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Permalink Spring reverb comparison with Jazzmaster and Mosrite on Youtube

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I just found these two very interesting videos on Youtube.
Apologies if they have been posted before.

Here's what gets tested in both videos:
1. No reverb
2. Roland JC-120 onboard reverb
3. Boss RV-3
4. Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail
5. DigiTech Digiverb
6. Danelectro Spring King
7. Boss FRV-1
8. DigiTech RV-7
9. Strymon BlueSky
10. Fender RI tank

Old punks never die... They just become surf rockers.

Last edited: May 25, 2012 21:35:26

Great videos

Shawn Martin

Well conceived, well executed video. I'd have to listen a couple more times to totally evaluate, but after just once through, I'd say the Fender Tank is still king.

I tried my Boss RV-3 on his settings and it wasn't drippy at all. It wasn't particularly springy either. But it did sound big and huge.

Last edited: May 26, 2012 13:56:10

Sure, the Tank wins, but Tone set to 10? I mean...really? It sounds terrible!
Oh and placing the player in front of the speakers isn't exactly smart. I've listened to the videos on headphones and it's hard to hear each pedals characteristics as the sound quality is rather poor. But I'm glad someone finally played surf in a reverb pedal review Wink

The Hicadoolas

Last edited: May 27, 2012 01:45:18

yeah, tone at 10 and dwell backed down to 4,5... still best reverb comparision clip, i have seen so far.

I am no expert on reverb like most here, but my personal preferences on this video, leaving the Fender Tank out of it would be top 3

1) Fender FVR-1
2) Danelectro Springking
3) Bluesky

I thought the Danelectro was almost equal to the FVR-1

I will never have the time or space for a tank, so any of these would do just fine.


Pedal choice is a very subjective thing. One person's favorite is another's kryptonite.

I bought a E-H Holy Grail when they first came out as a backup for my tank and have been very happy with it. With careful settings, it comes closer to the real deal than anything else I've tried. It also provides some interesting reverb sounds that even a Fender tank can't replicate.

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