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on 25 March 2013
Guitarists either love or hate Behringer's pedals. There is no doubt the RV600 is not perfect - But that price tag is very tempting.
I toyed with the idea of buying one for ages because the other pedals were too pricey - I just wanted tasteful reverb to add to my guitar sound. The reality of the RV600 is that you can have your cake and eat it, but it takes effort and for convenience you may want to pay top whack for a flashy pedal. I decided to save myself £120 and find ways around the flaws.
First off is the issue of noise. Some guitarists claim the RV600 alters the tone of your guitar. When using the mono output on the pedal, there is a tiny electric hum and a small depletion in the bass frequency of your instrument even when the unit is switched off. In fact on first listen the sound is disappointing. However, I managed to remedy this by plugging my guitar into input `A' and trailing the out-jack from output `B' - This got rid of all the buzz with no side-effects and the reverb sounded full & vibrant - Curiously the manual advises to use output `A' which must be a writing error. Secondly, I wired the pedal into the send/return on my Marshall - That cured any tone problems - With send and return you can mix the RV600 sound up and down using your amp settings. Because your guitar is plugged directly into your amp, you don't lose any of your tone and you can have as much reverb as you like. In any case once you switch to output B you need a discerning ear to locate an issue with tone.
There are a few niggles - The flickering blue light is very bright and can obscure the settings in a dark room. The plastic build is a common whinge, but as long as you don't jump up and down on it you should be OK - It's not like you need to click reverb on and off very often - Having said that, the on/off footswitch is just a tiny bit hesitant. The tone control doesn't seem to alter the sound, but it hardly matters. The pedal is best used with a 9V power pack. Batteries won't last very long.
Beyond that, the RV600 sounds quite charming. The space setting has a lovely shimmering tone, the spring modes are authentic and the echo effect has a great `infinite setting' for wacky experiments. Cave, hall and room pretty much do what you would expect. I have made some rather splendid noises with this gadget saved myself a lot of cash - But I had to persevere. Try before you buy and don't expect the earth for £30. This isn't the best pedal in the world but for a guitarist on a budget the RV600 is a godsend.