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Reverb Pedal

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Best Reverb pedal is the footswitch that comes with the Little Kahuna.

– Billy Zoom

No doubt Billy! No doubt. Unfortunately, that Little Kahuna footswitch demands some relatively big bucks before one can enjoy the supreme pleasure of stomping on it. Some day though...

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If you can put up with the digital teeth.....like a really fast delay...the Boss fender63 pedal works great and has a surfy drip. AND it works well when backed off for a bit of reverb ambience, not just a one trick surf sound. Affordable and under estimated. Big boxes, tubes and springs like Billy's are preferable of course!

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If you can put up with the digital teeth.....like a really fast delay...the Boss fender63 pedal works great and has a surfy drip. AND it works well when backed off for a bit of reverb ambience, not just a one trick surf sound. Affordable and under estimated. Big boxes, tubes and springs like Billy's are preferable of course!

– Vince_Ray

are you ok though w that pedal turning your signal into 1's and 0's?

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Yep. Sounds great

– Vince_Ray

Prayer candles have been lit and hail mary's thrown!

in any case text me, we should talk.. Jr Barnyard is about to go coal mining. I've been hanging around Kid Ramos and the Memphis kings now and then, and last week over Cochinita Pibil and Fat Tire Amber ale, I was watching Kid Ramos running his Harmony w P13s into my nocturne F-bomb out to a silvertone head and tweed fender cab. The lights went on about his WC hollowbody w verb tone.. "aint surfy, aint hipster stalagmite caverns.. I want THAT haunted reverb dynamic Kid gets when he hits the strings hard or digs into a passing chord, otherwise it doesnt really speak out ..just sits there w a bit of dimension" Reminds me of walking into the mouth of the mining tunnels at calico ghost town when your talking and then all of a sudden your voice feels a bit stereo like and if you laugh or sniffle too hard theres that ambient "Whack" that hits the walls and travels away from you.. Dig what I'm layin down here sorta? Dirty clean octal tube, kinda overheated valco amp w a bad reverb tank on one rusty spring? I dont know what I'm talking about but I my ears do and this pedal will do the dooo

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Don't knock it 'till ya try it. I've been using outboard tube reverb for many years...currently a '70s Fender silverface unit that is really killer. If I don't feel like schlepping it to rehearsal, short set festival thing, or a small pickup gig, this pedal suits me fine. I guess the caveat is, I'm a Blues player and not a big reverb user. I never turn it off, but I just use it to create some girth (I guess)...I only set it on drench once or twice a night. Once I mistakenly had the pedal cranked up too much at a festival(you know...10 minute quickie set up between bands), then hit a boost and really pushed it. After our set, the sound guy came running up to the stage to check my pedals because he wanted to know what pedal I was using that sounded so killer even when using so much. I also learned what order to put boost and reverb on a pedal board that day! I'm not super fluent in pedalese. Generally amp, reverb unit and a cable to connect them.

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Thinking on Kid Ramos ... incredibly tasteful player. His reverb sound sets a standard, is always on my mind. Seemed the only way to get somewhere like that tonally is outboard reverb. The exception I've found is the Topanga. It's all in the tone knob on that pedal, and a extra touch of volume.

I ran mine at 18 volts, but somehow prefer it at 9. With the volume at 10 oclock, tone down there or just a bit higher, it's one type of reverb. (I like the dwell at 1 oclock, mix at noon.) Turn the tone knob to 2 oclock or so, up the volume a touch, it gets to that driven, cutting through outboard sound I hear from the Kid. Very cool pedal.

MD

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Hi guys,

I searched the forum for some tips on a reverb pedal, and this topic showed up. You guys have been most helpful in the past, so here I go again:

I played at a friend's funeral last week. He was a big fan of instrumentals, especially the Shadows and Duane Eddy. So I was asked to play Theme From the Deer Hunter, with a backing track (would've been amazing to have the organ accompany me, but we chose the easiest solution). In church, I got a really ear pinching high-pitch feedback. And as I leaned down to adjust the pedals, I could hear voices coming form my amp. It was a conversation between the priest and somebody else, picked up by the wireless microphone by the pulpit, in turn picked up by my guitar (a Fender Strat, of course - an '82 "Dan Smith" if it matters).

After a little bit of investigating, the sinner (see what I did there?) turned out to be my Boss FRV-1 reverb pedal. Turning the tone knob counterclockwise helped a bit as far as the feedback goes, but the voices were still there. The 4 and 2 positions actually made it worse, so I guess they weren't wired to be noise/hum cancelling back then. The Boss is the only pedal I have that isn't true bypass, so I ended up taking it out of the chain entirely, and the problems kinda disappeared.

I probably won't play another funeral ever again, but at work (the local art center) we've experienced problems with digital effect pedals interfering with the hearing aid loop in the auditorium. Is there a pedal out there that would be a better option as far as "reverb tank" sound goes? There probably isn't a analogue reverb pedal, but I'm not gonna start lugging an actual Fender box to gigs. Am I lazy? Yup. I'm sure there MUST be a pedal that would do what the Boss does, without picking up radio signals and creating feedback. None of my amps have reverb (Supro Coronado, Fender 6G6-B, Vox AC30, Skau), so I kinda need something...

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Anders

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Anders, this sounds like it was an induction hearing loop being picked up by the single coil pickups.

Sorry it made an already emotional occasion stressful for you.

http://www.ampetronic.co/He...

I frequently experience this phenomenon in theatres where a hearing loop is fitted and request that it is switched off. The symptoms- feedback when the guitar is at full volume, increased background interference and voices through the signal chain instantly clear when the loop is disengaged. I think it highly unlikely that your reverb is at fault, as it is adding effect to the guitar signal which now contains the voices and other radio artefacts and exaggerating them through its circuitry.

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Analog reverb pedal you say? Ever hear of the SurfyBear? It's a JFET-powered 6G15 unit, available pre-made or kit form. The kit form can be built for under $100 (you have to source just a few items). Sounds and works almost exactly like a Fender reverb tank.

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Planning a surfy bear build here too. Can’t decide on the box though, and that’s part of the fun!

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Planning a surfy bear build here too. Can’t decide on the box though, and that’s part of the fun!

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Planning a surfy bear build here too. Can’t decide on the box though, and that’s part of the fun!

– Vince_Ray

I’ve been wanting to do that put the electronics in a MXR sized box and put the tank underneath the pedalboard

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I’ve been wanting to do that put the electronics in a MXR sized box and put the tank underneath the pedalboard

– Johnny_Atomic

You might want to reconsider that, you'll get the reverb crash every time you stomp on a pedal.

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Anders, this sounds like it was an induction hearing loop being picked up by the single coil pickups.

Sorry it made an already emotional occasion stressful for you.

http://www.ampetronic.co/He...

I frequently experience this phenomenon in theatres where a hearing loop is fitted and request that it is switched off. The symptoms- feedback when the guitar is at full volume, increased background interference and voices through the signal chain instantly clear when the loop is disengaged. I think it highly unlikely that your reverb is at fault, as it is adding effect to the guitar signal which now contains the voices and other radio artefacts and exaggerating them through its circuitry.

– ade

Thanks, ade!

I also thought the induction loop was (at least part of) the problem, that's why I found it a bit weird that removing the pedal from the signal chain took away the feedback. Thus, I thought that replacing a digital pedal (my only one) with an analogue one, would prevent similar occasions in the future.

I looked at the Surfy Bear, and although it's kinda what I was asking for, it would be too big for my pedal board. Plus the spring would probably be "splashing" whenever I stomped on another pedal. We don't really play Wipe Out that much... ;)

Anders

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You might want to reconsider that, you'll get the reverb crash every time you stomp on a pedal.

– FritzTheCat

Depends on how you mount it. But yes most definitely a concern and something that will require some trial and error.


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