RV-5 Digital Reverb review by Boss

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (28 votes)
Boss: RV-5 Digital Reverb

Price paid: £ 89

Purchased from: Amazon - 2nd hand

Sound — 10
I use a Peavey Vypyr on the Fender Twin setting, along with multiple effects pedals including wah, distortion, delay ect. There are four knobs that include: An Effect level knob, which effects how loud the reverb sound is. The second is tone. which allows you to change the general sound of it, from a dark and bassy sound to a bright thin sound. The third is "time", this, of course, lets you change how drawn out the reverb sound is. And the fourth knob selects what kind of reverb is being used, such as; Spring, Plate, Hall, Room, Gate and Modulate. So there's plenty of choice to dial in the sound you want, there is no noise in activating or de-activating the pedal. Now. Bear in mind, that reverb should be placed near the end of the effects chain (after distortions, Wah ect.) so if you plan to use this with your amplifiers built in distortion, think again, as reverb sounds quite bad when placed before distortion, hence why I only tested this with the cleanest setting on my amp.

Overall Impression — 9
I play a fairly wide variety of music from jazz to instrumental rock and many others. And as a reverb pedal, I doubt there's a genre this wouldn't fit with. If this was stolen I'd certainly get this again, as it's a versatile pedal with lots of possibilities to choose from. The only thing I hate about this thing is it's power consumption, if you plan to gig with this thing, just get a power supply, it'll save you lots of cash in the long run.

Reliability & Durability — 7
It's a boss, so it's made of Die-cast metal that can withstand a nuclear blast if need be. This pedal, however, EATS BATTERIES. So make sure you get a nice power supply unit, unless you actually enjoy forking out cash for 9V batteries left, right and centre. If left plugged in (which lets face it, who can honestly remember or be bothered to un-plug their pedals after they are finished? ) it can run out of juice in 24-48 hours whether or not it's turned on or off.

Ease of Use — 9
The Boss RV-5 has 4 dials with which to edit the sound of the pedal. It comes with an instruction manual which tells you what you need to know to get started in making your own sound. The layout is simplistic although hard to read on a stage. Tweaking the sound you want out of it can take quite a while, but at least you have plenty of choice.

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