As the music world mourns the passing of guitar legend Dick Dale, Jack White has come forward to pay tribute to the “unique innovator of the guitar.”

“I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song ‘Nitro’ whenever I can,” the former White Stripe wrote on Instagram. ”

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.”

The 81-year-old Dale, who was known as “the King of Surf Guitar,” died over the weekend following a series of health issues.

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