Guitar for surf music

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  1. kwaping

    kwaping Guitar payer Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a big fan of surf, spy, rockabilly, and other twangy music. What guitar would you recommend out of these choices?

    - Fender Jaguar 50th Anniversary
    - PRS Starla w/Bigsby
    - Duesenberg Starplayer TV, trem
    - Reverend (any model)

    Thanks!
     
  2. jklotz

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  3. Marty DiBergi

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    I'd say the 50th anni Jag. Won't get much more surf than that from a "guitar" perspective.

    I do think "surf" can be played on just about any guitar though.

    At the end of the day, you need a tremolo equipped guitar and an amp that is going to give you some decent clean headroom. You will of course need reverb, either built in or external. I actually think things like pickups or the guitar itself tend to matter less than the above criteria. In other words, if you've got the amp and you've got the 'verb, you can be surfing with any of those guitars on your list.
     
  4. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Or maybe a Danelectro
     
  5. p.j.

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    Danelectros love the surf. Dano baritones especially love the surf!

    PJ
     
  6. cheetah77

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    No Mosrite on your list :huh
     
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    Hallmark with their low output pickups. Btw nearly any single coil equipped guitar will get you there IMHO.
     
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    Single coil equipped guitar into a Fender Tube Reverb into a Fender type amp. The most important part is the Fender Tube Reverb or its equivalent in amp or pedal format - only in my opinion, of course.
     
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    Stratocaster
    Jazzmaster
    Jaguar
    Moserite

    All with low output single coils. No quarter pounders.
     
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    Strat, jag or jazz, nuff said
     
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    Reverend Flatroc.
    I use one for Surf and Surfabilly...sounds great.

    The Jag is a natural, though. Deluxe Reverb and you're there.
     
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    I figure it's pretty much GOT to have a trem and it's pretty much GOT to have single coils. A strat is my first choice followed by a Jazzmaster. Jaguar in the third place role, but still absolutely in the mix. Mosrites are all kinds of cool but radically less common than the other three.

    Dial in a slightly brighter tone than you'd normally go for and it HAS to have reverb going on. Everything else is technique and attitude.
     
  14. Brendan

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    I like that kind of music and the Jaguar is perfect for it. Basically anything with single coils and tremolo will work, IMO.
     
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    Yeah pretty much agree with the others - a guitar with single coils and tremolo arm (e.g., a Strat) and some deep reverb should get you there.
     
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    If you want a cheapy the SX Liquid is very good.
     
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    Don't forget some of the 60s Japanese brands. Teiscos were used by many of the Japanese surf guitarists and a cool Spectrum V would be perfect. Cooder plays various twangy Guyatones too...
     
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    Sidmore no talent hack Silver Supporting Member

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    gotta be the Jag
     

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