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  • Let's talk about surf guitars

    Always loved the surf instro stuff and lately have been more focused on playin surfy 'billy music. Well, I attempt to play these things anyways. But I'm curious as to what you all think makes up a great surf guitar. What's special about these instruments that lend themselves to the the genre? As far as I gathered if it isn't a strat, some sort of funky shaped offset works well. Single coils mostly and a vintage style trem. While not completely perfect IMO I can get a pretty good vintagey jangly tone out of my iceman with the surf 90 in the bridge and the HB lipstick (coil tapped) in the middle. So guys what are your thoughts on what makes a great surf guitar?
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    Most folks will point you to Strats, Jazzmasters and Jaguars.

    Rick Miller from SCOTS used/s a Danelectro with a Dearmond/Dynasonic in the bridge position for his psychosurabilly.

    I use a dynasonic equipped Jet.
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    • #3
      Big, ballsy clean tone with a little too much reverb, single coils and a trem that you can bang on a bit.

      Surf music is what made me want to play guitar and I've always used strats though there are a few folks that would have you believe a Jaguar or Jazzmaster is the ONLY way to go. :lol:
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      • #4
        Gretsches can sound surfy, and don't forget that Nokie Edwards played a Tele on a lot of the classic Ventures sides.
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        • #5
          Oh man you can play surf on anything. Some sort of vibrato system helps, but it's not mandatory nor does it need to be vintage.

          You can be just as subtle with a Floyd as you can with a Bigsby (If this debate starts again, I will make ANOTHER video of my tuner while doing subtle bends on a Floyd. I've messed around and I can bend the Floyd even more subtly than when you bend on a hardtail by manhandling the neck, any more subtle and the ears would be unable to perceive it).

          So yeah, I mean I love surfy guitars. Usually single coils and a vibrato are the standards, and there is a reason, they sound wonderful for surf, and though you can do subtle vibe with a Floyd, it's easier on a vintage style trem like a Jag or Bigsby. I'm just tryna say it's not a hard fast rule.

          Humbuckers and a Floyd? all you need it some verb and a decent clean tone.



          I'm getting a Fender Cyclone II and am ridiculously excited:




          Here's one of my favorite surf jams:

          Sometimes you follow your heart. Sometimes your heart cuts a fart. That's the cosmic shame.<br><br><div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/gear/DSCN1552.jpg" target="_blank">Charvel So Cals</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/Guitars2012labeledsmaller.png" target="_blank">More Guitars</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/2012-09-14_21-28-57_684-1.jpg" target="_blank">Amp</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/DSCF1480.jpg" target="_blank">Pedals</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.theinvoluntarys.com" target="_blank"><u>My Band Site w/ Player</u></a><br><br></font></div>

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          • #6


            Lol. Yes I would very much like to avoid any sort of Floyd vs vintage, bigsby smashing or Floyd smashing. It's been beat to death. I saw ur vid with Floyd. It's good stuff. My good friend Myra from the Evil Steaks uses a cyclone. It sounds awesome!
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            • #7
              Lol. Yes I would very much like to avoid any sort of Floyd vs vintage, bigsby smashing or Floyd smashing. It's been beat to death. I saw ur vid with Floyd. It's good stuff. My good friend Myra from the Evil Steaks uses a cyclone. It sounds awesome!


              Word, thanks.

              Yeah, I'm pretty excited about the Cyclone, can't wait to hear the AVRI Jag pickups in person. I've only heard clips. Should be pretty spectacular.

              Ugh, I long for a surf side project. I need to get some recording stuff together so I can scratch that itch.
              Sometimes you follow your heart. Sometimes your heart cuts a fart. That's the cosmic shame.<br><br><div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/gear/DSCN1552.jpg" target="_blank">Charvel So Cals</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/Guitars2012labeledsmaller.png" target="_blank">More Guitars</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/2012-09-14_21-28-57_684-1.jpg" target="_blank">Amp</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/DSCF1480.jpg" target="_blank">Pedals</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.theinvoluntarys.com" target="_blank"><u>My Band Site w/ Player</u></a><br><br></font></div>

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              • #8
                My brother and I recorded an album of surf-style instrumentals using a hardtail Telecaster.


                Fuzz, reverb, and echo, but no twang bar.

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                • #9
                  My Dipinto.

                  Surf Hammer of the Gods.



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                  • #10
                    My Dipinto.

                    Surf Hammer of the Gods.




                    Cool guitar.


                    Los Straitjackets fan?

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                    • #11
                      Sometimes you follow your heart. Sometimes your heart cuts a fart. That's the cosmic shame.<br><br><div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/gear/DSCN1552.jpg" target="_blank">Charvel So Cals</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/Guitars2012labeledsmaller.png" target="_blank">More Guitars</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/2012-09-14_21-28-57_684-1.jpg" target="_blank">Amp</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/DSCF1480.jpg" target="_blank">Pedals</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.theinvoluntarys.com" target="_blank"><u>My Band Site w/ Player</u></a><br><br></font></div>

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                      • #12
                        Cool guitar.


                        Los Straitjackets fan?


                        Si. They are actually playing in Cleveland on Friday....Was thinking about roadtripping it.

                        I actually kind of picked this up on a whim on CL just because a friend in NMex has one and loves it. I lucked out and got the Los Straight-jackets one.
                        <div class="signaturecontainer">Good deals with - Yarbicus, CBH5150, BozzofAngels, Alvin Wilson, Harris Quinn<br />
                        <br />
                        Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.</div>

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                        • #13
                          Si. They are actually playing in Cleveland on Friday....Was thinking about roadtripping it.

                          I actually kind of picked this up on a whim on CL just because a friend in NMex has one and loves it. I lucked out and got the Los Straight-jackets one.


                          Gah I just saw that. Man, I wish I had known. I would have totally planned for that and gone. ****************.
                          Sometimes you follow your heart. Sometimes your heart cuts a fart. That's the cosmic shame.<br><br><div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/gear/DSCN1552.jpg" target="_blank">Charvel So Cals</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/Guitars2012labeledsmaller.png" target="_blank">More Guitars</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/2012-09-14_21-28-57_684-1.jpg" target="_blank">Amp</a> <a href="http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/notjonahbutnoah/DSCF1480.jpg" target="_blank">Pedals</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.theinvoluntarys.com" target="_blank"><u>My Band Site w/ Player</u></a><br><br></font></div>

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                          • #14
                            My Dipinto.

                            Surf Hammer of the Gods.





                            I was goin to mention these actually, as they have recently caught my attention. What about do u like so much?
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                            </a><a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2888257-Country-fried-Iceman-project-DONE!&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">Crazy country fried iceman- THE COUNTRY MAN</a><br />
                            <br />
                            Fulltone OCD<br />
                            Way Huge Aqua Puss<br />
                            BBE Sonic Stomp<br />
                            TC Polytune<br />
                            <br />
                            Looking for:<br />
                            Nocturne Pedals<br />
                            <br />
                            Good Deals with: <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/member.php?248795-xjeffsevernx" target="_blank">xjeffsevernx</a></div>

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                            • #15
                              I kind of think there are piece of music marketing that still screw the pooch. I think when you buy something, from iTunes or Amazon, digitally, it should come with lyrics, AND let you turn on proximity location, i.e. tour notification through iTunes. I always seem to find out that a band I love played last weekend after the review appears in the paper.
                              <div class="signaturecontainer">Good deals with - Yarbicus, CBH5150, BozzofAngels, Alvin Wilson, Harris Quinn<br />
                              <br />
                              Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.</div>

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