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Wonderful Spring Reverb: Genuine Spring Units Compared With Digital Pedals

Published on 1 Mar 2019

In this video we drip slowly into the spellbinding tank of spring reverb. Among the oldest effects anywhere – not least for guitar – a classic spring reverb uses a physical chamber (tank), in which sit a number of real springs with an input transducer at one end and an output transducer at the other. Audio goes in, excites the springs, and the resultant sound is swathed in ambience. We love it.
However, not all amps have spring reverb – or any reverb at all for that matter – so what options exist for you to add to your rig?
We compare three genuine spring-equipped outboard units with some more compact digital takes on the spring reverb sound. Let’s get washy, baby…

A note on the Anasounds tanks. If you’re confused about which one you’re hearing, you can see the red and white cables plugged in to the tank being used at the top of the screen.
We’d also like to apologise for the confusion caused by talking over the reverb trails. One day before the end of time, Dan will learn that he has to let the reverb finish before talking. Danish Pete says he has a solution… but they don’t use room mics.
I’ll stop moaning now, but I’m not answering any comments on it because I’m tired to almost-death of explaining it over and over again: the voice mics are gained waaaaaay louder than the amp mics, so the amps are waaaaaay louder through the voice mics than through the amp mics. You bring the voice mics up because Dan starts talking, and then the sound of the reverb is unrealistically loud. I’m going for a valium and lie-down. Mick here.

We hope you enjoy this episode…

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini

• NRG Effects Purrer

• Jam Pedals Rattler

• Carl Martin Headroom

• Crazy Tube Circuits White Whale

• Anasounds Element Analog Spring Reverb with Le Bon, La Brute and Le Truand tanks

• Wampler Reflection
UK & Europe:

• Chase Bliss Audio Dark World
UK & Europe:

• Source Audio True Spring Reverb
UK & Europe:

• Digitech Hardwire Supernatural
No longer made

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- What are we doing today? 1:17
- Amps today… and questions: 2:35
- Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature: 3:07
- Audio Kitchen Big Chopper: 4:00
- Both amps together: 7:05
- We can’t play without reverb: 8:38
- Carl Martin Headroom: 10:22
- Issues with spring reverb on a pedalboard? 12:30
- Crazy Tube Circuits White Whale: 13:32
- Anasounds Element & tanks: 16:20
- Higher gain with reverb and single coils: 26:12
- …and humbuckers: 28:10
- Smaller pedal reverbs: 32:47
- Wampler Reflection: 34:50
- Chase Bliss Dark World: 37:45
- Pre-delay? 38:40
- …and with gain: 39:15
- Source Audio True Spring: 43:40
- Digitech Supernatural: 46:40
- Using amp reverb and a pedal together: 52:09
- A quick thought on differing reverb levels in dual-channel amps: 54:30
- All the reverb: 57:55

Guitars and amps used today:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 – no video yet
• Two Rock Classic Reverb Signature & 212 cabinet with TR 1265B speakers:
• Audio Kitchen Big Chopper with Marshall 1960AX cabinet and Celestion G12M Greenback speakers

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