn


From:
The Oklahoma Hills, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:54 am     RIP Tom Reply with quote

Please extend my Condolences to the Family from GeorgeBoards Sad
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:56 am     Reply with quote

My deepest condolences to Tom's family and friends. He was a wonderful guy and talented builder. I'm glad to have called him friend.
RIP.

I also posted this sad news on The Gear Page, where he was also a member.
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David Knutson


From:
Cowichan Valley, Canada
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 10:15 am     Reply with quote

John, my thoughts are with you, and all of Tom's family. I hope you all know just how much he, and his beautiful guitars were - and are - respected on this forum. Tom's art, as a fellow woodworker, has inspired me greatly, and I will do my best to honour that whenever I'm in my shop.
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Andy Volk


From:
Boston, MA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 11:14 am     Reply with quote

This is awful news! Tom was a great guy, a talented builder of beautiful guitars and a great contributor here. Rats! RIP, Tom, your instruments will outlive all off us.
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Keith Glendinning


From:
United Kingdom
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 11:19 am     Reply with quote

As an amateur builder I held Tom's guitars in awe. My deepest condolences go out to all of his family at this very sad time.
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Jim Cohen


From:
Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 11:35 am     Reply with quote

Oh my. My sincere condolences to the family. I never met Tom but I have admired his awesome work from afar for several years. Gone too soon. RIP, Tom.
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Ron Whitworth


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Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 11:43 am     Reply with quote

Sad news.
A great builder of beautiful lap steel guitars.
RIP Ton
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Ron Ellison


From:
D.C.
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 11:48 am     Reply with quote

Really sad to hear this Sad
Thanks Tom for the friendship!
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Jerry Gleason


From:
Eugene, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 12:11 pm     Reply with quote

This is so sad. I didn’t know the man, but the few steel guitars I have built probably would not exist if not for the inspiration of Tom’s amazing woodwork. I never played or even saw one of his instruments in person, but his stunning photography brought them to life for me in a way that I could clearly appreciate the incredible works of art that they are. He was very generous in sharing his woodworking and finishing knowledge, which was immeasurably helpful to me. My condolences to his family and friends. His presence will be greatly missed.
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Peter Jacobs


From:
Northern Virginia
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 12:29 pm     Reply with quote

My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. I only knew Tom from the forum, but was always in awe of his artistic ability, as well as his positive attitude and obvious joy in life. He will be missed.
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Rick Stratton


From:
Tujunga, California, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 12:48 pm     Reply with quote

I, too, followed his art over the years with hopes of having one of his creations someday. Another shock! You really get to feel like you know some of these guys on the forum. Very sad.
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Bill Leff


From:
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 1:34 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear of Tom's passing. My condolences to the family. His creations were true artistry.
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Paul Malta


From:
New York, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 1:47 pm     Reply with quote

I corresponded with Tom just a short while.. I became a great admirer of his work and sought to acquire one of his fine instruments just a few months ago.

In the brief time I was in contact with him, he was obviously in love with his creations (he referred them to me as "his babies") and was so energetic and enthusiastic about what he could do for me. He bore all the traits of a true artist and a gentleman.

Sadly, my lap is probably on his work bench but much more tragically is the loss of a man who gave so much to so many through his artistry, and had so much more to give.

My deepest condolences to his family. Sad
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Mike Spieth


From:
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 2:31 pm     Reply with quote

There were so many times that I followed the link below his posts just to admire the beautiful guitars. What a loss.
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Bill Creller


From:
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 4:28 pm     Reply with quote

That is really sad news, for the passing of a man with his talent...
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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 4:56 pm     Reply with quote

Very shocking and sad news. My condolences to the family. Tom made his mark in the steel guitar world. He leaves a great legacy behind. Rest in Peace.
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Danny Bates


From:
Fresno, CA. USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 6:04 pm     Tom's beautiful guitars Reply with quote

Check out some of his beautiful guitars here.

http://s302.photobucket.com/user/tompettingill/library/?sort=3&page=1
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Don Barnhardt


From:
North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 7:38 pm     Reply with quote

Never had the pleasure of knowing Tom personally but I've tried to read all of his posts on this forum. As a novice builder he has meant so much to me. He was very generous sharing his knowledge with others. He will be greatly missed.
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Geoff Cline


From:
Southwest France
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 9:12 pm     Reply with quote

Sincere condolences to Tom's family and friends. He was a fine member of this online community. A VERY talented guy....So sad...
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Rick Aiello


From:
Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 18 Feb 2017 5:51 am     Reply with quote

Crying or Very sad
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