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Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal  

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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 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 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 (17)
  • Compact (12)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (15)
    • Home studio (9)
    • Amateur recording (8)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), 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

    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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      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great! (If you like real spring reverb)

      By Duckman

      from Monadnock Region, New Hampshire

      About Me Experienced

      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!

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            (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!

            Comment on this review

            (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

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              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!

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                TOTALLY WORTHY UNIT

                By Lunk

                from Colorado Springs, CO

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                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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