Every once in a while, you plug into a pedal, and, suddenly, you’re transported to Tone Paradise. You barely touched a knob, and yet all is wonder and goodness and bliss. That’s the Hall of Fame Reverb ($149 street). This is one of the smoothest, most cinematically musical reverb pedals I’ve ever heard, and it instantly gives your guitar a Hi-Def, 3D, goosebump- inducing shimmer—even if you’re one of those more-is-more crazies who can’t stop themselves from using way too much of a damn good effect.
The HOF’s ten reverbs are so luscious that I’d have no problem dumping my fancy convolution reverb plug-ins in the studio, and using this pedal to process vocals, drums, percussion, strings, and more. With just four knobs (Decay, Tone, FX Level, program select) and a short/long pre-delay switch, you can conjure undulating ambiences, mix the expanse of a large environment with an extremely short decay, cop gated ’verb skanks, subtly blend billowing reflections under a sharp rhythmic attack, and, using the modulated reverb setting, launch ultravibey, Cocteau Twins-influenced jangle torrents. You can even kill the dry signal via an internal switch to produce ghostly note cascades. I’m so taken with the HOF that I call it the “Motivator,” because every time I plug into it, its sounds inspire me to create new riffs and melodic lines.
KUDOS Stunning sonic quality. Versatile. So smooth you can slather it on without drowning your tone.
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