021 | BOSS RV-5: A Closer Look at this Digital Reverb Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 21 of the Sonic Renegades podcast, where we're exploring renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today we've got another Boss pedal, this is the Boss RV-5 Reverb pedal. It's a classic and it's a beauty, and we can't wait to unpack it in this episode.
Hello and welcome. Scott and Eric here with Siren Pedals, and today we're going to be talking about the Boss RV-5. If you guys are fans of Siren, you know that we're big fans of Boss pedals, they're wonderful stomp boxes, they're built like tanks and they sound beautiful. And today's pedal is really no exception, this is the Boss RV-5. It's all about reverb, it's got that beautiful gunmetal gray to it, and we're excited to talk about this one. I know Eric, you've got this one on your board, I know you're a fan of it.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, this was one of those ones where it's like, I've owned probably three or four of them and every time I sell it, I just end up buying another one because I miss it.

Scott Schwertly:
I've got maybe, I'm looking at my pedal board over here. I've got one, two... Three Boss pedals on it right now. I mean really, just anything by this company is great. And I find myself in similar situations with any Boss pedal that I'm switching out, I always seem to miss it and add it back in.

Eric Wilson:
There's something to be said for the simplicity they've been able to offer just in their pedals over the years.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh yeah, the simplicity and then also affordability, these things won't really set you that back. Obviously, you've got the Boss DS-1, which is only $50 and you get wonderful distortion from it. And then this, I mean this one, even though it's a little bit dated and discontinued, it's still a relatively inexpensive. I think on Reverb you could probably get an RV-5 maybe for about 90 bucks. Super solid.
So for those of you not familiar with the RV-5, just a little bit of history about it. It actually was kind of like an industry standard I would say, for the last 12 years or so. It's now been discontinued, so it's now been replaced by the RV-6, which actually came out in 2015. But it's roots go all the way back to 1987, where actually had the RV-2, which was Boss's first reverb specific pedal. That lasted for several years, which was then trumped by the RV-3 in 1994. And then ultimately in July of 2002, they came out with the RV-5, which held that top spot for, as we mentioned about 12 years or so. Until again, it was ultimately replaced the RV-6, which is the most current version of it. But for today's conversation, we're going to be talking about the RV-5. That's the one that we've got, that's the one that we utilize. That's the one that we love, so we'll be unpacking that one for you guys today.

Eric Wilson:
I know I've seen it. I remember growing up and just getting into guitar, I would see it on countless people's boards. And I grew up in church, so I saw it on tons of worship guitarist boards and stuff like that. But even guys like Joe Bonamassa and J Mascis, they use this thing. And I know one of the guys I look up to as far as playing, who's a session musician, James Duke. He uses one and has pretty much had one on his board since I started following him. It's just a great pedal and love it.

Scott Schwertly:
For those that have been listening to this podcast, you guys know that I'm a big fan of people Tom Morello, in that same vein. I love Matthew Bellamy, I love Muse. It probably puts me in that little box of what my musical tastes are like, but I love those kinds of musicians. And Matt Bellamy has been a Boss RV-5 user for quite some time. I also love Red Hot Chili Peppers, so Josh Klinghoffer, I found out is also someone that uses this pedal. John Fogerty as well, so even throwing back to the 70s and 80s there. So a lot of famous musicians, I mean we're talking about Boss, so it's a staple within the music space. Lots of great musicians and all of them utilize this pedal just because it is so solid.
As far as flaws, I really can't think of anything super negative. If you look up the RV-5 online, whether you're looking at it on Reverb, or Amazon, or Sweetwater, it's typically 4.5 or 4.8 out of five stars. A lot of people just, they like it, plain and simple.

Eric Wilson:
I would say, the one thing people have wanted to do with it is, nobody's really been able to create the modulate setting on any other reverb, even one that has bunches of presets and stuff. And so what I've seen people do, I know I've seen This Ones Mine do it. I forget who else I've seen who's modded these, but they'll put three more knobs on top of it and an additional foot switch to create a second preset. The one thing I've seen is people are always looking for an additional preset on it, which I guess you can get on the RV-500. I haven't tried that out, so I don't know if it matches up, but it looks like the answer to everybody's request with that one.

Scott Schwertly:
So I haven't really tried that either. As far as flaws are concerned, there's really not a whole lot to be super nitpicky about. And again, thinking about this being a Boss pedal, there's far more pros and likes to it than there are negative things. Let's go ahead and talk about some of the things that we really love about this. For starters, this is reverb in stereo, which is awesome.

Eric Wilson:
That's my one thing with reverb, I like to record in stereo a lot. Not all the time, but a lot and so all the reverbs I buy, that's one of the things I look for. Is I really like for them to be in stereo because it just helps give that wider image. And then the other thing that is my favorite thing about this pedal is the modulate setting. So it is like a detuned reverb and honestly, I probably use that about 95% of the time as opposed to any of the other modes.

Scott Schwertly:
Really, what's great about this pedal is you can get everything from that spacey modulation to gated tones. It really does so much, all just within one box. And it's got six different reverb modes, really everything from spring, plate, hall, room, gate, modulate. Obviously modulate, Eric, that being one of your favorites, but one thing that's specifically cool, worth mentioning, as I know on the gate mode, that was modeled after a Roland thing, right?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, it's modeled after some older studio rack gear from Roland.

Scott Schwertly:
It's definitely just gravy, just an added bonus with just some of the various things that you'd get with those six different mode options. So since we're talking about modes, let's go ahead and just talk about the knobs themselves. I know Eric, you use this pedal quite a bit, so I'll let you just talk about the three knobs, but we're dealing with level, tone, and time. Those are the three main ones, but Eric, if you just want to walk everybody through those in more detail.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, for sure. So you got your, there's stereo ins and outs like we said, and then you have your effect level, your tone, your time, and then your mode knob. So all the way to the top the mode is spring, and then all the way at the bottom it's modulate. And then the effect level goes from all the way dry to all the way wet. And then the tone is really cool because you can, the one thing that I've always noticed about the RV-5 is you can set it a little bit darker. And if you just run the decay time longer, it helps to not wash out your own signal. So it's really nice, just really good effect.

Scott Schwertly:
And that tone knob too, it really add/removes trouble, right, that's one of its main purposes?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, pretty much.

Scott Schwertly:
Awesome. Well, perfect. Well, what we're going to do is we're going to take this pedal for a spin. So Eric, what's your guitar of choice for this one?

Eric Wilson:
So I'm going to use a custom shop tele, it's a '63 custom. It has just the '63 spec pickups in it and it sounds great. So we're going to record this through the Strymon Iridium, which also we should do an episode alone on that because that thing's been amazing for me. Not having to lug around my 80 pound AC30 has been great. And all of the demos you'll hear from here on out are pretty much recorded with that. So without any more talking, here's some sounds.
All right, that was the Boss RV-5. Like I said, I love that modulate setting, highly recommend picking it up. Super cheap pedal, super good pedal. Also, if you want to dip into the updated version, they have the RV-6 that you can pick up for like 100, 110 bucks on Reverb. They're both really good, but I highly recommend it.

Scott Schwertly:
I love this pedal. I'm a sucker for black guitars and gray guitars. In fact, I'm looking at my guitar collection over here and I've got a lot of black and gray guitars. And I love that gunmetal gray on that RV-5, I think it's cool. So, fantastic pedal, definitely worth checking out. Not going to break your bank at all and you're going to get some amazing reverb tones from it. Definitely worth it.
Awesome, well that about covers it for today, as we talked about the Boss RV-5. Join us next time as we're going to be talking about the Plumes from EarthQuaker. So this is a great pedal. In fact, we just added that to the Siren collection a few weeks ago and it's an EarthQuaker device, so it's awesome. It's amazing, and I'm looking forward to covering that one for you guys. In the spirit of pedals and all things related, if you guys have any recommendations on stomp boxes you want us to cover on this podcast, send them our way. We're starting to receive them now, we're adding them to the list. We can't wait to cover those and any other feature requests that you guys make. We appreciate you listening, we appreciate your support, and we'll see you in the next episode.

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