FDP Forum / Which pickup position for Surf?/ 10 messages in thread.

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That's really really where I'm from!
Apr 26th, 2016 09:41 AM        

What pickup positions are Surf players favorite playing a Strat? Are you all mostly on the bridge or the middle or somewhere else?


Yorkshire, England

Apr 26th, 2016 09:47 AM        

I use middle.

L. Nedmundo


Apr 26th, 2016 04:52 PM        

Last summer I saw Dick Dale and Los Straightjackets, who both used their bridge pickups primarily. I'm not sure Los Straightjackets used any other position.

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Apr 28th, 2016 06:04 PM        

Will use bridge on a select song or two (like maybe "Hawaii 5-0") but middle 98% of the time.


Irishman in Paris

Forget Tone - go with Note Choice
Apr 29th, 2016 06:31 AM        

Bridge pickup, or, the bridge and neck combination for the jaguar/jazz master surf tones. Personally, I like running a spring reverb (e.g. pedal or outboard unit) in front of a lightly distorted amp.


Contributing Member

So. Cal. USA

Apr 29th, 2016 04:01 PM        

I modded the Strats I play surf with so I have neck/bridge. I use that most of the time. The rest I'm on the bridge only.<br /> <br /> I highly recommend the add bridge to neck mod for surf music on a Strat. Much thicker than bridge only on nice melodic pieces. Very JM and Jag like.



A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
Apr 30th, 2016 10:39 AM        

The older I get, the more I dig the middle pickup, but I gotta admit that I like the way a bridge plus neck, if you're wired that way, sounds.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 27th, 2017 06:45 PM        

If it's surf, I'll follow Eddie Angel's lead and stay on the bridge.



Dec 23rd, 2017 09:37 PM        

yes, bridge position.

Doc Sarvis

Contributing Member

USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Dec 24th, 2017 09:46 AM        

Generally any position works as long as it is dripping wet with reverb.

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