What is the best of the classic Fender Reverb tanks?

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What is the best of the classic Fender Reverb tanks?

Post by mdrs » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:54 pm

While I don't use a lot of reverb when I'm playing, I do like that classic old Fender reverb sound. I know that back in the day, Fender sold reverb units that looked like amp heads, but I know essentially nothing about them!

Does anyone know which of those old models gives "the classic Fender reverb tank sound"??? I guess I'm looking for year and model......... Also, what effects pedal most closely recreates this sound?

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Re: What is the best of the classic Fender Reverb tanks?

Post by Greg B. » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:09 pm

I'm the same with reverb...I rarely, if ever, use it. As far as I know, and someone who knows better than me can clarify, the classic Fender units from the sixties (white, brown, and black) are all the same and are the quintessential Fender reverb units. Wikipedia says that they were made from '61 to '66, when a solid state version was introduced.

As far as a pedal that would replicate it? I don't know. I do know that Strymon makes one and their pedals are very well thought of (expensive, but very well built and sound great), but I've never played one. I wouldn't use one enough to justify even an inexpensive one.
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Re: What is the best of the classic Fender Reverb tanks?

Post by Craig » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:28 am

Depends on what you wanted to spend...lol. I believe the old Fenders used Spring reverbs and there are options out there. I think you can get a Boss pedal, the Boss Fender '63 Spring Reverb, that is made to match the sound and, I know a lot of folks dislike Boss, but I've always liked them. I found this pedal to be pretty close. There are also a lot of boutique ones. I remember one from Van Amps that had a great spring reverb sound, but I'd assume they would also carry a hefty price. My old Traynor amp head has the same spring reverb set up as the old Fender amps so carries the same sound. It also has one of the best tremelos I've ever heard. you could probably pick up a head for fairly cheap. Less than the Van Amps pedal, anyway...
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Re: What is the best of the classic Fender Reverb tanks?

Post by mdrs » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:59 pm

Thanks Greg, and Craig.

I also found this review of 7 pedals that are supposed to be "the best";

https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/blog/2017/0 ... rb-pedals/
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Re: What is the best of the classic Fender Reverb tanks?

Post by Caevan O'Shite » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:42 am

Re: reverb pedals in general, and Strymon in particular- their Flint Tremolo and Reverb pedal, specifically...

I absolutely :love: LOVE :love: my Flint! Three classic Fender amp-tremolo styles and three different reverb types in one pedal. Reverb into tremolo is THE Classic sound. It works WONDERFULLY well in my amp's effects-loop.

That being said, I like the Flint's Fenderish " '60s Spring Reverb" decidedly the least of its three 'verbs; something about it always seems kind of faked, hyped and gimmicky to my ear. Though I really LOVE its " '70s Plate" and " '80s Rack Hall" 'verbs (the latter a bit of a surprise!), alone or fed through its tremolos. The only thing lacking at all there would be the ability to adjust the pre-delay for the reverbs.

(I also like its blackface Fender "Photocell" (think '65 and later bf) style tremolo the least of its three classic Fender amp style tremolos; I LOVE its " '63 Tube" output-tube-bias type trem, and also really like its warbly " '61 Harmonic" wiggle.)
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