« Blackface in a box »Published on 10/21/11 at 09:23
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!