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The Best Boss Reverb Pedal: Digital Reverb RV-5 vs Fender Reverb FRV-1

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

The best Boss reverb pedal for you:

Deciding which boss reverb pedal is best for you is as simple as comparing their two most popular reverb effects pedals the Digital Reverb RV-5 and the Fender Reverb FRV-1. Boss has been manufacturing effects pedals for guitar players looking get that little "extra something" that their amps can't provide for over 35 years. Established in 1973, the first pedal ever released by Boss was the CE-1 chorus ensemble pedal which now goes for $200-300 on eBay and is still considered the "holy grail" of chorus pedals by many pro guitarists to this day. Since their inception Boss has released 16 delay and reverb pedals and are considered to be some of the best in the world.

What is a reverb pedal?

Reverb makes a guitar sound as if it was being played in a large auditorium or very a echoey room. It is more or less an ambiance effect that makes the dry signal of the guitar seem to boom. Most amplifiers have a reverb function built in, however a guitarist may want a secondary reverb effect in a stomp box for a variety of reason. Primarily the reason why you would want a reverb pedal is for the ability to turn it on and off. If reverb is only required for certain parts of a riff or solo, then going back to the amp and turning down the dial while playing live isn't very efficient. Put in pedal form, reverb can be turned on and off in real time while still continuing to play. Other reasons why you might additional or even different reverb effects pedals is because you might want a different type of reverb than your amp offers. Most amplifiers use a "spring" type reverb which can sound ringy and lo-fi. Different guitar pedal circuits simulate creating different types of reverb like room, hall, plate, or even reverse.

Boss Digital Reverb RV-5
Boss Digital Reverb RV-5:

If you want an all around feature packed digital reverb pedal, then the RV-5 is what you're looking for. It offers stereo output to use with other stereo effects, and combines six of bosses most popular reverb sounds into one pedal. Many of the sounds are modeled after some extremely high end Roland studio equipment. With simple manipulation of the effect level, tone and time, you can create endless custom reverbs. It's only downside is some people complain the sound is over digitized, but that what you expect from a digital reverb.

Boss FRV-1
Boss Fender Reverb FRV-1:

The Boss Fender FRV-1 is a reissue of the 1963 Fender Reverb amplifier spring reverb sound. It differs from the RV-5 in the sense that there are not as many options, but that's the point. It's purpose is to replicated the sound of a 1963 fender amp, and it does just that. Rather than spend $2000-3000 dollars on a vintage amp, Boss gives you that classic sound for just over $100 dollars. The FRV-1 delivers monster tube warmth and sound to a digital reverb pedal. It's setting are less customizable, however that is a small price to pay.

The best Boss reveb pedal:

That is something you have to decide for yourself. If you already have a great amp reverb sound, but just want more flexibility then the RV-5 is a great choice. However, if you are a seasoned guitarist looking to get that "sound" that you can't quite put your finger on, then the FRV-1 is probably something you should give a try. Either way, with their solid construction, killer sound, and reputation for being what the pros use, you are not going to be let down if you choose either of these pedals.




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Feb 1, 2016 6:24pm
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