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When I moved to Boise I thought I might be SOL when it came to “music stuff”, especially since I was coming from Nashville. After a while, though, I discovered some really talented people doing great work right here in my back yard; specifically, Chris of Idaho Flyer Musical Instruments. After having some work done on my Gomez Surfer, we started scheming over a couple of new mods to his Stanford Reverb, a suped-up take on the Princeton. I was after something small for recording and for gigs where the Surfer just isn’t viable (I’m looking at you 2nd floor venues with no elevator or load-in parking). This led to the Surfy Stanford.

Aside from the 15” JBL and its hot rodded 23 watts, it has a “Surfy Bear” built into the input 2 side BEFORE the preamp! I’ve now had a few hours of playing time through it and this little guy shines. Going through input 2, this thing really surfs without the need for a tank, which is handy for home, back up, and grab and go type situations. As expected it will need to be mic’d in a full band setting, though at our last rehearsal it did quite well on its own with some of the quieter songs.

Ok... finally to the pics. Keep in mind this is still technically a prototype and is still due to get a couple of tweaks to the cosmetics.

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Separate foot-switch inputs for Trem and Reverb (for a Drip Switch, of course). Also, the tone, mix, and dwell controls are hidden on the back.

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The Surfy Bear module tucked into the chassis

I still plan to gig with a tank going into input 1, but it’s nice to know I have a legit back up that’s better than any digital pedal I could carry. I’m not affiliated with Idaho Flyer but I wanted to recognize a great builder who’s receptive to crazy ideas and is easy to work with!

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-John

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Amazing!

Very cool!

Wow! Looks awesome!

Bob

Thanks guys! I’m really looking forward to gigging it at the end of the month!

I forgot to mention the bias trem sounds really great! The speed and intensity both have a nice range to them.

-John

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That's an inspired idea. The Surfy board tucks in there quite nicely. Who'd of ever thunk that you could get a full blown tank sound into a small combo? Small builders are just a pleasure to work with.

Last edited: Mar 09, 2019 22:12:12

Impressive build! Great amp idea!

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I like that. Ballpark estimate on the price?

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That’s awesome! There’s nothing like a good grab and go surf amp. I often wish I had a more compact solution than dragging my amp, cab, Surfy Bear, and pedalboard to gigs.

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I like that. Ballpark estimate on the price?

I think it would probably be in the $1700-$1800 range. This one was a bit of a proof of concept and Chris used some parts I already had on hand (JBL & Surfy Bear Kit).

-John

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Great concept. I was thinking of doing something similar to an old champ circuit I have lying around

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Very interesting. I love the idea of a small amp with a larger speaker.

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As a long time Princeton and Princeton Reverb lover I really dig this build.
The built in Surfy Bear is brilliant!

Cheers,
Jeff

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Thanks guys! I’m on vacation right now but I’ll be gigging it for the first time this Saturday. I’ll let everyone know how it goes and try to get some video or sound samples up soon.

-John

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