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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The Guitars of Surf Music

Popular Surf Guitars

DiPinto Guitars

P.O. Box 29453
Philadelphia, PA 19125
USA

Retail Store 
407-409 E. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA USA
Phone: 215-427-7805

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from the DiPinto Guitars web site

DiPinto Guitars is a small family owned company, operating out of Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1995 as a repair shop, the store slowly evolved into a showroom specializing in oddball vintage guitars and Chris DiPinto’s own guitar creations. Over the years, DiPinto has grown to include a full scale guitar manufacturing operation while still operating the original retail outlet.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)

8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
SUA
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) brand.

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from the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) web site

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock ‘n’ roll. Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors.

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Reverend Guitars

Reverend Musical Instruments
37709 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
USA
Phone: 734-953-6984 (M-F, 9-5 EST)

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from the Reverend Guitars web site

Reverend has grown from auspicious beginnings to become one of the fastest growing, and most respected US guitar companies today. Based in the greater Detroit area, Reverend enjoys worldwide acclaim, having established an extensive US and international dealer network, an enviable artist roster, and numerous industry awards.

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Italia Guitars

MirrMusic.Co.,LTD
#349-2, Majang-ri, Kwangtan-myon
Paju-si, Kyunggi-do, Korea
Phone : +82-31-947-5295~7

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from the Italia Guitars web site

Italia Guitars is a manufacturer of retro-styled electric guitars. The company was founded in 2000 with a line of guitars designed in England by luthier Trevor Wilkinson and manufactured in South Korea.

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TV Jones

Thomas Vincent Jones
P.O. Box 2802
Poulsbo, WA 98370
USA
(360) 779-4002

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Vintage reproductions and unique designs of guitars and pickups.

For over two decades, Thomas V. Jones, founder of TV Jones, Inc., has earned the respect and high praise of countless world-class guitar players. Tom’s first encounter with the guitar was at the age of 14 when he purchased his first guitar. His interest led him on a passionate journey toward becoming a self taught musician, luthier, and eventually, pickup maker. Tom’s success as a pickup maker stems from his incredible ear for tone.

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The Classic Guitars of Surf Music

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85250
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

Fender Jaguar

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(from Fender site) Introduced in 1962, the Jaguar paired a shorter 24" scale with brighter-sounding pickups and a Jazzmaster-like dual-circuit control layout. It was a hit during the early-'60s surf music era into which it was born, and, like the Jazzmaster, underwent a popular resurgence from the 1980s onward as an epitome of subversive, low-cost cool in the hands of rock anti-heroes on both sides of the Atlantic.

( from WikipediA site ) - The Fender Jaguar is an electric guitar which was introduced in 1962. Whether the designers of the Jaguar had intended the instrument to be used for Surf music, or if it was a further attempt to break into the Jazz guitar market (as was the case with its predecessor the Jazzmaster) remains a topic of dispute among Jaguar aficionados. Nevertheless, the Jaguar quickly caught on in the emerging surf music scene, joining the Jazzmaster, Mosrite and Stratocaster as the guitars most associated with the style. They both became popular again in the 1990s when they were used by a number of grunge rock bands.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85250
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

Fender Jazzmaster

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( from WikipediA site ) - The Fender Jazzmaster is an electric guitar that was first introduced at the 1958 NAMM Show and was designed as a more upmarket instrument than the Fender Stratocaster, which was originally to replace the Telecaster model. As its name indicates, it was initially marketed at jazz guitarists but was more commonly played by surf rock guitarists in the early 1960s and, more recently, by indie rock artists. It is frequently confused with the similar looking albeit tonally different Jaguar.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85250
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

Fender Mustang

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( from WikipediA site ) - The Fender Mustang is an electric guitar by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, introduced in 1964 as the basis of a major redesign of Fender's student models then consisting of the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. It was produced until 1982 and reissued in 1990.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85250
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

Fender Stratocaster

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( from WikipediA site ) - The Fender Stratocaster, often referred to as "Strat", is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares in 1954, and manufactured continuously by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top horn for balance while standing. The Stratocaster has been used by many leading guitarists and can be heard on many historic recordings. Along with the Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, and the Fender Telecaster, it is one of the most common and enduring models of electric guitar in the world. The design of the Stratocaster has transcended the field of music to rank among the classic industrial designs of all time; examples have been exhibited at major museums around the world.

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The Bands and Artist of Surf & Instrumental Music

My surf and instrumental guitar favorites.

Al Caiola

Alexander Emil Caiola
( 9/7/1920 - )

Jersey City, New Jersey
USA 

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( born Alexander Emil Caiola, September 7, 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey ) is a guitarist who plays jazz, country, rock, western, and pop music. He has been both a studio musician and stage performer. He has recorded over fifty albums and has worked with some of the biggest stars of the 20th Century, including Frank Sinatra, Percy Faith, Buddy Holly, Mitch Miller, and Tony Bennett. During World War II Caiola played with the United States Marine Corps 5th Marine Division (United States) Band that also included Bob Crosby. Caiola served in the Battle of Iwo Jima as a stretcher bearer.

CaiolaAl-TuffGuitar.png Al Caiola’s Tuff Guitar album was one of my favorite albums as a kid back in the late 60’s when I first got into guitar. I would love to record my versions of these songs.

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Johnny A

The Koukla Music Co.
P.O.Box 550
Salem, MA 01970
USA

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Johnny A., the guitar has held a lifelong fascination, her six strings exerting a powerful influence and addictive beauty since the first time he held them. The pursuit of this musical lady with the perfect shape has driven his years - shaping the course of his life – taking him places he never could have imagined. Through inspiring moments of ecstatic improvisation, deep contemplation and inevitable gaps of frustration it has been a stormy affair with a tempestuous hollow-body lover, but the marriage has been nothing less than remarkable.

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Laika And The Cosmonauts

Finland

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Laika & The Cosmonauts was founded in 1987 by Mikko Lankinen (guitar), Janne Haavisto (drums), Matti Pitsinki (organ and guitar) and Tom Nyman (bass). The Finnish instrumentalists’ first album, C’mon Do The Laika, was released in 1988. Since then, the band has released five more studio albums, all with the same line-up.

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Los Straitjackets

Nashville, Tennessee
USA

Booking for Los Straitjackets:
Mongrel Music 743 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, California 94930
(415) 485-5100

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Los Straitjackets, America’s #1 Instrumental Combo become known as frequent collaborators, recording Sing Along With Los Straitjackets with a number of different artists. They were nominated for a Grammy Award for their collaboration with blues singer Eddy Clearwater, Rock ‘N’ Roll City. As time goes on, their stage shows have become more elaborate. Shows frequently feature choreography, guest vocalists such as Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Kaiser George of the Scottish band the Kaisers, Big Sandy, and burlesque dancing troupe The World Famous Pontani Sisters.

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Urban Surf Kings

Rev Hank (Michael Diabo)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Canada

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Rev Hank is a surf guitarist & King of the Surf Ukulele

Canada’s East Coast instro-nuts, URBAN SURF KINGS, play surf music, 1960’s style. Think the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allan & the Arrows.

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Ventures

Management: Taylor, Wilson  and Associates, Inc. PO Box 372021
Reseda, CA  91337-2021
USA
Phone: 805-241-7103

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from the Ventures web site

In 1958, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, formed the nucleus of the original music group, The Ventures. The duo was joined a few years later by Nokie Edwards to record “Walk, Don’t Run”.  The song hit Billboard’s Singles Chart on July 18, 1960 and peaked at #2.  The band was prolific during the 60’s with touring and recording albums.

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