I have been playing the guitar since 1965. My first instrument was a no-name acoustic, soon followed by a cherry red National Glenwood electric paired with a '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp.
The National eventually succumbed to a headstock break, replaced by the band's earnings with a '67 Gibson ES 335, and so the quest continued for decades as a variety of guitars and amps came and went while I hit the road playing rock & roll based in Atlanta.
In the beginning of 1999 while serving as a corporate executive in newsletter publishing and on my personal quest for tone, I casually posted a review article on an amplifier and received an avalanche of responses from around the world, apparently having struck a nerve with fellow guitarists. And from this simple review The ToneQuest Report was conceived and launched in November 1999— the player's guide to ultimate tone.
Twenty years later TQR continues to inspire and entertain guitarists chasing the perfect note. Just when we think we've heard it all— that every possible seductive sound and desirable tone has been discovered, considered and digested, something new comes along to remind us that there is no end in the Quest for tone until we believe it is so.
In conclusion, “Mining for tone surely requires a miner's heart.”
—David Wilson, Editor and Publisher