When looking for the best reverb pedal to add to your setup, you need to keep a few things in mind. Price, Quality and Budget can all play a big factor in your decision. Check out below for a table that we’ve constructed which lists some of the best reviewed and proven reverb pedals available on the market.
Best Reverb Pedal List
|TC Electronics TonePrint Hall of Fame Reverb||$$$||4.7||Click Here for Review|
|Boss FRV-1 ’63 Fender Reverb||$$$||4.6||Click Here for Review|
|EHX Cathedral Stereo Reverb||$$$$||4.4||Click Here for Review|
|Digitech RV-7 Hardwire Stereo Reverb||$$$||4.2||Click Here for Review|
|Wampler Faux Spring Reverb Pedal||$$$$||3.8||Click Here for Review|
$ – Under $50
$$ – $50-$135
$$$ – $135-$200
$$$$ – Over $200
What is a Reverb Pedal?
Reverb (short for “reverberation”) is, at its essence, a multiple-variation short-term delay effect. It comes from the natural echoes experienced from sound reflecting off surfaces; you hear the original signal first, then all the little echoes of that signal that bounced off various surfaces in a given area. Think of how your voice sounds outside, then imagine what it sounds like inside an auditorium or a castle. That change in your ears’ perception of your voice is the cause of a natural reverberation effect.
Reverb is more than just a simple, straightforward echo. The surface a sound reflects off has an effect on the bounced sound wave, too. Many reverb effects in studios use different surfaces, rooms, and boxes to achieve different types of reverb. Reverb pedals like “hall” and “echo” are designed to emulate large rooms. That’s why you’ll see pedals with names like “Cathedral” and “Holy Grail” – large church buildings and ancient structures make for very distinct reverb effects. “Plate” and “spring” pedals, however, are modeled after a type of effect which utilizes metal pieces inside a box to create a distinct metallic reverberation. You can even find spring reverb tanks built into many tube amps.
Digital and Analog
Most reverb pedals are digital models of the real thing; it’s hard to find enough space on a pedalboard to fit an entire reverb tank, and they aren’t exactly the most portable equipment to handle. For true analog reverb, a studio or an amp with a built-in tank is the easiest route. That being said, it isn’t impossible to find a good analog reverb pedal. The technology today also makes most digital reverb pedals nearly identical to their analog counterparts. Digital reverbs also have the added bonus of combining multiple effects in a smaller box, allowing guitarists (and vocalists) to achieve some beautiful sweetness without locking themselves in a tiled room.