• Amazon: DigiTech RV-7 Hardwire Reverb
• Pros: A versatile pedal, with true bypass, and some decent sounds.
• Cons: Some sounds are dicey, and lag behind in the quality department. Also expensive.
• Overall: Not a bad pedal overall. Just not particularly impressive.
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. It has knobs for Level, Liveliness (allowing you to adjust the tone from dark to bright), Decay, and a Mode knob. Mode contains 7 reverb types: Hall, Spring, Room, Plate, Reverse, Modulated, and Gated. Room can be a bit bright; but if you roll back on the Liveliness knob it sounds decent. Reverse is a very tasty mode, creating a strange backwards, spacey effect that’s fun to play with. Modulated puts a modulation on just the reverb, and creates a more dreamy, textural reverb tone. Gated sounds cool, but it doesn’t have the same punch as the Boss RV-5. Hall is killer; a fantastic sound with very long decay, very natural as far as stompboxes go. Spring sounds somewhat less artificial than the RV-5, but still too digital. It’s hard to find a pedal that can digitally emulate a spring unit.
There is also special circuitry that allows for more clean headroom within the pedal, so even with high output pickups the RV-7 won’t clip, or overload, which is a great feature, and an essential for any guitarist using high-gain pickups. The DigiTech RV-7 ain’t the penthouse of reverb pedals. But even down in the basement, there’s a worthy little pedal that will kick your butt.
Amazon: DigiTech RV-7 Hardwire Reverb