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The Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb pedal is designed to reproduce the experience of the outboard tube reverb units made famous on countless recordings from the early ‘60s onward. Outboard tube reverb units are noted for being inspiring, dynamic, big feeling musical instruments unto themselves.
Surf’s up! And we’re all headed to Topanga, our spring reverb pedal based on the legendary Fender 6G15 outboard spring reverb unit! We’ve captured all the drip, flutter, cluck, clang, and splash of the original tubes and springs unit in a small pedal format! The outboard spring reverb unit is the sound of surf guitar as well as many other great guitar sounds from the sixties. Part of its magic, and how it differs from the internal spring reverb found in most Fender-style amps, is that it is run *in front* of the amp, causing the reverb signal to distort and get more intense than the internal circuit could. It also had a Dwell knob, which controlled how hard the springs were getting hit by the guitar signal, as well as a Tone knob that gave more control over the reverb sound. It was also essentially a tube preamp, so it would color the sound going into the amp. All this added up to a very distinctive reverb sound that is hard to replicate. But we here at Catalinbread had to try! And we think we got it! Besides giving you the classic three knob control compliment of the original, we’ve also added a great discrete preamp that you can control via the Volume knob for a healthy amount of great clean boost when you want it.