The Traditional surf guitars, like a surf green Fender Stratocaster or Jazzmaster, are no doubt cool, but they are definitely not the only option for surf bands today.
DiPinto, a smaller builder of lots of cool electric guitars and basses, has one of these modern surf guitars. The DiPinto Galaxie 4, pictured below, is attention getting for sure. Models come is sparkly silver, sparkly pink, orange and sunburst.
The only annoying part of this guitar to me is the name. Why can’t it be the DiPinto Galaxy, what is the need for the misspelling? For the specs, it has a mahogany body, 22 frets, 4 (four!) single coil pickups, inlays can be dots or stars, and a tremolo bar.
The Galaxie (in the silver) is the guitar of choice for Los Straitjackets. The bass guitar version of the Galaxie is also the bass of choice for them, which makes a cool looking live show. Here’s a look at these guitars in action:
Los Straitjackets have a new album out, “The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets.” It’s their 12th studio album, and apparently it’s a straightforward classic surf album.
First, the cool stuff.
It’s got a great album cover. It looks like they are battling some sort of swamp creature. Swamp creatures are underrated in general.
It comes with a trading card for each member of the band, revealing their superpower.
The not cool stuff is that I haven’t heard the album yet, so I can’t comment on it. But I’ve read a few reviews, and most are good. That’s probably better than my opinion anyhow.
At any rate, this lead to noticing the album is #5 is “Surf Rock” sales on Amazon. That made me wonder what the heck is outselling it right now.
Here’s the list:
Sounds Of Summer – The Very Best Of The Beach Boys ~ The Beach Boys
Beach Boys – 20 Good Vibrations, The Greatest Hits (Volume 1) ~ The Beach Boys
Echoes of Nature: Ocean Waves ~ Echoes Of Nature
Death Proof ~ Various Artists
The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets ~ Los Straitjackets
Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture ~ Various Artists
Today/ Summer Days (and Summer Nights) ~ The Beach Boys
The Ventures Play Telstar — The Lonely Bull and Others /(The) Ventures in Space ~ The Ventures
Classic Disney, Vol. 1: 60 Years of Musical Magic ~ Disney, Classic Disney (Series)
The Very Best of the Ventures ~ The Ventures
First, Amazon needs a better defition of surf rock music, with Classic Disney and Ocean Waves making the list. Second, the Beach Boys are rich! How nice is it to have 3 of the top 7 selling surf albums 40-something years after starting your band?
Anyway – let us know if you’ve listened to “The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets” and tell us what you thought in the comments.