Looking For Reverb? Check out these pedal recommendations!
Reverb ranks as a top effect on any pedal-board. While many electric guitar amps (tube and solid state) include integrated spring or plate verb, sometimes you want some more reverb options for extra lush, studio-quality tone. A reverb effects pedal adds that fullness to your tone. Improve your guitar’s sonic possibilities with some natural-sounding shimmer or a cavernous cathedral echo.
- What Makes a Good Reverb Pedal?
- Where Does ‘Verb Go In My Signal Chain?
- Best Reverb Pedal Comparison
- Other Information:
What Makes a Good Reverb Pedal?
Here is a quick list of features that I tend to take a look at:
- Lush, mouth-watering tone.
- A variety of styles of reverb – plate, spring, room, hall.
- Vintage and classic sounds.
- Price – affordable and within my budget.
- Durable build and electronics
- Battery power option
- Stereo effects
Where Does ‘Verb Go In My Signal Chain?
- Preferably in the amp’s effects loop – usually after delay. (Time-based effects usually go in the effects loop)
- Before the amp, but after most effects.
- Try different settings and come up with your own unique sounds!
- Consider using the amps reverb and then cueing the pedal for specific sections with a song.
Best Reverb Pedal Comparison
|Name||Description||Check It Out|
|1. Boss FRV-1 63 Fender Reverb||Our top choice!||Read Review|
|2. Boss RV5 Digital Reverb||If you want digital reverb, this is the one you want.||Read Review|
|3. Behringer Reverb Machine RV600||Great reverb for the budget minded.||Read Review|
|4. Accel “Classic Reverbs” Stereo Reverb||Another great affordable budget option.||Read Review|
|5. TC Electronic TonePrint Hall of Fame (HOF)||Mid priced reverb that has amazing tone.||Read Review|
|6. T-Rex Engineering CREAMER||For the more pro guitarists out there that are looking for the best possible reverb.||Read Review|
Top Pick – Boss FRV-1 63 Fender Reverb Pedal
- Spring reverb emulation based off of the ’63 Fender Tank Reverb unit. Uses CSOM technology.
- Controls include mixer, tone and dwell which give you access to a fully rane of tones from warm smooth to spanky twang.
- Turning the dwell knob all the way to maximum really brings out the spring reverb tone and mimics surf guitar tone.
- For the warmer tone lovers, cut the dwell back approximately 25%. Experiment with the tone and mixer knobs, you can add a lot of depth to your sound.
- As with any BOSS pedal, built sold and rugged.
- Powered by either a 9-volt battery or an AC adaptor.
Best Digital – Boss RV5 Digital Reverb
Now I tend to prefer analog over digital because I prefer a more vintage tone. But, if you want something more modern (and actually probably better for recording, go with digital). So for people who want to know my favorite digital reverb, it’s this one:
- Studio quality tones with 6 different effect modes.
- Stereo I/O.
- Includes room, hall, gate, plate, modulate and spring settings which allow for a ton of different sound options.
- The modulate feature adds just enough pitch modulation to create an expansive and rich tone.
- Spring mode helps recreate a tone that is perfect for retro and surf guitar tones.
Best Cheap $ – Behringer Reverb Machine RV600
Yes, you can even get a great option on a low budget by choosing this one.
- Controls include a mix, time, decay, type, trails and tone allowing you to control reverb volume, length, pre-delay time, brightness and type of reverb effect.
- Uses Real Sound Modeling (RSM) technology.
- Includes reverb types such as plate, spring, hall, echo, ducking reverbs.
- For the price, it is actually quite a decent little unit and would definitely recommend – the only complaint that I can say is that it can be a little on the noisy side.
If you have a little bit more to spend, this is another great option.
- This is a great option for people looking for a more classic tone and you will probably be surprised by the number of sounds this little box can muster up.
- Controls include blend (basically a mix control) and time along with a selector switch for hall, spring and room. I like the simplicity here.
- Also has both stereo and mono options.
- It actually won this year’s NAMM “Best In Show” award.
Bump the price up a bit more and you can get this excellent pedal. I love TC Electronic’s stuff!
- 10 different types of reverbs with true bypass.
- Four control knobs to adjust timing (decay), tone, effect (FX) level and reverb type.
- Pre-delay setting switch (emulates large and small rooms).
- Tone Print
$$$$ – T-Rex Engineering CREAMER
Finally, my choice for the most expensive pedal on this list. This one is actually right up there with my absolute favorite at the top of this page – it’s quite awesome.
- Just like all the ones above, it has plenty of settings at your disposal to help you dial in the tone that you want.
- It only has three types of reverb which is less than the other options, but I find that I usually just use these three anyway so I like it being a bit simpler.
- I like the small footprint it has as well – doesn’t take up too much space in your pedal board.
Well, there you have it – my recommendations. I am sure that as more gear is introduced, I will probably need to update this and keep up with the new options.
Can I Use This For Vocals?
Sure, just try it and see for yourself! However, since pedals are generally high-impedance, you need to include a pre-amp like the Really Nice Pre Amp, in the chain. Basically connect the mic to the pre-amp and then into the pedal.
What Does It Sound Like?
I could explain it but the best way is to give you an example in the following video:
Which One Did Jimi Hendrix Use?
I believe that instead of using a separate pedal, Jimi used the built-in spring reverb in his Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.