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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. 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.

A timeless classic reborn.

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 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Compact (16)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), 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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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

I would recommend this pedal!

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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.

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    1.0

    Really did not like this reverb pedal.

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    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

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      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

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      from Tulsa, OK

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      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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A useful and musical pedal

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          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 

            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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              5.0

              Great! (If you like real spring reverb)

              By 

              from Monadnock Region, New Hampshire

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              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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Pedal!

                By 

                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 

                  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 

                  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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