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Overview

  • 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
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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
 

FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Compact (10)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Good selection of effects (8)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (11)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Beats boutique at half the price

    I've been playing guitar for almost 40 years, and have owned Fender amps with onboard spring reverb units. A few years ago, I acquired a couple of Egnater combos, which I absolutely...Read complete review

    I've been playing guitar for almost 40 years, and have owned Fender amps with onboard spring reverb units. A few years ago, I acquired a couple of Egnater combos, which I absolutely love. But neither had onboard reverb.

    I tried MANY boutique pedals that were supposed to accurately emulate the sound of a vintage Fender tank, and burned through over a thousand samolians experimenting and ultimately being disappointed.

    I bought this pedal because I figured that at the price and given the generally stellar reviews, why not? So I put aside my prejudice against Boss pedals (just don't like the way most of them sound), and placed my order.

    Dang, if this isn't the one I don't know what is. It not only captures the quirky sound characteristics of a Fender tank, it even responds like one (more funky noises and harmonics when you crank the dwell and dig in with your picking hand). It's perfect because it sounds imperfect, full of all sorts of ornery behavior that you not only expect from "the real thing," but that truly becomes the whole point of a spring tank.

    I gave this one "con" for its limited number of effects... but it's not really a con, because this pedal is only supposed to do one thing, and it does it brilliantly.

    I'm still prejudiced against Boss pedals, but I have two of these patched into the effects loop of my Egnaters, and they stay on all of the time. Boss knocked this one out of the park.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not so much a classic

    In the past 3 years I have owned 5 reverb pedals. Boss RV-5 / Electro Harmonix Holy Grail / Digitech Digiverb / Line 6 Verbzila / Boss FRV-1. I am a pedal...Read complete review

    In the past 3 years I have owned 5 reverb pedals. Boss RV-5 / Electro Harmonix Holy Grail / Digitech Digiverb / Line 6 Verbzila / Boss FRV-1. I am a pedal collector and I currently have 43 pedals all hooked up and sounding great. I KNOW PEDALS! I purchased the Boss FRV-1 bassed on adds and reviews from people. Heard a little bit of it on Youtube and bought it. I did not like it at all. It thinned out my sound (especial when using a distortion pedal). The Boss RV-5 to me is a much more superior pedal. Not only does the spring reverb setting sound fantastic, it sounds better than the pedal that had that effect as it's only setting. I eneded up selling the Boss FRV-5 pedal and I NEVER sell my pedals unless they don't sound good to me. Trust someone who lives for pedals (Me), don't buy this pedal, get any of the other above mentioned pedals and you will be much happier.

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    5.0

    FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects P

    By shlepakoff

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I have been obsessed with this box. It's a fantastic, sturdy build, and it records remarkably well. I have not done a one-to-one comparison with the real deal, but I bet very few people would be able to tell from listening to some of the tracks I've recorded whether it's the real spring or this COSM stompbox. Wait until it goes on sale and then make sure to grab one!

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      5.0

      FRV-1 63 Fender Reverb Guitart Pedal

      By Skip

      from Georges Mills, NH

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Replaces Amp Reverb

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

      The Reverb in the FRV-1 63 pedal dublicates the
      reverb in my 73 Fender Twin and 68 Fender Princeton. The pedal eliminates amp head noise
      caused by the amp's built-in reverb.
      The FRV-1 is a must have!

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      5.0

      frv-1 boss/fender

      By johnny laundry

      from providence, ri

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Best spring reverb pedal on the market. Surf's up.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Pedal

        By patt murphy

        from Florida

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • For Amps With No Reverb
        • Performances

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

        This in my opinion is the best pedal for recreating a true natural reverb sound. I checked out the reviews on You tube & was very impressed, so I bought one. It can go from a small room sound to a chain of Fender reverb tanks in series for the ultimate surf sound. Too many reverb pedals have that artificial digital sound of the eighties & nineties. This one can get the "Boing Boing" spring sound of the original tank. A++++

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        5.0

        I'm back in 1963

        By hineconsult

        from Tequesta, FL

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

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

          Growing up in Southern California in the 1950-60's I was a surfer and loved the early surf bands. Our band at the time used the 1963 Fender Reverb Unit and I have always disappointed that I couldn't find another reverb effect that came close to the original. Well I have one now and I love it. During our first gig I was able to stun the crowd with a sound most had never experienced with this great product. Well done!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          TOTALLY WORTHY UNIT

          By Lunk

          from Colorado Springs, CO

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Cool Looking
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Sturdy
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • anything
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I LOVE THIS THING. OMG IT SOUNDS SO AUTHENTIC. BUY IT IMMEDIATELY IF YOU WANT A GREAT REVERB WITH WICKED CHARACTER!

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          5.0

          exceeds expectations

          By Oldenkrusty

          from Austin tx

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I purchased the FRV-1 as a reverb solution for an Egnater Tweaker 40 amp which does not have onboard reverb. While I have a reverb effect in my current pedalboard (boss me-50), none of the presets were to my liking. While a stand alone '63 reissue fender tube reverb unit was out of reach financially, I was convinced there had to be a solution. I remembered seeing a youtube demo clip of the amp when I was researching amps that appeared to have this unit running through the effects loop. I began researching this pedal in earnest and found the majority of reviews favorable. I purchased the pedal and was thrilled that it exceeded expectations. It took about 40 seconds to dial in the sound I was after and it really rounded out the sound of the amp nicely. Is it identical to the product it models? No. Does it do a great job of emanating the characteristics of a Fender reverb sound? Absolutely. It captures the attack and resonance of the spring as good if not better than anything else I have tried. I have used Boss pedals since their introduction in the '70s and have never had a Boss pedal fail - or at least never had one fail without my help. Like all things musical, this is subjective and I am the first to admit I am narrow minded and opinionated, but this pedal was definitely the correct choice for my rig and application.

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            5.0

            Like it, Love it, Want some more of it

            By Charlie

            from Fort Collins, CO

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            Pros

            • Doesn't Sound Digitalized
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Sounds Like Fender Reverb

            Cons

            • Limited Selection Of Effects
            • Not Responsive

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            This sounds like actual Fender reverb, much better than many other reverb pedals that I've tried, which sound very digital and fake. I run my guitar through 2 amps at the same time, one clean and one dirty, but the Fender Supersonic half stack doesn't have reverb (they put it in the combos, but for some reason they don't put it in the heads), and the other amp is a Fender Twin combo, which has that beautiful Fender spring reverb. Reverb is the only effect that I use, so when I run a reverb pedal into the Supersonic I'm listening to the Twin's spring reverb at the the same time, and they all just sounded like trash in comparison. Not this one. This sounds just as good as the Twin. I tried it in the store through a Supersonic combo and went back and forth between the built in spring reverb and the reverb pedal, and I honestly liked the sound of the pedal better (but I don't think that the Supersonic's reverb sounded all that great compared to some other Fender amps). I also tried the other Boss/Fender reverb pedal, and it sounded just as good, maybe not quite as full though, and it comes with some other stuff, like tremolo, which I wouldn't ever use which is why I got this one. If you like that stuff, check that pedal out. Both of them are great sounding pedals. Either one sounds head and shoulders above any other reverb pedals I've tried. I've been messing around with it tonight, and the only complaint I have is that it can put out a lot of reverb, so dialing it back without losing all of the effect (I just like a bit of reverb) can be a little tricky. Other than that, it's been great.

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            5.0

            Old School

            By B. Brazil

            from St. Louis Mo.

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances

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

              This sounds wonderful, warm, and old school. To my ears, it sounds better with a clean tone. It is a great pedal for old school blues. The sound takes me back to when I was first learning how to play. I use to crank up the reverb on my grandfather's old Fender tube amp.

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              5.0

              AWESOME KEEPER

              By The Clapper

              from Pittsburgh, PA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I split my bass signal into two ACOUSTIC amps, using the one for top-end and FX: the other for traditional bass & Bottom, mixing them in real-time with 2-Dunlop volume pedals.I also play my guitar through the system. I run the Boss '63 Fender Reverb for both instruments, using the same settings. I LOVE IT! It's exactly what I was looking for!The unit is well-built and sharp-looking with a nice feel to it. The only other FX I use is a Dunlop Cry-Baby. I like things simple, quiet, and trustworthy: The Boss unit floats my boat!

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