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Boss Reverb Shootout RV-2 + RV-3 + RV-5

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Published on Oct 28, 2011

So I found myself owning all three Boss reverb stompboxes at once, and I looked to see if anyone had made a video of all three before, and seems like I'll be the first! I just took a quick look at how bright/dark each pedal can get, as well as maximum available decay time. Some people may wonder which one sucks the most/least tone, and though I haven't done an official test on it, it sounds like the RV-5 has the best buffer in it of the three, and the RV-3 and RV-2 both have sub-par buffers. Like I mentioned in the video, the RV-5 is definitely the brightest, and the RV-3 is the darkest. For the record, I don't think any of these have a very good spring reverb. I think the hall setting across the board is my favorite. It has the most color and the most body available, most people agree that the modulate setting on the RV-5 is in a league of it's own, and is very cool and fantastic for ambient stuff. It's nice to put at the end of your signal chain and give it all that modulated trail while relying on your delays, etc. to carry that low end that the RV-5 lacks. I think the RV-3 is the most overall usable of the three. It has the most usable tone IMHO, and has the most features. The reverb+delay modes are very cool as well, and the mix knob can be very fun. It also has a semi-usable delay, which could be nice if you needed delay in a pinch.

Again, I was playing a 2009 Gretsch Duo Jet w/ Filtertrons, into the pedalboard (Radial Bones Texas Overdrive, Boss RV-2, Boss RV-3, Boss RV-5), then to the '95 Fender USA Blues Deville 2x12.

Hope you enjoyed the video! Questions or comments? Again, all the glory goes to God! Thanks for watching, and God bless!

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