Five Ways to Use a Reverb Pedal

How to Use a Reverb PedalWhen your pedalboard real estate is limited, adding a reverb pedal might seem like the last thing you want to do. After all, it’s just a replication of something the room will do for you anyway, right? Well, reverbs can serve more like effects too, and sometimes the natural reverb of a particular room just sucks. Here are five ways to get the most out of a reverb pedal:

1. Fix a Room

If the room you’re playing in is dead or unpleasantly colors your tone, a great reverb pedal can be a lifesaver. Reverbs fill the void left by a dead room, and if the pedal has a hi-cut knob or a tone control, it gives you the ability to neutralize shrill overtones.

2. Use it Subtly

Adding just a touch of reverb can bring a dry, unimpressive tone to life. For electric players, it gives each note a little “safety net” and some extra perceived sustain, and for acoustic guitarists a subtle splash can add some much-needed depth.

3. Modulate Your Reverb

Pedals like the Boss RV-5 can add modulation to your reverb, making the reverb more than just an ambience-builder. Modulated reverbs still build ambience, but in a more other-wordly, ethereal fashion.

4. Incorporate Spring Reverb

For a surf-inspired or borderline psychedelic sound, spring reverb capable pedals (like the legendary Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail range, like the Holy Grail Nano or Holy Grail Plus) offer a more unique way to add sustain to your sound.

5. Create a Sense of Depth

Modern reverb pedals can mimic the tone of a beautifully tuned room as well as they can fix one that sucks. Find a mono pedal with a pre-delay knob or a tone control and you can tune it to create a realistic sense of depth.

There’s much more to reverbs than you might think, so dust off your reverb and get creative!

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