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DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal  

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    World-class Lexicon reverbs and innovative features.

    The DigiTech RV-7 is a reverb pedal with innovative features like Liveliness Control. Add world-class Lexicon reverbs like room, plate, reverse, spring, modulated, gated, and hall, and this HardWire Series DigiTech pedal is in a class all its own.

    The DigiTech HardWire pedal series represents DigiTech's commitment to quality and attention to subtle details. In addition to technical enhancements like true bypass and high-voltage operation, all DigiTech HardWire effects pedals feature rugged, all-metal construction, a wide, stage-stable footprint, durable, custom-machined metal knobs for a sure grip, and precision potentiometers that guarantee knob positions will stay intact.

    The rugged, durable construction of DigiTech Extreme Performance pedals is just the beginning. Inside each HardWire pedal are technological features that serious players require—all updated and improved to their utmost capacity. True bypass preserves the purity of your original tone as signal passes through the pedal, and high-voltage operation further protects your sound by eliminating clipping and other signal degradation caused by power drain.

    With the high-output pickups found on some electric guitars, it's not unusual to hear clipping when playing through an effects pedal. This occurs when the voltage range produced by a guitar's pickup is greater than the operating voltage of the effects pedal—normally limited to the voltage supplied by the effect's battery or power supply. DigiTech HardWire pedals incorporate circuitry that increases the operating voltage headroom above that of the typical effects pedal. As such, DigiTech HardWire pedals benefit a wider range of guitars and are also at home in an amplifier's effects loop.

    HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories:
    Stomplock™ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
    Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
    Custom-cut Hook and Loop Pedalboard Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard

    Features
    • True Hardwire bypass
    • Constant high-voltage rails
    • 7 Lexicon reverbs (room, hall, plate, gated, reverse, modulated, and spring)
    • Indicator LED
    • Stereo 1/4" inputs/outputs
    • 9V DC battery operation
    • Optional PS200R adapter compatible
    HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories:
    • Stomplock™ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
    • Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting

    Order today and have a pedal that performs to perfection.

     
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    DigiTechHardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.5

    (based on 23 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good selection of effects (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Performances (3)
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        • Experienced (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Killer Spring Emulation!!!

      I bough this pedal because I really liked the spring reverb emulation. Sure it's got all kinds of cool halls and modulated and reverse reverbs (Reverse is a pretty cool toy), but when...Read complete review

      I bough this pedal because I really liked the spring reverb emulation. Sure it's got all kinds of cool halls and modulated and reverse reverbs (Reverse is a pretty cool toy), but when it comes down to it, if you mount this to a pedalboard, you're only going to use one setting. (stomplock device ROCKS for this BTW!!!) For me I like spring reverbs and have been disappointed with newer amps running digital reverbs that sound like $#!*. So I went to my local shop and was able to demo the RV-7 in the FX loop of a Fender Hot Rod Deville. Basically I did an A/B comparison of the built-in reverb tank vs. the pedal. I actually managed to get the pedal to sound just like the real reverb on the amp!! This thing sounds just as lively and drippy and wet as a real accutronics reverb tank. I was blown away! So I bought it right then and there (no offense to Musician's Friend).I got it home and installed the included velcro pad (You DO have to REMOVE THE RUBBER PAD FIRST!!) and stuck it to my board. I think it is awesome the Hardwire (or is it digitech???) thought to include these accessories for the gigging musician. It also comes with a glow-in-the-dark sticker for the face of the stomp switch (if you've ever played gigs where it gets dark between songs you'll appreciate this, trust me!)Bottom line = great sounding pedal, top notch reverbs. Excellent Spring Reverb Emulation. Excellent Buy.

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      If you mic your amp, you wont like this pedal.

      I bought this pedal after reading all the great reviews. This pedal is billed as true bypass. My definition of true bypass is that none of pedal circuitry should enter the signal path when...Read complete review

      I bought this pedal after reading all the great reviews. This pedal is billed as true bypass. My definition of true bypass is that none of pedal circuitry should enter the signal path when the pedal is disengaged. I tried two of these pedals and they both exhibited similar problems. There is an internal switch to enable true bypass. Yet, there is audible noise that comes through when the effect is not engaged and the true bypass mode is selected. When the pedal is engaged it is noisy also. If you mic your amps, this noise will be heard by the audience when you are not actually playing. Even disengaging the pedal won't get rid of it. This is not true bypass, at least by my definition. Now for the not so bad part. The reverb sounds very good. So, in conclusion, if you don't mic your amps, you may like this pedal. If you do mic your amps, you will hear noise through your PA. Your sound man will not be a happy camper. Recording ? Don't even think about it. Sorry, this may be the only negative review of this pedal, but I tried two and both exhibited similar problems. Thank goodness I purchased through Musician's Friend. They were great about the return.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Disappointing

      By KirkL

      from Illinois

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal provided some effects that sounded reasonably natural and appeared to be very sturdy. However, my sample had three defects: the foot switch had to be pressed repeatedly to work, the sound would cut out on the Plate setting, and Reverse did nothing other than add a slight delay. Also, Hall and Spring were too harsh to use regardless of the Liveliness setting.

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        5.0

        Lexicon in a pedal !!!!!

        By DobroDave

        from North Carolina

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Great Selection Of Reverb
        • Sounds Awesome
        • True Lexicon Reverbs

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Use With No Fx Amps

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Having a 64 Princeton, I have always wanted to add a good reverb. After listening to the RV-7 you-tube sound demos, I was sold on hearing the first chord. This pedal works GREAT, zero noise, good rich reverb to add depth and fullness to my sound. The reverb is indeed Lexicon as this HardWire pedal and Lexicon are both owned by Harman Co. I have also used the RV-7 on several other amps including a Fender Bassman reissue. Sounds GREAT. For me, I use one of the 7 reverbs available, however the balance of the reverbs sound great for the particular style/sound may be needed. I do very few reviews, but I thought this product warrants my comments. Been pickin for over 40 years. I highly recommend the RV-7.....

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        4.0

        Digitech Hardwire RV-7 Reverb pedal

        By shookzilla

        from Minneapolis, MN

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Lexicon Reverb Models
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Infinite Decay Time

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I'm not a huge reverb guy, and I absolutely hate spring reverb ... one of my least favorite effects as, to me, it sounds more like an effect than natural reverb.

        In looking for a non-rack reverb pedal that provided realistic, natural-sounding reverbs that were rack/studio quality, I originally bought the T-Rex Roommate. Nice, but not quite what I wanted.

        I did some research and while initially skeptical of a Digitech product (several of their past products have been very cheap in sound and build quality), I narrowed down my decision to the Digitech RV-7 and the TC Electronic Hall of Fame. From reviews, both great pedals. However, I've always wanted to own a Lexicon rack unit, so ... the Lexicon reverb models, along with the price, made the RV-7 win out.

        When I got the pedal, I was shocked ... the build quality of this thing is top notch. Metal case and footswitch, metal knobs that click with every fraction of a turn, and ... Digitech really thought out their marketing ... the pedal also comes with a pre-sized velcro back pad, a glow-in-the-dark sticker for the footswitch, and a "stomp lock" which is a rubber cover for the knobs if you intend to "set it and forget it." This pedal is easily as durable (if not more) as the classic Boss pedal design, yet includes true bypass (relay switching) or an internally switchable buffer for retaining the reverb tails after bypass.

        The sound quality is really top notch, and again ... surprising. My favorite setting is the Room reverb set very subtly. Just adds a bit of ambiance and space to a single-channel amp. I also like the modulated and hall settings with the level and decay maxed. Very large, spacey, shimmery sounds, especially with modulation. The great thing is, even with the level and decay maxed, the original signal is not lost, washed out, or over-powered. You original notes are always prominent.

        My one complaint with the pedal is that with the decay maxed, it does not approach infinite decay ... so the whole spacey thing only lasts so long. However ... overall, the sound quality of the reverbs and build quality of the pedal are top notch (not to mention the features are pretty inclusive, and as much reverb as most people will ever need).

        While I'm sure the TC Electronic Hall of Fame and Arena pedals are great, I like simplistic pedals, and ... the price of the RV-7 is hard to beat. If I were to step up my reverb pedal I'd probably go past the TC and get a Strymon Blue Sky or Flint. The Strymon reverb algorithms seem to be as good as it gets.

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A serviceable Reverb pedal

        By Adam Schleman

        from Indiana

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Durable
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Average quality reverbs

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I've owned this pedal for quite a few months and it's still working just fine so it's built well! I purchased it to couple with an Epiphone Valve Jr that I have as a practice/living room amp and it does just fine with it. I rarely use many of the settings besides the Spring, Hall, or Plate reverbs. The Reverse reverb isn't very practical but is fun to mess around with. The one thing that I noticed - which is true with most any DIGITAL effects pedal - is that you have to use small doses of this effect or the sound gets very processed. If you crank up the Decay or the Level you can tell it's a digital effect. Using the reverb in small doses seems to sound just fine though. In comparison to the real spring reverb in my Vox AC15C, it doesn't compare though. You just don't get the warmth and response.

        As I said - I bought it for the purpose of adding a reverb to a tube amp that has 1 knob - VOLUME. So it definitely is sufficient for that. I am happy with the purchase overall and I know it will last a lifetime. I another one of the HardWire series pedals and they're both built very well.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Reverb is not a crutch!

        By Jay Goldbach

        from New England

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I'm giving it a 9 since I feel that it was a good purchase and will continue to work for me as long as I need outboard reverb.
        Don't count on reverb to rescue your tone or improve your amp. If your rig doesn't sound good without it, start there. That said, this reverb unit does what it's supposed to do and well. It's natural sounding, transparent and has all the right parameters to match your amp.

        My approach with reverb may be different than most. I'm a set it and forget type and I don't want to notice the reverb. You'll perhaps need to make adjustments in live situations vs. practice or if you change amps or instruments or effects. Otherwise, this is Lexicon circuitry in a good form factor.

        My favorite parts of this pedal are the little touches: ability to change battery without removing from pedal board; the rubber cover for the knobs to keep them from being changed accidentally. Shows that the company is paying attention to working artists as well as hobbyists (such as myself).
        Seems to be well built, but I worry about the switch. It's offset and doesn't look to be the most sturdy construction. Also, it leaves a big hole into the unit that, if you have a spill it may drain down on the board. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless you're touring with shamu.
        As always, price is a factor. On the one hand, for a stomp box it's probably in the average value range for the price. On the other, if you consider that you have at least some Lexicon circuitry in there, the value increases greatly.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Digitech / Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have high expectations from all of my gear. I tried many different reverb pedals and this was the most versatile & best sounding. In general I find the Hardwire series pedals to be high quality and good sounding, rugged work horses.
        This unit has your basic reverb & advanced sounds as well.
        The unit made in a solid metal box. Nice.
        Better than average value.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer Spring Emulation!!!

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I bough this pedal because I really liked the spring reverb emulation. Sure it's got all kinds of cool halls and modulated and reverse reverbs (Reverse is a pretty cool toy), but when it comes down to it, if you mount this to a pedalboard, you're only going to use one setting. (stomplock device ROCKS for this BTW!!!) For me I like spring reverbs and have been disappointed with newer amps running digital reverbs that sound like $#!*. So I went to my local shop and was able to demo the RV-7 in the FX loop of a Fender Hot Rod Deville. Basically I did an A/B comparison of the built-in reverb tank vs. the pedal. I actually managed to get the pedal to sound just like the real reverb on the amp!! This thing sounds just as lively and drippy and wet as a real accutronics reverb tank. I was blown away! So I bought it right then and there (no offense to Musician's Friend).I got it home and installed the included velcro pad (You DO have to REMOVE THE RUBBER PAD FIRST!!) and stuck it to my board. I think it is awesome the Hardwire (or is it digitech???) thought to include these accessories for the gigging musician. It also comes with a glow-in-the-dark sticker for the face of the stomp switch (if you've ever played gigs where it gets dark between songs you'll appreciate this, trust me!)Bottom line = great sounding pedal, top notch reverbs. Excellent Spring Reverb Emulation. Excellent Buy.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My dream come true

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I picked up this pedal used for 110 at guitar center on the day i had a show...i had sold my dd7 to get a nova repeater BUT apparently no one around columbus sells em, gotta order them.. So i've been wanting a nice reverb pedal for quite some time, i always missed having good reverb when i played live but the reverb on almost every amp i've played gets lost in the mix OR it makes your tone muddy for recording.So i played this pedal at GC thru a DRRi and a PRS semi-hollow and i was in heaven! I only use the Hall reverb to get a super spacey room filling sound and it works perfectly live as well. I play a fender strat thru a fender deville 212 and they mic'd the amp at the show. Even with it mic'd it filled the whole venue spacious wonder. Overall, i suggest you play it but after you do, youll probably buy it. And the guy at GC told me about the pedal having actual Lexicon reverb in it and that sold me even more on it. Lots of options with this pedal, wont get lost in the mix, sounds superb! Happy camper right here.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        hardwire RV-7 for bass also

        By Nephilymbass

        from Fayetteville, NC

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I saw a video on youtube that mentioned the hardwire series was designed so the hottest guitar pickups would work with their pedals so I thought they might work well with bass. Reverb works well with bass especially for soloing high on the neck on the D, G, and high C strings where the tone tends to fall a bit. I decided to check it out at a local music store and loved it. Not only are the reverb sounds great but the modulated reverb setting made my old chorus pedal into a paperwieght. Great unit. I highly recommend it for any bassist who plays high solos for jazz or also to thicken up a piccolo bass.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing reverb unit

        By Thrashing Diva

        from Eugene, Oregon

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series RV-7 Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

        When I tried out this digitech hardwire RV-7 I was amazed and knew I had to have it. It sounds so awesome! It's not over-the-top or fake sounding. It sounds like a reverb tank in a vintage amp...at least it does with my Orange Rocker 30. I am so pleased with it and so stoked that such an awesome reverb sound can be had for such a great price. It also produces NO noise. It is seriously flawless and I can't stop playing with it! If you need reverb I would recommend this one!

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