Revv Amplification has created the Generator Series distortion pedals based on their tube heads. The G4 is the second pedal to be released and is another great addition! If you have played any of their distortion stomp boxes you know they are simply amazing. The G4 is another behemoth of a pedal and is a must have for any tone from rock to metal!
Revv G4 External Hardware
Another great build from Revv! This pedal is again made from a custom aluminum chassis with engraved text and logos. Nice, durable and small at 1.25" height, 2.75" width and 4.7" depth.
Revv has continued to include high quality parts and the G4 is no different. The great looking metal knobs, robust potentiometers and rock solid switches are no surprise here.
Their choice of foot switch is very soft and easy to depress, yet feels very strong and reliable. I really like how they use a blue LED instead of red as it feels more boutique. And the shimmer from the paint just makes it so easy to look at!
Another well made and long lasting pedal done right!
Revv G4 Distortion Controls
The 3 band EQ on the G4 is just another huge benefit to the tone of this pedal. While a bit more scooped then their other pedals, this one has a cool MID frequency range. The Bass is very broad and can really pound while the top end controls really provide a lot of versatility.
Our aggression settings are again possible on the G4 to allow for different gain structures. In combination with the gain control, you can really get some great rock to metal tones with a great EQ range to compliment each setting.
And just like their other stomps, the G4 can drive the front of an amp to boost it a bit and add some of your favorite tube like flavor. This is one thing to consider when using this pedal and can really compliment the sound.
Tons Of Gain
Revv has given the G4 the aggression switch that we have come to love. This switch is very powerful when feeling out your saturation level.
Off, Blue and Red are the settings offered by the switch and really change your sound in both gain and over all mid and bass frequencies.
Red being the more aggressive setting, you also get a fairly large low mid and bass boost that it can get some real chug real well.
Proper True Bypass
Revv G4 Distortion Pedal Sound
The G4 has been sculpted based off of the Generator 120 amplifier and if you have ever played it, you know it is the "RED" channel. This pedal is remarkably close to the sound of the amp channel itself! The sound of the G4 is more of a scooped sound compared to the Purple pedal. But this provides a thicker saturated sound that takes you to places you otherwise could not go.
It is rather stunning how much this device sounds like a throaty tube amp in a box! The responsive EQ and combination of aggression settings can easily take you from rock or metal rhythm to searing leads in a hurry.
I am rather impressed at the low end capability from this unit. It is very tight and punchy if you want it to be, but loosens up all the same. With a 7 or 8 string guitar, it really holds itself together very well. Its a glorious tone from this little machine, you really cannot go wrong with the sounds possible from this pedal!
Revv G4 Final Thoughts