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  • How do you get your best SURF sound?

    I don't want a list of Dick Dale's gear. I want to hear what you use.

    1- What kind of reverb?
    2- What kind of guitar/pickups?
    3- Any amp preference?
    4- Any other FX?

    Thanks!
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  • #2
    Strat into a fender twin with the reverb all the way up.

    That would be a great thread to post. Who has the best Dick Dale tone?
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    • #3
      Holy SCNIKES!

      From Wikipedia:
      Dale is also noted for playing his percussive, heavy bending style while using what are, for most guitarists, extremely heavy gauge string sets 16p, 18p, 20p. 38w, 48w, 58w[1] (standard electric guitar string set may range from 9 to 42).
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      • #4
        Ampeg Reverberocket RI with the clean channel cranked to around 1:30-ish, reverb set just before noon. The guitar I use is wired almost like a strat, except it has a coil-tapped humbucker at the bridge that I use. I usually just leave it in humbucker mode, but sometimes I'll pull the coil tap switch for a cleaner, single coil sound.

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        • #5
          OLC Professor Tweed OD on medium gain or OLC Umble on VERY low gain (both have Fendery tone stacks) into a Korg spring reverb simulation. Whammy to taste.

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          • #6
            (standard electric guitar string set may range from 9 to 42).


            yeah, man, those thick strings are a big part of his tone.

            Do you use the bridge pickup on your strat?
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            • #7
              dale isnt all of surf... and thats stretching it. HE uses thicker gauge, big whop. sick of hearing that 18's crap. its his trademark.

              you want vintage stle pickups, or even lipsticktube types. tube fender/marshall amps. short box, quick fill reverbs. paper cone alnico speakers. they need to sound like its dripping and warm. like water crashing on the beach. a good orange, or FET compressor to make you sound confident.
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              • #8
                My torn up old Mustang (with Hotrails no less) straight into my Super Reverb with the reverb near dimed and tremelo (if any) set to some level related to the speed of the tune.

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                • #9
                  get a jazzmaster.

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                  • #10
                    ^very agreed

                    right now i can make a decent surf sound by using my ehx holygrail reverb which works great, a jazzmaster and some slap echo from my carl martin.

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                    • #11
                      A Reverb tone control may also be required.
                      Like the 3 knob reverb on certain fender amps (vibroking) and their standalone reverb.
                      Some Allen amps have that. My Allen accomplice has Reverb and tone control. Keeping Reverb at around 3 and tone at 12 gives a killer sound.
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                      • #12
                        I posted a similar thread a few months ago. Great topic...

                        Here's what I have and how I do it:

                        I use a MIM Strat (10 gauge strings) into a Blues Deville with reverb cranked. I also employ my DynaComp for crisp, bright and even tone, a Dan Echo for extra reverb thickness and a Tuna Melt tremolo for some subtle, vintage trem.

                        It's pretty convincing I'd say.
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                          • #14
                            I posted a similar thread a few months ago. Great topic...

                            Here's what I have and how I do it:

                            I use a MIM Strat (10 gauge strings) into a Blues Deville with reverb cranked. I also employ my DynaComp for crisp, bright and even tone, a Dan Echo for extra reverb thickness and a Tuna Melt tremolo for some subtle, vintage trem.

                            It's pretty convincing I'd say.


                            Yeah, I like to throw in the occasional tremolo on slow chords. Great vibe!
                            Do you play the strat on the bridge coil?
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                            • #15
                              created from a cheap Squire Tele. I gouged out the middle pickup cavity with a Dremel, a flat head screwdriver, and a hammer. Middle Strat Pickup into a Danelectro Reel Echo set to a slapback effect into a Vox valvetronix with a bunch of reverb and/or reverb and tremolo.
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