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Wet 'N Wild: Five Essential Guitar Reverb Pedals

Wet 'N Wild: Five Essential Guitar Reverb Pedals

You don't have to be surf-rock legend Dick Dale to appreciate a touch of reverb on your guitar's signal.

Even a smattering of the 'verb adds character and generally makes things sound warmer, friendlier and twangier, all while fooling your poor brain into thinking you're rocking out in a fan-packed stadium.

And if you've got the hankerin' for reverb — and something in the ballpark of $200 — you can try and buy a ridiculous number of pedals that supply you with every variation, from plate to gate, from room to hall, and of course, the most legendary of them all, spring. Yes, majestic spring reverb — that fat, wet tone that makes your mouth water just thinking about it.

Here's a list of five of our favorite reverb pedals. Like last week's gear feature, this list was compiled by a group of Guitar World staffers, including Technical Editor Paul Riario. As always, these five pedals are presented in no particular order.

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb

Boss has been making top-notch, user-friendly, road-worthy reverb pedals (and pretty much every other kind of effect) for many years, so there was bound to be some form of Boss presence on this short list.

The model we’ve decided to go with is the recently introduced FRV-1, which was created by Boss and Fender in an attempt to reproduce the sound of an original 1963 Fender Tube Reverb unit (known in surf-rock and rockabilly circles as a reverb tank).

Like the Wampler pedal on this list (It's a few pedals down), the FRV-1 does a damn fine job. It even offers the same controls as an actual '63 Fender Tube Reverb: Dwell, Tone and Mix knobs let you dial in everything from buttery warmth to serious sparkling twang. And while we’re stopping way short of saying the pedals’ looks have anything to do with our choice, we do love the vintage-brown, retro appearance of the FRV-1.

Once again, this is a Boss pedal, so it can take a licking — plus it’s a lot easier to carry in your gig bag than an actual reverb tank. It’s a lot more affordable too. Please enjoy the gigantic photo below.

MSRP: $222.50 | Buy at Amazon

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