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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by robotguitar, Oct 5, 2013.
I also like the Boss FRV-1 - maybe not the best, but it does the job well.
+1 - great reverb and it sounds good clean and it sounds equally good with gain. You can dial a great clean setting on many Reverb pedals and they will sound electronic and horrible if you add gain.
My favorite is getting hard to buy. My favorite is the Hermida. 1 knob (like amp reverb), sounds natural, sounds equally good clean or dirty. Alfonzo is no longer offering them. Too bad.
I still have a T-Rex Tonebug which is pretty good. I had the Boss FRV-1 and it was great as long as I stayed away from gain. With tube gain the FRV-1 sounds like a solid state bedroom amp with digital reverb. It's weird.
The BiYang TriReverb is a very nice pedal and you can find them new for under $60.
I use a Princeton non-reverb for smaller gigs and my favorite reverb is Tech 21's Boost RVB. It's analog and can do the spring thing very well. And a little bit of boost gives the front end of the Princeton a nice little kick in the hindquarters.
I just picked up the T-Rex WhirlyVerb on clearance at GC for $50 (normally $150 and am extremely happy with it!
Just curious if anyone knows how the Boost RVB produces the reverb effect. It's "analog," but IIUC there's no actual spring tank in it, so does it use some sort of tape or analog recording device since it's not digital??
It isn't analog reverb, it's an "analog reverb emulator". The only things it boasts as truly analog in the specs are the control pots.
I am a BIG fan of the EHX Holy Grail & Boss RE-20. <--- very underrated unit !
I have an RE-20 and its reverb is pretty cool. But it's kind of an acquired taste. By that, I mean, it's doesn't cop the Fender spring deal. Still, it is pretty cool.
Wow, that's some pretty tricky marketing. They should hyphenate that to be "analog-reverb emulator" to make it a little clearer that it's not a true analog pedal. They even push the deception further by saying, "The Boost RVB is designed with user-tweakable, “lo-fi” analog technology" and "100% analog Mix, Feedback, Tone and Level controls for warm, organic sounds." The "controls" might be analog because you aren't looking at an LED display to see what your levels are, but they don't explain how the reverb emulation is actually produced, which would probably be a Belton brick?
Best plate and spring (all i use) in regular size guitar pedal that I have heard is the Hardwire Supernatural.
The modulated option on boss rv-5 pedal is heaven. I've never liked boss before but this is an exception! Another great option would be the hardware supernatural verb. The strymonengineering blue sky is what most people would call the best reverb pedal. There is a Moore shimmer verb that sounds just like the bluesky and is only $90 it has a great shimmer feature.
As I already said I use T.C. Hall of Fame, which is great,
but the Neunaber seems really great as well, judging from this clip.
The Wet pedal is fantastic. I love mine, but for someone who needs a spring reverb sound, it probably isn't what they're looking for. It does its own thing and does it well.
You mean you don't use shimmer??!! :shocked:
The shimverb definitely doesn't sound like the blue sky. For whatever reason they went with a fifth instead of an octave for the shimmer which makes a limited-use effect even more limited.
I got the supernatural recently and it's fantastic. But I wouldn't really use it for spring. It does a decent job at it but I prefer the holy grail plus that I got a couple years back. It just sounds more natural while the hardwire is, dare I say, supernatural. Haha. What a terrible joke! Ill stop now. Thanks
Subdecay Spring Theory -
Gotta say my Zoom MS-50G Multistomp has some very useful reverbs in it, and you're not stuck with just one variation.