Boss FRV-1 63 Fender Reverb Pedal (Discontinued)
It is always interesting when competing guitar gear manufacturers join forces, and one such cooperation, between Roland and Fender, resulted in a compact stompbox version of Fender's popular Fender Spring Reverb unit. The original tube driven spring reverb effect from Fender became a staple sound in surf, rockabilly, country, blues and even grunge, now the Boss FRV-1 makes this organic sounding reverb more reliable and accessible to guitar players world wide. Instead of having multiple modes, this pedal focuses squarely on its recreation of a '63 Fender Reverb tank, and it does so using COSM modeling technology. Controls for this pedal include knobs for adjusting the mix, dwell and tone.
- Reverb Types: 1963 Fender Spring Reverb
- Controls: Dwell, Tone, and Mixer
- Input: 1/4"
- Output: 1/4"
- Power: Power Supply or 9V battery
- Bypass Type: Buffered Bypass
- BOSS COSM DSP Technology
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 2.4" x 2.9" x 5.1"
- Weight: 1 lb
One user commented that the pedal transported him back to the '60s, and many others share the same sentiment, albeit worded differently. While it literally is a one trick pony, the trick that it does is what many guitarists have been looking for, as alluded to by the many raves about its impeccable recreation of old school surf rock style reverb. Even experienced users who own vintage Fender Reverb tanks were impressed by the analog vibe and overall quality of the effect. Other positive traits that were remarked on include its reliability, which is to be expected from Boss style stompboxes.
There are a some who found the features of the pedal to be lacking, considering that cheaper alternatives offer more control options and reverb types. There were a few who noted that this pedal did not work well with their dirt pedals, but this could be a tweaking matter rather than a quality issue.
Although this pedal is mainly available second hand these days, you can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Reverb Pedals for Guitar.