Dick Dale – 2000



A detailed gear diagram of Dick Dale's stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his 2000 guitar rig.

Artist/Tech Quote:

"I am the original surf guitarist! My sound is a combination of intense spirituality, heavy gauge strings and sheer volume!" - Dick Dale

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GuitarGeek Notes:

Dick was interviewed via telephone from his home in sunny California. He was taking a break from teaching a martial arts class to a few youngsters. One of the most delightful chats we've ever done here at GuitarGeek HQ.

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    Adam Cooper's award winning GuitarGeek rig illustrations have appeared in GuitarPlayer, Total Guitar UK, Guitarist, Alternative Press, History of Marshall Amplifiers, Roland/Boss User Guides, Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini & Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger Instruction Manuals, Swervedriver's "Juggernaut Rides" CD as well as the longest running monthly column in Guitar World Magazine's history: Vulgar Display of Power. Before launching GuitarGeek.Com, Adam published the highly respected music zine, Whirlpool, which was distributed worldwide via major record store chains. As a guitarist and songwriter, he formed the band Alison's Halo which released two critically acclaimed records and secured coveted slots with bands like The Verve, Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, Jimmy Eat World, Of Montreal, Butterfly Child, The Apples In Stereo, Gin Blossoms, The Boo Radleys, Stereophonics, Medicine, Lovesliescrushing, Bailter Space and many others.


    1. dr.nemo dr.nemo says:

      any particular reason he suspends the spring reverb?

    2. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      Dick does this to avoid any unwanted vibrations and/or knocks to the reverb tank. At the volume he plays at, a loud “sproing” could damage his speakers or amps.

    3. dr.nemo dr.nemo says:

      thanks that makes sense

    4. scamp32561 says:

      Does this mean he does not use any pedals? No delay, trem, or overdrive?

    5. Fooser says:

      He uses Showman amps, as pictured. Not Dual Showmans as listed.

    6. killer10 says:

      I build Dicks custom Fender style cabs since 1997 and set up his “Beauty” Strat he used in the Nissan car commercial. Dicks amps are indeed “Shoman” amps, but uses 100 watt transformers instead of the standard 85 watt units. D130′s in the guitar cabs and a single D140 in the bass cabs.

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