From the most faithful spring amp 'verbs to otherworldly pitch-shifted shimmers, the choice of reverbs available today is appropriately vast.
The 15 effects we've singled out here each excel within their respective sonic fields: some cover all the bases, from small rooms to impossibly cavernous spaces, while others focus on capturing one sound with utmost authenticity.
Rest assured, all will flatter your guitar, and take your tone to whole new places…
Boss RV-6 Reverb
In the 13 years since the RV-5 was launched, the compact reverb market has become a crowded arena, but the RV-6 hopes to entice guitar players back to Boss, updating it with all-new algorithms and overhauled DSP.
For starters, there are some new types alongside the usual suspects: shimmer and dynamic expand the feature set, while a reverb/delay returns from the RV-3. The RV-6 can also control the effect level via an expression pedal – handy for altering ambience on the fly.
"Boss needed to step up its reverb game - it's done that and then some."
FULL REVIEW: Boss RV-6 Reverb review
TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Reverb
Operable in stereo as well as in a standard mono guitar pedal array, the Hall Of Fame features controls to set the amount of reverb and how long it takes to decay, plus there's a very useful tone knob to make the effect darker or brighter.
A two-way switch sets whether your reverb has a short or long pre-delay - long giving a little more breathing space for your notes before the reverb kicks in. A large rotary switch chooses between 10 different reverb types or the TonePrint. The 10 settings give you all the reverb types you could reasonably want as a guitar player apart from, if you're into off-the-wall sonics, a reverse reverb.
"A pedalboard-friendly reverb pedal that can be constantly refreshed with different versions of the effect."
FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Reverb review
Despite its relatively short existence, the name Strymon already commands plenty of kudos in pedal-loving circles. Thanks to sophisticated effects such as the El Capistan, TimeLine and Flint, the Californian company has become synonymous with unparalleled attention to detail and tonal integrity - and its latest creation, the BigSky, aims to be the pedal that is to reverb what the TimeLine is to feature-rich delay: a pro-quality stompbox that does it all.
Packed into the BigSky's lightweight aluminium chassis are 12 'reverb machines', which offer different sizes, effects and dimensions of sound, controlled by seven fundamental knobs: Decay, Pre-delay, mix, tone, Mod, Param 1 and Param 2. The latter two control functions specific to particular reverb machines - anything from additional EQ options to pitch- shift intervals or room size.
"This kind of quality doesn't come cheap, but reverbs don't get much better than this - a superlative stompbox in every way."
FULL REVIEW: Strymon BigSky review
T-Rex Room-Mate Junior
The original Room-Mate (£340), with its integral valve, is an upmarket option among reverb pedals.
This Junior version, however, is more affordable and more pedalboard-friendly, because it runs from nine- rather than 12-volt power supplies.
"Whether you wish to emulate a vintage spring or surround your sound with a certain size of ambience, this is a solid choice."
FULL REVIEW: T-Rex Room-Mate Junior review
Being part of American behemoth Harman Professional has its advantages: just ask DigiTech, which has the license to use sister company Lexicon's studio-grade reverbs.
The latest in its line is the Polara, which bridges the gap between the discontinued HardWire RV-7 and the HardWire Supernatural, by serving up the usual reverb suspects alongside ambient settings.
"While ambient fans may be left wanting, anyone after a versatile compact reverb won't be disappointed."
FULL REVIEW: DigiTech Polara review
What you get with Space is 12 effects from the Eventide H8000FW and Eclipse V4 rackmount processors. Some of them are pure reverb, but others are combinations where it's paired with delays, pitch-shifting, tremolo, modulation and spatial effects.
These are stored in 100 editable presets, including many crafted by respected record producers and engineers, and some created by Living Colour's Vernon Reid.
"The ultimate stompbox for creating atmospheric sounds."
FULL REVIEW: Eventide Space review
Neunaber Wet Stereo Reverb
Neunaber's reverb algorithm is unique and has a US patent. The real-world space or device it's designed to sound like isn't specified, but the software editor lets you replicate spring, hall and plate.
It's a very nice-sounding reverb that can go from just a touch of ambience to massive spaces, all with a tone knob that can soften or brighten to suit your needs, keeping it sitting in the background or adding a touch of surf spring splash.
"An easy-to-use reverb pedal with a natural illusion of space that suits guitar tones."
FULL REVIEW: Neunaber Wet Stereo Reverb review
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UK: Andertons Music
Zoom MultiStomp MS-70CDR
The latest pedal in Zoom's MultiStomp line does away with the MS-50G and MS-100BT's amp and overdrive models, and instead focuses its efforts on chorus, delay and reverb. The MS-70CDR features exclusive all-new models of pedals cloned from the likes of Eventide, Strymon and TC Electronic.
Three push-button knobs adjust onscreen parameters, while four cursor keys scroll through effects and add or remove them. You can chain up to six together and save them as one of 50 patches. Assigning a patch to a letter of the alphabet lets you to scroll through them using the footswitch.
"If you're after a highly tweakable chorus, delay and reverb pedal, the MS-70CDR is a worthy investment."
FULL REVIEW: Zoom MultiStomp MS-70CDR review
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail
This one's been around so long it predates this site, but the Holy Grail's appearance on countless pro 'boards more than justifies its appearance here.
A choice of spring, hall and the flange-happy Flerb setting afford the Grail more versatility than its minimal control setup would suggest, and it's now available in Max, Neo and Plus flavours, as well as appearing in EHX's Epitome and Turnip Greens multi-effects.
Fender '63 Tube Reverb
Fender's first reverb, the 6G15, is now available in as the '63 Tube Reverb. Not to be confused with an amplifier, this is a valve powered outboard unit, which sits between guitar and amp with a remote footswitch to turn the effect on and off.
The Mix knob dials in the reverb, Dwell drives the springs harder, turning up the intensity/length of the reverb, while the tone knob takes the sound from dark to ultra-tinkly - all giving a great level of control.
"The daddy of all spring reverbs is still potent, even half a century on."
FULL REVIEW: Fender '63 Tube Reverb review
Mr Black Eterna Gold Modified
The original Eterna reverb has become a cult classic thanks to its divine shimmer (ie, one-octave up) 'verbs, and the Gold Modified edition refines the format with mammoth 60-second tails, plus four-octave processing and more mid-focus.
"One of the best ambient pedals we've heard."
FULL REVIEW: Mr Black Eterna Gold Modified review
BUY: Mr Black Eterna Gold Modified currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Mini Reverb
We first spotted this petite reverb on Guthrie Govan's pedalboard, and now it's available to us mere mortals. TC Electronic's HOF Mini is one of the most compact reverbs on the market - the enclosure's too small to even display the full pedal name!
However, that means you get just the one control and mono operation only, while the pedal is powered by a nine-volt power supply.
This is no one-trick pony, though, for the HOF Mini also boasts TC's innovative TonePrint technology. By default, the pedal is loaded with a lush hall setting, but through the use of the TonePrint smartphone app, any of the full- sized Hall Of Fame settings and artist-programmed 'Prints can be beamed into the pedal.
"For those short on 'board space and keen on computer-based editing, this is an outstanding compact 'verb."
FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Mini Reverb review
Crazy Tube Circuits Splash mkII
Featuring two different reverb algorithms (one with longer pre-delay and decay than the other), the Splash mkII has a mix knob to blend in the reverb.
This doubles as a pull switch to kill the dry sound and give a 100 per cent wet signal for a special effect or for use in a parallel effects loop.
"Excellent reverb that sounds tailor-made for guitar in a small footprint - what's not to like?"
FULL REVIEW: Crazy Tube Circuits Splash mkII review
For a cheaper, more streamlined rig, Catalinbread has released the Topanga, which is designed to replicate those 6G15 sounds with similar Dwell, Tone and Mix knobs plus a volume knob that can add a flavour of the original's valves to boost your amp's front end.
There's also a modulation mode, awkwardly entered by powering up with the tone knob at minimum, plus full wet capability at the extreme of the Mix knob.
"Many pedals simulate spring reverb, but few get this close to a Fender outboard unit."
FULL REVIEW: Catalinbread Topanga review
Earthquaker Devices Afterneath
The Afterneath is designed to provide otherworldly reverb effects, created by a collection of short delays working together and set up by juxtaposition of its six knobs.
Three of these control standard reverb pedal parameters – the dry/reverb mix, the length of the reverb tail and how bright or dull it sounds, but the others offer more unusual tones.
"The Afterneath is not your typical reverb pedal, but massive sounds like this don't come cheap."
FULL REVIEW: Earthquaker Devices Afterneath review
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