Building a killer guitar rig is one of the funnest aspects of playing the instrument. And little is more satisfying than adding space, dimension, and even deep ambience to your tone with an awesome reverb pedal. Stompboxes aren’t just for guitar, though; you can send signals to them for mixing if you want an all-around studio tool. We’ve pieced together some of the best reverb pedals!
The Best Reverb Pedal Options for Your Home Studio
Best Spring Reverb Pedal – JHS Spring Tank
The JHS Spring Tank crams a lot of functionality into a moderately-sized pedal. Its main controls are Depth and Length, which control the size of the room and the decay respectively. The Highs control lets you do some simple EQ-ing by boosting or cutting highs, and Tank 1 and Tank 2 actually provide two independent reverb mixes that you can switch any time.
Best Plate Reverb – Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb
Oceans 11 is simple in layout, but its sounds are rich and complex. It isn’t just a plate reverb; there are a total of 11 different styles, including plate, hall, spring, reverse reverb, echo, modulated reverb, shimmer, and more. The FX Lvl controls the overall wet/dry mix, Time sets the reverb length, and Tone lets you gently shape the timbre.
Intuitively designed, the MXR M300 contains six reverb types. You cycle through them by pushing the Tone control — a clever design element that reduces clutter on the box itself. Decay adjusts the reverb’s length, Tone, its frequency content, and Blend, the mix. It’s a basic pedal in looks and operation, but the sounds it creates are rich and lush.
Best Budget Reverb Pedal – TC Electronic Skysurfer Mini Reverb Pedal
TC Electronic is no slouch when it comes to pedals, so don’t be fooled by the price tag on this unit. Built to be a “bread and butter” pedal, Skysurfer Mini Reverb features switchable Spring, Hall, and Plate styles, with the expected range of parameters like decay, tone, and mix. For the price alone, this pedal is definitely worth a go.
Most Versatile Reverb Pedal – TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2
The Hall of Fame may be one of the most popular reverb pedals ever made. The multi-reverb stompbox is incredibly versatile, demonstrated by eight reverb styles and three spaces for TonePrint presets. TonePrint is an app where you can download reverb presets and then store them in the three pedal slots for even more versatility. Another unique feature is “MASH” technology, which turns the toggle switch into an expression control.
Deity expands the more traditional take on reverb pedals with experimental settings. These include Sentient Mode offering an immersive, modulated reverb, as well as Ethereal Mode, described as a “heavenly reverb” complete with voice-like octaves. Of course, there is a Natural Mode for a Hall/Room style space for more typical use.
Best Overall – Strymon BigSky
The leading reverb pedal for years running is the formidable Strymon BigSky. The depth of this pedal is astounding; the foundation is 12 studio-grade with a seemingly basic set of controls. However, the further you dig below the surface, the more customizable the BigSky becomes. Save and recall up to 300 presets, assign parameters to different knobs, turn on Cab Filter to run the pedal straight to a PA or DAW(!), and tons more.