The Surf Rider III is a True Bypass reverb pedal that goes way beyond what most built-in amp reverbs can do. It sounds lush and is great for Surf music, but can fit any style that wants a high end sounding reverb. I especially like the Boost Footswitch, it applies a quick way to boost the reverb level. Love being able to have a base reverb sound, then hit the boost on the fly to increase the reverb, very useful function. The expression pedal option is also loads of fun too.
Boost Footswitch: This switch allows you to boost or cut the reverb level. When the Boost LED is on, the Hi level mode is engaged. When the Boost LED is off, the Lo level is engaged and a portion of the reverb level is reduced. An internal trimpot allows you to adjust to level reduction of the Lo setting. Turning the trimpot clockwise will reduce the overall reverb level of the Lo setting.
The Surf Rider III is an updated and expanded variation of the Solid Gold FX classic Surf Rider reverb designed to deliver an incredible array of warm, lush, 3-dimensional reverb tones in one compact pedal. The Surf Rider III’s rich feature makes it easy to dial in the perfect shade of verb. Using the Decay and Resonance controls, the length and decay of the reverb signal can be fine-tuned to simulate the sounds of small rooms, gated verbs, dense ambient washes and of course, classic amp and surf sounds. The depth and level controls give end users full access to the overall intensity and output of the pedal while the tone knob allows for fine adjustment of the reverb timbre making it easy to pair with any rig. A foot-switchable reverb level boost adds an additional reverb voicing while an expression pedal input offers on the fly Depth adjustments giving users the ability to create crashing tidal waves of sound. Whether you are looking for a highly musical traditional reverb or a more over the top saturated sound the new Surf Rider III is sure to please.
I already own a few nice reverb pedals, the Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb, TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb and the Digitech RV-7 Stereo Reverb. All these reverb pedals are great. Have different features, reverb types and sounds.
The Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb and the Surfrider III are the closest in that they emulate a old school Fender Tube Spring Reverb which I also own. Both of these pedals do a great job and are well worth the money if you want a great spring reverb sound. The Topanga might be better for that really drippy wet sound and does a good job of completely nailing a Fender Tube Reverb Tank, but the Surf Rider provides the boosted mode, and expression pedal input. You can’t go wrong with either of these pedals.