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Keep These Tips In Mind When Choosing The Best Reverb Pedal

best reverb pedal

The Features You Want

Are you the type of player that likes to geek out on tons of controls or are you more of the simple one knob get it done guy? Definitely keep this in mind when you’re checking out reverb pedals. Take something like the EHX Cathedral Reverb with its six knobs and multiple mode settings compared to the Wampler Faux Reverb with a simple 3 knobs. While the more complex one has a steeper learning curve, it will also be more versatile. It really depends on what you like to spend your time on. I like the no fuss, set it and forget it so I value simplicity. Either way, keep this in mind when looking for the best reverb pedal for you!

Your Budget

Your budget will also be something to consider. Like with all pedals, reverb effects are no different and have a wide range on the price scale. Take the examples from above. The Wampler or EHX will set you back a bit more than $200 bones while you can grab a TC Electronics Hall of Fame or Boss FRV-1 ’63 for less than $150. You can also opt for the T-Rex Tonebug which costs approximately $100.

You can also go the used route and get pedals way for much cheaper. I’ve scored some $300 pedals for $150 that were in great condition from Craiglist and eBay. If you don’t mind a little scuffs or don’t need the nice box and the box candy, go for the used route. The supply is huge and if you stay patient, you can score some great reverb pedals at an awesome price. You can also find new pedals fairly cheap on Amazon compared to Musicians Friend pricing.

Analog or Digital

The majority of reverb pedals on the market today are just digital iterations of the real thing. Think about it, how would you go about fitting a reverb tank on your pedalboard ;).  So with that said, when looking at reverb pedals you will most likely be testing out digital ones. Fortunately, the advanced technology we have today seemingly makes these digital versions nearly as good sounding as an analog reverb you would find on an old-school amp sporting a reverb tank.

Test…Test…Test

When deciding on the best reverb pedal, always test a couple out if you have the chance. Living near a Guitar Center or small music shop makes things a lot more convenient. They usually have a spot you can hook up and if you’re serious about purchasing and they don’t have it on the floor, they can pull one out for you to mess around with. When you do test it, try to emulate your setup at home. Bring your axe with you and look for an amp that is similar to yours in sound (or if you can find the same amp then go for that). This way you’ll get a true idea of what the reverb effect pedal will sound like when you get home so you won’t run into any buyer’s remorse if you do choose to pick it up right there and then (although most shops have including online ones have legit return policies).

If you don’t have the option of testing out some reverb pedals, your best bet is to get on youtube or the vendors site and check out some demos. With youtube, you can pretty much find a video on most popular pedals (not so much the high end boutiques) showing the different options and the sounds they can make. ProGuitarShop has some nice demos. Check to see if they have a video up of the pedals you are interested in. You can also check out comparison sites and read the forums to gauge if the pedal will work good with your style.

Keep all of these tips in mind when you decide to go and find the best reverb pedal for you!

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Four Great Reverb Pedals

If you’re on the hunt for the best reverb pedals look no further. Check out the best reverb pedal list below

 

Digitech RV-7 Hardwire Stereo Reverb Pedal

digitech hardwire rv-7 best reverb pedal

Making its way onto the best reverb pedal list is the Digitech RV-7. Rugged casing in a compact size, this digital stereo reverb is one to admire

  • 7 reverb emulation modes (room, , modulated, reverse, hall, plate, gated, spring)
  • Stereo input/output modes
  • Patented stomplock guard. This is perfect if you’re playing live and cannot afford to accidently hit the pedal and change a setting

The RV-7 is a very durable pedal. Definitely gig-worthy. The Stereo I/O is a nice feature and it sports plenty of modes and options for any reverb enthusiast. It is a bit on the pricey side and definitely gives off a digital vibe (like most digitech pedals do). If you can get past that, this is a great pedal to add to your board

 

Boss FRV-1 ‘63 Reverb Pedal

boss frv-1 '63 great reverb pedal

Boss pedals, gotta love ‘em. The FRV-1 aims to emulate the spring reverb found in those pricey old-school Fender amps.

This reverb pedal sports three knobs: Tone, Dwell and Mixer. The tone knob is self-explanatory. The setting will be dependent on your guitar and amp setup so tweak around with this one to find the right sound. Dwell controls how long the reverberation lasts and the mixer knob controls how much of the reverb you mix into the rest of the tone.

Like all Boss pedals, the FRV-1 is no exception when it comes to durability and value. It does a very good job of emulating a true Fender amp with spring reverb tank, but obviously not the same. It also has a really cool retro look (60’s baby!). The sound is a bit thin, but definitely a reverb pedal to check out.

 

Wampler Faux Spring Reverb

wampler faux spring reverb pedal

Wampler makes some sweet pedals and the Faux Spring Reverb is one of them. But catch the name. Faux. Like the FRV-1, this pedal also tries to emulate a spring reverb effect found on amps that sported a reverb tank.

The Faux Spring Reverb is a simple pedal with three knobs, level, depth and shade. The level controls how much of the signal will be affected. The depth tone changes it from small room chorus to stadium hall tones. Play around with the shade knob as it will control the brightness of your signal. This pedal is also true bypass which is a huge plus

Overall this is a great reverb pedal, albeit a bit on the pricey side.

 

TC Electronics Toneprint Hall of Fame Reverb

toneprint hall of fame excellent reverb pedal

The TonePrint Hall of Fame is a very fun pedal. This pedal is loaded with reverb options and then some. The Hall of Fame is an absolutely perfect pedal if you like to tweak out on reverb settings. Not only are there tons of options on the pedal itself, but you can also explore the vast online Toneprint library to tweak your sound to the high heavens!

The three controls are Decay, FX Level and Tone. Decay, like that found in a delay pedal, will adjust how long the reverb signal will stick. The Tone knob will just how much of the reverb effect you get in your sound and the FX Level will adjust how much of the chosen reverb effects (there are 10) will be in your tone.

The ten Reverb effects available on the Toneprint Hall of Fame are Tile, Ambient, Gate, Mod, Spring, Plate, Church, Hall, Room and Lofi. This true bypass pedal also sports the Toneprint technology (which is available to all the pedals in TC Electronics Toneprint series). You basically can go online and download other users settings that they have customized and load them directly your pedal via USB connection. Check this out. You can also use your smartphone to transfer toneprints. How sweet is that?

If you only need one or two reverb effects, or already know what you want as an experienced player, the Toneprint may seem a bit inundating with the myriad of options. On the flip side, if you’re somebody who loves to mess around with effects this may be the perfect pedal for you. The Hall of Fame reverb pedal is very versatile, reliable and durable. It is has a rather easy learning curve to get up and going which is nice. Definitely one of the best reverb pedals available on the market for the price.