Surfy Bear reverb?

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  1. JohnnyCrash

    JohnnyCrash Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I built a standalone tube Fender reverb unit years ago. I want that drippy surf reverb again, but don’t want to lug around a big tube unit, so I ordered a Surfy Bear Classic (was not interested in the SB Metal or Compact).

    Any of y’all have any experiences with one of these?
     
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    I would like to purchase one in the future. For my particular application, I think I would go with the Metal because it is true bypass-- I'd like the option of having it be fully off. Also, the volume control could be useful if it is the only pedal in the effects loop of an amp. I don't really see the advantage of the Classic except that it's better looking.
     
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    I have no first-hand experience with the Surfy Bear but I know it’s held in pretty high regard by the spring reverb fans at Surf Guitar 101. IIRC the general consensus is it’s not a vintage Fender, but it’s pretty darn good, and better than a lot of digital pedals.
     
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    I built one (even have a build thread here on TDPRI). I don't know how the one I built relates to their current models, but I assume it's a "classic." I loved the sound of it. Highly recommended. It's really amazing for the size and the price. Other members like @ifallalot have a lot of experience with their products.
     
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    I only had a chance to play around with it today for about 10 minutes.

    The power jack was loose right out of the box, that made me immediately nervous about the quality…

    My worries disappeared.

    It sounds like my old tube standalone unit. It’s beautiful. I think the only difference is that there’s less hum/noise on the SurfyBear than on my old unit.

    I ran it through my BF Super Reverb built into a 1x10” Princeton chassis and cab (has ridiculous bass and twang). I might just use the SurfyBear for the BF Super’s reverb from here on out.

    Can’t wait to try it in front of my other amps.

    This thing is awesome.
     
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    That clean boost would be great just as a solo volume boost if thrown into an FX loop (an old trick I used to use with an EQ pedal in the loop).

    I personally didn’t need the (admittedly) cool extras on the Metal, and I wanted the brown tolex Classic for its looks, but the clips of both the Metal and Classic sound very similar.

    Whenever you end up getting one, I think you’ll be very happy.
     
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    I have several Surfy product. They are fantastic. Reverbs and their pedals are great too.

    If you want something special for a reverb unit also check out Anasounds.
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    Here’s the SurfyBear with my latest Partscaster. They’re both ready to play some surf, rockabilly, and Link Wray type stuff.


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    That’s a sharp strap you’ve got there.
     
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    I sorta have a theme going.

    Here’s my fretless bass Partscaster with nylon tapewound strings:



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    I use it almost everyday...in always on position..I just keep it in the back of my amp. Incredibly responsive to dynamics; it grows with you. My model has two presets...one for super dwell surf and the other is pulled back pretty far, but makes everything sound great. Very highly recommended...I have hadBo ss RV 6, Source Audio, Strymon...they don't quite do this sound. A good addition to any set-up.
     
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    Cool theme with the bass and offset...
    I must have caught the same bug...

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    This picture sure looks surf as hell!
     
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