A good reverb effect enhances your guitar tone and adds a sense of space that you can’t really get from another effect, so it’s no surprise that many guitarists feel that reverb is one of the most important effects out there other than distortion. Unfortunately, on-amplifier reverb is often shallow or corny-sounding, but pedals can really finish out your guitar sound.
Here’s a look at a few great guitar reverb pedals for every budget and type of guitar playing.
1. Holy Grail Reverb – You’ll pay a lot for the Holy Grail Reverb at about $120, but it lives up to its name, perfectly emulating the spring reverbs of all the old guitar greats. It even offers a flanged reverb and a reverb with an echo effect, multiple presets and control over decay time and other parameters, making it a great pedal for all guitarists but especially great for those who want to emulate some of the classic reverb sounds they’ve heard on older recordings.
2. Boss FDR-1 – I’ve always been a bit partial to Boss’s line of effect pedals, as they’re extremely well made, durable, and compact, making them a great choice if you use a lot of pedals. The FDR-1 strives to recreate the tone of a Fender ’65 amp’s reverb, and comes pretty close, with gain, treble, bass, and decay controls to give you a simple reverb pedal with a lot of versatility. Pairs great with tube amps.
3. Danelectro DSR1 Spring King Reverb – This Danelectro pedal isn’t compact at all, in fact, it’s a pretty huge device, but its retro looks make it an eye catcher on stage or in practice, and it sounds very close to an old ’50s spring reverb, so it’s a great choice for rockabilly or country guitarists. The controls are simple, with tone and a generic “reverb” control that adjusts decay, and while it may not be the most customizable pedal on the market, it’s got great classic reverb tone and it’s a lot of fun.
4. Fishman AFX Reverb – If you play an acoustic rather than an electric guitar, be sure to check out Fishman’s AFX Reverb Pedal, which is designed especially for acoustic instruments and provides 8 reverb presets, 32 bit processing, a level boost, and full control over volume and decay times. Its rugged all metal housing makes it extremely durable, and the tone is pretty much perfect for acoustic instruments with piezo pickup systems or installed after-market pickups.
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