The guitar playing techniques common in "Surf Guitar" were created in an attempt to simulate a sound and feel of surfing.


The techniques include:

  • Rapid double picking - Sounds like rushing waters around the surfer
  • Rundown (glissando slides down the fretboard) - Sounds inside the "pipeline" wave curl
  • Use of Reverb Tank - Provides "wetness" to the sound
  • Use of Whammy Bar - Creates pitch bends that gives a sense of shimmering wave movement
  • Use of Jazzmaster Guitars - Bright sound of single coil pickups, makes it all sound vibrant
  • Use of Fender Tube Amps - Warm sound, just like you're in the sun on Huntington Beach




The iconic crash at the beginning of The Surfaris' "Wipe Out" was the surfer "wiping out".   It was created by a  band member kicking the Fender Reverb Tank.  

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SURF ZUP prides itself in playing all of the great surf guitar songs, just like they were played back in the 1960s.  We have correct guitars, amps, effects, technique, arrangements and enthusiasm.


SURF ZUP's repertoire also includes popular instrumental Theme Songs from TV and movies.  Our style turns a great and recognizable melody into a dynamic and rocking song.  It is a terriffic formula, that can be enjoyed by all.


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