THE SURFYTREM PROJECT
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: BROWN and BLACK.
Imagine the incredible tone out of a Fender® 1961-1962 Showman® amplifier (second channel) with its beautiful and sweet harmonic tremolo voice. Actually 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: when the melody is slow and intense it pushing its vibrating soul and the tone becomes really 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. This allows extreme dynamics as the tremolo really follows the way of playing without interfering, but rather enhancing it.
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".
In facts this tremolo really stands out when needed and cuts through the mix easily and loudly.
It is not so 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 amplifier 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.