Reverb Pedal Reviews

Independent reviews of all the best reverb pedals.


Holy Grail Nano Reverb

Electro-Harmonix’s Holy Grail reverb is easily one of the simplest reverb pedals on the market. With only a single knob and a miniature switch on its face, this pedal is extremely easy to use. The knob is labeled “reverb,” and it seems to function much like the reverb knob on an old Fender amp or the mix knob on a spring reverb unit. Next to the reverb knob is a three-position switch for selecting the different reverb modes.

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TC Electronic NR-1 Nova Reverb

The TC Electronics NR-1 is the most expensive reverb pedal on the market. It is also the best, most indestructible, most customizable of all reverb pedals. Where to start? First of all, the NR-1 has stereo in/out, 5 studio-quality stereo reverb types, 2 switchable settings (manual and preset, so you never lose the preset sounds) and DynaMix dynamic ducking reverb. There’s adjustable delay length, pre-delay, color (tone from low to hi).

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Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb

Electro-Harmonix’s Cathedral Stereo Reverb is the most divine reverb pedal ever created. The most elegantly-constructed, most customizable, most ethereal-sounding reverb unit on the market, it’s more expensive than the smaller reverb pedals, but offers way more bombast for your creativity and way more bang for your buck!

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Digitech Digiverb Digital Reverb

DigiTech’s DigiVerb (really, could there be a lamer, worse-sounding name?) Digital Reverb Pedal is similar in design and function to the Boss RV-7 reverb unit. But the DigiVerb model is the runt of this litter. It also has some key features missing, such as true bypass, and the anti-clipping circuit. Also there is no modulated reverb.

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DigiTech RV-7 Hardwire Reverb

The DigiTech RV-7 is DigiTech’s answer to the Boss RV-5. It’s a reverb pedal with many of the same features, and settings. But the RV-7 does have its own distinct differences. First of all, the RV-7 has true bypass. Which means you keep the power of your original signal and tone, when the pedal is switched off.

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Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb

The Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb is an industrial-strength stereo-effects pedal. One of the most versatile digital reverb boxes this reviewer has ever tested, it has 6 different Modes (Spring, Plate, Hall, Room, Gate, and Modulate) that are selectable by the Mode knob. It also has knobs for Level, Tone, and Time. The RV-5 features stereo input and output, an option that’s cool as all hell, as you can use it in line after a stereo effects unit, including a synth or keyboard.

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Boss FRV-1 ’63 Fender Reverb

The FRV-1 Fender Reverb pedal does a majorly kick-ass job of digitally-emulating an original 1963 Fender Spring Reverb unit. The FRV-1 has three knobs: Mixer (the volume-level of reverb in the mix), Tone (from dark and ambient to super-bright), and Dwell (delay time of the reverb). Its settings allow the user to magically emulate the classic guitar sound created by Fender’s ‘63 tube-driven spring reverb unit, the sound that defined surf rock in the early-sixties.

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Electro-Harmonix Holier Grail Reverb

As of this date, the Electro-Harmonix Holier Grail Reverb pedal has been discontinued. It was the top-of-the-line EH reverb pedal, before the Cathedral. But the Holier Grail has some cool features, that were left off the Cathedral... One missing feature from the Cathedral is dynamic ducking. The Holier Grail has it, along with mono in/out. It also has a reverb-only out, which is unusual and pretty awesome.

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Electro-Harmonix XO Holy Grail Plus Reverb

Electro-Harmonix’s Holy Grail Plus is the middleground pedal in the EH line. It’s the bridge between their renowned Holy Grail, and the mind-blowing and majestic Cathedral. The Holy Grail Plus adds a Room setting to the mix. It sounds so incredible, so full-bodied and graceful, you’ll wish you had another pair of ears.

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