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 #46461  by strumminsix
 Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:26 pm
playingdead wrote:I dunno, man ... when it comes to spring reverb, it's hard to digitally get that tube warmth and physical spring sound happening.

I can hear the difference. It's like those modeling amps that get sort of in the same ballpark as a tube amp, but compared to the real thing ...

I'm sure the newest generation ones are much better than the old ones, though.
Very much agree. IMO, modeling is good for getting ya 95% there or for easy recording or going to the board.

 #46465  by bucketorain
 Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:33 pm
I play through a Fender Blues Deluxe, mic'd, and when I crank the Reverb all the way, it works great.

 #46470  by Crazy 9.5 Fingers
 Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:34 am
I agree with you guys on all of that. There is no substitute for tube driven spring reverb when it comes to adding reverb to a guitar signal. I only mentioned the digital verbs for hall and plate settings.

I'm not a big fan of seeing people crank up the verb on their amps too much. The tone ends up suffering quite a bit IMO. I often think, "dude, you are not playing at Carnegie Hall, this is a bar and it should sound, well, like a bar" I have also seen a lot of guitar signals get muddied up in a hurry at clubs when guys throw on the drive pedal and keep that Twin Reverb at 5.

Personally, I keep the Reverb my Boogie at 4, Twin at 3 tops, and if I need some depth on a solo, or feel the need to take the tone subterranean or underwater I'll throw on a subtle hall sound digitally.

 #46471  by strumminsix
 Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:39 am
Agree, 9.5. Too much verb = bad tone in many situations.

My preference for "spriting up" some tone is slapback delay.