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A literal surf guitar


Squier Talker
Feb 18, 2023
In 2015, Fender released the limited edition American Longboard Stratocaster. Supposedly, only 500 were made. I wanted to like it, but I think Fender really missed the mark on this.

The biggest fail was the omission of a trem. How can you possibly put out a surf guitar with a hardtail bridge? Second fail was a Humbucker in the bridge position. Why, Fender, whhhhy? Third fail was the natural finish. Looks ok, but why would they do this when there are so many great surfboard color schemes they could have done? Just look at some vintage Gordon Smith boards and copy one of them!

I think Fender needs to revisit this concept and do it right this time around.

Anyway, here's that Fender Longboard from 2015:

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Jun 8, 2017
Honolulu, HI
Rather gimmicky guitar, but he's a great player, and the band is first rate as well. As far as surf oriented guitars, don't forget the Freddie Tavares signature model, with its engraved aluminum body, similar to National resonators from the 30s and later, adorned with palm trees, hula girls, and other Hawaiian scenery. The 2nd one here seems to have been painted to make some of the engravings more visible
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