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Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal  

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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
 
4.7

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Compact (13)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (16)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Home studio (9)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), 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

     

    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

    A useful and musical pedal

    By lpdeluxe

    from Nacogdoches TX

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

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

      I bought this to complement my Fender '59 Bassman LTD amplifier. I play bass in a combo, using a Mesa/Boogie bass amp and the guitarist has been using the Bassman. He had been bringing his digital reverb pedal, but it was rather generic sounding. Last night we plugged in the Boss FRV-1 '63 Reverb pedal instead.

      The sound was a big improvement over the other pedal. Specifically, there was a wide variety of response from moving the three knobs around, from surfer boing to trebly snap to mellow ballad. During the evening's playing the tone controls on the amplifier were left untouched -- all of the sounds came out of the Boss.

      I also have a Floor Pod Plus with its array of reverbs and delays, but I prefer the Boss due to its natural sound and intuitive controls. I think the Floor Pod Plus sounds artifical in comparison and can sound "cartoony" with some of the selections, which of course can be useful in the right context. The Boss fits much better with the material we are doing.

      This is definitely a viable alternative to the much more expensive reissue Fender '63 Reverb, and it takes up much less space.

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      5.0

      Great reverb for amplified harmonica

      By Sonny Charles

      from Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Big Sound For Harp
      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Full Range Of Effects
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Looks Vintage
      • Responsive
      • Small Easy For Stage
      • Sounds Like Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great For Live Gigs
        • Perfect With Tweed Fender
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Sounds Authentic

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

        I've been looking for the perfect reverb unit to use with my vintage tweed Fender amps. I own an original fender spring reverb unit, but it's large and can make unwanted sounds on some stages. This newer version is very true to the original sound, but it's small , quiet, and very simple to use.

        I think it is perfect for harp players. It gets that big reverb sound like Little Walter used at Chess. No need for multiple functions. This baby nails the sound you want, and all you do is adjust for intensity. Sounds just as good with slight effects as it does opened up. I can't speak for the guitar guys out there, but for harp players , this is the one you're looking for!!!!

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        (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great! (If you like real spring reverb)

        By Duckman

        from Monadnock Region, New Hampshire

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Built like a tank
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • The Real Thing

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Surf

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

          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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          5.0

          Awesome Pedal!

          By Stu baby

          from El Paso, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            I have been a professional musician for 35 years. I have a Fender Bassman Ltd Reissue. Since this amp doesn't have reverb, this pedal just kills it! It sounds awesome and you would swear the spring is built into the amp! Very easy to use and sounds incredible. Don't waste your money on another reverb pedal if you want true spring reverb sound! Awesome!

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            5.0

            Sounds like the real thing, tour ready.

            By JUSTSOMEDUDE

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • No cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            I have used an original 63 verb unit for recording and this pedal sounds just about there. And no re-seating tubes every night at the venue!

            Very responsive, nice control set (like the original). I had it sounding like a 70's country record in about 10 seconds!

            I have also owned a EH Holy Grail, and this is similar but a bit more responsive and better spring sound.

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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!

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              FRV-1 63 Fender Reverb Guitart Pedal

              By Skip

              from Georges Mills, NH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Pedal

                By patt murphy

                from Florida

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                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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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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