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Do You Prefer Natural or Amp Reverb?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by BryonScott, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. BryonScott

    BryonScott Strat-Talker

    Oct 14, 2017
    Down South
    My "home studio", 30' long, 25' wide, 8' tall, offers a decent amount of natural reverb. I find myself enjoying this. When I kick in the amp reverb...I wish I hadn't. Muddies the sound.
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  2. amagras

    amagras Strat-O-Master

    Oct 26, 2016
    Natural all the time. Maybe you should try getting a few bookshelves
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  3. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Natural reverb is always more gooder. :D
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  4. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    My MESA Lonestar Special I regret selling had to me the lushest 3 spring long tank reverb ever heard in my living room.

    A place that has, or was designed to have good acoustics and has good reverb is a real treat though.
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  5. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 24, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    My Marshall MG series has pretty good sounding reverb , but good ole fender reverb is way mo betta :0)
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  6. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    You're never gonna beat a real room echo for reverb sound. The bummer is, you only have 1 "setting," you can't get it while playing softly, and you can't take it out of that setting and have it be the same.
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  7. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 13, 2014
    Just a touch when I play. I add in the box using Lexicon PCM plugins. Lush like nobody's business.
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  8. BryonScott

    BryonScott Strat-Talker

    Oct 14, 2017
    Down South
    Good point.
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  9. Ecosse

    Ecosse Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Nothing beats a fender spring Reverb in my opinion, though playing in a big room at volume can be a blast. A full band especially. I picked up the MXR Reverb when it came out and I’ve been getting some great sounds out of it.
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  10. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    It took me a while but I was finally able to get close to the sound of the old echo chamber at CBS/Columbia Records Studio 2 on Folsom Street in San Francisco, which utilized an EMT140 echo plate reverb and a couple of those old grey Echoplexes used a “Hall” setting on the Boss RV6 and 350ms delay on the MXR Carbon Copy with maybe 3 repeats.

    Good examples of the sound of that room are the third and fourth albums by Santana.

  11. moullineaux

    moullineaux Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 11, 2009
    It all depends. For recording I almost always record guitars dry, only the natural room verb. This makes mixing and mastering sooooo much easier. And usually when playing in studio I play without reverb, keeps things clear and lets me focus on the tones of the guitar and amp. Having said that, I do occasionally use amp verb if I’m working on some stuff. Like the verb in my Mesa 5/25, Peavey Classic 20 and Blues Jr. HRD isn’t bad either. When I gigged more regularly I rarely used verb unless it was a surf song.
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  12. GuitsrGeorge

    GuitsrGeorge Strat-Talker

    Apr 21, 2013
    long island, ny
    For me, amp reverb is a big part of the electric guitar sound.

  13. RaySachs

    RaySachs Strat-O-Master Silver Member

    Jun 25, 2017
    Philly area
    I guess I've never experienced much natural reverb. So it's down to reverb that sounds good vs that which doesn't. I grew up with Fender (and Peavy) spring reverb, but I've tried other stuff since. I'm not that particular but I know it when I hear it. I played an Orange Crush 20 RT for a few days recently. That thing has a reverb that they shouldn't have bothered with IMHO. I own a Roland Blues Cube Hot which also has a digital reverb that sounds incredible. I have a little Vox Adio and I can get a pretty good reverb sound out of that as well, although it's a little more over the top. It's like the Supreme Court justice said about pornography many years ago, 'I can't define it, but I know it when I see it'...

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  14. vlxerdon

    vlxerdon Strat-O-Master

    Jan 31, 2013
    Coastal Georgia
    As a person that grew up sing do wop in the subways of Philly, natural reverb all the way. Of course in my music room,spring verb must do. :(

  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Back when I was in the U.S. Air Force, I had a band and we used to practice in an unused concrete bunker. Glorious reverb!
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  16. Duotone

    Duotone Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 12, 2016
    A good room is a good room.
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  17. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Room is the best, but it varies. A large empty concert hall will sound different when full of people. And there's no way to adjust the levels.

    For every day playing, the long spring tank on my twin is the best. Plus its so satisfying to hear that loud throaty SIGH when you power your amp on. :thumb:

  18. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    I love the natural reverb of running my thin-body acoustic (Peavey Ecoustic) through an overdriven signal chain. I've used it this way on a few of the weekly challenges and jams.

  19. candyapple1964

    candyapple1964 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 9, 2014
    Any reverb you get from an effects unit is not natural :)
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  20. 93-Strat

    93-Strat Strat-Talker

    Aug 29, 2016
    Jeffersonville, OH
    I play tweeds so natural reverb is the only reverb lol. Unless I were to get a pedal.