Check out this video of Josh Scott from JHS pedals discussing the history of the Alpine reverb.
A highly tweak-able, versatile, inspiring and cost effective solution for any situation your gig might throw at you
That is what the people in JHS Pedals say about the Alpine: In a world full of reverb pedals we are proud to offer up a highly tweak-able, versatile, inspiring and cost effective solution for any situation your gig might throw at you.
The heart of the Alpine’s design is the idea that you can have a reverb pedal that is straight forward, easy to use, but also extremely powerful in its functions all while still very approachable without requiring a degree in computer engineering to dial in a great sound.
Features and controls
The Alpine reverb has a 9V negative power supply connector, drawing a current of about 100mA. It’s got an instrument input (mono), instrument output (mono) and an effects loop (EFX loop) connectors. You can connect to the Alpine a TRS stereo to 2 mono cable and add any pedal you want into the loop. This way, you can create great shimmer effects with an additional octaver, or endless reverbs by adding a delay pedal.
Despite its great versatility in recreating different reverberations, the JHS Alpine Reverb doesn’t include any knob for setting the reverb mode. However, playing with the knobs is pretty straightforward, and you’ll get the sound you like very easily.
The JHS Alpine Reverb has 5 controls: reverb, depth, highs, length, shift, and two stomp switches, one for activating the pedal, and another one that activates the shift knob. This switch can be used to activate the effects loop too.
- Reverb controls the mix between the dry and wet sounds.
- Depth changes the size of the reverb, to emulate smaller or bigger reverberating environments.
- Highs is essentially a tone control for high frequencies, allowing you to change between darker and brighter reverb tones. However, it is not as simple as that. This control reacts differently depending on how the rest of the knobs are set, creating different types of reverb (spring, plate, room, etc.)
- Length is the length (decay) of the reverb.
- Shift. This control is activated with the shift on/off stomp switch, and is an additional wet/dry mix of the reverb. This way, you can switch between 2 reverb presets when playing, which is great for onstage conditions
This pedal looks gorgeous, and sounds awesome. Apart from the sound, my favorite feature of the pedal is the EFX loop and the shift function, which allows you dramatically changing the sound of the reverb.
I have to admit that I only had the opportunity to play with the Alpine Reverb for a few minutes. It was in a family trip to NYC and wanted to try other gear that I don’t easily find back in Europe, so had to diversify my time…
However, I realize that it was so easy to get a great sound from it! Either with crystal clear clean sounds or with dirty overdrives, I got the sound with a few tweaks with the knobs.
You will enjoy playing with this pedal because it’s very easy to use but very versatile at the same time.
Check out the videos of the playlist below to see how it sounds.