The following is a guest post on the Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Plus by Brandan Isaacs. If you are interested in guest posting, please contact me!
Alright, there isn’t much to talk about for this pedal, because, lets face it, we know what reverb pedals do. However, there are a few things worth noting.
First off is what you can see. There are four settings: Spring, Hall, Room, and Flerb. Now, it stumps me, because it would make sense for the hall setting to be after room, because that is the order for how much reverb you can get, from smallest to largest, but whatever, no big deal. There are two knobs (from left to right), blend and amount.
The blend knob changes how your raw sound blends in with the reverb. The more blend you add, the more your sound gets put into the reverb sound. So, for instance, if you put it all the way to the right, it sounds like you’re listening to your guitar from the back of the hall (at least, in the hall setting). Turn back the knob, and you find yourself listening to the perfect blend of guitar tone and reverb. The amount is how much reverb is being put on your sound. Now, the first three settings for the reverb are what you would expect. However, the flerb setting is very different. It is still a reverb, however, it adds a flange to it, and makes it very space like, and I could see being useful for ambient sounds.
You’re probably wondering how the sound is on the reverb. Well, it’s a very warm, lush reverb, and if you close your eyes, you will feel like you are in a hall with the hall setting, and the room and spring settings are nothing to shake a stick at. They will also blow your mind as well. It doesn’t sound processed at all, in my opinion, and is some of the best reverb I’ve heard (at least, a reverb that comes in pedal form).
Overall, I’d recommend this pedal to anyone that’s looking for a reverb pedal to expand their sound. Like I said at the beginning, there’s not much to talk about, but what there is, it’s worth noting.
Brandan Isaacs has been playing guitar for 2 years and is a college student that is majoring in music and jazz guitar.