The Charvel Surfcaster
is a model of electric guitar
designed in the early 1990s, and manufactured from 1992 to 2005 by the Charvel/Jackson guitar company. The Surfcaster has been considered a boutique style guitar that employs many retro styles from leading manufacturers of the fifties and sixties. These design aspects make it significantly different then other models from Charvel/Jackson that focused mainly on the hard rock guitarist.
The Surfcaster was picked as a "Pawn Shop Prize" by Guitar Player
magazine in July 2003.
Sound and playability
The Surfcaster sound is known for its "Jangle" or "Twang" similar to a Fender Telecaster
but with more high end frequencies and overtones.
Originally available only in the two lipstick pickup
configuration, later models would include a humbucking pickup in the bridge position. Later solid body 3 lipstick pickup variations were also produced. A twelve string and four string bass version were also created and are highly collectible. In later years the Surfcaster was released under the Jackson brand name and production facilities changed from Japan to India. Quality & cosmetics suffered. When Charvel/Jackson was purchased by Fender
in 2002 they dropped the Surfcaster because of its similarity to guitars sold under the Fender brand.
Notable Surfcaster players