You have purchased a high end piece of studio equipment. Do not let the graphics and small size fool you. The Seaverb was designed to replace an onboard spring reverb with a quiet stable consistent alternative. The Seaverb runs on 9v- power and we recommend a separate power supply. It does not take a battery . From the switchcraft input jack through the circuit and out the other switchcraft jack the signal is treated in a pristine manner. The PCB traces have been purposefully kept short and the power section is isolated from the rest of the circuit and runs its own ground to the rail.
The Seaverb is built with high end 1% tolerance and hand tested audio parts. We use Wima and Panasonic Capacitors and Vishay-Dale resistors. Every component is tested and cleaned before being soldered to the high quality PCB with Kester solder. The potentiometers are soldered directly to the PCB and the jacks are wired with high quality Mil. Spec. 22 AWG wire. This attention to detail makes the build very clean and durable.
The 2 controls on the enclosure are Depth and Shine.
The depth control adds the amount of reverb needed from barely noticeable to deep spring like reverb.
The shine control is a subtle control and can be compared to the original spring Dwell control. Acting almost as a fine tuning to the amount of reverb that the depth sets. It is NOT a tone control, it does not add or cut treble or bass. It works with decay and the trails.
Inside the enclosure on the top right hand side of the PCB is the internal switch that will add some of the output back into the input giving a larger more cavernous effect. Of course this is best heard when all controls are set at maximum. Moving the switch to the up position will do this. The pedal ships with the switch in the down position for normal medium reverbs.
“The Daily Grind”
Thank you for purchasing one of the coolest pedals on the market. Some of the magic in the pedal comes from the originality of the design. The Daily Grind in not a clone of anything out there. The pedal was created after 25+ years of design. The dual opamp inside this pedal has been used to its fullest capabilities. Please take a minute and read all the descriptions of the 5 knobs. They work together and generate and most incredible pallet of usable guitar tones. This includes lowered tunings and drop tunings. The Daily Grind runs on 18 Volts only and was designed to be powered off your power supplies 18v outlet. You can also use a stand alone 18v adapter as long as it’s 100ma or higher.
Our Design Philosophy
Each pedal is handmade and hand wired one at a time. Inside you will notice that all wiring has been kept to a minimum. This has been done to keep as much as the signal to noise ratio down. The pedal runs dead quiet even when on. It does not generate a large amount of background noise.
The circuit was designed to have the shortest path between components. This is why the mid control lands after the treble and bass. The circuit dictates the design.
We do not make clones or replica pedals. We make only original idea pedals that have not been done before that contain usable guitar tones. The pedals we make are for on stage and studio use. They are not gimmicky.
Volume: This is a linear taper pot. The pedal has more than 15 decibels of boost. With the gain turned way down the pedals will give you enough boost to make any clean amp way louder. When you turn the gain above half way be careful not to have the volume to high. The volume is powerful. The linear pot gives it a very usable range. When plugging the pedal in for the first time, make sure the volume is down on the pedal. You have been warned.
Treble: This control is similar to a limiter. It is limiting the amount of treble the circuit feeds to the output not adding it. When set to halfway you will get a normal treble sound, turning the knob up has a subtle effect on the overall gain of the pedal. It adds treble to the sound but in reality it is virtually taking the control out of the circuit. When the treble control is turned all the way up it is in full bypass of the treble part of the EQ.
Bass: This works as a normal bass control, if you are using any tunings lower than E you should turn the bass all the way up, this in effect lets as much bass through the pedals as possible. It will amplify some of the lower EQ range and bring that sweet bottom up.
Mid: This is a typical 80’s metal scoop control, you can set in almost anywhere for useable guitar tones. For the 80’s sound turn it off. About halfway up to full is a great range where you can dial in the decade, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s sounds by altering the mids.
Gain: You do not have to have this control on 10 all the time. at 7 it is a great smooth distortion box, at 5 it is an overdrive and turned way down the pedals becomes a genuine boost pedal. It is worth it to experiment with the control. With all controls on 10 and a set of powerful humbuckers you can push this pedal into sheer insanity, it was designed to give as many different guitars the same range. I encourage you to not dime all the controls. The pedal is sensitive, musical and rarely makes a bad sound. Altering the gain or almost any control effects the other controls, please take your time to fine tune this pedal.
THE HIZZ FUZZ MANUAL:
The Hizz Fuzz features a matched pair of the 2N527 germanium transistors. Roll down the guitar volume for a cleaner tone and the pedal maintains its character and tone. Set it to full blown fuzz and you’ll get tones right up there in Fuzzface territory. Like a genuine high gain vintage fuzz, the Hizz Fuzz also has a bit more gain and lower end than most other germaniums.
One of the major additions to this classic circuit is our Bias and pre-gain internal trimmers. This allows you to fine-tune just the right amount of power to the perfectly hand-matched germanium transistors inside. The controls also help you tweak the pedal to perfection and overcome the issue of the transistors sounding different in various temperatures and environments that Germanium Fuzz pedals are subject to. Another huge improvement over vintage units is that we internally set voltage and polarity so that you can power this classic circuit on a normal -9v power supply!
To adjust the 2 internal trim pots, first set the volume control on the front of the unit at about 50% and the fuzz control on the front of the unit to full. Open the unit and with your guitar on full adjust the pre-gain trimmer on the left (small square box with white adjustment screw) to an optimal volume, start counterclockwise and slowly turn it up until you get a decent volume. Use the bias control on the right between the 2 germanium transistors to tune in your sweet spot. This is a very subjective sound, and very small adjustment to the bias can do a lot.
Be patient and use the 2 internal trimmers to balance your pedals sound. Sometimes the pedal will work best when both controls on the front of the unit are NOT at 100%, backing off the fuzz control knob slightly yields some very pleasant tones, experiment with the pedal until you are happy.