The properties of the acoustic wave propagation on or near the surface on the 55°‐rotated y‐cut in quartz are experimentally studied to determine the suitability of this cut in device applications. The wave is shown to be a combination of a surface‐skimming bulk wave (SSBW) and a Bleustein‐Guylaev wave. The velocity, temperature coefficient of delay, and attenuation associated with the wave have been measured. The measured attenuation was found to be significantly lower than previously investigated pure SSBW orientations. Using this wave, various bandpass filters were designed, fabricated, and tested. An aluminum layer deposited between the input and output electrodes was found to lower the insertion loss. The results are described and compared to the more commonly used SSBW orientations in quartz.