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BOSS and Fender USA have collaborated to create the BOSS FRV-1 pedal, a stunning recreation of the legendary '63 Fender Reverb via COSM technology. T...Click To Read More About This Product

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A timeless classic reborn.

BOSS and Fender USA have collaborated to create the BOSS FRV-1 pedal, a stunning recreation of the legendary '63 Fender Reverb via COSM technology. The FRV-1 puts that timeless tube-driven reverb sound under your foot in a tough, reliable compact reverb pedal.

The Fender Spring Reverb is the sound that launched the surf-music phenomenon, and is a staple of rockabilly, country, and blues. Later, it became commonplace in grunge and other modern genres. Now the same legendary sound can be had in an affordable, rugged compact guitar effect pedal.

FEATURES
  • Recreates the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender Reverb via COSM technology
  • Easy operation with 3 classic controls for Dwell, Tone, and Mix for creating sounds from buttery warmth to sparkling twang
  • Cool, retro appearance
SPECIFICATIONS

FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
    Input Impedance: 1 mOhm
    Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
    Output Impedance: 1 kOhm
    Recommended Load Impedance: 10 kOhm or greater
    Power Supply: DC 9V: Dry battery 6F22 (9V) type (carbon)/Dry battery 6LR61 (9V) type (alkaline), AC Adaptor (PSA series: optional)
    Current Draw: 37 mA (DC 9V)
    Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: 10.5 hours. These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
    Dimensions: 2-3/8"H x 2-7/8"W x 5-1/8"D
    Weight: 15 oz. (including battery)
    Accessories: owner's manual, dry battery/9 V-type (6LR61)
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BossFRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (24)
  • Compact (17)
  • Responsive (16)
  • Good selection of effects (12)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great! (If you like real spring reverb)

Few musical instrument related products get the extreme "Its great" "Its terrible" contradictory reviews as the Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb. The reason for that is...Read complete review

Few musical instrument related products get the extreme "Its great" "Its terrible" contradictory reviews as the Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb. The reason for that is simple: It does just what it was designed to do and that means that some will love it and others won't like it at all. Let me explain...

Go back to the fifties when electric guitars were still something fairly new and guitarists had no electronic "reverb" at all. Only places had reverb.

Reverb is something created when a sound is produced in a place. When a person sings in the shower and it sounds SO GOOD that is because of the reverb. -The series of fast and quick echoes that merge together leaving a sonic trail behind each note sung, making it rich and full. Larger places also have reverb. A good concert hall for instance. Other places, also with "reverb" sound terrible. The echoes there garble the sound making it unpleasant and unclear.

The first reverb apart from the natural type that was made available to guitarists was something called "spring reverb." It created its sound trail cleverly by passing the vibration of the created musical sound (the plucked string or chord in the case of a guitar) into a spring, making it vibrate and pulse, then extracting a signal from the other end of the spring and mixing it in with the original, clear, sound of the instrument.

How 'hard' the spring was vibrated was called "dwell." A small vibration added a gentle trail, a stronger vibration a stronger one with greater duration (picture a spring vibrating and you'll get the picture!) and a REALLY strong kick get the spring making "boing boing" sounds.

How much of that sound, be it a smooth and gentle trail, or a loud, long enduring, mechanical "boing" is heard depends on how much of it is mixed in with the original sound. That is controlled by a knob called -- ready for this? -- "Mix." Add a typical tone control that adds or removes treble and you have the three controls on an early "spring reverb" (called a "tank" in the jargon of its heyday).

Later, when spring reverbs were built into guitar amplifiers, the controls were reduced to one simply called "reverb" that sort of combined the "Dwell" and "Mix" into one. Tone was controlled along with the rest of the signal by the amps tone controls.

In recent years spring reverb has been replaced in many amplifiers with a digital reverb. At first these digital recreations sounded artificial. Today they, in many cases, sound more like real, natural, room reverb that the old spring reverbs did. And that is the problem.

The fact is that old schoolers like the sound of those old spring reverbs. Much early rock, rockabilly and especially "surf" music got its distinctive sound from the slightly unnatural sound of real spring reverbs. The digital ones are too good. Too smooth. Too natural.

The Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb is designed to recreate (using digital modeling) the actual sound of one of those early spring reverbs. An actual "tank" - the type guitarists, starting back in 1963, might add to their system to get that special sound they had learned to love.

Does the Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb do what it is designed to do. Oh yes! The writer of this review used such reverbs starting back in 1963 -- playing (and recording) rock and "surf" music. To get that sound this pedal is IT.

But to someone who is used to smooth, natural "reverb" -- not the type created by a tank -- this pedal may sound absolutely terrible.

And that is really all it boils down to. Do you want the sound of real 1960s spring reverb? Or not. Do you know the difference?

The answer to those questions will decide whether you agree with this reviewer who gives the Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb five stars, or some of the others who think its a real stinker.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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Just played this pedal and it sounds great, just like the spring reverb, all the controls are responsive to each other, lots of room for various settings. Yes it is somewhat bright at...Read complete review

Just played this pedal and it sounds great, just like the spring reverb, all the controls are responsive to each other, lots of room for various settings. Yes it is somewhat bright at times. Yes it DOES take away from original tone, especially with overdrive which is why I didn't buy this pedal. On the clean channel it is very nice at first, then you notice the slight tone cut, then you notice the OD muddiness. I really want to like this pedal but in the end my tone is what is important to me. Maybe I would have some better luck putting it in an effect loop and letting my guitar signal be more up front like an original amp does. Overall, it sounds nice on clean, real crappy on OD. I'll just stick with my super reverb. Thanks.

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5.0

Does what it's supposed to; I would buy it again

By Decatur Slim

from Decatur, GA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I bought this pedal to add reverb to some of my amps, particularly my Vox mini practice amp. Now I can practice with a similar sound that I get out of my Blues Junior. I like the sound. The pedal does what I want it to do. It's a pricey option to add reverb to one amp, but it's a great product and I will use it for several amps.

     
    5.0

    Good reverb unit.

    By Michael N

    from Burbank' Ca

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Being a lover of the authentic spring reverb found in Fender amps, I was looking to add that sound to my current non-Fender combo amp. I'm happy. While it is not 100% perfect...it is about 99.9%.
      Some digital reverb leave that bad aftertaste in the sound similar to Sweet & Low or Aspertain...but not this unit...it's ok.

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By Gonzo

      from CA

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I own this and the tank reissue and this pedal is very close to identical. The tank is of course better, but not by much. This is certainly easier to carry as well. For a professional recording I would go with he tank, but even then you probably could get away with just using the pedal if you had no other choice. Its perfect for surf guitar.

         
        5.0

        Best thing short of a Fender tank!

        By ColoCOug

        from Fort Collins, CO

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        Pros

        • Classic Fender tank sound
        • Durable, built strongly
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I'm a bass player who loves playing surf. I have been through a string of reverb pedals, then this Boss pedal came out. The only Fender tank reverb sound I can't get out of this pedal is the "splat" you can get on a tank. Short of that, you will be able to get any level of reverb you need, and it will sound just like a classic Fender reverb tank from the 60's. In sound quality and bang for the buck, you cannot beat this pedal.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Realistic sounding spring reverb

          By Wayne

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Very real sounding reverb. Sensitive to attack--depending on you settings and how hard you hit the strings, you can crate some spring "boing" sounds. There is plenty of reverb to use, maybe even too much. I keep it set fairly low, but if you want some really heavy set to es, this pedal has enough in store.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this pedal!

          By Jeffrey

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          For the sound of a '63 tank, I don't think you'll find anything better for the price.

          (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not buy again

          By don't have one

          from GA

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

              sound is terrible

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would recommend this pedal!

              By Mye

              from Boston MA. area

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I play through several vintage amps which have no on board reverb. This reverb pedal sounds much like it's original counterpart, but very small. It sounds great.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Really did not like this reverb pedal.

                By Weedy

                from MENA

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                Pros

                • Compact Design

                Cons

                • Limited Selection Of Effects
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Not very nice at all. has a sweet spot where it sounds basically OK, however flexing the controls you get shrill / whistling sounds and not at all what it should be. Doesnt come close to the real thing and I doubt I will use it

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Saved My Amp

                  By Jesse Allen

                  from Palm Coast, Fl

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Realistic Reverb

                  Cons

                  • Not Yet

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I have an old vintage Peavey Classic VT circa 1970's that I modded out with a couple of Celestion Vintage 30's and some JJ's 6L6's.
                  The problem I was having was with the reverb....it would start "howling" at anything above 9 o'clock. I actually replaced the tank and though it did help it would continue to hum at low volumes. Unuseable.
                  So, I was faced with the problem of getting a different amp or just adding effects on the board while miking the amp. Decided to try this pedal as my last resort. Glad I did, though the pedal is not that cheap, it's cheaper than a new amp. The sound is amazingly accurate of the vintage Fender reverb units. So, as for now, I am a happy guy....saved my amp.

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