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Old October 29th, 2003, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best guitar for surf music...

Ok...the question is simple.

Is the stratocaster the BEST guitar - "para el surf musica" (or - 'musica de surf")

Or does the Jazzmaster and Jaguar rate above ...

EEK ! What of the Mosrite

My vote is for the Stratocaster!! :)

Whadda you think???

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Old October 29th, 2003, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Opinion!

Back in the day, at surfer stomps, the Jaguar was the axe of choice and most desirable. Strats and teles were seen as downscale. But, a strat is an excellent surf axe. Use flat wound heavier gauge strings and twang away.
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Old October 30th, 2003, 06:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Its more about the amp and type of reverb you have for playing Surf music.Strats and Teles are cool but a 335 will sound great as well for Surf music if you are plugged into the right amp/reverb unit. A lot of surf bands from the 60's used the outboard Fender 3-knob reverb unit for that lush,wet tone.
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For Jazzmaster is the primo surf guitar (Never had one, nor played one). But strats handles that territory perfectly well too. I guess I'll call it a tie.
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Old October 30th, 2003, 07:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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IMO, almost *any* electric will do the surf thing, though there should be an emphasis on single coil gits (trem is optional). "Surf" is about the tune itself, the compliment of instruments, yer attitude, yer amp and optional FX (yes, optional). YMMV.
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Old October 30th, 2003, 11:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Dick Dale ?

He plays Strats...think he always has and he's the KING of SURF!
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Old October 30th, 2003, 11:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My vote goes for a Jag

The short scale, pickups with the directed flanges, and pickup combo just gives that surf pop. The offset body and contours give the feel. Matching headstock and you're there with the looks.

I picked up an ocean turquoise a couple of years ago and it just wants to play surf every time I strap it on.
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Old November 3rd, 2003, 12:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Depends..who is your favorite Los Straightjacket ?

Danny or Eddie ? They both sound great ...get the strat.....the strat will be more versatile... :D
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Old November 4th, 2003, 03:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Give it a try....

The "Gold-lettered", Chinese-made, Standard series, Squire Jagmaster!


Honest, dont knock it until youve tried one!

Bridge pup.....through a Marshall combo...lots of reverb.


NOT ALL SQUIRES ARE THE SAME!

Theyve stopped making these now.......
So get one while you can.

I guarantee you'll be impressed!
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Old November 11th, 2003, 01:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Are you sure you don't mean the Japanese made Squire jag-master? Of the vista series? The vista series are very good.

The Fender jaguar or jazzmasters are the ultimate surf guitars. Strats and teles are really useful for just about anything. Moserites are good aswell for surf. The only necassary guitar characteristic for surf music is really thin single coil pick-ups.
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Old November 11th, 2003, 05:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old November 12th, 2003, 05:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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haha.........Dick Dale sez a Strat is the ONLY instrument fit for playin' surf muzak.
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Old November 12th, 2003, 08:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Quote:
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... The Fender jaguar or jazzmasters are the ultimate surf guitars.

Interesting, as they're totally different g'tars in terms of scale length and pickups, and tone/sound.

Strats and teles are really useful for just about anything.

Absolutely agreed.

Moserites are good aswell for surf.

Or canoe paddles, as Nokie, Bob and Don would probably have preferred using them ...

The only necassary guitar characteristic for surf music is really thin single coil pick-ups.

Yes, for retro-surf ... "modern surf" is open to almost any g'tar/pickup type, IMO.
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Old November 12th, 2003, 09:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Jaguars and jazzmasters really aren't that much different. The pickups are a bit different, the jazzmasters are more versatile. They are still capable of the same surfy tones though. The scales are different, sure, but the only real difference that makes is string tension. Do you want sustain, with a jazzmaster, or ease of string bending, with a jaguar? Both have that nice tremelo system, I like it any way, that can come in very handy with surf. The only body difference is the jazzmaster is a bit wider. The pickup selecting is similar, the jaguar is a bit more complicated. They are very alike guitars. I'd rather have a jazzmaster, being as it is a lot more versatile, but I'd be happy with a jaguar.
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Old November 12th, 2003, 10:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've

had a bunch of Fender guitars, and amps, as well as a bunch of other stuff, You can use any thing you like for surf..My preference is for the Rickenbacker 330 with High Gains, and a Vox AC-15 TBX..for a real treat try a 12 string.....
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Old November 12th, 2003, 11:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Dick Dale did say that alright...

But did ya know that some of the greatest
surf music of all was played by a guy who
didn't surf and he did it on ES-345's and
ES-355's, WHO you ask? Who else but
Freddy King!!!
ps: Buglecorps, great to see you back man!!!
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Old November 13th, 2003, 01:23 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Maybe not the best choice, but a tele makes a suprisingly good surf guitar, yet I've never seen anybody play surf on a tele.
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Old November 13th, 2003, 11:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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One of the beach boys occasionally played a tele. He's the only one I can think of at the moment, but I KNOW there are more.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 03:17 PM   #19 (permalink)
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No matter what, it should be

Surf Green or Surf Pearl in color.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 04:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I've always like MUSTANGS for surf.

I think that the Mustang trem warbling is just about the coolest sounding trem ever.

Take a Fender Mustang, Super Reverb, with the Reverb on 7, hit an open E minor, warble the trem.....

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Ventures heaven.

Of course that's only ONE particular "surf" sound. There are as many different surf tones as there are people who played what is collectively known as "SURF".

I've heard good surf tones from everyone from The Stray Cats to Reverend Horten Heat even SRV. I think the only common thing in that sound may be the way you play it and the use of reverb.
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