BEST REVERB PEDAL UNDER 100 DOLLARS
Finding the best reverb pedals under 100 dollars was a tough task. But, I managed to narrow down the list to down to 6 suspects which I will review below. For me, describing reverb as a sound and putting into words is one of the hardest of all the guitar effects. However, I like to think of reverb as the sound that adds space to your guitar sound. Reverb prevents your guitar from sounding dry. There are quite a few different types of reverb sounds that you can get from pedals.
Some pedals have one reverb sound, others offer a couple of reverb sounds where others have many different verb options. Such reverb sounds that you can get in guitar pedals include spring, plate, room, and hall. Some reverb pedals even have some more obscure sounds like reverse reverb and shimmer reverb. Let's take a look at some of the affordable reverb pedals that I've come across and used in my time playing guitar.
|TC Electronic HOF Reverb||Behringer DR600 Reverb||Donner Digital Reverb||Biyang Rv-10 Reverb||Ammoon Spring Reverb|
|Top Choice||Best Value||Most Features||Best Sound||Simple Reverb|
Best Reverb Pedals Under 100
1) TC Electronics Hall of Fame Mini
for me, this is the best reverb pedal available under 100 dollars. At first glance, the TC Electronic Hall of Fame mini (HOF) appears to be very simple as it has one knob and that is it.
Despite this, the HOF mini actually has an almost endless supply of reverb sounds that can be downloaded and transferred to the pedal easily wirelessly or via USB. When you get the HOF mini you get access to TC electronics sound bank which features a ton of different reverb sounds. Not to mention, the plethora of custom sounds added by some of the world's most famous guitar players.
The downside to this pedal is that you can't really control any parameters on the fly but for the price and the tiny size it is a great choice especially if you're only needing something simple. The HOF mini is also true bypass and encompasses TC's technology which ensures there is no color added to your signal/tone at all.
I can't say enough about this pedal, it is just so good and such exceptionally great value for money. If you're looking for a reverb unit under 100 dollars with more built-in options then perhaps consider some others below. I did a pedal shootout with this pedals bigger brother: Hall of Fame vs MXR Reverb.
The older brother of the HOF Mini is an incredible pedal. It takes the technology of the mini and adds a whole bunch more tonal control and options. Having said that, there is no sound that the big version has, that the mini version can't get. That is thanks to the amazing tone print technology developed by this company. If you're wondering about latency when it comes to this pedal, feat not. As it is as smooth and realistic sounding as they come.
2) Behringer Reverb Pedal
This is my number 2 reverb unit however it could have very well been my number one choice. I highly regard this pedal so much that it is actually featured in my list of best guitar pedals under 50. What I like about the Behringer is the fact that it has so many different types of high-quality reverb sounds built in. This reverb pedal often gets bad reviews as it is made from plastic however I've yet to break mine and, I gig with it all the time.
The types of reverb built into the Behringer pedal are spring, plate, hall, room, modulation, and gate. The Behringer digital reverb pedal has three knobs (besides the reverb mode knob) that allow you to control the level of the reverb, the tone which is essentially the reverb's brightness as well as the reverb time knob which lets you control how long the reverb lasts. I recently reviewed this pedals sister. It is called the Behringer Reverb Machine. It didn't quite make this list. But, it is still an awesome pedal nonetheless.
Josh from JHS pedals recently released a video whereby he speaks about these cheap effects pedals made by Behringer. And he pointed out something that I've known for quite some time. And that is that despite the plastic enclosure of these pedals, they're actually some of the best sounding on the market. Especially when you consider just how affordable these really are.
Another aspect that Josh mentioned was that most pedal manufacturers source their components from Behringer themselves. So most pedals actually have roots tied to Behringer. With that in mind, I'm sure they have their resources and capacity to make such great pedals at such a low cost. Don't be fooled by what you hear on the internet and what people say or think about gear. These are insanely good pedals and you'll be hellbent to find something similar.
3) Donner Digital Reverb Pedal
The Donner company has this very compact digital reverb pedal that offers the most amount of reverb sounds out of any other pedal on this list. It has 7 different verb sounds! These include spring, hall, plate, room, church, studio and modulate. A further three knobs let you control the reverb level, the depth as well as the rate. If you're looking for a reverb pedal that has a lot of different built-in reverb sounds then for the price and the features it has, this is one of the best reverb pedals you can get under 100 dollars. It surely has to be one of the most versatile in its price range as well as its size.
Out of the 7 presets on this pedal, there are some sounds that are great and then there are some that are not so great. The spring setting is by far the best feature of this pedal. It has nice depth and on the subtle setting, sounds the most natural to me. The room mode lacks the clarity and realness I'd be looking for. It also produces more of a slap back delay as opposed to reverb. The hall setting, on the other hand, is pretty good. Although it does tend to get quite bright, simply roll off the tone knob and you have a much nicer and darker hall sound.
The next setting is the church setting which is by far my favorite of them all. It just sounds so amazing and ethereal and is a setting not offered in many pedals these days. I'd opt to use this setting in the effects loop though. Especially because as soon as you add overdrive or distortion, the sounds can get quite muddy. The second last setting is plate reverb which is actually very good. Which was much to my surprise especially because pedal companies find it hard, in my opinion, to achieve a natural sounding plate verb.
And lastly, the mod setting produces a very interesting chorus tone. Not something you'd expect from a reverb pedal but still something I welcome and like the sound of.
Shane from In The Blues demos this pedal in the video below. He does a great job at exploring the tonal possibilities of the pedals. Also, Donner is quickly making a name for themselves (in a good way) among the budget pedal seekers of late. With tons of newer options available at lower prices for us consumers.
4) Biyang Rv-10 3-mode Stereo Pedal
When boutique pedals come to mind, this Biyang certainly looks like one. However, it is astonishing much cheaper than a lot of reverb pedals on the market. Furthermore, it is one of the only pedals on this list that has stereo inputs and outputs. The pedal also has a toggle switch which you can choose between room, hall and spring reverb.
A further two more knobs let you control the blend of reverb as well as the time of the reverb. It doesn't end there, another A/B toggle switch lets you choose two different tones where the A-side is a grittier reverb side whilst the B side is a cleaner verb sound. In other words, the A-side tends to distort and break up the reverb. Whereas B is much smoother.
This is such a great sounding pedal that lets you have a wide variety of reverb tone options. The hall setting is just absolutely gorgeous sounding. And, as you up to the "time knob" things start to sound ethereal and amazing. The spring and room settings sound just as great and if you're not convinced yet, the video below demonstrates all this pedal has to offer. It was actually this video below that convinced me to get the Biyang reverb.
5) Ammoon MOSKY Spring Reverb
The Ammoon make a very compact and simple reverb pedal that produces a nice spring reverb sound. Unfortunately, this pedal is only limited to the spring reverb sound only. However having said that, it does the spring reverb sound exceptionally well.
The pedal is small and will take up little space on any pedal board. The MOSKY MP-51 has two knobs one which controls the mix and the other which controls the dwell. The mix is how much reverb you add to your sound and the dwell is kind of like the reverb time. This reverb pedal can go from a light touch of spring reverb to an almost deeply endless wet sound of spring verb goodness.
6) KOKKO FRB2 Mini Space Pedal
Here's another small pedal on the list, this one is the Kokko FRB2 Space reverb pedal. The name "Space" would suggest this is some kind of spatial reverb sound which is actually quite accurate. However, this actually produces a hall reverb sound which when compared to spring reverb & room reverb is definitely a lot more spatial.
It is quite hard to separate these micro pedals, especially because a lot of them are derived from the same factory. But, this Kokko verb is actually a unique pedal which is original and sounds good. If you are the kind of guitarist that just needs a simple hall reverb sound, then I definitely would say this is the perfect option for you.
This reverb pedal however only has one knob which controls the amount of reverb to your signal. This is a very simple yet effective reverb pedal. It kind of resembles the Hall Of Fame mini, only with a lot fewer capabilities.
7) Fluorescence Shimmer Reverb Pedal by TC Electronics
I've already featured a TC electronic reverb on this list, so why would I add another one? Well, the truth is that I was blissfully unaware of the existence of this stompbox. Apparently, it is part of TC's "budget" range of effects. However, I'd still put this up there with some of the more expensive reverb pedals on the market.
These pedals are built to last and they sound amazing too. I must point out that Fluorescence reverb pedal produces more of a shimmering sound as opposed to your classic hall or spring sounds. Which kind of makes this pedal a one trick pony. But what a good one trick it does!
If you are on the hunt for a reverb pedal that will deliver more spacial and soundscape tones, then for this price it is crazy to ignore.
8) Mooer Shimverb Digital Reverb
One of the first "micro" pedals I ever tried out was this particular Mooer Shimverb. Back when these came out, reverb pedals were pretty darn expensive as there were only options like Boss RV6, etc. However, Mooer brought these smaller and more budget-friendly pedals out. I rushed to pick up this verb pedal and have not been disappointed. It has three reverb settings which include spring, room verb, and a special shimmer.
I find the spring reverb to lack a bit in terms of what I'm looking for. It doesn't produce enough "wet" for me if that makes sense. The room sound is nice and the shimmer adds something extra that a lot of other pedals don't come with. I wish it had a hall setting. There is something unrealistic sounding about the spring reverb to my ear. It just doesn't replicate any spring sound to my liking whatsoever.
Surprisingly, however, bass guitarists tend to enjoy using this pedal on the spring setting because it gives them the most subtle of reverb sounds. Which for bass guitar is a lot more suitable. So for that purpose, I could definitely understand and even recommend using this reverb pedal for bass.
All in all, this is a good pedal however, I believe you can find pretty much exact replicas of these at much more affordable prices.
The shimmer setting surprised me quite a lot as the knobs become really responsive and you can produce some crazy, almost synth-like tones from this mode.
9) EHX Holy Grail Reverb
Okay, I know what you're thinking, this is more than 100 dollars. And you have more than enough reason to question its place on this list. However, it is so close to the benchmark and is such a great sounding and well-built pedal that I'd be crazy to exclude it from budget reverb territory.
This is considered a budget pedal but I can assure you has become somewhat of an industry standard when it comes to verb and pedals. The Holy Grail is so simple with it's one knob and the way switch. Everyone knows to avoid the "Flerb" sound at all costs. Which is a weird kind of reverb that combines the flanger sound to create a spacey kind of sound. There are very few people I know, if any, that like the flerb sound. But besides that, the spring reverb and other settings are amazing.
So, if you are willing to spare an extra 50 bucks, then this is a great choice of pedal for anyone's rig. The Holy Grail is by far the most musical and realistic sounding of all pedals I've tried. There is only one reverb pedal that comes remotely close to this one and this is the Boss Rv-6 or even the older RV-5 which I believe is now discontinued. But, the RV-6 is still in production and is just as good if not better. If simplicity is what you are after then I highly recommend the EHX holy grail. If you are on the lookout for a pedal with more modes and knobs, then the Boss RV-6 is definitely the one for you.
I know these are slightly above 100 pricepoints. But I can assure you that forking out just that little bit extra on reverb will be the best thing you could do for you rig and pedalboard.
Background to Reverb
Reverb is a very popular effect for pretty much any instrument and it is no different when it comes to guitar. Before there were even guitar pedals around, guitar players were using massive reverb units and tanks to get the sound. Like amplifiers, these reverb units were powered by tubes.
These reverb tanks were later built into amplifiers and today some tube amps still come with reverb tanks. Since then the reverb effect has developed and we luckily have a great number of options to choose from when it comes to reverb pedals.
What Is Reverb?
Reverb stands for “reverberation”, which is a technical term for the reflection of sound off of various services before it reaches a person’s ear. In other words, reverb makes a sound appear fuller and thicker, much like it is coming from different sources at the same time.
With digital music, there is a serious lack of reverb, and so it is often necessary to put that sound back into the music so that it sounds more natural. In the days of analog recording, reverb was created through amplification and the recording methods of the time. Guitar players used additional reverb to create a different type of sound that they could not get on their own.
What To Look For In Affordable Reverb Pedals
When you go shopping for reverb pedals, there are a few specifications to look out for. These include the size and shape of the pedal. As well as how durable it will be if you are taking it on the road. But, there are other specifications that you may want to keep in mind such as the underlying circuitry, the variety of analog delay sounds, and whether or not there are additional types of reverb sounds on board. Below are some things to keep in mind when trying out a reverb pedal or effect:
- Ensure that you are completely satisfied with how dry or wet the reverb can make your sound.
- Identify whether the volume remains the same when the pedal is turned on and off.
- Check to find out if you like the sound getting reflected. Check whether the sound is mellow or harsh.
- You need to make sure that you are very comfortable with the change that has been brought about by the reverb to the quality of guitar sound.
- You must also check the echo and the delay. It is also important for you to check the time that the echo and the delay take for you to hear them and their duration.
My Best Cheap Reverb Pedals Concluded
Nowadays everything has gone digital. For some guitarists the word digital tends to be a bad word however I believe that the fact that reverb pedal is digital has given us as guitar players even more reverb options and can thus explore and create soundscapes that wouldn't otherwise be possible.
When I started playing guitar, reverb pedals were an expensive piece of gear to buy and I had to rely on the reverb on my amp.
The guitar pedal market has exploded in recent times and now we have a large selection of decent reverb pedals that won't hurt your wallet. I'll be discussing and reviewing some of the best reverb pedals under 100 dollars as well as answering some frequently asked questions when it comes to reverb pedals.