JHS Alpine reverb

The JHS Alpine Reverb is the first reverb pedal by JHS pedals. It is based on the Sky Cloud 9, keeping its main core features, but taking it into the next level.

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

Sound

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.

Should you buy this pedal?

If you are looking to a reverb pedal that is easy to use, but want something more than just a spring reverb, the JHS Alpine Reverb is a good option.

If you like experimenting by creating new different sounds, you will enjoy the effects loop in the Alpine Reverb. Depending on the effect you put within the loop, you can create very distinct and original sounds

You may like the Alpine Reverb to play live with too. The shift knob is activated with a stomp switch, and it comes handy for changing the reverb ambience within different parts in a song. It can be used to activate the pedals within the effects loop as well.

Don’t buy this pedal if you are looking for a pedal that will give you orbital sounds. The EHX Cathedral is a better choice for that within the same price range, and it is stereo.

You’ll probably prefer other reverb pedal if you are thinking in using it with other instruments apart from the guitar. For recording, you won’t get stereo with the Alpine Reverb, neither at the output nor at the input.

Alternatives to the JHS Alpine Reverb

You won’t find many alternatives to the Alpine Reverb that sound that great within the same price range.

You have the Electro Harmonix Cathedral, that is true stereo and allows you changing between 8 reverb modes. It’s also a versatile pedal, but a little more complicated to use, at least for the first time. You’ll need some time to get used to it and make it sound awesome (but you’ll get to it, and will absolutely love it).

You also have the T-Rex Room Mate Junior, that also incorporates a mode selector knob to play with.

On the higher end, you won’t get disappointed if you go for a Strymon blueSky. Also very versatile, and very easy to use. And it sounds AWESOME! One of the best reverb pedals out there. But you’ll have to spend a little more…

Conclusion

As I said before, I could spend the time I wanted with the Alpine Reverb (just a few minutes with it). These are the pros and cons that summarize my short experience with the JHS Alpine Reverb.

PROS

  • Great versatility with just 5 knobs
  • Switch knob that can be activated with a stomp switch for a 2 different reverb settings
  • It includes a built-in effects loop that will allow you create amazing sounds
  • It looks gorgeous (I love the look of JHS pedals)
  • Used with single coils sounds vintage!

CONS

  • You can’t select between reverb types
  • It’s not stereo. It would be great to have, at least, a stereo output for a more 3D ambience recreation

When doing my research about reverb pedals, I instantly fell in love with the JHS Alpine Reverb. I must admit that it was because how it looked first. Then because how it sounded like by watching reviews in youtube (see the playlist above). Finally I could try it and my experience was great. Short, but great. Loved the different ambiences I was able to recreate with just 4 knobs, in a few minutes. If you want a great sounding reverb pedal for your guitar that is easy to use, the JHS Alpine Reverb is a great choice.

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