F is for… Fender
For most aficionados Fender guitars are knitted into the DNA of surf guitar music. It’s the bright response of those single-coil pickups through a reverb-drenched Fender amp that delivers the archetypal surf tone.
The vibrato arm is essential too which explains why the Telecaster has never been as popular with surf guitarists as the Stratocaster, Jaguar and Jazzmaster models that have always topped their wish-lists.
The current Fender range covers every surf fanatic’s needs from the Custom Shop Dick Dale Signature Stratocaster in tasty Chartreuse Sparkle to the more affordable Classic Player Jazzmaster Special.
We’ll take either one thanks!
F is also for… Five-O!
That’s as in Hawaii Five-O, a cracking police drama with a killer theme tune (listen here for proof) that ran from 1968 to 1980. The Ventures play a cool surf version of said theme, complete with some sizzling drumming, tasty guitar licks and terrible shirts - check it out here. Book ‘em Dano! What do you mean you’ve never heard that line before? Dude, we must be getting old…