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Since this is the Discuss Anything, I thought I would share something with all the guitar players here. Dick Dale has been called
“The King of the Surf Guitar” in articles and by alot of people over the years. My neighbor next door and I got to see him on Easter weekend. This guy is over 75 years old and plays with speed and style like he is in his early twenties. He started in the late 1950’s.
He started around the time of guitarists like Duane Eddy, Carl Perkins, Lonnie Mack, B.B. King, and of course James Burton. There
are many more that I did not mention simply because I forgot them and also you could fill up a page on guitar players from the early days. This is before the term Guitar Hero came into play. Before the British invasion of guitarist. Some people when they hear the term Surf Music they think the Beach Boys or Jan and Dean. This is at least seven years before all this. Dick Dale doesn’t sing much at all, he just plays this fast stacatto drenched reverb type music. If you never heard of him and listened you would swear he is playing heavy metal or sometimes an almost mandolin type of music. All this is from the late 1950’s. It should also be noted that he
is the first guy to use 100 watt amps ever and maybe having a custom left handed made Stratocaster too. He was flat loud. He used
two Fender Dual Showman amp heads with cabnets and a ugly gold Stratocaster “left handed” that was worn to the point of being
The whole thing is this. If any of you wherever you live on this earth ever get to see some of the origional “guitar slingers” from
the old days, do it . These musicians are unbeliveable. Well worth the money to see them. This concert was only $15.00.
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