If distortion is the number one effect in your arsenal, then reverb should be a close second. Reverb is the seasoning that takes your dry sound and brings it to life.
What is Reverb?
Reverb effects pedals simulate the natural reflections of sound from room surfaces giving the signal a more “live” effect. Reverb pedals allow you to adjust from the sound of a small room to a large hall and heavily used in surf guitar and rockabilly recordings. Many classic guitar amps included a spring reverb, which gave a great sound, but were troublesome particularly when the amp is jostled.
Top Reverb Pedals
Here are some of the top choices in Reverb pedals:
The Hotone Skyline Series VERB digital reverb pedal is ideal for creating warm echo tones. It is small and lightweight enough that it can literally live in a guitar case or bag.
The Hotone Skyline Series VERB simulates the reverb that naturally occurs from a small room to a large hall. The reverb is natural, smooth and musical. With the magic SHIM button you can hear a wispy shining reverb sound with rich overtones. The compact, easy-to-use design features a metal footswitch and analog-style parameter knob so you can really tweak your tone. With its pronounced LED, the VERB will shine bright on a live stage.
The Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max (pictured right) includes Spring, Hall, and Plate reverb effects, plus a Reverse reverb for the sonically adventurous. The Max’s multi-function control lets you adjust decay or reverse time.
Speaking of high end electronics, the DigiTech Hardwire RV-7 Stereo Reverb is one great choice in a reverb pedal. Lexicon is without question the greatest name in studio recording reverbs and the RV-7 gives you 7 great Lexicon reverbs including Hall, Studio, Plate and Spring.
In spite of its somewhat higher price, the Electro Harmonix Cathedral Reverb is one of the best-selling reverb effects on the market. True to its Cathedral name, the unit offers an infinite reverb setting along with 8 programmable reverb styles. You get Grail Spring, Accu Spring, Hall, Room, Plate, Reverse, Grail Flerb, and Echo effects, 24 bit analog to digital and digital to analog converters and much more.