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Columbus, Ohio

Mar 2nd, 2016 09:14 PM        

I prefer a classic 50s Strat because I prefer maple fretboards. It also comes in Surf or Seafoam green so you look cool as well!



A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
Mar 5th, 2016 02:28 PM        

While I am in agreement with most of these posts, and you can surf almost anything, I passively sought a surf tone for that genre for the past twenty years, and can state that my 2004 Custom Shop '60 Time Machine relic with the original three-way switch and 11-52s comes closest to the strat-based tracks on most of my large collection of surf LPs.


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South Florida

Mar 5th, 2016 07:09 PM        

After watching those youtube clips I now know what I want to do with the rest of my life. I wanna be a surf guitar master!

Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 5th, 2016 09:58 PM        

When you can play good surf music on a Flying V, then you've got it.


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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Mar 23rd, 2016 07:45 AM        

"Fender Classic 60's Player through a Fender Deluxe VM"<br /> <br /> tahitijack, nice to hear of someone else playing the oft-dissed VM Deluxe. Being a Bandmaster fan, I bought a Bandmaster VM for gigging and I'm working at coaxing some good tones out of it. Some speaker and tube changes, and just learning how to dial it in. And yes, a Strat (maple fretboard works best, lol) thru the VM with some reverb and a touch of delay makes for great surf tones.



Apr 22nd, 2016 07:07 PM        

Although this is a demo of Kinman noiseless pickups, the great surf tone here is 99-44/100% the player's talent, attack and trem technique.

Indiana Mike


Apr 22nd, 2016 07:46 PM        

I bought one of these a while back. They are no longer available but can be found at fairly good prices because (I think) people didn't care for the heavily checked laquer finish. I swapped an American Standard Charcoal Frost body with the vintage style 2 point trem. I don't know any surf stuff but if I was going for that sound, this is the guitar in my stable that I would use. It has a very twangy (but meaty), sixties sound.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Aug 8th, 2017 06:22 PM        

It must be a disease, at 70, I'm into surf music. I know that Laika song, and just worked up Pacifica by Los Straitjackets. Just a standard strat for me in the bridge position and a working trem...

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