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nickname009 05/10/2011

Line 6 Verbzilla : nickname009's user review

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Model Switch
This switch is used to select from 11 distinctly different types:

* '63 Spring - Based on* a Fender 1963 brown spring reverb head unit. Best known for great surf guitar tone!
* Spring - Based on a studio spring reverb.
* Plate - Based on a studio plate reverb.
* Room - Simulates the acoustic properties of a classic echo chamber that consists mainly of early reflections.
* Chamber - An elongated ambient space such as a hall, stairwell or elevator shaft creates this reverb type. Dreamy.
* Hall - Simulates the sound of a concert hall or large open space with a strong reverb tail. Imagine a gymnasium, performance hall, or cathedral.
* Ducking - Built using a 'Hall' but with a ducking effect. The volume of your reverb is "ducked" (reduced) while you're playing, and increases when you stop. This allows for clean musical passages with a touch of reverb that ramps up in volume once you stop playing.
* Octo - Creates a lush, ambient space with a harmonized decay whose harmonic denseness is controlled by the time knob. Use volume swells and prepare to float on a cloud!
* Cave - Surreal cavernous echo chamber.
* Tile - Emulates the acoustic reflections of a tiled room, such as a bathroom with bright early reflections.
* Echo - Just like it says ...echo...echo...echo.

Mix
Allows you to control the amount of reverb in your signal from dry to 100% wet.

Decay
Controls how quickly the reverb tail fades to silence.

Time
Controls the length of pre-delay. This is the amount of delay before the signal hits the reverb chamber.

Tone
Allows you to adjust the tonal character of the reverb, giving you the flexibility to go from dark and subtle to bright and splashy.

Trails Switch
When switched on, Verbzilla's processing is engaged while in bypass, so reverb smoothly trails away when you kick the effect off.



UTILIZATION

This is a very good pedal. Not too sure if it's underrated and I know it's famous not for it's reverb, though I do think the reverb is quite good the verbzilla is more famous (to me at least) for the octo setting. this is the famous sounds you hear on U2 records that the edge produces with more expensive equipment and this is also the primary reason i purchased this pedal! I'm not a HUGE reverb fan, except when it's on clean and when I use effects I generally like to use sort of the more extreme settings as an actual EFFECT. As opposed to some subtle noise to enhance a guitar's tone or whatnot.

I haven't any need for the manual since it's pretty easy to use. The trails option makes the pedal very organic sounding and transitions the effects in and out more smoothly for the song to seem more..natural.

SOUND QUALITY

As I said before, I'm not a big reverb fan so it's hard for me to tell what is GOOD reverb and what is BAD reverb. To me, it generally all sounds the same and quite good.

The octo setting, however is great! The mix knob allows me to put in as much of the octo signal as i want which is great also depending on the song. It is apparently true bypass also which is good, and again though it's not really the sound, but the trails option is great.

I have to say that I'd be using this pedal mainly for the octo setting and thus the review is based accordingly so.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall it's a good pedal for the octo setting. the reverbs are good as well and good emulations that they say they are. However I'm not a reverb fanatic so i cannot say if this is the best reverb pedal ever. But I know that most people that own this pedal use it for the octo setting 80% of the time and not the 'verb. So I'm giving it a good review because of the octo setting. It's also a reliable looking pedal, very heavy and sturdy looking. I haven't gigged with it yet but it seems to be very tough. Knock on wood.