Onboard Reverb?

Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by drmilktruck, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I've become obsessed again with surf music and was contemplating putting together a dedicated surf guitar with onboard reverb. I've been able to find different onboard effects but no reverb.

    Guitar Fetish offers these (including echo, tremolo and chorus):


    I even thought about installing a removable actual mini-pedal in the guitar, or opening up a pedal enclosure and ripping the stuff out.

    Any ideas?
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  2. S. Rock

    S. Rock Friend of Fred

    my old Gibson amps came with reverb. when my GA-15RVT was new, it had a very strong reverb.
    if I remember right, Boss sold a reverb pedal. there was one that resembled a Fender DRRI amp reverb. there's probably more on the market available.
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There are plenty of reverb pedals, but I'm talking about installing it in the guitar itself.
  4. S. Rock

    S. Rock Friend of Fred

    something like Bo Diddley did to his rectangle guitar. I just watched a video by Randy Bachman and he commented about how heavy Bo's guitar was because of all the effects he had put into the guitar.
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Yes, IIRC the SuperChet had a bunch too.
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  6. S. Rock

    S. Rock Friend of Fred

    yep, and I've heard about guys having trouble with that, too.
  7. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
    Best Bass Gear is way ahead of you

  8. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    6G15 in front of a 6G8 with a Woody to get you to the gig.
  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Just buy an Ampeg Reverbrocket and don't look back.
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  10. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Or a Gemini I...:D. Best reverb on the planet.
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  11. mister rain

    mister rain Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    new orleans
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  12. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Yep, get a Squier JM in surf green and put the guts from a mini pedal under the guard, you should be able to fit it in there. Those guitars are really good and cost under 400.00.
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  13. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    I'm curious about GFS's Mod Boards, too. I've been waiting for someone else to try one out and give us a review before pulling the trigger on one.
  14. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Possibly because reverb is the most commonly effect onboarded on amps, that restricts the target market for onboarding it on guitars.
  15. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

    May 24, 2016
    Corning, NY
    In my opinion, the only surf-worthy reverb pedals I have experienced are digital (EHX Oceans 11, Source Audio True Spring, etc.) and those draw a lot of current, so running one on board with a battery will be a challenge.
  16. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I know that this is not an answer to your question, but I always felt that a standard tremolo-equipped Strat had something of an internal reverb because of the tremolo strings vibrating.
  17. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    Reverb, at least in DSP pedals, tends to use a lot of juice. I’d advise either a pedal or good onboard reverb. If you go to YouTube and look up Alameda Guitars there are some Vox Reverb tests that reveal a lot about reverb.
  18. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Interesting question Jim, but the big question is... Why?

    Reverb is everywhere and cheap.
  19. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    Even in the great outdoors. :)
  20. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    @drmilktruck : the problem is that you will have to install onboard a serious power supply, because a digital reverb need much more current than a 9V 6F22 battery is able deliver with a reasonable life expectancy, typically over 100mADC for the simple and excellent sounding EHX Holy Grail Nano, while an overdrive stompbox draw only 1 to 2mADC... :oops:

    For real Surf Music, that is to say like this below (listen to the rhythm guitar) :

    I would use a Fender Reverb 6G15 :cool: - I plan to build one, on of these days ! :rolleyes:

    But it's me, OK ? :D

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