Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb

FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb, Reverb for Guitar from Boss.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 12 reviews )
 4 reviews33 %
 7 reviews58 %
 1 user review8 %
Value For Money : Poor

nickname009's review

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
A classic reborn — the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender® Spring Reverb returns as a modern stompbox. BOSS and Fender® USA have collaborated to create the FRV-1, a stunning recreation of the legendary ’63 Fender® Reverb via COSM technology. The FRV-1 puts that timeless tube-driven reverb sound under your foot in a tough, reliable compact pedal.

A timeless classic — the Fender® Spring Reverb is the sound that launched the surf-music phenomenon, and is a staple of rockabilly, country, and blues. Later, it became commonplace in grunge and other modern genres. Now the same legendary sound can be had in an affordable, rugged compact pedal.

Recreates the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender® Reverb via COSM technology
Easy operation with three classic controls for Dwell, Tone, and Mix for creating sounds from buttery warmth to sparkling twang
Cool, retro appearance
Road-tough BOSS metal construction

This is a relatively new pedal, boss' attempt at recreating a classic fender '63 reverb tank. Housed in the classic compact boss single sized pedal, with no more than what? 3 knobs. Of course, the usual with boss. Simplicity so you can just plug in and play!


Simple with the 3 knobs dwell, tone and mix. Tweak'em all till you get that classic springy 'verb sound that you're used to hearing from a '63 tank.


Now, i'm not a BIG reverb user. But I do seldom use reverb and sometimes there's good sounding reverb and bad sounding reverb. I'll try to generalize for the common people who aren't tone purists or hardcore reverb users. A good reverb is something that doesn't generally alter your original guitar signal, but also sounds pleasing, with a sort of warm vibe and not sterile or thin etc. This is of course, the effect that I'm talking about, that 'hallway' effect. Some bad reverb effects sound like, they're not even there or working or audible, or that that 'hallway' effect just lacks something and sounds 'cold.

I do know a player who told me that he no longer takes out his actual '63 reverb tank because he has this pedal. That's how good this pedal supposedly is. So it's gotta be good! right? I think it sounds great for all the surf stuff, definitely. I always get a kick out of playing the james bond theme as well.


I think fender is definitely onto something with their newly released COSM-like pedals. This is one of them of course and sounds convincingly good! I would definitely look into this pedal if I were in search of a good reverb that reminded me of an older '63 fender tank.


James...'s review"Surprisingly very good"

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
BOSS FRV-1 Fender 1963 Spring Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

Re-creates the legendary sound of the 1963 Fender Reverb via COSM technology
Easy operation with three classic controls for Dwell, Tone, and Mix for creating sounds from buttery warmth to sparkling twang
Cool, retro appearance
Road-tough BOSS metal construction


I have always been that snobby kind of guy who stayed away from boss pedals in general. Besides maybe the giga delay, I have never really played a boss pedal I liked very much. However, due to the curious lack of *budget* reverb pedals that seem to be on the market, I recently decided to try the Fender Reverb pedal boss offers. The first thing you realized about the frv-1 is how simple it is. I don't know about you, but 3 knobs on a reverb pedal is a relief coming from a guy who just spent a week messing with an eventide space echo. You literally get a mix, tone, and dwell control. Honestly I don't even think the tone control is all that needed. But it doesn't hurt. Boss pedals, for all my gripes about them, are pretty well made. I really wish they had switchcraft style switches or something, but beggars can't choose I suppose.


I actually have the honor of having a 68' Fender Blackface 4x10 to compare this to. So that's a plus. I'm aware this is based on a 63 fender, so I'm not going to expect it to be an exact replica or anything.

Now let me be clear here when I say why the actual blackface reverb is better to me. The blackface has that sparkle and depth you can only get from a real reverb tank. There's just something highly organic about a 40 year old reverb unit that you will never be able to model in a pedal. It's a shame but I'm admitting it.

Here's the good news. The boss is way clearer and less noisy. With the original blackface reverb you lose a lot of fidelity, which isn't always a bad thing, but I think the boss is less "lo-fi" in a good way sometimes if you catch my meaning.

So for complete authenticity, I give it a 7. For getting the job done the right way, I would say an 8 or 9 is in order. It sounds good.


I'm shocked at how good this pedal sounds. Boss is really onto something here. It's a good deal for a classic sounding reverb folks. Get on it. As far as other reverbs in this price range, I have tried most of them and this is probably the best unless you want something more wacky sounding.

MGR/Billy's review"Boss 63 Fender Reverb Pedal"

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
This pedal digitally reproduces the classic tones of the original 63 Fender Reverb unit. The unit although sounded amazing is powered by tubes and can be somewhat cumbersome and high maintenance. Fender went to Boss and said 'Hey bro, let's make this in pedal form' well OK don't quote me on that, but that is what happened and Boss built Fender's 63 Reverb pedal.

My usual expensive 'Yeah I'd like to try this out' pedal shopping extravaganzas. Regularly $129 I was able to score this on sale for $100.

It's a simple no nonsense pedal. It can really add that pocket full of sunshine you hear on the old Beach Boys records.

The three simple knobs on this pedal are Mixer, Tone and Dwell. Mixer decides how much reverb you are sending out, Tone is a standard treble roll off tone knob like your standard guitar's tone know and Dwell acts as a sustain knob.

With the old reverb units every time you tried to move them you'd hear an ear piercing exploding sound from the springs rattling. Well you know what it really is not a problem with me that this pedal doesn't do that, nor can I think of any other negatives.

Your regular awesome Boss quality construction you have grown to learn, love and rely on.

The Boss Fender 63 Deluxe Reverb pedal sure doesn't top the old tube Reverb units, but it makes life a whole lot easier and sounds great too.

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King Loudness10/21/2011

King Loudness's review"Blackface in a box "

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
The BOSS FRV1 is a more recent offering from the company that uses COSM amp modeling to try and recreate the iconic clean and semi gritty tones of the famed Fender Deluxe Reverb '65 amplifier. This pedal not only claims to alter the tonal structure of your sound, but it also contains within it reverb and vibrato effects too in one closer step to the original amp. It's housed in a fairly standard BOSS chassis and has controls for gain/volume, EQ adjustment, and reverb/vibrato. It's able to run off of a battery or an adaptor like nearly all modern BOSS pedals in this format.


Setting this pedal up for good tones is pretty simple. The interface is easy to understand and navigate, and I had no issues with dialing in sounds. It's a surprising little pedal for sure. Though it'll never replace a genuine DRRI combo, it does a good job at some killer Fenderesque cleans or as a mild booster to push an overdriven amp even further. I particularly liked using it to augment the tone coming from my amplifier for a totally separate tonal colour that I could add to my palate.


Where this pedal is meant to sound like the Deluxe Reverb, it does best at taking a standard clean sound and transforming it into a quasi Fender. It has a nice natural compression that is surprising and the way the gain breaks up is fairly convincing. I particularly liked using it with a Strat for some classic funk, blues or surf textures. It goes from fairly clean to mild gain type tones which is a definite plus for versatility. The onboard reverb and vibrato sound fairly good for being emulations, and they are certainly a nice pair of extra features that bring the pedal a step closer to tonal truth.


All in all I think the BOSS FRV1 is a cool little pedal that has some classic blackface type tones on hand for not a lot of cash or space. At about $150 new these pedals are reasonably priced and have the unmistakable BOSS look at feel backing them all the way. If you want a decent "Fender in a box" you really cannot go wrong with this pedal. Definitely worth a second look for sure!

iamqman's review"It's gonna be Le....gen.....dary!!"

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
This is the third pedal of this team up between Fender and Boss pedals. This is an emulation of the 63 Reverb amp unit that looked like an amp and had some components of amps inside but was actually just a reverb pedal/amp.

This peal is very simple and easy to control. There is three basic control to this unit. You first have the mixer control knob which allows the amount of reverb the unit will produce. Second you have a tone knob which will allow you to brighten or darken the pedal up much like the tone control knob on your guitar. Finally, you have the dwell control knob which adjusts the level of the original signal that goes to the reverb unit.



Controls: Dwell, Mixer, Tone
Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 37 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 420 g (15oz.)
Nominal Input Level: -20dBu
Input Impedance: 1MOhm
Nominal Output Level: -20dBu
Output Impedance: 1kOhm
Recommended Load Impedance: 10kOhm or greater
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


If you are a fan of reverb than this is a great pedal for you. I love reverb but I have analog delay pedal that i sue to give a little natural reverb to my tone. If I didn't have that this would be the next best thing in my opinion.

The tone of this pedal is fantastic and really allows you to get a nice bluesy reverb tone reminiscent of the old records from the 60's. This would a pedal that the guys in the Beach Boys would have used if they didn't use the real deal. The tone is natural and very tube like for a pedal anyways.


At new these pedals come in at around $139. not a bad price for a great sounding reverb pedal. These pedals have a close simulation to the original units. Fender has now begun to reissue the actual amps now and they run about $650. So this would be a nice alternative if you didn't want to spend that much money. However if you have ever heard the real deal I don't think you would let yourself buy this pedal You would probably save up for the tube driven reverb. It is fantastic!!!

-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very well on clean sounds."

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
digital emulation of analog reverb springs (the '63 reverb unit in fender). Format pedal boss, solid metal shell, 9v power supply, a jack in, jack and roll out a youth!


three buttons dwell mix and tone, it ends quickly by finding the dose of reverb that music deserves. It is very versatile (although not as warm as an original ten times more expensive), when used where it is necessary. What a boss pedal, it does the job, the bare minimum and it is his interest!


This is great to dress up a clear, or to play the misirlou! The big surprise of this reverb, and what makes his interest over its cheaper competitors is the tone knob, which will cahnger the color of the reverb, dark (like the first unit fender) to clear (as the current fender amps). After worry, it erst Exhibit acute foil expensive side fender to in all cases. Lovers filled as Ampeg eg reverb, go your way, it is not versatile and dislikes distos! So it is in his field, but it's up to you to see if you tame or not.


I use it for a year, following a change of amp (before I used my Fender reverb directly, if you have a real fender, not bother with this pedal) marshall who has no reverb. After my game in my group does not require a lot of reverb, so I think removing it from my rig and let the sound engineer put the reverb directly when there is need. But it is a good reverb for extra home studio for example.

It may be a bit pricey for what it is but right now the price down so ... enjoy!

After I do not think I would do this choice. There are other more versatile reverb (Hall of fame for example), so as to put directly the price if you want to not be confined to a particular reverb.

TheJeff666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Effective and very versatile"

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
This is a reverb pedal supposed to emulate the sound of the Fender spring reverb ... 63 Digital COSM technology, the standard Boss.
only three trimmings: Mix, Tone and Dwell, which correspond to the same trimmings as the Fender '63 Reverb.
- Mixer: adjusts the reverb level.
- Dwell: Dwell sets the amount of reverb and harmonics of the intensity of the reverb. On the Boss FRV-1 Dwell also works as a drive for the section of sound that mimics the lamp.
- Tone: The tone trimming changes the EQ range of the reverb. 1 corresponds to the position deeper reverb, and position 10 to a brighter reverb.


Extremely simple configuration, no need to book. buttons to edit the sound, hard to get any easier, it is a pedal boss ...


To simulate the sound of the Fender spring reverb ... 63 I like a doubt .... I do not know the original, but have played on many amps with a real spring (quite rightly fender ...). So for me the feelings are not there (the response of the reverb game dynamics for example).
For his against by the fact that quite well in the studio. It was the famous reverbs surfs very simply, but also a wide range of other collorations on hand and it is very well seen ...
In fact, between the knob and dwell especially the effectiveness of tone knob, it is not confined only to the large brilliant well the Fender spring, but also to more effective and discreet very dark colors with other types of games. For a time we can tweak a sound with a Fender reverb estamplillée, we will not complain right?


Less than flattering Malekko less cliché that EHX, but also more versatile, efficient and original in its design and in its sound reproduction.
Used for more than two years, I am very demanding with reverbs (I have a eventide) that I use sparingly and with discretion in general. I tried a few before my choice to stop this Boss who is constantly in the loop of my preamp.
A little expensive new in my opinion, the value for money is interesting on occasion.
With the experience I probably do it again this choice in this price range.

rognutudju's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect"

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
Digital reverb. The mixer may be analog?


3 buttons:

DWELL: Adjusts the amount of input signal that goes to the reverb circuit.
MIXER: Mixes the input signal and the gross output of the reverb.
TONE: Adjusts the tone of the reverb signal and ALSO the volume of it! For me, this is the secret of this pedal. For a Fender amp reverb types, I rule the tone at 9:00, not more.


Very nice reverb. I used it with a clone that has not Blackface reverb.

The only drawback: Transfo necessary, or when big budget batteries.


I almost sell it, before discovering the possibilities of knob Tone.

I had a Holly Grail and a TC electronic that I sold it for.

Yvan_P's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
the sound of the Fender Spring Reverb ® 1963.
BOSS and Fender ® USA have collaborated to create the FRV-1

COSM. typed tube reverb


3 settings
- Mixer (vol reverb)
- Dwel (length of reverb)
- Tone


it sounds actually come from a reverb fender 63 is not quite the same but we are not far.
I was looking for a reverb to replace the one installed on a blues junior that does not sound good.
I tried several reverb and it's the boss who was doing the best adjustment of tone is very well done.
Cosm system tends to mitigate a little the signal but it's not annoying because the sound does not lose quality.

The reverb sound is full, sensual and generous, you get something sweet that does not assault the ears


it's a bit expensive in my opinion but the sound is very good, royalties obliged

blizward's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Reverb Evil"

Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
Boss Reverb format. Digital sound processing. No surprises.


I honestly have not looked at the manual, which is also what I put?
Editing the sounds is very simple and it is easy to find the desired effect intuitively. The three parameters are fairly interactive, for example increase the brightness (tone in the sense of clockwise) will increase the dwell, the resonance of the reverb. can also play on the intensity of the effect with that famous or dwell knob mix


I did not compared to the original Fender tank but what comes closest: reverb built my dear Peavey Delta Blues (Combo 15 "tube) by plugging in a bass (yes!) Hagstrom vintage 70s (passive and timbre rich medium). The Boss is very convincing and realistic reverb with a color quite distinctive, brighter than the amp. Similarly the chirping characteristic of springs that s 'collide is returned. The advantage of the pedal from the reverb of the amp, it also slips into a pocket, is that it offers a wider variety of settings, especially the tone s' proves very effective. For cons, its very bright because it tends to eat a little low, certainly compared with what makes the reverb of Peavey. It contributes to the character of the reverb springs and pedal format should not be too embarrassing to the guitar even if it is to be avoided with a bass in a "normal" use (low and agreeing reverb anyway "normally" rather badly). For those who wish, on the other hand , this instrument can replay the credits of Twin Peaks and it's very very nice. In addition to a delay set very short (slapback) found Misirlou by Dick Dale, always low.
Plugged into an amp more neutral than the Peavey (Acoustic Image + MarkBass 500W speaker) or in a small transistor amp (Kustom 10W), the pedal retains its character and color of each amp. We like it or not but the sound is very characteristic.
Note that the pedal quite nicely simulates the saturation of the big Fender tube reverb. We are not talking about distortion, that's be clear, but an addition of grain in the mids treble if you return a signal with a lot of gain. A big "clean boost" and does not make an aggressive or unpleasant distorted and reverb Boss behave as well as input from the amp in the effects loop.


So yes, keeping a promise: we find a good reverb sound of vintage surf music oriented or spaghetti western. And it's really a simulation in that it strongly stained the sound of the instrument and the amp. Used as an effect because the record is therefore in my opinion too typed to be part of the style of a musician even if the tone control brings an undeniable versatility.
For rough terrain, I prefer the reverb on my Peavey respects better (obviously) the sound of the instrument torque / amp and there is much more neutral reverbs on the market (the Boss RV for starters).
For aficionados of surf sounds, it will not replace a real Fender tank, do not be fooled although I think the spirit of the original is (very) well respected. In any case, the idea that I was doing his Fender.
If you want to sprinkle your typed play these sounds, go for it. Even better: for those who do not have reverb combo in their lamps, the Boss will be very convincing for the interim.
Comparing with the competition (EHX Holy Grail Reverb Malekko Chicklet) the 129 € are not stolen. It remains in the same price range and performance are at least equivalent. As usual at Boss, it was material that does its job: it is pro, no frills and it meets expectations if one does not expect the impossible that we want to swallow marketing. In its specific niche (SIMULATION spring reverb) this pedal is perfect.