Electro-Harmonix Cathedral
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Electro-Harmonix Cathedral

Cathedral, Reverb for Guitar from Electro-Harmonix.

moosers 01/05/2010

Electro-Harmonix Cathedral : moosers's user review

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The Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb is a pedal designed for electric guitar, but suitable with any electronic instrument that you'd like to use reverb with.  The pedal is a stereo pedal, so it has two 1/4 inch connections for inputs and outputs and the pedal can be powered with a nine volt power supply.  Cathedral has eight different modes, and you can also preset your own.  The pedal has two buttons for bypass and tempo tapping; the pedal isn't rackable as it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

I've never found the Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb to be hard to use, as everything is straight forward and easy to use.  The pedal has a variety of parameters to control your tone, including those for mode, pre-delay, feedback, damping/tone, reverb time, and blend.  I find that these parameters are more than enough to give me the tones that I want, especially when paired with the eight different modes.  I haven't seen the manual for Cathedral, but I don't think that one is necessary as the pedal is easy enough to use without one.


SOUND QUALITY

The sound of the Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb is overall outstanding.  Most of the modes are really awesome, although a few of them do stand out to me.  I've used the pedal with a Fender Jazzmaster and a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and found that within this configuration that I was able to get an accurate read on the pedal.  My favorite modes on the pedal are the two spring reverb setting, the reverse, and the plate.  This being said, the entire pedal has a very realistic and professional sounding tone and is one that I would recommend for use of any kind.  This collection of reverb sounds is one of the most complete that I have seen.


OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for an extremely versatile reverb pedal, the Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb is for you.  The pedal isn't the cheapest of the bunch, but it is definitely worth it in my opinion as you're getting an incredible amount of different reverb tones here.  Since it's made by Electro-Harmonix, you know you're getting a well built pedal as they're some of the best in the business when it comes to pedals.  If you're looking for a truly complete reverb pedal, do yourself a favor and check out EH's Cathedral Reverb.