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Ideas For Using Reverb On Guitar In Your Band [Spring, Swell, Plate, Hall, Room & More]

Published 21 Jan 2022

In this video we revisit perhaps our favourite effect of all: reverb. We’ve done many shows on different reverb types and applications… but here we are putting it into musical context with some band jams.
We run through the common 'spring', 'plate', 'room' and 'hall' reverbs, before heading into swells, shimmers and reverse ‘verbs to really get those creative juices flowing.
For sure the musical style may not be to your tastes, but we really hope it can nevertheless spark ideas of how you can take some of these tones into music that you actually do like.

A note from me (Mick here). I’m going to get an ungodly kicking in the comments for my guitar being so out of tune in the jam. I’m really sorry - it’s a brand-new guitar, I didn’t set it up and I just couldn’t wrangle it in during the jam. Insert excuses here…. Erm, nobody died. Except me, inside. Ha!

Massive thanks to Dougie Mussard for being such a wonderful human and even better drummer.

How did we record the band?
The drums are mic’d in the Glyn Johns method (Neumann TLM102 as the overheads), plus an extra snare mic (Beyerdynamic M201) underneath. The bass is DI’d via an Ampeg SVT DI (full bass rig below), the guitar cabs are mic’d as usual (with Austrian Audio OC18), plus our stereo room mics (AKGC414XL). There’s plenty of spill all around the mics in the room.
Everything hits our UA Apollo interfaces for recording and I mixed it (Mick here) using the Universal Audio Luna DAW.

Enjoy the video!
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Pedals used in this episode…
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Dunlop BC108 Fuzz Face (custom build, links for JHF1 or Mini)
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• Jam Pedals Tube Dreamer
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• Keeley D&M Drive
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• Empress Reverb
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• Chase Bliss Audio Automatone CXM1978
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• TheGigRig G3

Bass board
• Source Audio Spectrum Intelligent Filter
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• Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive
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• Ampeg Opto Bass Compressor
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• Jam Pedals Ripply Fall (for chorus)
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• Ampeg SVT DI
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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
1:30 What are we doing today?
2:20 Today’s reverb pedals
3:18 No reverb & spring reverb
7:42 Room reverb
9:25 Plate reverb
11:05 You can’t hear them in a mix?
12:10 Hall reverb
13:15 Mick’s Spring Plate Room Hall Jam
22:00 Swell reverb
25:00 Shimmer reverb
27:50 Reverse reverb
30:34 Dan’s Swell Shimmer Reverse Jam
36:20 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’62 Relic Stratocaster - no video yet
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - no video yet
• Gray Guitars Skipper - no video yet

• Fender Player Precision Bass
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Amps in this episode:
• Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature with 2x12 cabinet / TR1265B speakers

• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue with standard speaker
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• Wallace AC5075 XT/FV MKII (from the mid ’60s) with Zilla Custom 2x10 / Celestion Alnico Gold & Two Rock 1x12 / WGS12L (bass rig)
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