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T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Tonebug Reverb from T-Rex is a stunning reverb pedal built with one goal in mind: bring life to dry, flat-sounding, bedroom-bound guitar playing....Click To Read More About This Product

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Bring a flat-sounding, bedroom-bound guitar to life.

The Tonebug Reverb from T-Rex is a stunning reverb pedal built with one goal in mind: bring life to dry, flat-sounding, bedroom-bound guitar playing. The Tonebug Reverb pedal simulates real-life performance environments, from huge echoing concert halls and modern-sounding live stages to raunchy clubs and basement dives. But no matter what setting you choose, the Tonebug Reverb delivers loads of incredible T-Rex tone will keep you sounding like the best of them.

What makes the Tonebug Reverb such a versatile stompbox is its clever dual-mode feature. The mode switch lets you go from Modern's more contemporary reverb sounds to Spring for a world of vintage reverb that sounds almost too authentic to be true. The T-Rex Tonebug Reverb is really like having two separate peals in one.

FEATURES
  • Revitalizes your guitar playing by simulating different playing environments
  • Dual-mode feature lets you choose between Modern and Spring modes
  • Delivers vintage reverb tone
  • Power supply NOT included:
  • May be powered by a 9V Battery
  • Compatible with standard center-negative 9V or 12V DC power supply

Order now and spice up your guitar playing with the Tonebug Reverb's versatile tone sculpting.

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T-Rex EngineeringTonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Compact (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must if your amp dosen't have reverb!

I've always played amps with a reverb tank but recently purchased two Dr. Z combos niether of which have reverb. I thought I could get used to the non-reverb tone, but I found...Read complete review

I've always played amps with a reverb tank but recently purchased two Dr. Z combos niether of which have reverb. I thought I could get used to the non-reverb tone, but I found myself wishing I had it back. I don't need over-the-top, beach-crashing, surf reverb, just that "always-on" touch o 'verb that I've grown used to over the years.Well, I almost purchased a EH Holy Grail (I've played them in the past and I did like what I heard) but this little ToneBug is EVERYTHING the Grail is but much more...without any noise! It took me 5 minutes to find my setting (Spring) but the "Modern" setting is going to be fun to play with. If this made any noise or sucked any tone, my Dr. Z amps would show it in a heartbeat. This sounds like it's a spring tank sitting in the bottom of a cabinet...PERFECT reverb effect.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't believe the hype...

I was really hoping I could use this to replace the EHX Holy Grail Plus on my pedal board, but the sound quality is sadly lacking compared to the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail...Read complete review

I was really hoping I could use this to replace the EHX Holy Grail Plus on my pedal board, but the sound quality is sadly lacking compared to the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail spring reverb emulation sounds really accurate and authentic in my estimation and I was hoping for the same here, but the sound is pretty wimpy and not very "spring-like". On the plus side, it is slightly smaller than the EHX, has a nice "clickless" footswitch and plays nice with my 1-spot daisy-chain power supply, (the Holy Grail did not, and I had to use it's own wall wart to avoid any loud background hum/digital interferance). Unfortunately though, the reverb sounds just aren't as good: the spring emulation doesn't really cut it and the "Modern" setting is way overblown, with anything above 9:00 being pretty much unusable. Also, as one other reviewer has pointed it, the pedal colors your overall tone when you click it on... giving you an overall treble boost, whereas I would prefer it to be more "neutral". Probably okay to add some reverb flavor on the cheap to your bedroom practise amp, but if you are looking for some classic 60's spring reverb sounds I would recomend you pay the extra money and get the EHX Holy Grail plus.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Reverb

By CameronMizelldotcom

from Brooklyn, NY

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Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal makes my reverb-less practice amp sound like something much more expensive, and it has been a life saver when using house amps on gigs. The spring and modern options make it extremely versatile, and the sound is incredibly authentic. I've been using it for about a year and continue to love it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

T Rex

By Steve-tC.T1

from Ca.

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Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

Just got this pedal today.I have about 2 hours with it and I love it.I have a Carvin tube amp and it has very little reverb. So I put this pedal in the loop, now I have some really deep clean reverb. You can go from all most nothing to a great surfer type echo.Also I do not get any noise from it at all. Very easy to use, setting it up is very fast.This is a must buy if your amp has little to no reverb.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must if your amp dosen't have reverb!

By Teleman-A6Erp

from Wyoming Mountains

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Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

I've always played amps with a reverb tank but recently purchased two Dr. Z combos niether of which have reverb. I thought I could get used to the non-reverb tone, but I found myself wishing I had it back. I don't need over-the-top, beach-crashing, surf reverb, just that "always-on" touch o 'verb that I've grown used to over the years.Well, I almost purchased a EH Holy Grail (I've played them in the past and I did like what I heard) but this little ToneBug is EVERYTHING the Grail is but much more...without any noise! It took me 5 minutes to find my setting (Spring) but the "Modern" setting is going to be fun to play with. If this made any noise or sucked any tone, my Dr. Z amps would show it in a heartbeat. This sounds like it's a spring tank sitting in the bottom of a cabinet...PERFECT reverb effect.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect

By Will Helt

from New Orleans

Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought this guy because I wasn't happy with the reverb on my Frontman 212R and the Holy Grail Nano I bought seemed to muddy my sound too much. The Tonebug compliments my sound with just the right reverb. On top of it, the box itself is much more solid than the Nano I previously owned.
Though I mainly stick to Spring Reverb, the Mod is a welcome addition.
This box is very solid, the knobs and switch feel sturdy. Heavier than most of my other pedals, which I like.
I traded my Holy Grail Reverb Nano for this, have not regretted it one bit.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

One of the worst reverbs I've ever used

By ropeandtar

from Kent, OH

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Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

Please steer clear of this pedal. Maybe I just received a bad one, but I highly doubt it. Unless you like cheesy, noisy, icy, unnatural reverb, do not even think about buying this.
This is not a feature laden pedal, but that's not really a problem.
The switch seems nice, but it stops there. Mine had roaring white noise, and the modern/spring switch was obviously wired in reverse. The pedal behaves as if it's always on, so if you want to go from dry to reverb, your reverb signal will include whatever you were playing BEFORE to engaging the pedal. This is poorly designed. The spring is okay, but not worth this price.
The construction is pretty good, but it doesn't make it worth the cost, or make up for the poor tone and poor design.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

From tight traditional spring to outerspace!!!

By Guitardude68

from Fayetteville, Ga

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Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

My effect chain is a Korg stage tuner, Vox Wah, Vox Saturator, Danelectro Chorus and this bad boy. And man oh man...This little reverb pedal can help make ANYBODY sound better. With patience and experimentation...This pedal will take you in a lot of sonic directions.....From tight classic spring to outerspace boogie. A little expensive...but, built to last a lifetime! Buy it! I'm matching this w/ my Marshall Class 5 which doesn't have reverb. Rock on!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Retro Vibe, Rock Solid Verb

By Tone Obsessed

from York, PA (nowhere)

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Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

Without spending hundreds on a mini spring tank this pedal and the Hardwire offering are the best your going to do for the money. The Tonebug sounds really good on both settings and is whisper quiet. The build quality is top-notch retro cool and the clickless switch is a really nice touch I wish other makers would pick up on. The Hardwire pedal is more versatile and offers a little more bang for your buck, but I tend to prefer the overall sound of the Tonebug. If your looking for a more or less old school style verb you simply can't go wrong with this pedal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding reverb!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have always been a reverb fan, but my new favorite amp, a tiny terror combo, doesn't offer a built in spring reverb. So, the search for a reverb pedal began. I listened to a ton of them and bought several before finding this one. It sounds very authentic and is super easy to use. Highly recommended for all of you reverb fans out there. Goes from just a touch of reverb to surf city.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this thing

By J-DOH

from SLC, UT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Really, really love this pedal. I was wanting something to plug into my Danelectro Honeytone mini amp to give it a bigger sound, and this was it. Really brings me back to a buddy of mine's vintage Fender tube amp and its great reverb (probably says something about the Honeytone, too). It was on sale when I got it.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Don't believe the hype...

    By Donny Danger

    from Austin, TX y'all

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Click-free Switching

    Cons

    • Colors Your Sound
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom Practise

    Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I was really hoping I could use this to replace the EHX Holy Grail Plus on my pedal board, but the sound quality is sadly lacking compared to the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail spring reverb emulation sounds really accurate and authentic in my estimation and I was hoping for the same here, but the sound is pretty wimpy and not very "spring-like". On the plus side, it is slightly smaller than the EHX, has a nice "clickless" footswitch and plays nice with my 1-spot daisy-chain power supply, (the Holy Grail did not, and I had to use it's own wall wart to avoid any loud background hum/digital interferance). Unfortunately though, the reverb sounds just aren't as good: the spring emulation doesn't really cut it and the "Modern" setting is way overblown, with anything above 9:00 being pretty much unusable. Also, as one other reviewer has pointed it, the pedal colors your overall tone when you click it on... giving you an overall treble boost, whereas I would prefer it to be more "neutral". Probably okay to add some reverb flavor on the cheap to your bedroom practise amp, but if you are looking for some classic 60's spring reverb sounds I would recomend you pay the extra money and get the EHX Holy Grail plus.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I'd get a different one

    By nowheretoday

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • It Get

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The only thing I'm gonna say is that this unit once turned on it will modify the tone of your guitar/amp setup.
      I was looking for something that would add a reverb to my sound not a sound to my sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Avoid this like the plague!

      By JazzyJim

      from SF Bay Area

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

          Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I went through 3 of these units and all failed within 20 minutes of use. The 1st unit made a loud "pop" and died after I first turned it on. The 2nd "exchanged" unit (from Musician's Friend) lasted 20 minutes on a gig and died after making the same "popping" sound. Contacted T-Rex and they shipped me a 3rd unit and the on-off button would not stay on unless held down manually. I shipped the 2nd and 3rd units back to Denmark asking them to check out their quality control (these units are made in [*] with cheap components) over a month ago and have heard nothing back from the company after repeated email inquiries.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for that little Extra Something

          By dshaw3

          from York, PA

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          Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I got this little guy for Christmas this past year in an effort to jazz up my rig. I play through a barebones 5 watt head and needed a reverb to bring some extra life to my sound. I have played through quality equipment, I've played 60's Fenders and did a two year stint with a borrowed Mesa Boogie combo, and I can say that the Tonebug reverb does not sound like those amps. But that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. It's perfect for live situations and gets the job done. It's the best tone I've heard for a pedal reverb and I would replace it in a heart beat. Accolades t-rex, accolades.

           
          5.0

          Sweet Pedal

          By STROUP 24/7

          from COLUMBUS, OHIO

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I Was looking for s simple Reverb pedal to add to my board so when I play through my 5w Kustom amp I have a little reverb action. I have a 65w super reverb amp but it a little loud to play at home. so this pedal help me enjoy the tone I like at lower level.

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Mattdeez

            from enterprise, al

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

            • I Had To Pay For It

            Best Uses

            • With Your Friends

            Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

            It's really all you need for reverb.

             
            4.0

            Great little reverb pedal

            By Tubehed

            from Westminster, CA

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is a nice sounding, well built and compact pedal. The spring and modern modes sound clean and realistic. If you are really particular about spring reverb, you'll want to go with an actual reverb tank or get an amp with a good built in spring 'verb. Other than that, this will get the job done for everything from blues to surf music without taking up much room on your pedal board. Modern mode sounds like a "hall" type reverb and can get pretty cavernous with the mix and decay knobs past noon. It is a bit darker sounding to my ears than the spring mode and good for more atmospheric type tracks.

              Thanks to Musician's Friend for top notch service, as always!

               
              5.0

              Nice

              By Mike

              from Brooklyn, NY

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I leave it on the spring setting with the Decay at 12:00 or a little less and the depth at or around 9:00. Sounds great! I wasn't looking for a distinct effect, just a touch of reverb to my overall sound. Good stuff!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                T REX Pedal Rocks

                By I1NaRoc

                from Tucson, AZ

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Hardware is awesome...Buy one you won't be disappointed.

                   
                  4.0

                  Generally pleased with it

                  By Ricjangle

                  from Hilton Head, SC

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    The T-Rex was a recent Stupid Deal of the Day item, so I decided to add one to my acoustic pedal board. I gig regularly (solo) in the Hilton Head Island area and play a '98 Taylor 710ce through a Bose L1 Compact. My pedal board has a Sennheiser wireless, a Fishman Aura dreadnaught, an original Janglebox compressor and the T-Rex. I like the sound of the spring reverb with both dials set at about 10 o'clock. When it is engaged it provides a slight boost to the signal, which I didn't expect but which I don't mind.

                    I haven't even tried the "Modern" reverb setting, so I can't comment on it.

                    It seems rugged enough -- I've been gigging with it for the past month or two, and i turn it on & leave it on throughout the show. It's not a life-changing pedal, but it does add a nice dimension to my acoustic sound. I'm happy with it, especially given the "sdotd" price.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    simply awesome

                    By mackavella04

                    from New Orleans

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about T-Rex Engineering Tonebug Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I have been searching for a realistically priced reverb pedal, as a reverb tank is just a bit to large and toooo expensive. I am a real big electro-harmonix fan and i have played on all their reverb pedals and they were ok but not that awesome analog vintage warm reverb i heard in my head and on countles records. After searching through a few other brands I wanted to puke. Just about when i was assuming that i would just have to break down, save, and buy a reverb tank, i found the tonebug. Let me tell you this thing is the closest thing to a mini reverb tank you will find.
                      I play primarilly grunge and hard rock and this fits in nicely with my othr gear. I run a 20+ year old Gretsch Country Club(with earni ball rock-n-roll 10's strings) through a vox wah, carbon copy delay, boss delay(the only digital pedal i own besides my tuner), big muuff pi, fulltone ultimate octave, mxr full bore metal(which i set the eq on crazy to get more a high gain fuzz tone with very little high frequency), ibanez tube screamer, and a boss chromatic tuner. I run this through a vox ac head and cab and it sounds incredible. I also run all this using only monster gold connector rock cables. im finally getting close to the tone i hear in my head.
                      The next pedals on my list to purchase are the electro-harmonix small clone, the mxr script phase 90, a joe meek floor compressor, and a ISP decimator noise reducer. The next amp will be the egnator tweaker 40 which is crazy awesome, and a Bugera 1960(so i can switch between a low gain amp and a high gain amp but still have that vintage luster).
                      I would reccoment this Reverb pedal to anyone wanting a great vintage reverb. I set this reverb very mildly (spring)and primarily do not turn it off ever. It works great and is built like a tank.

                      ....a must buy

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