Surfy Industries SurfyTrem Pedal
Overview by GAK
Emulates classic Fender tremolo sounds. With both ‘Brownface’ and ‘Blackface’ emulations, it perfectly replicated the sweet harmonic tremolo voice of Fender 1961-62 Showman and the cleaner, brighter sound of Fender’s ‘Blackface’ series of amps from 1964.
Surfy Industries create portable guitar effects inspired by classic vintage sounds. The Surfy Industries SurfyTrem Pedal recreates the classic vibrato channel sound from the 1961-62 Fender Showman amp and the 1964 Fender Blackface amp series, which provide the sounds for the ‘Blackface’ and ‘Brownface’ settings on the SurfyTrem pedal.
The ‘Brownface’ setting takes the classic sweet tremolo tones from the second channel of the Fender Showman amps of 1961-62. The signal floats on the harmonic wave alternating between highs and lows, and this kind of tremolo has great dynamic adaptability.
The ‘Blackface’ setting uses the tremolo sounds from the 1964 Fender Blackface series of amps, providing a clean and bright sound compared to the Brownface setting. The signal is moved alternatively in and out which produces a more efficient and audible effect. This setting cuts through the mix, especially for solos.
The Surfy Industries SurfyTrem Pedal continues with the vintage style and doesn’t have true bypass as it’s not digital, so it sounds more authentic and true to vintage amplifiers and is great for anyone who wants a real vintage tremolo and harmonic vibrato
Overview by Surfy Industries
This effect is built to recreate the sound of the famous “vibrato channel” of the vintage Fender® amplifiers. It is not a digital effect. The sound from the pedal is gently warmed up, a tiny darker than the dry signal, and features 2 different settings: BROWNFACE and BLACKFACE.
Imagine the incredible tone out of a Fender® 1961-1962 Showman® amplifier (second channel) with its beautiful and sweet harmonic tremolo voice. This has often been called THE tremolo, imitated by many throughout the years, but equal to none. The signal floats on the harmonic wave, moving up and down, alternating highs and lows. It can be compared with the effect of a rotating speaker in a Leslie system. This kind of tremolo has one great feature: it’s dynamic adaptability. When the melody is slow and intense it pushes its vibrating soul and the tone becomes especially rich and deep, but if you change the mood and the sound becomes aggressive and loud, the effect is almost absorbed and stands back, maintaining the full attack of the guitar. In this mode, the extreme dynamics of the tremolo follow the style of playing and enhance the sound without interfering.
In 1964 Fender® introduced the Blackface amplifiers series, gaining a cleaner and brighter sound compared to the Tweed/Brownface models. They used a different kind of tremolo, well known since the '50s, in which the signal is moved alternatively in and out, a sort of on/off feeling, resulting in a more efficient and audible effect. This functionality is also known as “amplitude modulation”. This tremolo really stands out when needed and cuts through the mix easily and loudly. It is not as dynamic on the melody, but if used in a solo, for example, it really “frees up” the guitar sound, giving it depth and length. This is certainly a more common effect and it probably requires less experience than the harmonic tremolo to be used properly.
NO TRUE BYPASS
Is a vintage tremolo 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.
- Reproduces the sound of the famous "Vibrato" channel of American vintage amplifiers
- 2 Different settings: Brownface and Blackface
- Controls: Speed, Intensity
- Switch: Brownface / Blackface
- LED: Effect on
- Footswitch: effect bypass
- Entrance: 6.3 mm jack
- Output: 6.3 mm jack
- Power supply connection: barrel connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm, negative polarity inside
- Power supply with a 9 V battery or over 9 V DC power supply (not included - matching power supply: Art.409939)
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 60 x 110 x 50 mm
- Weight: 200 g