Jack White penned a tribute to Dick Dale following the legendary surf guitarist’s death on Saturday (March 16th) at the age of 81. Like a generation of guitarists before him, White was inspired by Dale’s pioneering style, writing, "I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song 'Nitro' whenever I can. Sadly, I never got to meet him."

White continued, "A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen. That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special. Dick Dale, King Of The Surf Guitar."

Other artists who paid tribute to Dale on social media included Slash, Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, Queen's Brian May and Stevie Van Zandt.

In addition to developing the surf rock genre, Dale also help mold the modern electric guitar thanks to his close relationship with Leo Fender, the then-owner of the guitar company. Dale kept touring almost until his death despite 20 years of declining health.