The SolidGoldFX Surf Rider IV is a spring reverb hand made in Montreal, QC, that recreates the lush sounds of 2 vintage spring reverbs and one… fantasy unit, adding several controls for extra versatility, including a modulation effect (Flutter) that can be turned on via the on/off footswitch.
The pedal is a noteworthy upgrade over the previous (already popular) version, mostly because of the three modes and the compact size. It’s also one of the few multi-mode spring reverb pedals on the market, so let’s explore these modes, accessible via the Tank toggle:
Reverb-O-Rocket mode is modeled after the shorter spring tanks found on the ’62 Reverberocket and Space Echo. It adds depth and space without soaking your signal, emphasizing warmth while maintaining a smooth and subtle spring reverb tail.
Super Reverb delivers the effect of the original version, and the most sought-after one by guitarists: the spring reverb found in 4×10 Fender amps from the ’60s, a splashy, drippy effect with wider tales and a metallic character.
Fantasy Reverb is a mode that pushes the idea of spring reverb into novel territory, pushing attack and tails to physically impossible limits, producing exaggerated decay, floppier springs and a thicker body.
The four knobs control four reverb parameters (Decay, Level, Dwell and Body), with the bottom two doubling also as modulation controls for Speed and Depth. Here’s what they do:
• Decay knob sets the amount of time your signal bounces back and forth in the spring tank. If you turn it up all the way, your signal will clang, twerp and bounce with a huge tail.
• Level controls the volume of the reverb (wet) signal while the
• Dwell control adjusts how lively your spring tank will be. Turn it up all the way and get lost in the clangy ambience that a spring tank is famous for. Alternatively, just turn it down to get a warmer ‘verb.
• While the Body control sets how chunky the reverb is. Looking for a huge, echoey tail? Crank it all the way up! Want the reverberations to cut through the mix? Turn it down.
When held down, the multi-function footswitch activates the Flutter effect, a mild pitch modulation which is switchable between momentary or latching via an internal DIP switch. Another under the hood control allows setting Trails or Buffered Bypass
The original SolidGoldFX Surf Rider was a boutique pedal loved by many guitarists, this promises to become even more popular. We included it in our shopping guide about the Best Spring Reverb Pedals.
The demos below are of the larger version III.
SolidGoldFX Surf Rider IV, Builder’s Notes
The Surf Rider IV brings the surf and sand in a ground-up redesign which packs 3 distinct spring tank emulations, based on some of our favorite vintage spring-laden pieces. The available reverb modes include a tight tank, based on our 60s Reverberocket, the classic splash of our early silver panel Super Reverb and our SGFX fantasy tank, with a slightly exaggerated drip and decay for when you want Misirlou to sound certifiably otherworldly.
Housed in a compact package, with expanded controls and added features like soft-touch bypass switching with trails, selectable momentary or latching modulation and top-mounted jacks, the Surf Rider IV is guaranteed to satisfy like a cool breeze in the sweltering heat. So, plug in honey bunny, crank it up and get your Dick Dale on!
Compact Spring Reverb pedal with modulation
3 distinct spring reverb tank emulations
Reverb-O-Rocket (left) – small and tight tank based on spring reverb found low-watt vintage combos and tape units
Super Reverb (center) – classic 60s surf rock spring reverb
Fantasy Reverb (right) – spring tank pushed to the limits with floppier springs and longer trails
Flutter style modulation of the reverb trails – switchable between momentary or latching via internal DIP switch
Multi-function footswitch switches the pedal on/off when tapped and engages flutter modulation when held down
Compact enclosure and top-mounted jacks – for ease of pedalboard mounting
Switchable Trails/Buffered Bypass – selectable via internal DIP switch
Hand-made in Montreal, Canada
Powered by a regular 9V DC PSU (centre -, 2,1 mm, ~65 mA current draw)
Sometimes the sequel is just better than the original – and that’s okay. It shows that the creator has learned something since the last dance, and boy have we learned a lot about spring reverb since our last Surf Rider. Therefore, we’re not afraid to admit that this is the best spring reverb pedal we’ve ever made. We just can’t wait for you to tap into all of the splashing, crashing and drippy magic inside our latest Surf Rider IV.
Whether you add just a touch for a little extra depth and space or if you like your rig soaking wet and dripping with the sounds of a crashing waves, nothing quite captures the vibe of surf and summer like a good spring tank. So, here’s how you operate your new favorite splash machine.
The pedal comes jam packed with 3 distinct spring reverb tanks, selectable via the 3-position toggle, each carefully crafted to give you the ultimate spring reverb experience.
Reverb-O-Rocket: Modelled after the shorter spring tanks found on our own ’62 Reverberocket and Space Echo, the Reverb-O-Rocket is designed to add depth and space to your sound, without soaking your rig. This tighter tank is crafted to emphasize the warmth of your guitar while maintaining a smooth and subtle spring reverb tail.
Super Reverb: Delivering the classic splash of our favorite 4×10 Fender, the Super Reverb is the ultimate amp style spring reverb emulation. Wider tails that bounce back and forth with that unmistakable metallic twerp. So get ready to be drenched in that classic 60s sound.
Fantasy Reverb: Put on your board shorts and dive into the Fantasy Reverb. If you like it soaking wet, dripping with ‘verb and splashy like a crashing wave, this is the one for you. A spring reverb where each characteristic of the attack and tail is pushed to physically impossible limits. Exaggerated decay, floppier springs and a thicker body are all there when you need to go to eleven.
Surf Rider IV’s Decay knob sets the amount of time your signal bounces back and forth in the spring tank. If you turn it up all the way, your signal will clang, twerp and bounce with a huge tail. Level controls the volume of the reverb (wet) signal while the Dwell control adjusts how lively your spring tank will be. Turn it up all the way and get lost in the clangy ambience that a spring tank is famous for. Alternatively, just turn it down to get a warmer ‘verb. While the Body control sets how chunky the reverb is. Looking for a huge, echoey tail? Crank it all the way up! Want the reverberations to cut through the mix? Turn it down.
Want to add even more movement to your surfing tones? Well Surf Rider IV also has you covered. The multi-function footswitch not only turns the pedal on or off, but when held down will activate a mild pitch modulation. Internal dip switches set the function of the bypass and modulation. The Speed and Depth of the modulation can also be adjusted to taste.