Don Wilson, co-founding guitarist of instrumental rock trailblazers The Ventures, dies aged 88

Don Wilson
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Don Wilson, co-founding rhythm guitarist of instrumental rock outfit The Ventures, has died aged 88. He reportedly passed away of natural causes, surrounded by his four children: Jill, Tim, Cyd and Staci.

“Our dad was an amazing rhythm guitar player who touched people all over the world with his band, The Ventures,” Tim Wilson says. “He will have his place in history forever and was much loved and appreciated. He will be missed.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.