Dick Dale

Dick Dale had “Twang. He was often referred to as the "King of Surf Guitar," and was a pioneering musician whose innovative style helped shape the sound of rock music in the 1960s.

With his lightning-fast picking technique and reverb-drenched guitar tones, Dale created a sonic landscape that captured the spirit of surfing and beach culture. Hits like "Misirlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" propelled him to fame, inspiring countless musicians and leaving an indelible mark on the world of rock and roll.


Dale inspired musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Ry Cooder and the Beach Boys.

Dale was recruited by Fender improve their instruments and amps. An early example of product placement and influencer endorsement! Thanks to its association with Dale, the Fender Stratocaster was the must-have guitar for surf rock. Leo Fender gave Dale his signature golden Stratocaster dubbed “the Beast” apparently custom-made for maximum volume.

He experienced a renaissance when “Miserlou” featured in the opening credits sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Dale's larger-than-life persona and relentless pursuit of musical excellence made him a true icon of the genre, earning him a devoted following and a lasting legacy.

Jack White said of him…

I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song ‘Nitro’ whenever I can

Songs: Miserlou, Surf Beat

Gear: Fender amplifier   Fender Stratocaster   

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