The Surf has a trick control scheme that adds a THD-made, 6-position rotary voicing switch to its complement of Volume and Tone knobs. If this function didn’t exist, the Surf would still be a great guitar thanks to its cool variety of fat, bright P-90-style tones. But the 6-way allows you to tailor the mids to suit your amp, your sonic needs, and even your mood. If the tones are too cutting, instead of automatically reaching for the Tone knob or pickup selector, just roll the 6-way back a couple of notches and hear mids thicken up and the bite get a little softer. The sixth position is bypass, so you can have the circuit completely out of the signal path if that’s what you prefer. All said, though, the THD circuit makes it easy to optimize the Surf for everything from shimmering rhythm sounds and snappy country lead tones to buttery overdrive textures and even dark, faux-archtop sounds. It’s truly the Surf’s secret weapon, and it makes this already happening guitar all the more, well, happening.
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