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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. heavy, clean reverb drenched instrumental guitar.
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 )
There is a complete selection of books for learning surf guitar over at our Funky Frets online store site.
Funky Frets is our family (Wife, Daughter and myself) music store in Boyertown, PA. We specialize in ukuleles and retro guitars. A selection of our effect pedals, ukuleles, DiPinto guitars and books are available online.
Santo & Johnny Farina classic instrumental hit Sleep Walk from 1959
There are the classic guitars at the beginning of instrumental and surf music.
The guitars of surf guitar and instrumental rock.
A blast from the past guitars…
A site dedicated to vintage instruments made in Europe and Soviet Union during the "communist" years.
My first electric guitar was a Framus Telstar in 1065 (?)
“Sound Of The Surf” is a documentary film celebrating the innovative sound of Surf Music which became an instant cultural phenomenon when it united instrumental guitar with the world of surfing, 50 years ago. Surf Music shaped an entire generation in the early '60s and that influence has continued through the history of modern music.
The artists and bands of surf guitar and instrumental rock.
Come in and checkout our great section of guitars and basses. These are great playing and cool looking guitars. The Belvedere Deluxe and Mach IV guitars are the two that I play everyday. Hate to see them go.
A few of my students have bought the Mach IV and Galaxie guitars, so I get visitation right each week ;-)
(from their 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.
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.
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.
Tom’s interest in the Filter’Tron™ pickup arose from his association with guitarist Brian Setzer, whose guitars Tom has worked on since 1993. His first close encounter with a Filter’Tron pickup was on Brian’s 1959 Gretsch 6120. In 1998, custom pickups were needed for the newly designed Gretsch Hot Rod guitar line. Brian chose Tom’s Hot Rod pickup design in a blind test of many different pickups. Several months later, Tom became an independent consultant for the Gretsch Guitar Company. In addition to pickup and guitar design, he worked directly with many Gretsch artists to accurately translate their musical needs to the factory. Tom was also an integral part of the field Guitar Service Program.
(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.
Fender unveiled its Jazzmaster guitar in 1958, intending to score a one-two punch with an instrument that would be the company's top-of-the line successor to the Stratocaster guitar and appeal to serious jazz guitarists, a class of musician that had eluded Fender's widening reach. Although it succeeded on neither count, the distinctive Jazzmaster nonetheless surprised everybody by reaching widespread success in some unexpected arenas.
( 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.
( 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.
( 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.
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.
(from Wikipedia) Al Caiola (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.
(Ed. I discover the band Friends of Dean Martinez when I purchased the DVD Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea. A great documentary by Tilapia Film
(from artist's site) - Here is what Richie Unterberger said about Friends of Dean Martinez at AllMusic.com
A Southwestern alternative rock supergroup of sorts, Arizona's Friends of Dean Martinez features past and present members of Giant Sand, Calexico, and Naked Prey. Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb, though not a member of the group, plays guest keyboards on their debut album, The Shadow of Your Smile, a surprisingly retro set of guitar-based instrumentals inspired by instrumental and surf rock of the late '50s and early '60s. With plenty of lounge music and desert country guitar twang thrown in, it's certainly retro in feel, but not revivalist; with Bill Elm's keening steel guitar at the forefront and occasional insertions of found sound and experimental bits, they evoke open dusty landscapes ...
More information available on artist's web site.
YouTube: Johnny A. Open Forum
(from artist's site) For 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.
Gibson Custom Shop Johnny A. Signature with Bigsby
Johnny A. is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so – their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests which, when it was marketed in 2003, placed him in an exclusive club that included legends like BB King, Wes Montgomery, Chet Atkins, Joe Perry, Pat Martino and Les Paul himself. The public thinks so too - Johnny A.'s latest works have sold many thousands of copies as well as being his personal best. The most recent CD's - 2004's Get Inside and 1999's Sometime Tuesday Morning, are the critically acclaimed solo culmination of a lifetime of learning, sharing and bonding in a long parade of bands and players.
Brian Robert Setzer (born April 10, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He first found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly revival group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the late 1990s with his Swing revival band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
( from artist's site ) - 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.
Booking for Los Straitjackets:
Mongrel Music 743 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, California 94930
( from artist's site ) - 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.
( from artist's site ) - Slacktone is widely recognized as America's best surf instrumental band. Their sound is a hyper-kinetic mix of melody, speed and jaw dropping technical skill. Formed in Los Angeles in 1995 from a group of surf band veterans, they have since released four albums and toured Europe eight times. Slacktone's music is featured in TV shows like the WB's Summerland, MTV Real People, Fox Sports Network, Boardwild, and they were the house band for the MTV's "Rock N Jock Superbowl Party". They wrote and produced music for 5 Slim Jim extreme sports commercials, and also worked with Subaru for the release of their new sports vehicle, Baja. They have played at numerous outdoor sporting events including the US Open and OP Pro surfing events, NORBA mountain bike races, and several snowboarding events.
(from artist's site) The Surfaris began their forty plus year career by recording Wipe Out, one of the most popular songs recorded in a generation. Wipe Out, Surfer Joe and others captured the sound of the early 1960’s. Initially catapulted by the California surf culture, The Surfaris transcended the local scene into international stardom.
Since then, Bob Berryhill continues to play the music and tell the amazing story behind the music of The Surfaris.
( from artist's site ) - THE ELIMINATORS have lead the way in the resurgence of instrumental surf music that was popular during the early 60's by staying true to the sound while giving the music and their show a 90's twist. Their fast rising popularity is due to their incredible live performances and their T.V and radio sound waves. You know them their sounds from the Bud-Light "Left coast right beer" commercials, guest appearances on "Beverly Hills 90210, bumper music and record review on 95.5 KLOS "Mark and Brian" show, a guest band appearance on the popular talk show "The View" and supplying music for the hit T.V drama "Providence". THE ELIMINATORS have had great national exposure by performing on a 25 city tour sponsored by Bud-Light and opening for superstar Jimmy Buffett. THE ELIMINATORS are five California longboarders who live the lifestyle of the music they play.
( from WidipediA ) - Tom and Jerry was the name of a guitar duo of the early 1960s in the United States, consisting of Tommy Tomlinson and Jerry Kennedy.
They recorded instrumentals on the Mercury label. Their best known single was "Golden Wildwood Flower" in 1961.
They released four albums, with a general rock and roll theme:
More information available on artist's web site.
( from artist's site ) - 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.
(from artist's 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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