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Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
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Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
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« Blackface in a box  »

Published on 10/21/11 at 09:23
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUND QUALITY

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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!
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