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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Boss/Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Pedal

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auburn blues
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john a. hanau
Mar 26th, 2007 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

i am using the digitech digiverb right now... it works fine right now... however, it doesn't do the DRRI reverb justice... just a little wet for my bassman...



Mar 26th, 2007 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

There's a massive Harmony Central thread on that pedal. You'll see guys are getting mixed results. Some can turn up the verb higher than others. Might be worth actually opening one in the store and testing the actual one you're going to buy (you might get a lucky working one)

auburn blues
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john a. hanau
Mar 27th, 2007 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

the thread on harmony central had four entries... i will go back and check this, thanks...



Mar 29th, 2007 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah - there's a long thread too. Also a bunch of people have posted sound clips in different threads.

auburn blues
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john a. hanau
Apr 1st, 2007 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I finally bought one and I have to say that I am very pleased with it. It serves as a great overdrive pedal, and yes, the reverb on it is as close to Fender Blackface as I have heard. I am using it with my Bassman LTD and I would have to say that when the pedal is engaged, it sounds not like one or the other, but a hybrid of both. There are knobs for level, gain, bass, treble, reverb and tremolo. I love the DRRI sound however, I also love the Bassman. Together they compliment eachother very well. The tremolo isn't the greatest, and depending upon your pick attack the reverb when set high can get boingy, but overall it adds texture to the Bassman. Actually, the more I play it the more I like it. So my recommendation is that it is a keeper! I would recommend it to anybody who is thinking about buying one. Rock on!!!


(This message was last edited by auburn blues at 08:12 AM, Apr 1st, 2007)


United States

Jun 3rd, 2007 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Aloha you guys,
Just womdering if this device has anything else besides the reverb or is that pretty much it?

auburn blues
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john a. hanau
Jun 12th, 2007 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Actually Abunai it serves as a great overdrive pedal. I think my initial rant about how good it was was in fact premature. The functionality of the pedal as a reverb pedal diminishes the more I turned up the reverb. It "pings and poings" way too much to sound clear or even good. The Digitech Digiverb is superior!!! I say as an overdrive pedal it is very good. At least with my Bassman RI. However, I would have to say that after you turn the reverb up past 7 o'clock it sucks. I guess it just took me longer to realize it!!! Guitar Player Magazine gives both pedals, the Deluxe Reverb '65 and the '59 Bassman lukewarm reviews.

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Jazz is not dead...it just smells funny.
Jun 15th, 2007 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one last night. I'm running it in front of an Orange AD30HTC Head. Thus far, I'm digging it. The reverb sounds good, though it's very sensetive. I have to keep the reverb below 4 or it gets too much like a surf sound. I have the DRRI as well and think the reverb is spot on as you can get for electronic circuitry. I'm not a big fan of the virbato BUT, I've found it if you turn it on just a little so you really do not know it;s really there it adds a nice thickness and fullness sound to your signal. Maybe around 2 for a setting. I'm still working on the gain and mix settings. I've been trying to make the pedal work so I can still sound clean but no matter how I adjust the gain and mix knobs, I seem to get some over drive. They should have included an actualy switch on the pedal to turn the over drive off if you just want reverb. I will say the reverb is sweet. I have an OCD as well as Maxon OD-9 but this is impressive as well and I can see myself using the OD on this for playing some blues, floyd type stuff. Thats all. I've only messd with it for a few hours. More to come at a later time. I also have the Verbzilla. I'm still not sure if I dig it or not so thats why I bought this guy.




Jun 15th, 2007 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had the same experience as Auburn Blues. I got it home and played it with my LP through my Champ 600, it sounded great. The reverb was very good and didn't have excessive pinging even with the reverb turned up past 9:00.

But when I plugged my tele in, it was pinging way too much. It may be more noticeable with single coile pups, but it was too distracting for me, so I returned it.

I've since bought the Digitech RP150, and with some slight adjustments to the Twin Reverb preset, I can get pretty much the same sounds that I was getting with the FDR-1 (as far as I can remember at least). And for $50 less and with many more settings and effects to play around with.


Winter park Fla.

Sep 30th, 2007 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

This pedal does exactly what it is supposed to.It gives tube/gain/crunch at lower volumes witout cranking the amp. The vibrato works very well. And as for the reverb , If you have ever owned a 63 reverb unit, it is ALMOST dead on. This is from playing it through my 59 Bassman LTD with a strat with dimarzio area 58s 61s and VV blues pups. For me it is perfect . I can get the tone I want out of my Bassman without having the neighbors call the cops. Also sounds pretty neat through a blues Jr.


West Chester, PA

Oct 1st, 2007 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 on the FDR pedal. I remember old 70's reverb amps that splish and boing when picked hard. This gives almost the exact same sound. I keep my mine dialed in low and it sounds great through my Epi Valve Jr.

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Oct 8th, 2007 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you do a search in Miscellaneous, there have been some discussions about this pedal over there too.



Nov 18th, 2007 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a used FDR-1 off ebay last week, probably played close to 10 hours on it so far. I must say that I am really impressed and this pedal exceeds my expecations. First off, I must that that my expectations from an overdrive pedal to do what a tube amp can do with the playing dynamics and pick attack is always low. I have tried the Tube screamers and Fultone pedals of the world, and in my opinion, they are good (i.e. 7/10), but there is always that top-end hash that comes through the harder I hit the strings, and also, too much gain coming in on the low gain settings. What I want is when playign softly, it plays clean, and when playing harder, you get gain coming out naturally, just like a real Fender Deluxe Reverb set on about 3-4 depending on the guitar.

I have been using my Line6 DM-4 occasionally for a few tunes only, but over the last year since I boought a super-sonic, it was collecting dust on the shelf. I wanted something to add to the clean channel of my super-sonic to add just a little bit, a thin layer of gain, and then use the burn channel form my SS for more gain when I need to. The FDR-1 is not for shredded or metal, so stay away from the FDR-1. If you like music with just a touch of overdrive (think CCR, The Rolling Stones, the edge-of-break clean tone you ear on some Led Zeppeling song, Cream, Joe Perry's tone on 70's album by Aerosmith), the FDR-1 might be for you. With the Gain set on 12 oclock, you get hard rock type of gain with humbuckers, really nice an compressed overdrive.

I have matched my burn channel to have the same amount of gain coming from the FDR-1 and sometims I forget it's the FDR-1 giving me that tone, it sounds really good.

I like the reverb, but I already have A+ tube driven reverb from my SS, so I don't use the revern from the FDR-1. That said, it beats the reverb from my Blue Junior.

I was expecting a better tremolo from the FDR-1, but it does the trick for the 2-3 tunes that I use a tremolo for.

Overall, I give it a rating of 9/10, -1 because I have heard better tremolo tone in a pedal.



Nov 30th, 2007 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with the + ratings here - the OD is reasonably mild but very smooth - a sweeter or richer tone than my Bad Monkey (which i also rate quite high as an OD unit). No real problems with the verb on mine - just don't overdue it. As a sim pedal I think they did a very credible job with this one. And the tremolo has always had a limited market with most players - it's there because it was there on the original amp, not because everyone wants tremolo on each song. It's a good device for swampy blues slide work (Ry Cooder-ish) but not much as an everyday effect.

Elliot Easton
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Elliot Easton
Dec 7th, 2007 11:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

for what it's worth, i have found that the 'verb on an actual deluxe reverb amp works the same way. it's very sensitive; past 2 or 3 and it gets very surfy. that's probably why the pedal works like that too.



Jan 15th, 2008 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone try this pedal thru a DRRI, just curious

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Jan 15th, 2008 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought mine to add trem & 'verb to my BMRI. It does the job very well and I give a +1 to the other positive comments here. Where I really get my bucksworth out of this pedal is for small casuals and church gigs where I'm switching between guitar and bass. I only have to take one amp. I leave my bass plugged into input 1 on the bass amp and use the pedal with the guitar on input 2.

Although I wouldn't record with this rig, it gives very good, very credible live results through a 1X12 bass amp in small to medium rooms.

The only downside I've found is that it's a battery hog and goes silent rather than bypass when the battery drops. DEFINITELY use a wall wart.

Drop D-ead
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Now I'm hack-a-lackin'!
Apr 13th, 2008 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Our singer who also plays guitar just got herself a beautiful hollowbody Gretsch guitar. now I've heard that one of the more ideal amps for a Gretsch hollowbody is a Fender with reverb. However, as neither she, nor the band are rich by any means I was wondering if you guys thought this might be a good idea for the short term. Like say a year or so, until we can get one of the RI Fender tube amps with reverb?

I don't think we'd be looking for ridiculous amounts of reverb, just enough to give her guitar that old school sound. We tried it through a vintage Twin in the store, and it sounded amazing.
However, her amp is a pretty cheap Behringer model. So I was just wondering if this thing is worth looking at?


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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Apr 15th, 2008 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

"However, her amp is a pretty cheap Behringer model. So I was just wondering if this thing is worth looking at?"


I use mine through a bass amp and it sounds good. If the Behringer has any effects, start with them all off and just use the amp as a clean platform for the guitar through the pedal.

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Snarkier Than Thou
May 23rd, 2008 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile  


(This message was last edited by StratBurst at 03:20 PM, May 23rd, 2008)

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