Surfy Industries SurfyVibe Pedal
Overview by GAK
A versatile pedal that emulates the mono channel of a Magnatone 280 amp, known for it’s classic ‘wobbly’ sound. The “Sweeping” Mode adds a feedback path to create a unique effect that is a mix of phaser / chorus / tremolo.
Surfy Industries create portable guitar effects inspired by classic vintage sounds. The Surfy Industries SurfyVibe pedal delivers a mix of classic phaser, chorus and tremolo sounds from a vintage Magnatone amp that’s known for its vibrating wobbly sound, and this pedal allows you to have subtle understated effects to fit into the mix as well as more extreme tones, easily adjusted with the ‘Intensity’ and ‘Speed’ knobs, providing a versatile range that’s great for many styles of music.
To recreate the sound of the Magnaton 280, Surfy Industries replaced the tubes with JFET transistors and the varistors (which are obsolete) with diode arrays. As the SurfyVibe doesn’t use digital effects, it doesn’t have true bypass, which is ideal for anyone who wants an authentic vintage-sounding pedal.
Overview by Surfy Industries
The vintage Magnatone amps were known for having that amazing wobbly sound, from discreet low-intensity effects that makes an instrument mix well into the sound of a band, to extreme effects that can take the sound of guitar out of this world! Depending on settings, it can be deeply bluesy, very modern or spooky sounding.
The SurfyVibe circuit is emulating the mono channel of a Magnatone 280. The “sweeping” mode adds a feedback path to create a unique effect that is a mix of phaser / chorus / tremolo.
The original circuit in the Magnatone 280 used a component called “varistor”, a type that has been obsolete for years. This is the reason modern circuits use other techniques to achieve pitch shift.
To get the sound as close to the original as possible, we have found a way to emulate the original circuit. We replace the tubes with jFET transistors and the varistors with special diode arrays.
NO TRUE BYPASS
Is a vintage vibrato 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.
Great sounds at any setting, simple controls so no need for a product manual. Captures that late '50's early '60's vibe perfectly.