G3 Distortion Overview
Revv Amplification is a Canadian company that is truly innovating their way to fame. Their release of some very popular tube heads has caught attention from many players worldwide. The G3 distortion is part of their Generator series pedal line and is a huge contender in the world of distortion stomp boxes. With some great EQ and switching options, the G3 may be just what your sound is missing.
Revv G3 External Hardware
The G3 is a great looking distortion pedal made with a sleek aluminum enclosure. Measuring in at 4.76" deep, 2.75" wide and 1.25" high, this pedal is a perfect fit on any board. The text on the unit is all laser engraved and will never come off!
The knobs on the device are made of metal which is a great look opposed to the normal plastic you find on other pedals. Each of the potentiometers when turned feel very rigid and will last for a long time. The aggression toggle switch is a short shaft and feel good when used. The controls are made of good quality parts.
The foot switch is easy to press and feels solid when used. The LED to let you know it is ON is blue which is also a nice feature.
The jacks for input,output and power are all top mounted which is a huge benefit for saving space on your pedal board. The package even included some rubber feet should you want to stick them to the bottom of your pedal.
Over all, a really well made unit!
Revv G3 Pedal Controls
The G3 has some really great controls for a tone of sounds. The EQ on the device has a wide range of control. The fact that it has a MID control is a huge benefit to the sound. The bass control really adds some major low end should you desire which is great with the amount of saturation it can produce.
The aggression switch allows you to select 3 different levels of gain, Off, Blue or Red. As you switch the toggle between the positions you can see the difference in gain and other frequencies right away. Not only does it change the amount of gain but low end frequency as well.
The signal output can be altered with the volume control, it can really drive the front of an amp as well which was pretty cool. The added drive from the amp and the properly tuned saturation level from the pedal made a great saturated metal tone for sure.
The aggression switch is one of the main features on this pedal. The 3 positions each possess the ability to transform what this device can do.
The range of gain possible because of this switch can take you from some gnarly hard rock tones to some incredible metal sounds.
Because the switch works so well in conjunction with the gain knob, the pedal can truly deliver, especially with the right guitar for your play style.
Top Mounted Jacks
I love to see top mounted jacks on pedals! The extra room possible on my board is very important to me and probably you as well.
This is worth the mention because i can add sometime 2-3 more pedals on my board.
Its nice to see that not only has Revv accomplished an amazing tone from the stomp box, but they were thinking of this as well.
We don’t feel this is a deal breaker by any means as a higher voltage would increase headroom which may not be ideal for the pedal.
The G3, being a completely analog distortion pedal is also true bypass.
This is a very important feature as when the distortion is removed from the signal path, its great to know that it is not coloring the tone.
While some units that are not true bypass can buffer signal, sometimes they also affect your sound in sometimes unsatisfactory ways.
Revv G3 Pedal Sound
My first impression with the G3 was a really good one. When starting to play, all control were at noon and the aggression switch set to OFF. When activated with the foot switch, this pedal came roaring to life in the same way a tube amp would.
The gain set to noon at this point and i had a killer rock tone like I've never had from another distortion stomp box. Switching the aggression toggle to blue mode and the saturation increases! Not only that but the sound also became more mid focused and had an incredible growl! The string clarity is on another level as this thing is super defined.
The range on the EQ is huge and allows you to dial in some incredible tones. Pushing the aggression switch down to RED took you then to a highly saturated lead sound that just blew me away. Never did i expect the pedal to sound so good and feel like a tube amp!