View Full Version : Do you use reverb with distortion???

05-07-2010, 05:21 PM
Do you use verb with your dirt???

05-07-2010, 05:23 PM
If the amp has it built-in, yes. I don't have a reverb pedal, though.

With modellers, yes.

Marshalls Law
05-07-2010, 05:27 PM
Yes, I use it on the amp sometimes or with my Nova system and the distortion/overdrive on.

05-07-2010, 06:26 PM
always :munch

05-07-2010, 07:05 PM
Hells yeah.

05-07-2010, 07:13 PM
I have come to the conclusion after a lot of wanting to make it work because all my amps have it built in ( Fenders from all eras) that reverb is useless with distortion and only applicable with clean tones for some stuff. Overall I think it is in the way more often than not.

05-07-2010, 07:48 PM
Yes i do

05-07-2010, 08:10 PM
Only when playing lead to give the guitar more depth since I'm the only guitarist in the band. I also add a touch of delay. I leave my distorted rhythms bone dry though. Reverb seems to muddy them up.

05-07-2010, 08:11 PM
yes, but just a small amount.

big jilm
05-07-2010, 09:26 PM
Always. If my amp doesn't have reverb (neither do) I use a pedal (Malekko Spring Chicken) to get it in there. Not much, mind you - but ALWAYS some. Just doesn't sound like me without it.

05-07-2010, 09:37 PM
Yep. With the built in verb, or with an RRR if not. Run it really low, though...

05-07-2010, 09:38 PM

Todd Bishop
05-07-2010, 09:44 PM
I use the reverb on my G-system. Not a lot just a touch for certain things.

05-08-2010, 01:40 AM
Just enough so it sounds like you're in the living room instead of the small bedroom closet.

05-08-2010, 01:51 AM
Sure why not? I the more dirt the less verb tho fer me!

Average Joe
05-08-2010, 03:15 AM
All the time. I've come to the conclusion that what is needed to make a part sound huge is often time based effects - verb, delay, chorus - rather than the level of dirt.

05-08-2010, 04:42 AM
What I like best, both for clean and dirt, is a combination of gentle spring reverb with a pinch of short analog delay. Makes for clear, 3-D, thick tone :rockin

05-28-2010, 01:55 PM
depends on what you are going for...chi-lites "have you seen her" couldn't imagine without it. of course, that is more fuzz and reverb, than distortion and reverb.

fuzz+reverb=warm fuzzy feeling. i think that is where the phrase came from ;)

05-28-2010, 02:18 PM
I think heavy distortion sounds more organic W/O.

phoenix 7
05-28-2010, 02:19 PM
Just a little. As with all effects, I usually find that "less is more."

Sean French
05-28-2010, 02:22 PM
I like a hint of reverb for clean tones but, not with OD tones in most cases.
A bit of analog delay with OD tones in more to my liking.Although I prefer my OD tone pure most of the time.

05-28-2010, 02:23 PM
I use it in the loop..always for leads...a Digiverb set to small room....just gives some ambience

05-28-2010, 02:36 PM
A little at some times, but only for long, melodic lines or washes of texture. I don't play music people enjoy hearing, though.

05-28-2010, 02:45 PM
Most of time the verb is engaged with just a little bit dialed in. To my ears it gives the sound width and depth making it sound larger.

05-28-2010, 02:54 PM
Fender blackface type of amp with a little reverb (internal, spring reverb) with an over drive pedals is a great great sound!

05-28-2010, 08:37 PM
Don't need either crutch ;).

05-28-2010, 08:50 PM

just a dab will do...I keep my twins verb on 2

05-28-2010, 08:52 PM
Use more with OD then I do a clean tone ...
However, with that being said ... my settings are very conservative...
Set Reverb knob at about 1/4 for Clean & about 1/3 for OD channel...

05-28-2010, 09:19 PM
I don't even use reverb with my cleans unless the song requires it (like a surf song). I have been know to throw just a smidge of verb in on a recording for a lead part, but very rarely.

05-28-2010, 09:24 PM
i like the "stadium" sound that reverb gives on distorted tones.

05-28-2010, 09:31 PM
I've always used it, but lately it's been less and less... now it's just a touch. I also turn it off whenever I used any delay too.

05-29-2010, 04:31 PM
Not usually, and then only a very small amount, like on 1 or 2, i.e., as little as possible and still being able to hear the effect. Reverb imo seems to be one of the most overused (and poorly used) effects - overused in the sense of too much reverb rather than often used. It only takes a little, not like set to half.

05-29-2010, 07:13 PM
I sure do, I use a light measure of reverb always, and delay as well. Fills out the sound and adds depth.

Rena Rune
05-29-2010, 09:15 PM
It sounds silly going from clean tones with a lot of verb to dirty tones with none. Just saying. Reduce the verb maybe....

it's hard to dial in good reverbed distortion tones. Generally if you keep it real low it still fills out your tone, makes it sound big, but doesn't get in the way. Remember if you're playing in some big hall you're going to be playing "reverbed" distorted guitar anyway.

05-29-2010, 10:04 PM
only slight, if not doing metal type heavy distortion (and only if it improves the sound of the amp ... season to taste)

05-29-2010, 10:23 PM
For rockabilly i love an overdrive and a good spring reverb. just me though

05-29-2010, 11:02 PM
Yes, but I never overdo it.

05-30-2010, 01:38 AM
I prefer delay for ambience. The guitar sounds 'in-you-face' to me with it, which is how I like it.

05-30-2010, 02:57 AM
reverb is always on...I use a Wet and amp reverb...