Chuck Traeger RIP

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Ed Fuqua, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Bill Merchant just posted on his Facebook page that Chuck has passed...
  2. matt holt

    matt holt

    Apr 5, 2005
    Cincinnati OH
    That sucks. That guy was a genius...:(
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  3. WillieB

    WillieB Battling Bass Guitar Bulimia since 1975 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    dang it.
  4. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    I know there are things in his book that aren't done anymore (scroll cutting for extensions), and controversial, seemingly subjective assertions, but I still get a lot of enjoyment out of it. R.I.P.
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  5. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    I own and have read (most of) the book. What an amazing resource.
    R.I.P. Mr. Traeger.
    You certainly DID teach us to "think in a different way about bass repair."
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  6. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    He set up my Olde Tyrolean when I first got it, and it was a revelation. It served me well for 35 years.
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  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I spoke to him earlier this year when he called asking permission to use something I said in his new book. I was stunned. I never met him, but on the phone he was a bright spirit: enthusiastic, positive, and excited about his work. I wish now I had met him. RIP.
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  8. statsc

    statsc Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Burlington, VT
    He also completely overhauled my old Tyrolean 35 years ago, and it's still my go-to everyday bass. Played it on a gig last night; still sounds and plays great.
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  9. Robert Kopec

    Robert Kopec

    Mar 9, 2002
    Fair Oaks ,N.Y.
    DR String endorsee
    hey everyone...
    Thanks for the kind words.
    Chuck passed peacefully on Weds morning with Bill Merchant and I by his side.
    He was quite an amazing human being.
    This is still very fresh for all of us,so,that's it for now...
    The world is very different today.

  10. gerry grable

    gerry grable

    Nov 9, 2010
    Sorry to hear this. I never knew him, or I should say knew him in person except for speaking on the phone. He and I subbed on some of the same bass gigs in NYC. At that time I never even knew he was a luthier We both were on Bucky Calebrese's list of gigging bass players in the 60s into the 70s. RIP
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  11. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Chuck was always great to me whenever we spoke and had the enthusiasm of a man many many decades younger. He was very excited when I reviewed his first book for American Lutherie. 'Bummer that he is no longer here with us, but I'd bet he is having the best evening ever jamming with Django and Miles and Duke and Dizzy and all the rest of his heroes for the welcome party, blister free and never a reason or need to take a break. Rest in peace Chuck and keep the band warmed up for when I get there.

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  12. Reggie Hamilton

    Reggie Hamilton

    Jan 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    FMIC, Fodera, A Designs Audio, Dunlop, T-Rex, Pearlman Mics, Fishman
    Chuck was super cool to me whenever we got to speak. We shared a stage and an amp once and just chatted away our breaks. He was kind enough to share some of the information that he had in that big brain of his.

    A gentleman and scholar that will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Chuck.
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