The Best Ambient Reverb Pedals

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If you want to create ambient music, a reverb pedal is an absolute must. It can be difficult choosing a reverb pedal though, because many simply aren’t designed with ambience in mind.

Top 5 Ambient Reverb Pedals

Below you can find a list of some of the best ambient reverb pedals. It can be difficult to explain in words how a pedal sounds and it’s much better to hear it yourself. Therefore, I have provided an overview for each of the reverb pedals and included a demo so you can have a listen for yourself!

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2

Price: $153.00 | Buy now from Amazon

One of the most popular reverb pedal for ambient guitar sounds is the TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2. Despite its compact size and relatively low price tag, the Hall of Fame 2 packs plenty of features. (And not the gimmicky kind either!)

The Hall of Fame 2 features stereo inputs and outputs, a USB port to connect to your PC, and three TonePrint slots to create your own custom presets.

Two features which will appeal to guitarists looking for an ambient sound are the shimmer effect and Mash footswitch. The shimmer effect adds a higher octave to the reverb to create ethereal sounds and the Mash footswitch is effectively a built in expression pedal!


  • Lots of useful features.
  • Compact size.
  • Good value for money.


  • None that we could think of!
TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal
New MASH footswitch and shimmer effect; Tone print- instant access to custom pedal-tweaks made by your idols!

Boss RV-6

Price: $129.90 | Buy now from Amazon

Another great pedal for ambient guitar is the Boss RV-6. It’s very versatile, wallet-friendly and compact, however, it is quite basic and doesn’t give the user much control over each of the settings.

The RV-6 features stereo inputs and outputs, simple controls and 8 different reverb settings. The decay on this pedal can be set to quite a long time which is excellent for getting an ambient sound. One of the settings combines delay and reverb into one. This is a nice touch, however it does highlight a problem with this pedal. You get very little control. For example, on the delay and reverb setting, you can only control the delay and not the reverb.

Overall, the RV-6 sounds great, is very versatile, and it offers good value for money, but it could do with giving the player a little more control.


  • Versatile.
  • Compact size.
  • Good value for money.


  • Could do with giving user more control.
BOSS Reverb Guitar Pedal (RV-6)
The Package Height of the Product is 4 inches; The Package Length of the Product is 6 inches

MXR M300

Price: $199.99 | Buy now from Amazon

The MXR 300 is a great little reverb pedal with some awesome unique settings. Apart from a few problems with the design and layout, this is a good pedal for ambient sounds.

This pedal comes with all of the usual settings you would expect from a reverb pedal, but it also has a couple more unusual types of reverb, perfect for ambient sounds. Firstly, there is the pad setting which is like a shimmer but with an octave down as well as an octave up. There is also the epic setting which consists of multiple modulated delays.

There are a few downsides to this pedal in terms of its design and layout. Although the MXR M300 is a stereo pedal, you will need TRS cables because there are only single inputs and outputs. Also the switch to change between mono and stereo is inside the pedal which is a bit of a pain. Another potential problem is that the to change the reverb setting, you push the tone knob. It’s certainly not ideal when you’re fumbling around in a live setting and accidentally change the type of reverb!

Apart from the design issues, the MXR 300 is a great little pedal for ambient guitar sounds at a reasonable price.


  • Unique settings for ambient sounds.
  • Very compact size.
  • Good value for money.


  • Bad layout/design.
MXR Reverb Guitar Effects Pedal (M300)
Six meticulously crafted reverbs in one pedal; Dry path is 100% analog; Relay true bypass and delay trails modes

Strymon blueSky

Price: $389.00 | Buy now from Amazon

If you have the money to spend, the Strymon blueSky is a fantastic reverb pedal for ambient sounds. It offers lots of control over the sound and has a built in preset option.

There are three reverb modes and three reverb types for a total of nine different settings to play around with. The low damp and high damp knobs allow you to really define the perfect tone. For ambient sounds you will definetely want to check out the shimmer mode.

There is a preset or ‘favourite’ feature, however, this only saves one preset at a time and it would be nice to be able to save a few more. The blueSky is a fairly pricey pedal, but definitely worth it if you’re looking for a more high-end reverb.


  • Excellent for ambient sounds.
  • Lots of control over the sound.
  • Has a preset option (although only one).


  • Fairly pricey.

Electro Harmonix Cathedral

Price: $221.30 | Buy now from Amazon

The Cathedral is an incredibly versatile reverb pedal which allows a lot of customization for the sound. It’s easy to learn but will take a long time to master!

It features stereo in and out, and 8 different preset options (one for each reverb mode).

Because the Cathedral has so much to offer, it is a fairly large pedal.

Overall, the Electro Harmonix Cathedral is a very versatile reverb pedal for ambient sounds, but definitely not the most compact.


  • Very versatile.
  • Presets.


  • Large size.
Electro Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb
24 bit AD and DA converters; True stereo inputs and outputs; 8 programmable reverb styles with the ability to load and save

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