Surfy Industries Blossom Point Pedal
Overview by GAK
Captures the classic ‘fat’ effect of the “Brownface” Fender Showman amplifiers of the early ’60s. All contained in a simple, easy-to-use, compact unit.
Surfy Industries create portable guitar effects inspired by classic vintage sounds.
The Surfy Industries Blossom Point Pedal re-creates the classic sounds of the Fender ‘brownface’ amps from the early ’60s, all in a compact easy-to-use pedal. It recreates the ‘fat’ sound you get from pushing the tubes and volume of a brownface Fender Showman amp, to a point of maximum tube compression, where the sound dramatically changes and you find the ‘sweet spot’.
The Blossom Point is great for anyone who wants an authentic vintage tone but doesn’t want to buy another amp, or it used to using a 60’s Fender amp but wants something more portable and modern.
Surfy Industries have kept the pedal simple, with Input, Output and Presence knobs. The Input lets you adjust the volume to get the right sound, which is especially useful if your guitar has hot pickups. The Output knob lets you adjust the signal level, and you can also use it as a boost when you find the unity gain around the middle position. Presence provides you with a wide dynamic range, with a fuller, wider, and crispier tone by increasing the high and mid-range frequencies. There’s also a handy effects bypass footswitch, and the Blossom Point works with either a 9v DC power supply or 9v battery (not included).
Overview by Surfy Industries
As big fans of the so-called “brownface” Fender® amplifiers of the early 60s (1960-1963), we have long been thinking of producing an enhancing device to re-create the key features that make those legendary amps so unique. We also wanted to be able to capture that sound with the minimum amount of controls. And so, the BLOSSOM POINT was born!
The Blossom Point emulates the special “fat effect” that is obtained by pushing the tubes and the volume of a brownface Fender® Showman® just before distortion. It finds that “sweet spot” (that Dick Dale was calling the “blossom point”) of maximum tube compression that changes the entire sound - from its power to the sustain of the guitar and the reverb.
The Blossom Point is perfect for the gigging artist who appreciates that sound or is used to playing through one of those old amplifiers. As we know, for live shows and touring, you can be presented with different backline amps and traveling lighter and avoiding bringing a brownface amplifier on the road is always a plus. It saves you money and your back! With the Blossom Point you are secure in knowing you can get the sound you need from any amplifier, even the coldest ones, with affordable ease and portability.
INPUT (signal level attenuator)
Some guitars have very hot pickups and the signal level can bring to distortion the compression stage of the circuit. Use this control to lower the input volume just enough to suit the sound.
Use this control to increase the signal level from zero to +6db. The “unity gain” is around middle position, so you can also use the pedal as a little boost. The reason why we included a boost is because the effect is TRUE BYPASS, so this control would help in case there is a difference in volume with the effect on or off.
One of the ways that brownface amps are unique is the adjustable “presence” control, which later became the “bright” switch when the blackface series came out in 1964. This control gently increases the high and mid-range frequencies allowing the sound to be wider, fuller and crispier, while shaping the tone in a very particular way.
The Blossom Point works at 9V (also with internal optional battery).