Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal Review

Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb
Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal Review
Boss RV-6 Reverb Pedal Review
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Boss RV-6 is a legendary guitar effect pedal from the leading manufacturer of guitar gears, “Boss” company. In fact, when you buy the Boss RV-6 you are looking at a processor with eight effects, all in a box, smaller than a paper book. The Boss RV-6 is fully compatible with any acoustic guitar. Also, the pedal goes well with bass and electric guitars. More the this, some musicians use this pedal for vocals. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of this gadget.

Boss RV-6 Reverb review

Two factors set the Boss RV-6 apart from the competition:

  • High quality sound;
  • A large number of effects.

The sound processing method is completely digital. At the heart of the electronic pedal circuit from “Boss” are the latest innovations of the company’s engineers. This implies one drawback – the bypass is buffered, not analog (not true bypass). That is, the sound will disappear when the power is turned off. Despite the fact that the reverb is completely digital, we have a detailed imitation of analog sound. The processed sound is so detailed it resembles a studio sound. At the same time, configurations are not complicated.

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User Manual

In fact, it has everything you need from a reverb, and even more. On board the RV-6, we have eight modes, ranging from the classics in the form of “Room”, “Hall”, “Plate”, and ending with “Spring” (classic spring), “Shimmer” (many-sided space shimmer with the addition of an octave), as well as “Reverb + Delay” mode.

In addition, there are two more modes: “Modulate” and “Dynamic”. “Modulate” is an interesting modulation mode that’s added to the familiar sound of the standard Hall mode. Boss RV-6 “Dynamic” mode is a completely dependent mode that takes into account the dynamics of your playing, and produces different effects depth of reverberation at the output. Cool feature on the Boss RV-6 Reverb when you plug in an expression pedal you can control the blend between the dry signal and the affected signal.

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All “Boss” products are renowned for their concern for guitarists. Pedals are easy to tune and difficult to spoil the sound they make. Boss RV-6 Reverb is not an exception. Four controllers are used for fine tuning: “Mode”, “Time”, “Tone”, “E. Level”.

  • Mode – switches the reverb modes.
  • Time – sets the length of the reverb tail.
  • Tone controls brighter or darker sounding.
  • E. Level – sets the volume of the effect

Pedal is stereo IN and stereo OUT. There is possibility to use mono as well. According to configuration user gets two INPUTS for 1/4″ Jack and two OUTPUTS for the same 1/4″ Jack. On the right side of the box there is an INPUT for external pedal. On the front side there is a LAD indicator to indicate the device state. The robust casing made of a metal alloy with the addition of aluminum ensures low weight and durability of the device, as well as its maximum quiet operation, provided that high-quality switching.

BOSS RV-6 Reverb Manual

Lush ambient spaces with versatile sound possibility and intuitive operation in a simple BOSS compact format.

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Power consumption

The pedal is powered by a 9-volt battery or AC adapter (sold separately). The battery life will last for five hours of non-stop playing under normal use.

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Favorite settings

Earlier in this article, we mentioned that engineers from “Boss” produce guitar pedals in such a way that their sound cannot be spoiled. As for the Boss RV-6 Reverb, each of the eight effects requires a different setting. The pedal sounds great with all controllers set to moon. But we are recommending to use the following universal controller settings:

  • E. Level – 2 hours;
  • Tone – 11 hours;
  • Time – 11 hours;

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Boss RV-6 Opinion

This guitar pedal is definitely worth the space inside your pedalboard. It’s hard to find on the market a decent alternative to Boss RV-6 Reverb. It allows you to quickly and easily set up great atmospheric sound. Eight effects allow you to achieve any sound, and the ability to connect an external pedal will allow you to combine them in any proportion. A large number of inputs and outputs will make connection issues unimportant. The durable rubberized pedal with “Boss” logo in it will serve its owner for a long time. Boss RV-6 on Amazon has more than 432 verified reviews from customers and 90% of them are 5 stars. It’s tells best about the quality of product.

Boss RV-6 Specs
Modes HALL
Nominal Input Level -20 dBu
Input Impedance 1 MOhm
Nominal Output Level -20 dBu
Output Impedance 1 kOhm
Recommended Load Impedance 10 kOhms or greater
Controls Pedal switch
E.LEVEL knob
TONE knob
TIME knob
MODE knob
Indicator LEDs CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
INPUT-B jack
EXP jack
AC adapter jack (9 VDC)
Power Supply Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61) or Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22) AC adapter (PSA-Series, available separately)
Current Draw 65 mA
Expected Battery Life Alkaline: Approx. 5 hours
Dimensions 2.88 x 5.13 x 2.38" (73 x 129 x 59 mm)
Weight 1 lb (450 g)
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