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danielktdoranie wrote:

Sonic_Blue wrote:

We have a late contender!

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How do you like your vibrato? I used to have a Bigsby with Vibramate on mine but it never returned to pitch (tried everything and even had a couple of luthiers try to make it return to pitch). So I took it off. Also finding strings long enough was a PITA.

Mine is upgraded with Collar Firebird pickups, Bourns potentiometers, and I took off the banjo tuners and put on Steinnberger machine heads (it stays in tune perfectly now!).

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I had never imagined using a Firebird as a Surf guitar, but upon reflection, I’d wager that it would sound great.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

We still favor our Jaguars over any other guitar when playing surf music...

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T H E ✠ S U R F I T E S

Last edited: May 28, 2022 03:59:03

Is it common to have fret buzz from Squier Jags right out of the box? I keep hearing that the Jag is designed to use heavier strings and once you put heavier strings on it it will fix the issue. Is that correct

chewmeista wrote:

Is it common to have fret buzz from Squier Jags right out of the box? I keep hearing that the Jag is designed to use heavier strings and once you put heavier strings on it it will fix the issue. Is that correct

It didn’t fix everything on mine, but it does help. The higher tension of flat wounds in general will do wonders. I also ended up having to shim the neck and flip the screws on the trem plate.

I haven’t found anything that tops the heft and sting of my ‘66 Mosrite Mark I, it cuts through reverb like a hot knife through butter. I stupidly traded it off and went through a dozen guitars trying to find that sound again. Luckily I was able to buy it back, lesson learned!

I bought it all taken apart in pieces for $500CAD about 8 years ago, someone had sanded the paint off the back. I managed to piece it back together with some help from a local guitar tech and had the back painted black at an auto shop.

I can’t imagine playing or recording with anything else at this point.

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Last edited: Jul 15, 2022 13:51:13

I just realized that I've been a member here for 16 years happily reading about surf music and surf guitars and I have never posted anything. That's a long time to lurk! So, for my first post, here are some of my favorite surf guitars. Smile

MIJ Blue Foral Jazzmaster

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Vintera 60s Jaguar

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TVL Jazzmaster

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Custom Shop 65 Jaguar

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Custom Shop 59 Jazzmaster

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1962 Jazzmaster (the real deal)

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AVRI 62 Jaguar

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ASAT Semi-Hollow

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Doheny (what's the plural of Doheny?)

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T-500

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S-200 T-Bird

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X-175 Special

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S-100 Polara

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You are HERE too! Well, glad to see you got some G & L's...and more importantly...some GUILD'S into the mix Big Grin

OK, for all concerned and interested, tell us how those G & L "Jazzmaster-like" guitars hold up under Surf-scrutiny. And, do the Guild's really make the cut? Cannot help but notice no Surfmaster, LOL_

Best wishes man,

Bill A.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most...

I’m wondering how that T-500 sounds. I have a T-400 with mini humbuckers, and it’s pretty versatile.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

Just my trusty Scrpity
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twangster99 wrote:

Just my trusty Scrpity
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I’ve played a fair a,oint of Surf on a Dynasonic Jet, and loved the sounds it created.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

Love me a Doheny. And anything G&L.

Definitely a little more Strat like but I love that about them.

GGJaguar wrote:

I just realized that I've been a member here for 16 years happily reading about surf music and surf guitars and I have never posted anything. That's a long time to lurk! So, for my first post, here are some of my favorite surf guitars. Smile

MIJ Blue Foral Jazzmaster

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Vintera 60s Jaguar

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TVL Jazzmaster

image

Custom Shop 65 Jaguar

image

Custom Shop 59 Jazzmaster

image

1962 Jazzmaster (the real deal)

image

AVRI 62 Jaguar

image

ASAT Semi-Hollow

image

Doheny (what's the plural of Doheny?)

image

T-500

image

S-200 T-Bird

image

X-175 Special

image

S-100 Polara

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My main axe. Czhechoslovakian Jolana Tornado, 1963.

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I now got three of them and all are great for different surf stuff. I think it covers most of the surf territory from classic clean to fuzzy westerm or rocky/punky surf stuff. Strat single coils, P90’s and Filtertrons, alder, maple and mahogany, three types of tremolo, two types of scale, bolt in and set up necks and you are mostly done for any surf sound.
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Samurai wrote:

I now got three of them and all are great for different surf stuff. I think it covers most of the surf territory from classic clean to fuzzy westerm or rocky/punky surf stuff. Strat single coils, P90’s and Filtertrons, alder, maple and mahogany, three types of tremolo, two types of scale, bolt in and set up necks and you are mostly done for any surf sound.
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That's a good assortment.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

synchro wrote:

Samurai wrote:

I now got three of them and all are great for different surf stuff. I think it covers most of the surf territory from classic clean to fuzzy westerm or rocky/punky surf stuff. Strat single coils, P90’s and Filtertrons, alder, maple and mahogany, three types of tremolo, two types of scale, bolt in and set up necks and you are mostly done for any surf sound.
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That's a good assortment.

Yep! And this time it was conscious choice under the circumstances, cause I now cannot afford more guitars, so was estimating what variety I really need for recording and live shows. Surely one strat also would be enough, but it’s too sad being with only one guitar(.

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Samurai wrote:

synchro wrote:

Samurai wrote:

I now got three of them and all are great for different surf stuff. I think it covers most of the surf territory from classic clean to fuzzy westerm or rocky/punky surf stuff. Strat single coils, P90’s and Filtertrons, alder, maple and mahogany, three types of tremolo, two types of scale, bolt in and set up necks and you are mostly done for any surf sound.
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That's a good assortment.

Yep! And this time it was conscious choice under the circumstances, cause I now cannot afford more guitars, so was estimating what variety I really need for recording and live shows. Surely one strat also would be enough, but it’s too sad being with only one guitar(.

Have you ever had a Strat where the Neck and Bridge pickups can be used together? I would think that would be a great Surf sound.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

synchro wrote:

Samurai wrote:

synchro wrote:

Samurai wrote:

I now got three of them and all are great for different surf stuff. I think it covers most of the surf territory from classic clean to fuzzy westerm or rocky/punky surf stuff. Strat single coils, P90’s and Filtertrons, alder, maple and mahogany, three types of tremolo, two types of scale, bolt in and set up necks and you are mostly done for any surf sound.
image

That's a good assortment.

Yep! And this time it was conscious choice under the circumstances, cause I now cannot afford more guitars, so was estimating what variety I really need for recording and live shows. Surely one strat also would be enough, but it’s too sad being with only one guitar(.

Have you ever had a Strat where the Neck and Bridge pickups can be used together? I would think that would be a great Surf sound.

yep, mostly on all of them) and this one is american pro II with push-push that switches on neck by default)

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

Samurai wrote:

yep, mostly on all of them) and this one is american pro II with push-push that switches on neck by default)

IMO, that is the best solution for a Strat.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

Rosewood slab love
62 AVRI JM (2006) and Jag (2002)
2020 CS JB Signature Strat (Artist Series)
2012 Weta Delta (Custom kiwimade with Paduak stringers, 3 x P90s, Bigsby)

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Last edited: Aug 07, 2022 23:06:21

synchro wrote:

Samurai wrote:

yep, mostly on all of them) and this one is american pro II with push-push that switches on neck by default)

IMO, that is the best solution for a Strat.

I’ve had blender pot and s1 switch on other strats but this push-push is the best, especially in live situation.

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

https://www.facebook.com/waikikimakaki/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sTg2JTKUZ3Vlu44gW2OYA
https://soundcloud.com/waikiki-makaki

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