Updated Apr. 21, 2022

 

If you are looking for a thorough guide to the best reverb pedals, you’ve come to the right place.

This article is organized in a way that helps you figure out what kind of reverb you need. It lists the three top models for each of the categories listed below. Each list, then, also gives you a link to more comprehensive dedicated articles featuring other popular pedals.

Start by choosing a type of reverb pedal from the list below.

Best Reverb Pedals, a Buyer's Guide by Type

Lists updated on April 08, 2022

Reverb, the Origins

Reverb pedals never seem to go out of fashion, maybe because reverb is an effect that’s part of our daily lives and each one of us can relate to it.

We can experience the pleasant sonic properties of reverb in any enclosed spaces (often without even realizing) and this effect was used for music centuries before the advent of the electric guitars: any sparsely furnished, more or less rectangular room is a reverb-generating environment, and larger spaces like temples or theaters can produce particularly lush and gorgeous results.

Humans started emulating this natural phenomenon in the 1930s with spring and plate reverb tanks. Since then, the technology has progressed immensely in its attempt to recreate it, with guitar pedal manufacturers playing a major role in it.

First, Understand What Kind of Reverb You Need

As you probably realized, there are several reverb stompboxes on the market for different budgets and needs, but also for different “brains” – yes because different guitarists appreciate different features, independently from their needs.

The goal of this article is to help each one of our readers find the category of reverb pedal that’s best for them.

So, do you know what reverb pedal you need? Your options are on the Table of Contents at the top of this article, click on the one that answers this question for you and you’ll jump to our recommended list of the three best pedals in their category. Each lists links to a more comprehensive article about that category.

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BEST CLASSIC AND SIMPLE REVERBS (Spring)

A slight amount of reverb makes your guitar sound beautiful, adding a sense of space to your parts. Here’s a quick example of an electric guitar played with and without traditional reverb.

By “traditional” here we mean spring reverb, which is the kind of reverb-emulating circuit that was installed in guitar amps in the ’60s, and that started the whole reverb-mania. Spring reverb is universally accepted as the “classic” type of reverb for electric guitar.

Spring reverb pedals normally feature a warm sound, very few knobs, and are divided in large analog stompboxes with real springs and more compact digital ones with circuits that emulate springs.

Genres Spring Reverb is good for:
Almost anything traditional: Blues, Country, Alt Rock, Folk, Rock’n’Roll, but mostly… Surf!

These are the best reverb pedals you can buy in the spring niche, we organized them in 3 categories:

Compact Spring Reverb Pedals (Digital)

These are digital pedals that recreate the original sound of spring reverb devices found in old guitar amps.

  1. Boss FRV-1 ’63 Fender Reverb
    Recently discontinued, but still extremely popular. It’s a digital recreation of the tube-driven 1963 Fender Spring Reverb, born from a collaboration between the two giants.
    Pros: great, authentic “drippy” spring sound and it’s quite affordable | Cons: no controls for EQ; being discontinued means to warranty.
  2. Catalinbread Topanga
    An accurate, digital emulation of the legendary outboard Fender 6G15 spring reverb. Dwell knob controls how hard the springs are hit by the guitar signal. The Volume knob operates a discreet preamp for extra clean boost.
    Pros: wider range of tones combined with Mix and Volume control allow for perfect board integration | Cons: not the “drippiest” in this list and problematic with high gain pickups and pricier than other options.
  3. JHS Pedals Spring Tank
    An original take on the vintage spring reverb circuit with a peculiar attack knob that adds a space between 15-30ms between the input signal and the first reverberation. It features two “Tank” settings (reverb mix) which can be switched via the right footswitch. The Dwell control sets the length and thickness of the decay, the Depth sets the intensity of the reverb.
    Pros: dual tank setting + a useful FX loop | Cons: not an authentic-sounding spring reverb.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Spring Reverb Pedals.
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Real Spring Reverb Pedals (Analog)

The pedals in this list are analog and contain real spring inside, just like the original amp unit. This is why they all have a rather large footprint.

  1. Surfy Industries SURFYBEAR Compact
    A real spring pedal with two analog presets from a builder specializing in this niche. It features useful controls like a boost (to make up for lost volume when the effect is on) and souble mixer (to switch between two reverb settings). The Dwell knob controls the amount of reverb and Decay its length. It also has a Tone knob. Check out the bigger SurfyBear Metal.
    Pros: the best sounding reverb in this list, very tweakable | Cons: very large and rather pricey.
  2. Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal
    The first “analog optical spring reverb,” called Light, where an optical sensor is employed to “harvest the timbral and harmonic range of a spring reverb tank.”This technology are a wider range of tones compared to a regular spring reverb, including some entirely new effects like Optical Reverb Tremolo, Optical Reverb Modulation and Optical Harmonic Shimmer.
    Pros: genius concept, great range of immersive sounds. | Cons: it doesn’t really “drip,” more unique than authentic.
  3. Danelectro Spring King
    A sleeper real spring reverb from the ’90s that’s now sought after. It features the unique “Kick Pad,” which, when kicked, produces that classic cracking noise.
    Pros: very affordable and perfect for surf music. | Cons: limited palette of sounds.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Spring Reverb Pedals.
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Mini Spring Reverb Pedals (Digital)

These are also digital, but for the guitarist on a tight budget!

  1. Wampler Mini Faux Spring Reverb
    A reduced version of the company’s Faux Spring Reverb, emulating the spring reverb used in many records from the ’60s.
    Pros: Great, wide sound in a mini enclosure | Cons: not as drippy as other pedals in this list; the knobs are so close is hard to turn them.
  2. Mosky MP-51 Spring Reverb Mini
    A super affordable, but rather popular, Chinese emulation of the Malekko Omicron Spring.
    Pros: Great for the price. | Cons: cheap build + not very authentic.
  3. Tone City Tiny Spring
    Affordable, one knob (reverb level), no-frills but great sounding analog spring delay pedal.
    Pros: affordable and well-built  | Cons: not tweakable at all

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Spring Reverb Pedals.
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BEST DO-IT-ALL REVERBS (Multi-Mode)

Spring reverb is not the only kind of reverb that can be used on a guitar. Other common types of reverb include Plate, Room, Hall, and Chamber, but a lot more variations are possible with a little creativity, like Reverse and Gated reverbs.

Because of this, some more comprehensive pedals offer guitar players more than one mode to choose from. They are normally referred to as “Multi-Mode” reverbs (or Multiverbs), but some are more multi than others…

Genres Multi-Mode Reverbs are good for:
Lots of genres, depending on the modes offered.

Multi-Mode Reverb Workstations (deep tweakability)

These studio-grade pedals are highly recommended for guitarists who have the patience to explore various settings and kind of reverbs. They are extremely powerful, great-sounding digital machines, but require some dedication to learn how to unleash their potential.

  1. Strymon BigSky
    It delivers 12 studio-class stereo reverbs. Diffused reflections and slower-building density are hallmarks of the Big Sky, as heard in the Bloom, Cloud, Chorale, Shimmer and Nonlinear algorithms. Controls for Decay, Pre-Delay, Mix (wet/dry), Tone, Mod and two effect-dependent Parameters make the pedal easy to use in any situation.
    Pros: it offers a variety of lush, great sounding and tweakable stereo sounds, from classic to creative. | Cons: Expensive and large.
  2. Electro-Harmonix Oceans 12
    A stereo digital reverb that takes the Ocean 11 one step further (hence the name) by adding an extra reverb engine. The two reverbs (each featuring 12 algorithms) can be run in series or parallel. Tails switch allows reverbs to decay naturally after you switch off the effect.
  3. Pros: dual stereo engine allows to change channel instantaneously, great sounding and tweakable sounds, from classic to creative. | Cons: Not all sounds are up to par and can be confusing to navigate.
  4. BOSS RV-500
    12 modes and 21 newly developed stereo algorithms, from ambiances to deep, immersive sonic atmospheres. Every reverb patch includes access to a full-featured digital delay, and you can even run two reverb patches at once. MIDI I/O, support for external footswitch/expression control and USB for connection to the free RV-500 Editor/Librarian software.
    Pros: Includes reverb and space echo tones + dual reverb mode and several ambient options. | Cons: editing parameters can be frustrating.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals.
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Multi-Mode Compact Reverb Pedals with 5 Modes or more

In this list, do-it-all pedals that are more compact, easier to navigate, more streamlined in features, and therefore also a lot more affordable than their bigger brothers above.

  1. BOSS RV-6
    A Stereo in/out reverb that offers eight separate modes including shimmer, dynamic and reverb+delay, and three simple knobs to control them all. It features input for expression pedal.
    Pros: relatively affordable and great sounding. | Cons: no trails on/off option and the Mode knob is hard to navigate on a dark stage.
  2. Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11
    It packs 11 modes editable through three knobs (FX Level, Time and Tone). Secondary controls feature “hidden” parameters that customize the effect. An internal Tails switch provides fadeout or decay if switched to bypass.
    Pros: versatile, great-sounding, reasonably priced. | Cons: the complexity of the secondary functions make it hard to recall some settings without presets.
  3. TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2
    It offers modes for Room, Hall, Spring, Plate, Church, Mod and Lofi reverb and three TonePrint slots for presets you can design with the free app. V2 includes a new Shimmer mode that pitches your reverb up an octave through each feedback loop with otherworldly results, and a pressure-sensitive footswitch.
    Pros: incredibly flexible thanks to Toneprint. | Cons: No reverse reverb and TC is now owned by Behringer/Music Tribe, a company that may not deserve your cash.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals.
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Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals with 3 or 4 Modes

Not as all-encompassing as the two previous categories in this section, these pedals offer a few reverb modes but quality ambiance.

  1. Biyang Tri Reverb
    Being blessed with the “Amazon’s Choice” tag and costing just over $53 made this Stereo reverb the most popular by far in this category. It has three modes (Hall, Spring and Room) and an A/B switch that gives you two variations on each. The two nobs only control Blend and Time. The reviews are mixed (4 out of 5 stars) but, at this price point, you might even give it a try.
    Pros: A variety of good sounding reverbs – for what you get, the price is incredible. | Cons: not the sturdiest of products, it can be noisy and doesn’t have a battery slot.
  2. Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo
    With Spring, Plate and Hall reverbs, the Holy Grail Neo provides the most sought-after ambiences in an easy-to-use, pedalboard-friendly stompbox. Select the reverb of your choice with the three-position switch and use the Reverb knob to mix the wet and dry signals.
    Pros: 3 of EHX’s renown reverb algorithms, at a fraction of the cost. | Cons: Many people find the Reverb knob too abrupt.
  3. Walrus Audio Fathom
    Four customized reverb settings, including Hall, Plate, Lo-Fi and Sonar, which features high and low octaves that can be blended to taste with the original signal. In addition to three levels of modulation, a Dampen knob suppresses high frequencies and an X control adjusts algorithm-specific parameters. The Sustain switch momentarily increases reverb time to near-infinite when pressed. Trails/No Trails modes.
    Pros: A more creative, boutique take on the 3-mode reverb format. | Cons: It ain’t cheap and it doesn’t do spring reverb.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals.
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Multi-Mode Compact Reverbs Under $100

Yes you can find some incredibly affordable multi-mode reverb pedals – the DigiTech Polara, in particular, is an incredible deal by a reputable builder.

  1. Flamma FS02
    A very affordable multi-mode stereo reverb with 7 modes (Room, Hall, Church, Cave, Plate, Spring, Mod) each coming with a storable preset. The controls are extremely useful and not generic: Level, High-cut, Low-cut, Decay, and Pre-delay.
    Pros: Affordable, stereo, presets, 5 useful knobs… it’s got them all! | Cons: The modes aren’t printed on the pedal, which requires memorizing the number they are associated with.
  2. Donner Vintaverb
    An affordable, compact stereo in/out reverb with 7 modes. It includes a very useful Pre-Delay knob, momentary freeze effect, and trails on/off functionality. That’s a lot of goodness for a $75 compact pedal. The seven included modes provide a satisfying blend of classic reverbs like Room, Studio, Hall, Plate and Spring, and more sonically adventurous ones like Modulated and distorted Reverb.
    Pros: Insane price, stereo, and versatile. | Cons: Some modes sound better than others.
  3. Joyo R-14 Atmosphere
    At well under $100, this is one of the most affordable multi-mode reverbs with more than 3 algorithms (it has 9) and trails on/off feature. 3 classic modes (Spring, Church and Plate) are followed by 6 super-creative ones, with names as abstract as Comet, Forest, Pulse and Rewind. Controls include mix, decay, tone and modulation.
    Pros: The modulation and tone knobs are a nice extra. | Cons: The modes are hit and miss, some more usable than others.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals.
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BEST REVERB PEDALS FOR THE ADVENTUROUS GUITARIST

In the 1960s, reverb, together with delay, became the central effect of the psychedelic rock movement (early Pink Floyd is a testament to that). In its various reincarnations (like Shoegaze, Dream Pop, and Avant-Indie) psychedelic music has been the most important driver of sonic experimentation in popular music, quietly propelling a race for reverb (and delay) pedals with “out there” sonic features.

This list includes this kind of device targeting guitarists with experimental and psychedelic leanings.

Genres Experimental Reverbs are good for:
Shoegazer, Ambient, Psychedelic Rock/Pop, Avant-Indie, Experimental.

Reverb Pedals for Shoegazer

In this list we included clean reverb pedals that are perfect for the shoegazer genre or other musical genres with big sonic soundscapes.

  1. Walrus Audio Slötva
    A creative, atmospheric reverb with presets delivering modulated, sleepy soundscapes through 3 algorithms: Dark adds a lower octave to the trail – X knob controls the octave’s volume; Rise is an auto-swell reverb – X controls the length of the rise after a note is played; Dream is a lush reverb with a latching pad function; the X knob here adds vibrato to the effect, controlling its depth.
    Pros: Great sounding and inspiring ambient tones. Presets addition is great. | Cons: It doesn’t do “normal” reverb, but that’s the point.
  2. Meris Mercury 7
    An adventurous, Midi integrated, stereo modulated reverb with intra-tank pitch-shifting featuring a reverb algorithm inspired by Vangelis’ score of the 1982 film Blade Runner. Two reverb modes: Ultraplate, a lush plate-style reverb with fast buildup; and Cathedra, a massive, ethereal and slow-building reverb. Momentary Swell footswitch and full modulation control.
    Pros: Great concept, great sounds, swell momentary effect, stereo, 16 internal presets. | Cons: Expensive, but hey…
  3. EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath V3
    An otherworldly reverberation machine that uses a cluster of short delays to create wild and cavernous reverberations with scattered, rhythmic and modulated reflections. Unlock new realms of immersive ambience with expression or CV control over the Drag parameter now with 9 unique modes as well as tails/no tails operation.
    Pros: Inspiring and unique, straightforward controls, Exp/CV integration. | Cons: So unique it may not be for all ambient guitar lovers.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Ambient/Shoegazer Reverb Pedals.
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Reverb+Delay Pedal Combos

These pedals offer both Reverb and Delay IN ONE BOX, a classic combination in all music influenced by psychedelic and ambient.

  1. Keeley Caverns V2
    A very popular pedal that combines reverb and analog-style tape delay with modulation options. It has three modes: Spring, a blackface amp-style spring reverb with Fender-esque tremolo; Modulation, which adds choral modulation to the reverb; and Shimmer, which emphasizes octave-up voices in the reverb trails.
  2. Source Audio Collider
    Two best selling effects embedded in a stereo Delay+Reverb effect with Midi, Tap Tempo and Freeze function. It includes a choice of 5 delay algorithms that can be combined with 7 reverbs for effects ranging from the subtle to the sci-fi.. 4 of the 6 knobs have a double function through a three-way toggle switch. Control knobs affect algorithm-specific settings.
  3. Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master V3
    An evergreen delay + reverb with a character that’s luscious and haunting at once. Its dark and ambient quality doesn’t sound unnatural. It’s extremely simple to use, with only four knobs for Mix, Time, Reverb (length) and Repeats (delay).

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Reverb + Delay Pedal Combos (Mono and Stereo).
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Reverb Pedals with Fuzz or Distortion

Reverb combined with any kind of distortion can create a variety of tones with the potential to intrigue guitarists with experimental tendencies.

Popular Genres:
This combo is particularly loved by psychedelic, shoegazer and noise-rock guitarists.

  1. Caroline Météore
    A Lo-Fi reverb with controls for Level (Mix), Attack, Size and Regen. Attack sets the amount of gain in the preamp, allowing you to overdrive the reverb, Size sets the initial reverberation, and Regen extends decay and adds overtones. A Dark/Bright switch sets the pedal’s voice, while the Havok footswitch can create extended or abrupt decays, depending on the Size setting.
    Pros: a cool and unique lofi approach to reverb. | Cons: some players don’t like the fixed pre-delay setting.
  2. Keeley Loomer
    A modulated reverb + fuzz pedal with Focus, Hall and Reverse modes and Flat, Full or Scoop for fuzz. Hall mode includes an octave in a feedback loop for “ascension shimmer” effects, while Reverse creates rhythmic reverse reverbs. Soft Focus features a dense reverb with two parallel delays. Knobs for Tone, Warmth, Depth (modulation), Filter and Fuzz let you sculpt a vast range of tones.
    Pros: delivers classic shoegazer tones, in one box. | Cons: while the fuzz is top notch, the reverb side is a little limited.
  3. Death by Audio Reverberation Machine
    Its minimal knob set makes it possible to quickly change the character of the reverb. Altitude is similar to gain and can be used to create a more wide-open and distorted sound. Verb controls the reverb level, and the Dark/Light switch can take the ambience from cavernous to brightly shimmering in an instant.
    Pros: it can deliver a wide range of insane gritty, distorted (or clean) soundscapes. | Cons: not for purists.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Hybrid Reverb Pedals.
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BEST STEREO REVERB PEDALS

In real life we always hear reverb in stereo. While a mono reverb is good enough for most guitar-related applications, stereo reverbs better emulate reality and also open up a lot of creative options. Many of the pedals listed in this article are stereo (including all the Multi-Mode ones), in this list, we highlight 3 of the most popular stereo pedals.

Popular Genres:
Ambient, Dream Pop, Mellow Pop, Synthpop.

  1. Chase Bliss Audio/Meris CXM 1978
    A collaborative pedal adaption of the venerable (1978) Lexicon studio reverb, built on the moving-fader format of Chase Bliss Audio’s Automatone series and featuring three algorithms (Hall, Room, Plate). Also features a LoFi Mode for vintage digital sounds and Adjustable Decay Crossover for fully shapeable reverb tail.
    Pros: stellar concept, tons of inspiring features, moving faders/parameters!!! | Cons: Super-expensive, no modes, big footsprint.
  2. Strymon Blue Sky
    A powerful and lush sounding, studio grade digital reverb with three reverb types (Plate, Room and Spring) and three modes (Normal, Modulation and Shimmer), for a total of nine separate combinations. A full pre-delay and damping section provide deep reverb tone shaping.
    Pros: a modern classic, great sounding wide range of tones. | Cons: only one preset
  3. Flamma FS02
    A very affordable multi-mode stereo reverb with 7 modes (Room, Hall, Church, Cave, Plate, Spring, Mod) each coming with a storable preset. The controls are extremely useful and not generic: Level, High-cut, Low-cut, Decay, and Pre-delay.
    Pros: Affordable, presets, plenty of control. | Cons: sound and build quality are not as exceptional as the two previous options.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Stereo Reverb Pedals.
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BEST REVERB PEDALS WITH MODULATION

A more recent trend in the pedal world is the one of pedal offering creative reverb devices with modulation, an effect that can add a feeling of lush, vintage warmth, or – at extreme settings – wildly alienating and detuned textures.

Reverb Pedals with Chorus or Flanger

Popular Genres:
Ambient, Dream Pop, Mellow Pop, Synthpop.

  1. JHS Hall Reverb
    A simple, large ambiance reverb with a modulation toggle switch. The amount and size of the reverb can be controlled through the Verb and Decay knobs, while the effect can be darkened via the Dampen control. The modulation is applied to the wet signal only and can be turned on and off through a toggle switch.
    Pros: affordable unit from a reputable name. | Cons: errs on the side of “usable” (i.e. edgy guitarists may want to look at other options). No momentary effect.
  2. Old Blood Noise Procession
    A haunting and creative reverb featuring three modulation settings: Flange, Filter and Tremolo). Hold switch is a momentary footswitch that when pressed, will lock in whatever note is being played through the reverb effect. The Mix and Reverb knobs control the mix of dry/wet signal and the decay of the reverb, respectively, while Speed and Depth control the modulation.
    Pros: wide palette with three creative modulation modes. | Cons: it sounds more ambient/experimental than realistic.
  3. EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser
    A modulated reverb with extra-long decay fed to a resonant filter that does not do subtle. There are controls for Decay, Darkness (reverb tone), Freq (filter frequency), Rate (modulation speed) and Mix. Turn up the Warp control to make the filter deeper and more resonant, the decay longer and the modulation wider.
    Pros: a unique and inspiring modulated reverb. | Cons: Not a subtle kind of pedal.

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Hybrid Reverb Pedals.
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Reverb Pedals with Tremolo

Reverb and Tremolo is a classic effect pairing for electric guitar. This combo was launched – once again – by amp manufacturers in the ’50s and ’60s (Vox AC15/AC30 and Fender Deluxe) and has, therefore, gained classic status. Here are some examples (with advice) about how this combination sounds.

Popular Genres:
Almost anything traditional: Blues, Country, Alt Rock, Folk, Rock’n’Roll, but mostly… Surf!

  1. Strymon Flint
    Offers three classic reverb modes (’60s Spring, ’70s Electronic Plate, and the ’80s Hall Rack) with the tremolo pioneered in vintage amplifiers, in Stereo. The tremolo tones include the ’61 Harmonic Tremolo, the ’63 Power Tube Tremolo, and the ’65 Photocell Tremolo. Reverb has controls for Color (tone), Decay, and Mix, while tremolo features knobs for Intensity and Speed.
    Pros: Sounds great in mono and stereo; cool modes with historical angle + lets you place reverb before tremolo. | Cons: Pricey.
  2. Keeley Hydra
    A compact Stereo Reverb + Tremolo with 3 modes (Spring, Plate or Room) and tap-tempo enabled Harmonic, Vibrato, or Sine Wave Tremolo. Each effect has its own footswitch and can be placed first in the chain. Dual function knobs are accessible by holding the Color knob, (black fonts for Tremolo, white fonts for Reverb). Includes Trails, remote switching compatibility, Expression and Tap-Tempo ins.
    Pros: Great tones in a compact enclosure; stereo; beats the Flint on tap tempo and presets. | Cons: Single mode.
  3. Source Audio Spring
    A Stereo digital pedal derived from the Ventris but built specifically to deliver the most authentic spring reverb sound. Three modes emulate classic vintage effects, while the Dwell knob simulates how hard the spring would be pushed. A button in the back turns on a Tremolo effect, also featuring three modes (Bias, Opto and Harmonic).
    Pros: Painstakingly authentic modes, presets. | Cons: Tremolo functions not immediately accessible; no tremolo footswitch (can be purchased separately).

Check out our in-depth article about the Best Reverb + Tremolo Pedal Combos.
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Here are a few videos that can help you understand the differences between the various reverb pedal offerings.

Choosing the right Reverb Pedal (Reverb.com)
8 Tips, How to choose the Best Reverb Pedal (for you!) (Chords of Orion)

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