Walrus Audio Mako Series R1 High-Fidelity Stereo Reverb review

The boutique pedal brand bolsters its compact Mako series with a fully featured reverb

Walrus Audio Mako R1
(Image: © Walrus Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

A compact yet versatile reverb offering the conventional alongside the esoteric with practical operation for onstage use.


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    The Mako layout rewards adventurous players.

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    Dual-footswitch layout makes for a powerful performance tool.

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    Superb build.

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    Presets, MIDI... High-quality sounds.


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Typically, you’d find elaborate graphic designs on Walrus Audio pedals, but its Mako series (the first of which, the D1 Delay, we recently reviewed) each feature a different and more plain metallic shade. 

The twin-footswitch Mako pedals are similar in size to a Boss compact pedal and have an array of six knobs and three mini-toggle switches, plus inputs that allow various combinations of mono and stereo use. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.