RG-1 Regenerator Review

manufacturer: Marshall date: 03/13/2009 category: Guitar Effects
Marshall: RG-1 Regenerator
The Regenerator RG-1 is every modulation pedal you'll need in one package. Again boasting six different modes, the control of the speed, the depth and regeneration and external speed control are via its expression pedal input. Connecting this pedal in stereo creates a truly awesome stereo sound field.
 Sound: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 8
 Reliability & Durability: 8.5
 Ease of Use: 8
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overall: 9.3
RG-1 Regenerator Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 30, 2007
4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Ease of Use: This pedal is quite easy to use, in the sense that everything on it is clearly marked out with what it does and the knobs turn and stuff. You get a manual with it which shows which way to turn the knobs for different playing styles so it's pretty easy to get the sound you like. // 8

Sound: My setup is pretty simple - An Epiphone Les Paul Standard with a Yamaha GA-10 which you can get quite good sounds out of anyway. The pedal itself has 6 settings: - V. Chorus - F. Chorus - Flanger - Phaser - Step Phaser - Vibe They all have the same kind of principle, think of a wave on a graph that curves up and down. But it's pretty diverse if you fiddle with it for a while and give it some time, eg. the step phaser is different because it's kind of like a sound effect for a robot toy (see Throw Away Your Television by the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Saying that, all of the effects are probably better to be used with lead guitar as opposed to chords. Overall you can just get any kind of up-down kind of stuff you want, giving it patience. Mostly it works better with a clean tone but the phaser is good for repetitive distorted riffs (see One Nautical Mile by Bromheads Jacket). Chorus goes with everything. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It's incredibly durable. I dropped it and sat around it like AH SHIT but it turned out to have not a single dent on it and the sound didn't change at all; it also takes a lot of stomping considering how small it is, but I only practice with mine and I'm usually barefoot (Seriously though you could wear steel-capped boots and stand all over it all day). Maybe I would use it in a gig but the effects you can use at one time doesn't seem like enough to get as many sounds as you might want so a backup could be in order. One thing you wouldn't use this with is a crybaby because many of the effects are virtually the same as getting a crybaby and tilting it forward and backward continually (But that tires your foot so this is a better option). Dead on reliable though, works all day (Having said that I accidentally left it on overnight the day I got it so I don't know how long the battery should work, I use it with a DC adaptor now). // 10

Overall Impression: I play every style under the sun since I heard that was the best way to practice, and have done for just under 2 years. The pedal fits just about all of them, giving that there are 6 six different effects you can just twiddle and you'll get the style you want. It takes time, though, so you impatient people would just shun this under your bed after about a week of trying it out. The chorus works with any style though I don't know what the V and F stand for. I do know that the F one gets the sound which you might get on a song where you play note after note slowly like a bass line. It's nice! The best style maybe to play this in is probably jazz or funk, it goes nice with jazz chords. I do love this pedal, maybe the only thing I hate about it is the size of the button you stand on, it could be bigger in my opinion. // 9

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overall: 7.3
RG-1 Regenerator Reviewed by: UG Team, on march 13, 2009
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Ease of Use: The RG-1 is a fairly straightforward pedal that shouldn't give any old school players problems. Each effect has a speed, depth, and regeneration control. Each effect renders a natural and musical modulation when the knobs are dialed close to the 50%. The depth and speed controls are audible during Live situations when quick tweaking is in order, and the regeneration knob will certainly add a more pronounced effect when turned up. Setting the knobs to more extreme settings can render very drastic modulation effects for creative weirdness. Although I had little trouble getting very nice classic phaser sounds (I.e. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd) or flanger (Barracuda by Heart), I did have an issue with the markers on the knobs. The pewter colored pedal with pencil thin black lines as markers is definitely hard to see under stage lights. After getting used to the pedal this became only a minor frustration. // 8

Sound: After using this pedal in several projects I can definitely say that it is fully capable of being the sole modulation source for many guitarist. Here's a short breakdown of each effect: Vintage Chorus Reminiscent of an analog chorus with darker sounding modulation and an overall subtle effect. Modern Chorus - This setting is great for getting the Nirvana heavy chorus sound. Crank this one up and it's warble city! Phaser- Possibly the best feature of the RG-1. I liked it at slower settings for a Pink Floyd (MXR Phase 90) kind of sound. Flanger- A very acceptable flanger sound. It definitely has a classic vibe, but can get a little shrill sounding on the top end under heavier gain. Step Phaser- This is a nice bonus for this pedal for arppegiator-like effects. Vibe- For that classic uni-vibe/leslie-esque tone that sounds pretty darn good. Sounds cool ran into a fuzz pedal. Overall the pedal definitely has a classic vibe and again is widely usable and versatile. // 7

Reliability & Durability: These Marshall pedals seem to be pretty solid. I suspect you could possibly have trouble with the jacks loosening after lots of heavy use. Although under normal care I wouldn't foresee any problems. // 7

Overall Impression: All in all the Marshall RG-1 is a pretty darn good pedal. It's not the most amazing modulation pedal you've ever heard, but all things considered (price, features, usability, etc.) it's actually really cool. I could even see using it just for the phaser and modern chorus modes. If you are a guitarist Who wants to have a bunch of quality modulation effects at a reasonable cost, I would definitely check one of these out! // 7

- Josh Johnson (c) 2009

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