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I'll second what da-ron says about the Surfy Bear reverb: I'm super happy with mine. Sounds great! I built mine into a metal toolbox: the board is attached to the lid, the reverb pan sits in the removable tray, and the rest now becomes space to carry cables and stuff.

I'll stick my neck out here, because I expect a lot of people will disagree, but I find that delay and reverb don't really mix. If you're playing surf with a decent amount of reverb, then you don't need any delay. It sounds a bit of a mess to my ears.

A decent reverb unit will give you enough of a delay effect, any more on top doesn't help.

I agree that full-on surf reverb plus echoes can sound too cluttered. Nice for spatious sustained chords with a bit of vibrato arm wobble.
Typicaly, I will reduce the Mix on my reverb if I click on my El Capistan so it sounds a bit like Hank Marvin.
In general, not all effects will sound good for all playing styles. When you find a nice recipe, it can be very...uh...."effective". Hmmm

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I use my el cap quite a bit during chorusing and bridges where I want the sound to stick out a little bit more in the mix and have a little more movement. Think of the chorus on Mr Lou. The echos themselves are mixed low and the repeats are set all the way to the left and basically slap back. What I did was set the gain all the way up so I get a big boost out of it. I will occasionally use the infinite hold button. I just acquired a favorites switch to store this as a default so I can experiment with other settings but this is my go to and it's very subtle when it comes to echo and repeats.

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Last edited: Mar 22, 2017 06:33:49

If you put long delay times with a low mix, the repeats are almost imperceptible but they make your reverb more huge

shorter and louder repeats turn to mud though, yes.

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