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The FRV-1 Fender Reverb pedal does a remarkable job of digitally-emulating an original 1963 Fender Spring Reverb unit. The FRV-1 has three knobs: Mixer (the volume-level of reverb in the mix), Tone (from dark and ambient to super-bright), and Dwell (delay time of the reverb). Its settings allow the user to magically emulate the classic guitar sound created by Fender’s ‘63 tube-driven spring reverb unit, the sound that deﬁned surf rock in the early-sixties.
Electro-Harmonix’s Holy Grail reverb is easily one of the simplest reverb pedals on the market. With only a single knob and a miniature switch on its face, this pedal is extremely easy to use. The knob is labeled “reverb,” and it seems to function much like the reverb knob on an old Fender amp or the mix knob on a spring reverb unit. Next to the reverb knob is a three-position switch for selecting the different reverb modes. The Holy Grail offers settings meant to emulate spring reverb and the reverb of a large concert hall, and a very strange and idiosyncratic “flerb” setting.