16 best reverb pedals for guitarists

Looking for a reverb stompbox to add to your rig? Here are 10 of our recommended pedals that are good enough to grace any board.

Reverb is something we like to call ‘musical MSG’ – it just makes everything sound that much better. And when your amp’s onboard reverb doesn’t cut it, there are hundreds of pedals to pick from. The problem is settling on the best reverb pedal for your needs.

Do you use reverb to enhance your tone or as an effect unto itself? Are you a virtuoso looking for depth in your solos or a shoegazer who absolutely must have reverse reverb? Whatever your needs are, you’ll find a stompbox here – they’re in no particular order – to fit them.

1Strymon Flint

Strymon Flint

Type: Reverb and Tremolo

The Strymon Flint has been impressing even the most stubborn analogue purists since its release back in 2012. Like classic amps, it combines reverb and tremolo effects, and it harnesses the power of DSP to nail the vintage sounds. On the reverb front there are three voices accessible via a toggle switch: 60s tank-style, 70 solid-state plate-style and 80s digital rack-style. Over on the tremolo end of things, it offers ’61 Harmonic, ’63 Power Tube and ’65 Photocell. With all of this at your disposal, you’ll be well-equipped for some serious sonic exploration.

2Keeley Caverns Delay Reverb V2

Type: Reverb and Delay

If your ’board is getting a little crowded and you’re looking for combo pedals, Keeley’s Caverns Delay Reverb V2 might just be for you. Combining delay and reverb in one sleek pedal, it features Keeley’s Magnetic Echo circuit – which emulates an analogue tape delay – and three ’verb types: Shimmer, Spring and Modulated. Incorporating both sides of the pedal will give you access to a huge range of sounds, from ambient pulses to unruly thumps.

3Walrus Fathom

Review Walrus Fathom hero

Type: Reverb

Like most of Walrus’ pedals, the Fathom is very well put together. A rugged enclosure, top-mounted jacks, smooth knobs and heavy-duty footswitches point to a stomper that will last. On top of that, it offers some glorious reverb algorithms – four to be precise. Most will be familiar with hall and plate, but Fathom also offers Lo-fi and Sonar. The former is a filtered everb that’s reminiscent of an AM radio, while the latter is a blendable +/- 1 octave harmonised reverb.

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4Fender Tre-Verb

Review Fender Tre-Verb full

Type: Reverb and Tremolo

The Tre-Verb, arguably the crowning glory of Fender’s massive 2019 collection, is a serious contender for a tremolo-reverb combo. After all, Fender has been pairing the two effects in amps since ’63. On the tremolo end of things there are three modes: optical, bias and harmonic. The reverb half features Brownface and Blackface spring reverbs, and a plate-type. With the latter, we discovered the pedal offers a delicious stereo spread with two amps plugged in and both blend and dwell dials cranked. Read more about this in our review.

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5Meris Mercury7

Type: Reverb

If you prefer a more streamlined experience when it comes to reverb, then the Mercury7 is right up your alley. It only offers two reverb algorithms – cathedral and plate – but it’s still capable of a range of sounds. The Mercury7 can go from sweet and clear reverberations to sci-fi-style weirdness, and everything in between. Key in this pedal’s design is its pitch vector dial, which lets you dial in a shimmer effect and manage its harmonic interval from the source note. Learn more about its capabilities in our review.

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6Anasounds Spring Reverb

Anasounds Element Spring Reverb and Le Bon
The Anasounds Element Spring Reverb and Le Bon spring tank

 

Type: Reverb

The Anasounds Spring Reverb stands out from the rest of the pedals on this list thanks to its three interchangeable analogue reverb tanks. This may sound a little gimmicky at first – especially with tanks named The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – but the Spring Reverb delivers a sound quality that quickly puts that to rest. The three tanks vary in size and have differing sonic characteristics, but they are all equally sublime. If you’re worried that the tanks will occupy too much space, Anasounds has ingeniously designed them to fit under your pedalboard.

Read our review here.

7Boss RV-6

Boss RV-6

Type: Reverb

Back in 1987, the Boss RV-2 became the world’s first digital reverb stompbox, and three decades later, the sixth edition of the pedal still flies the Boss flag high. Like the legendary original, the RV-6 is an affordable, unfussy compact digital ’verb that produces an impressive array of tones, with eight versatile modes on board, including a decent shimmer effect. With just three controls and the usual bomb-proof Boss build quality, the RV-6 is the perfect digital reverb for people who want great sounds without too much hassle or tweaking.

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8TC Electronic Hall Of Fame

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame

Type: Reverb

Do you need one small form-factor pedal to cover all of your reverb needs and then some? Look no further than the Hall Of Fame from Danish pedal wizards TC Electronic. Featuring 10 different reverbs, along with TC’s innovative TonePrint system, there’s no limit to the number of algorithms the Hall Of Fame can provide. Now in its second iteration – plus a Mini version, which features one knob and is only tweakable via the TonePrint app – it’s easy to see why they nestle on so many players’ boards, and why TC Electronic have been making reverbs for film production and high-end recording studios for years.

9Strymon BigSky

Strymon Big Sky

Type: Reverb

If the Hall Of Fame doesn’t quite have the amount of reverb you were looking for, then Strymon has the answer. Famed for its 12 different reverbs and 300 presets, the BigSky is the mothership of multi-faceted reverb pedals. Introduced as an updated and expanded version of Strymon’s blueSky, the BigSky provides all of the essentials you need, plus Strymon’s own formulas, sure to satisfy both enthusiasts and professionals alike. Also included are press-and-hold Infinite Sustain and Freeze functions, plus Spillover and Reverb Persist modes, which are all saveable to presets.

Read our review here.

10Neunaber Immerse Reverberator

Neunaber Immerse Reverberator

Type: Reverb

Some might argue that price alone puts the likes of the BigSky and Eventide Space completely out of reach, and with good reason. Enter the Neunaber Immerse Reverberator, a compact reverb pedal with eight different modes and stereo outputs – all for under £230. Four knobs control level, time/tone, depth and varying types of modulation, and although things can get decidedly epic, you never become truly swamped. A richly atmospheric ’verb with lush modulation controls, this might be the best reverb unit available at its price point.

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11MXR M300 Reverb

MXR M300

Type: Reverb

The M300 was an instant success at Winter NAMM 2016. Featuring a simple three-knob configuration, the tone knob also allows you to cycle through six algorithms, from Plate, Spring and Room emulations to the more esoteric Mod, Epic and Pad modes. The M300’s low noise floor is also impressive, and while MXR took longer than expected to introduce a reverb to the market, it was definitely worth the wait. It’s relatively affordable, too.

Red our review here.

12Eventide Space 

Eventide Space

Type: Reverb

Described as “reverb and beyond”, the Eventide Space lets you explore the depths of the cosmos with 12 different reverb-and-delay combination effects, including BlackHole reverb with Gravity and Anti-Gravity features. It also covers your more rudimentary reverb needs back here on Earth, with spring, reverse and modulation types all included. This small metal box also includes over 100 presets, some of which have been generated by the likes of Justin Meldal-Johnsen and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.). With its studio-quality reverbs based on the company’s flagship rackmount processors, there’s little chance the wonders and intricacies of Space will be unexplored for long.

Red our review here.

13Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb

Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Reverb

Type: Reverb

While not nearly as powerful as the big boys – we’re looking at you, Strymon BigSky – the EHX Cathedral manages to pack in eight very tweakable reverb types. It’s a stompbox ideal for players who primarily use reverb as a finishing touch but who still want the flexibility of dialling in out-of-this-world ambient sounds. Where the Cathedral excels is in the bevy of straightforward controls to shape your tone. You can control the blend, reverb time, pre-delay of up to two seconds, feedback, and damping/tone. That last parameter is particularly useful. It can take your, say, hall reverb from an ominous wash all the way to a bright sparkle.

14Free the Tone Ambi Space AS-1R

Free the Tone Ambi Space Reverb

Type: Reverb

Free the Tone has been making waves for its no-nonsense pedals that issue out pristine, as-they-should-be tones. And the Japanese brand’s reverb unit, the Ambi Space AS-1R, does exactly that. What it lacks in features it more than makes up for with stunning, studio-grade reproductions of the four common reverb types: spring, plate, room and hall. These are the reverb equivalent of the best burger you’ve ever wolfed down. Not the most exciting meal, but it impresses for doing something so simple so well. These four modes are some of the most non-intrusive, natural-sounding we’ve come across in pedal format, from the subtle nuances of the plate ’verb to the lush hall.

15Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb

Type: Reverb

For beginners or players who use reverb as a garnish rather than the main ingredient, the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail is all you really need. And like any good garnish, this diminutive box will elevate your tone from pedestrian to professional. It’s affordable, sweet-sounding and incredibly easy to use, but there’s not a lot going on in terms of features. There are only three modes and one knob to control your wet/dry mix. Spring is your typical drippy simulation of classic analogue units, hall is a lush, spacious mode that doesn’t stray too far left-field, and Flerb is EHX’s signature flanger-reverb combination.

16EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser

EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Reverb

Type: Reverb

The Transmisser evokes soundtracks from imaginary sci-fi flicks and lurid nightmares – think sounds from John Carpenter and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This stomper is a modulated reverb with an extremely long decay that’s then fed into a resonant filter. The truth is, the reverb section on the pedal isn’t very editable – you can only control its time and tone. It’s the Freq, Warp and rate knobs, and their interplay, that define the Transmisser. Freq controls the frequency of the pedal’s resonant filter (it behaves very differently depending on the note or chord you’re playing), while rate handles the speed at which the entire pedal modulates. And Warp is a system-wide ‘slew’ control that affects the filter and modulation.

Read our review here.

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