CLASSIC LOOK AND FEEL
This is our top-of-the-line product and the perfect match to your vintage amplifier!
It is handmade with a wooden enclosure covered with Fender® style tolex in black. The transparent acrylic bottom lets you to see the Accutronics® spring reverb pan while the sturdy construction and the HotCovers custom padded bag allow you carry the unit everywhere easily and safely. The tank works with a 12V power supply (100-240V compatible) included in the package. Also included is a bag.
HOW TO USE IT
The controls are pretty easy on this effect. We used the control labels as in the original Fender® 6G15®
DWELL: it defines the amount of effect applied to the dry signal. Please notice that each spring reverb pan (what you see underneath the unit) has its own decay value, which means that the time the reverb effect lasts depends on the type of reverb pan that is used.
MIXER: it defines the balance between "dry" and "wet" signals. The more you set this control low the more the signal remains clean, although you can still hear a "reverb tail", especially if the Dwell is set very high. At the opposite, by setting this control high, the signal is in the hands of the unit which changes the sound heavily by making it a bit smoother and affecting the attack of the guitar: like in the original Fender® unit.
TONE: it defines how bright or dark the output signal is. Setting this control high makes the tone more trebly, emphasizing the reverb-drip effect, but can also result in a very harsh guitar sound. Please note that the Tone control is "post-mixer".
Tank size without considering the padded bag: approx. 45 X 19 X 8 cm (17.5 X 7.5 X 3 inches)
THE SURFYBEAR PROJECT
The original piece of electronics that started it all! This is a controller which features the same specifications of the Fender® 6G15® reverb unit replacing the tubes with JFET transistor technology. This is not a digital effect.
Spring reverb technology has been well known for more than 50 years. One of the first reverb units available for electric guitars was the Fender® 6G15® standalone reverb, which has set the standard for generations of musicians. Still today, the unique sound of spring reverbs is very popular among guitarists.
Basically, the tubes in the schematic are replaced with JFETS/MOSFETs and the output transformer with a current source. The circuit is all Class A and it is optimized for a tube-like harmonic content. It is using a standard 12V DC power supply adapter.
NO TRUE BYPASS
Is a vintage reverb unit true bypass? Changing the tone a little bit is part of the game here and we wanted to keep it so. We did not invent a new effect, our purpose is to allow everybody to enjoy that sound without carrying around a heavy and expensive instrument.