Surf Guitar & Instrumental Rock

Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture, particularly Orange County and other areas of Southern California.

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Surf Music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture, particularly Orange County and other areas of Southern California. It was particularly popular between 1961 and 1965, has subsequently been revived and was highly influential on subsequent rock music. It has two major forms: largely instrumental surf rock, with an electric guitar or saxophone playing the main melody, pioneered by acts such as Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, and vocal surf pop, including both surf ballads and dance music, often with strong harmonies that are most associated with The Beach Boys. Many notable surf bands have been equally noted for both surf instrumental and surf pop music, so surf music is generally considered as a single genre despite the variety of these styles. ( from Wikipedia )

The coolest, modern recreation of those 60's guitars are made by Chris DiPinto. We have a few at Funky Frets - My favorite guitars.

Instrumental Guitar Repertoire

  • ApacheThe Shadows - 1969, The Ventures
  • Brains & Eggs – Los Straitjackets
  • Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornadoes
  • Can You Dig It? – Los Straitjackets
  • Jack the Ripper – Link Wray
  • Johnny’s Noseride – The Eliminators
  • Let’s Go Trippin’ – Dick Dale
  • Man of Mystery – the Shadows
  • Misirlou – Dick Dale (YouTube)
  • Mr. Moto – Bel Airs
  • Pacifica – Los Straitjackets (YouTube)
  • Pipeline – The Chantays
  • Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
  • Rescue at Mavericks – The Torquays
  • RumbleLink Wray
  • Sleep Walk 1959 - Santo & Johnny (YouTube)

    Santo & Johnny Farina classic instrumental hit Sleep Walk from 1959

  • Sleepwalk & Rawhide - Los Straitjackets (YouTube)
  • Surf Beat – Dick Dale
  • Surf Rider – Lively Ones
  • Taco Wagon – Dick Dale
  • Telstar – The Tornados (YouTube)
  • Tidal Wave – Dick Dale
  • Walk Don’t Run – The Ventures (1965)

The Classic Surf Guitars

There are the classic guitars at the beginning of instrumental and surf music.

Current Manufactures

The guitars of surf guitar and instrumental rock.

A blast from the past guitars…

  • Cheesy Guitars

    A site dedicated to vintage instruments made in Europe and Soviet Union during the "communist" years.

  • Teisco
  • Framus

    My first electric guitar was a Framus Telstar in 1065 (?)


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