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Spring reverbs - What is the gold standard?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by gmm52, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. gmm52

    gmm52 Tele-Meister

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    Sep 23, 2016
    Southern Ontario
    Many amps come with spring reverb, but I've never paid much attention to them. I mean I've used them in various amps I've owned, but without giving any thought to what model it is or how it was constructed.

    Presumably, some spring reverb units of old are better than others, so I am asking the question of spring reverb aficionados. If you could have any spring reverb installed in the amp of your choice based only on quality of reverb tone, which one would you choose? Is there any one reverb that is considered the gold standard?
     

  2. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2011
    Chicago
    The stand alone Fender Reverb I had from 1975 was the biggest I have used. Bigger than my Twin or Vibrolux or Princeton Reverb.
     

  3. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think it depends what you're going for. I had a reverb debate on another post, and I happen to like smooth clear sounding reverb, while other may like that 'springy' 'clashy' sort of reverb, which personally, I can't stand.

    The circuit has a big part of the reverb sound and the tank itself is also a factor. A Fender style reverb with a 'dwell' and 'tone' control added and 3 spring tank would be pretty top teir, and could do a lot.

    I forget who sells a tube reverb kit, that IIRC, allows you to run two tanks in parallel. That'd probably have a massive sound, especially if you used the right tanks.
     

  4. Mike_LA

    Mike_LA Tele-Afflicted

    Fender 6G15 circuit ----> awesome
    Fender Blews Jr -----> piece of cr@p
     
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  5. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    My '63 Fender Reverb RI.
     

  6. Lef T

    Lef T Tele-Meister

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    Apr 24, 2016
    Ontario Canada
    I like whatever Mesa uses for their reverb system.
    You can keep turning it up and it doesn't lose focus.
     
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  7. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    I'm with you here, @JD0x0 . Since I'm watching this thread for recommendations as well, do you mind telling me what you like for the "smooth, clear-sounding reverb," especially if you've found something available in a pedal?
     
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  8. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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  9. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Mar 17, 2003
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    The Fender outboard reverb is the gold standard.
    I have a mid 70s one, which is different from the earlier ones (6G15).
    The surf guys don't like them because they don't get that big "drip", but I like it just fine.
    They're rare as frog hair, so nobody knows much about them.
    Many serious reverb users are digging the Surfy Bear.
    You can buy it complete or as a kit. I think it's virtually a 6G15 circuit using FETs (transistors) in place of the tubes.
    Kendrick and Gomez still make beauties, I think.
    For a guy who uses a fair amount of reverb and never turns it off...I have a confession to make...when I don't take my outboard and step on the cheapie Biyang Tri-Reverb on my board, I don't really miss the tube unit.
    There...I said it and I'm glad. ;)
     
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  10. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA

  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

  12. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah, because you still HAVE the tube unit.
     

  13. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Well...there's definitely something to what you say ;)
     
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  14. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    That Benson Tall Bird sounds amazing!
     
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  15. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jun 14, 2010
    mojave desert
    Love me some reverb!
     

  16. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Afflicted

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    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    The Mesa reverb isn't like Fender at all. You don't get that surfy splash even turned up. Turned up past 12, I notice that it loses a little tone. That said; if it's kept low, it adds an almost transparent fullness to finger style. It's perfect for the way I play.
     
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  17. gmm52

    gmm52 Tele-Meister

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    Sep 23, 2016
    Southern Ontario
    All replies appreciated.
     
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  18. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    One of the realities you have to face is real springs = real $$$ compared to a simulation in a pedal for a fraction of the cost.
     
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  19. OaklandA

    OaklandA Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Jun 18, 2004
    Queen Creek, AZ
    original 6G15 by far, imho
    onboard? Twin Reverb, some old Ampegs, and some Swarts
     
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