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What's the best way to get that Dick Dale Tone

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Shuster, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Oct 31, 2018
    South Texas
    I'm fine, but when I told my young Nephew to take a look at the posts some of the guys threw out there, he noticed another thread that he said, " looks like somebody is mocking this thread" then asked why? I had no answer, maybe you could clue him in Buddy.
  2. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Holic

    Nov 24, 2017
    Nature of the beast/post count/satire, it's "TeeDee"...
  3. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

    Dec 2, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Dick is my favorite guitar man that’s STILL alive.
    Your nephew definitely doesn’t need to spend $1500+ on an outbourd reverb unit. A good strong reverb pedal will do the trick unless he decides to make surf guitar his life!
    Another thing to note is he doesn’t bother with intonation. In an interview he said something like “if Clapton picked up my guitar and tried playing it, he’d hate it!”
    So cool.
  4. Squiertony

    Squiertony TDPRI Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    Maud Oklahoma
  5. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    Loud, clean, tons of reverb, strings that don't flex very much when you hit 'em, and play the bridge pickup using a single coil. Go straight for a 100W amp (or thereabout) that is "vintage voiced." A Twin Reverb would be the easiest one-stop way to get close, without going to the extremes that he goes to (piggyback head/cab with 15's, packed with padding behind the speakers).

    Oh, and also: be really, really good.
  6. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    Egads, you let your nephew read this crap? Before you know it he'll be wearing cargo shorts, getting into playground fights over tone wood, and posting in the Scotch and Rum threads. ;)
    Shuster, twotone60 and DrPepper like this.
  7. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2011
    I agree that outboard reverb is key! I miss mine it is well worth it if you use reverb!
  8. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    A couple of things to note:

    1. Those Dual Showman amps that Dale uses are just a Twin in a head form, so get yourself a Twin as they are easier to find good ones
    2. A very wet reverb is considered a must, but remember that Dale's first albums were not with reverb...he used a dimed tremolo for the birth of his surf can too.
  9. warrent

    warrent Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 15, 2009
  10. BobbyZ

    BobbyZ Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 12, 2011
    Snellman MN
    DD used brownface Showmans, pretty rare today compared to the blackface stuff. Probably really doesn't matter much unless a person has to have the exact same set up. I've found 99% of sounding like any body is getting the playing part down, the gear part is just money after that, wasted money if you can't play it.
    If you go back and look at most classic Surf recordings and the gear used you won't find a lot of blackface amps. Not that a Twin Reverb wouldn't have worked, it was just a timing thing. The first TR circuit was the AA763, followed shortly by the AB763. The 763 part is the date, August 1963.
    And there's nothing that beats those old outboard reverb units. It's interesting to note those stayed in production after the amps with built in reverb came out.
    But today you can get close enough to fool all but the gearheads with a lot of different things.
  11. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2015
    Here's another fine YouTube example of how Dick plays. Can't see the gear, but, man, does he have mighty paws to make his Strat sound like this!

    I wonder if his dad sharpened bulldozer blade edges for a living when he made Dick.
  12. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Oct 31, 2018
    South Texas
    This was an interesting look at a Great Player, and this story we came across that really told us a lot about what he uses thru the years.
    Kool Kat that Mr. Dale is;)

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