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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...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (21)
  • Compact (16)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), 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

Best thing short of a Fender tank!

By ColoCOug

from Fort Collins, CO

About Me Experienced

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.

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    4.0

    Realistic sounding spring reverb

    By Wayne

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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    5.0

    Love this pedal!

    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.

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    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not buy again

    By don't have one

    from GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

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

        sound is terrible

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would recommend this pedal!

        By Mye

        from Boston MA. area

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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          1.0

          Really did not like this reverb pedal.

          By Weedy

          from MENA

          About Me Experienced

          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

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            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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            5.0

            Does what it says

            By Wayne

            from Tulsa, OK

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                It does what it says! It has good tonal effect and tons of range. I started using this stomp box instead of a Fender Tube amp at church. I have been very happy. If you can't get this to do what you want, you may not fully get what reverb is supposed to be. This was a good purchase.

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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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