The Wampler Faux Spring Reverb Pedal is a straightforward effects pedal that does exactly what it says in the name: it emulates a spring reverb effect. Many older amps (and some newer ones) had spring reverb tanks built into them to help soften and sweeten the incoming signal from the guitar. These days, though, you’d be hard-pressed to find an amp with a true spring reverb tank; most of the amps with “reverb” settings on them are emulations, not true reverb. If your amp doesn’t have a reverb setting on it, then the Wampler Faux Spring Reverb is worth a look.
- Level – This controls how much of your dry signal is affected. If you turn this control all the way down, the Tone/Shade knob will have no effect on the signal.
- Depth – Just how far away are the faux-walls in your room of tone? Dialed down, this knob will ever so slightly sweeten your tone, perfect for arpeggiated chords. When cranked, it will give you that huge, open cathedral- or stadium-like tone.
- Tone/Shade – Depending on what version of the pedal you have, this knob will be labelled either “Tone” or “Shade.” They both do effectively the same thing: it controls the brightness of the wet signal. It’s worth noting that this knob will NOT EQ your dry signal; this affect will work best in conjunction with the other knobs.
True Bypass – When the pedal is off but still in the pedal chain, it will leave your dry signal unaffected – like the signal is continuing straight through another cable.
Maximum reverb time: 2.8 seconds
True Bypass – As previously stated, this pedal won’t affect your signal if you don’t want it to.
Dry Analog signal – Some emulators will convert your dry signal immediately before applying its effects, which can have frustrating consequences on the end result (namely, thin or weak sound). This pedal leaves your dry signal alone until you apply the effect.
Power Consumption – The Faux Reverb uses relatively little power, which means you’ll have plenty of juice for other pedals in your chain.
Emulation – Though the dry signal doesn’t get converted, this pedal has the word “Faux” in it for a reason. It is not a true spring reverb tank, and as the effect increases in its application, the digitized aspect becomes more noticeable on the high end. If you’re pushing your amp into overdrive, it might be best to tone the reverb down, as the tone will become a bit muddy.
Limited power option – The only power option is a 9V power jack much like the ones Boss is known for. There is no battery hookup inside, so make sure you have a solid power source handy.
Price – For being an emulator and not an actual reverb tank, this pedal is pricey. It is possible to find true reverb pedals out there for the same price, or pedals that can do the same thing as this one for less money. If you’re not buying this pedal used and in good condition, it’s a good idea to shop around.
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