Which Fender Boss Reverb Pedal do I buy?

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  1. rglenna

    rglenna TDPRI Member

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    Hello!! I am trying to decide whether to buy the Fender/Boss 1963 verb pedal or the Fender/Boss 1965 pedal. Does anyone have experience with these? Which of the two should I buy? Any and all feedback appreciated.
     
  2. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    i use a '63 in both (vintage style) country and blues bands. it has one trick.... but does it very well.
     
  3. HC

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    The 1965 pedal is more of a Deluxe Reverb amp in a box pedal than a pure reverb pedal. Think of it more as an OD-pedal with a so-so reverb and tremolo built in. It will change your base sound a lot. If it's reverb you're after then get the 63 one. It's quite good.
     
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    I have experience with both.

    On the '65 Deluxe Reverb pedal, it's okay. It's supposed to do all the things a Deluxe Reverb amp does - reverb, vibrato, treble, bass and gain. It is passable but doesn't do anything really well...and the Vibrato on mine broke. 2 out of 5.

    The FRV-1 '63 Reverb pedal is awesome. I have a '58 tweed Princeton, '65 Tremolux and a 1960 Gibson Lancer which are all killer amps but none have reverb. I didn't want a bunch of different reverbs in one pedal. I did want one pedal that did a great Fender spring reverb. That's exactly what I got in the FRV-1 and I couldn't be happier. Durable, too, no issues. 5 out or 5.

    Hope that helps.
     
  5. aunchaki

    aunchaki Friend of Leo's

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    +1 to what everybody else said.

    The FDR-1 ('65 Deluxe Reverb Pedal) is a Fender-flavored distortion pedal with tremolo and reverb built in (just like the amp). I have one. I like it for some uses. It's no good as a standalone reverb/trem pedal because you can't get a true clean out of it. As I said: it's a distortion pedal at heart.

    It took me a while to figure this out. When I did I was happier with it.
     
  6. bparnell57

    bparnell57 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a 63 and I love it.
     
  7. Axis29

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    The 63 is just a reverb. It's supposed to emulate a tank reverb unit. I was thinking it would be my choice... Then, I tried a Catalinbread Topanga and completely forgot the Fender/Boss pedal. Just sayin....
     
  8. Obsessed

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    Yep, I agree with everything said above. The reviews of the Topanga are so consistently good, that is the first time I have ever considered replacing my FRV-1, but since I have not had the chance to try one, I'll wait until I have settled down into my new pedal board. I'm on a Catalinbread run, so the Topanga is on the radar. Can't imagine that it is better than the FRV-1, but converts are already out there.
     
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