It appears that Guitar O Rama owner Peter Webster died on Friday after being hit by a car while he was riding his bike in Oakland. According to the Oakland Tribune, 60-year-old Webster was riding his bike near the intersection of 52nd and Market streets shortly before 6 p.m. when he was hit. The driver of the car was not injured, and there have not been any arrests in connection with the crash. Though local reports haven’t confirmed that this Peter Webster was the same Peter Webster of the guitar shop, a commenter in the Craigslist music forum confirmed it was him because one of his bandmates in San Diego was contacted by authorities, who were “having a hard time locating any family, which was why they were slow on releasing the name.” No one answered the phone at the store.
“Pete was a character and people either loved him or hated him, but either way he was a fantastic guitarist, a fine (if inconsistent and slow) craftsman who built guitars and amps for all kinds of pros, and most of all a generous friend to those who knew him even a little bit,” wrote the commenter.
Webster owned Guitar O Rama on Telegraph Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets. He built and repaired guitars and amps in his tiny shop, which apparently used to be located on Park Street in Alameda, and did work for such local musicians as Country Joe McDonald. Webster also used to own Heritage Guitar Works in Clovis, Calif., with his business partner John Kinnard.