Are you looking to add some “spatial spice” to your sound? Maybe your amp already has reverb but you want something a little more versatile. In this Donner Reverb Pedal Review, I’ll tell why this stompbox is a great choice for a mini-pedal, especially if you are on a budget.
The Donner Verb Square has 7 versatile presets that will give you everything you are looking for in a reverb effects pedal and then some.
Keep on reading to learn more!
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What Is The “Verb Square” Reverb Pedal?
The Donner Verb Square is a reverb mini-pedal that gives you seven selectable reverb modes with 3 setting adjustments that control each mode.
It features a digital circuit design with true bypass to keep your sound pure when the unit is not engaged.
The unit’s small footprint allows it to take up minimal space on your pedalboard. It is built to last and is housed in a sturdy aluminum-alloy case.
Donner Company Profile
Donner was founded in 2012 as a company that became known for making high-quality and affordable musical instruments and accessories.
The company has four separate brands (divisions).
- Donner – guitars, effect pedals, keyboards, amplifiers, DMX wireless products, electric drums, mandolins, and ukuleles
- Eastar – violins, wind Instruments, and children’s drums
- Moukey – microphones, headphones, and party lights
- Reditmo – various children’s products
They offer a 30-day return on their products and
free technical support. Donner has a 1 to 2-year warranty on their products, 1 year on all instrument accessories.
Who Is The Verb Square Pedal For?
The Donner Verb Square reverb pedal is for anyone that wants a high-quality unit at an affordable price.
This pedal is a popular choice for beginning players and can easily satisfy the requirements of seasoned professional guitarists.
The Verb Square is most useful with amplifiers that do not have a built-in reverb but it can be used with any amp to add extra types (modes) of reverb.
How The Verb Square Works
The pedal’s operation is straightforward and works exactly as expected.
Seven Reverb Modes With Three Control Knobs
The seven modes feature six classic reverb sounds plus one modern (mod) choice, which all essentially sound the way you would expect them to, based on their name.
The Studio mode has a higher output and can give your signal in a hint of overdrive.
Mod (modulated) can add some interesting chorus-type overtones to your playing. It is a very unique setting.
Each reverb mode is controlled by 3 adjustment knobs. Begin by setting the E.Level, Decay, and Tone control knobs at 12 o’clock and then adjust to taste.
The following table summarizes the unit’s layout, function, and specifications.
|Reverb Mode Switch|
|Room||Rich & Well-Balanced|
|Hall||Bright & Dimensional|
|Spring||Analog spring reverb|
|Plate||“Midrangey” & Sweet|
|Studio||Powerful & Audacious|
|Mod||Modulated & “Chorusy”|
|Reverb Control Knobs|
|E. Level||Adjusts reverb intensity|
|Decay||Adjusts reverb decay time|
|Tone||Turn clockwise to make tone brighter|
|On/Off Switch||True bypass|
|LED On/Off Indicator||Lights up yellow-amber when unit is on|
|Power Adapter Jack||9 Volts DC (Center Pole Negative)|
|Weight||8.81 oz (250 g)|
To check out my review on the Donner echo unit, go toDonner Echo Square Review – This Pedal Hits The Jackpot!
Features And Benefits
Here are some of the features and benefits of this pedal, which generally apply to the entire Donner effects pedal line.
This reverb has a simple digital circuit design that can give you years of problem-free service.
The pedal’s controls are laid out logically, and with a little practice, you can quickly find all the reverb settings and tones you will probably ever need.
For the price of this pedal, the Verb Square reverb gives you a ton of functionality! The three control knobs make it easy to change guitars and dial in your sound.
If your sound relies heavily on reverb then this unit can easily become an irreplaceable part of your setup. It won’t take you long to find your favorite settings.
The pedal comes housed in a high-quality aluminum-alloy case that can withstand the rigors of the road or an overly aggressive pedal stomper. All Donner pedals are attractively color-coded for easy identification, even on a dark stage.
True bypass keeps your original guitar signal transparent and pure. It is a must if you have a large pedalboard.
What I Like About The Verb Square
Here are some of the things I really think stand out about this reverb pedal.
Great Value For The Money!
You probably cannot find a nicer-sounding and fuller functioning reverb pedal for the money! Donner is well-known for making high-value, low-cost products. This reverb could easily be used on-stage or in a recording studio.
Seven High Quality Reverb Modes
Each reverb mode is natural-sounding and can be customized with the E. Level, Decay, and Tone controls to work well with a variety of guitars and amplifiers. The unit works fine between the guitar and amp but is best placed in the effects loop.
Add your favorite delay pedal to make the Verb Square really come alive.
Although it can’t equal the quality of an analog tube reverb, the Verb Square does not sound artificial, brittle, or tinny, as some digital reverbs do.
Pedalboard-Friendly Mini-Pedal Design
The Donner Verb Square has a compact design that will take up minimal space on your pedalboard. Mini pedals are great, especially if you have a small overcrowded pedalboard setup.
What You Might Not Like About The Verb Square
There’s very little to criticize about this pedal. Donner has done a great job in every regard. Still, here are some things you might consider.
Power Adapter Not Included
An AC power adapter is not included with the unit. To be fair, you can’t really expect to get one with a $50 pedal! Most of the digital reverb pedals that cost four times as much do not come with a power adapter.
No Stereo Input Or Output
The Donner Verb Square has a mono input and output, but you still get more than you pay for with this unit. Compare the Donner to a stereo product like the $150 TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 reverb pedal and the price difference is obvious.
Small Control Knobs May Be Difficult To Adjust
To be picky, the small E. Level, Decay, and Tone control knobs could be difficult to adjust if the unit is in a large crowded pedalboard on a dimly lit stage. This small knob setup gives you the tradeoff that you find in any mini-pedal design.
Beware Of This Pedal’s Power Requirements
This pedal is not made to put a 9 Volt battery inside the unit because the housing is too small to accommodate one. This is not unusual for mini-pedals, which are made to be connected to the external power supply of a pedalboard.
If you are not using this unit on a pedalboard, then you can either buy a stand-alone power adapter or an external battery connector that attaches a 9 Volt battery to the power adaptor jack
What Is The Donner DP-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply?
The DP-1 Power Supply is an effect-pedal power distribution system that is powered by its own 18 Volt power adapter.
It is specifically made to power eight Donner 9-Volt mini-pedals, one 12-Volt pedal, and one 18-Volt pedal. The 9 volt outputs, which would power the Donner Reverb, are rated at 500 mA.
The DP-1 has an LED power indicator for each of the 10 outputs. Each output is voltage regulated with its own short circuit protection circuit.
You can add the DP-1 to your pedalboard if it doesn’t already have its own power supply.
What Is The Donner 9V Battery Clip Connector Converter?
The Donner 9 Volt battery clip converter allows you to connect your Donner mini-pedal to a 9 Volt battery via the power adaptor jack.
This can be useful if you don’t want to buy a single 9 Volt power adapter (not included) for the pedal.
If you have more than one effects pedal then you might want to eventually purchase the Donner DP-1 or another 9 Volt (center negative) multi-pedal power supply.
Is The Verb Square Pedal Legit?
The Donner Verb Square gives you a full complement of high-quality reverb modes.
The three control knobs let you dial in virtually any reverb sound you require for any musical style. This pedal is very easy to adapt to any guitar and amp setup.
The Verb Square routinely gets high user-review ratings and is designated as an “Amazon’s Choice” item. You really can’t go wrong with this unit!
What Is The Verb Square Evolution+ Pedal?
The Donner Verb Square Evolution+ Pedal represents a bit of an upgrade from the Verb Square Reverb that is being reviewed in this article.
Here are the differences between the two units.
|Verb Square Pedal||Verb Square Evolution+ Pedal|
|Has Studio Mode||Studio Mode is replaced with DarkSea Mode|
|True Bypass||Buffer Bypass|
|No Effect Tail||Has Effect Tail|
|$50 (street)||$47 (street)|
The Studio mode is replaced by the DarkSea mode in the Evolution+, which has a uniquely darker sound and different decay dynamics.
The Evolution+ also has an Effect Tail. It’s activated by holding down the effect switch and keeps the reverb effect going while changing modes.
I would recommend that you try both pedals and see which one you prefer. I like the Studio mode a little better than the DarkSea mode, but it’s really a personal choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions I get asked most about Donner effects pedals.
Where Are Donner Pedals Made?
Donner is based in Hong Kong. Their pedals are made in China and shipped to warehouses in California, USA, and Canada for distribution.
Is There A Warranty On Donner Pedals?
All Donner effects pedals come with a one-year warranty.
Can You Use This Pedal With A 9 Volt Battery?
Yes, you can connect a 9 Volt battery to the pedal’s power adapter jack on the outside of the unit.
Does The Verb Square Evolution+ Pedal Sound Better Than The Verb Square Pedal?
The Evolution+ Pedal does not sound better but it gives you the DarkSea mode, which is not available on the Verb Square unit. You should try both pedals and decide which one you prefer.
Final Thoughts On The Donner Reverb Pedal Review
Donner is well known for making high-quality, low-cost musical equipment. Their effects pedals are popular among beginning players and professionals.
The donner reverb guitar pedal has seven very usable modes that can cover virtually any playing style and musical genre. If your amp has an effects loop then this is where the Verb Square pedal will sound best, otherwise put it in the signal chain between your guitar and amplifier input jack.
All in all, for the money, the Donner Verb Square unit is an excellent reverb pedal. So, if you are looking for a highly versatile mini-pedal for your pedalboard, then you should definitely give the Donner Verb Square a try.
Be aware that this pedal requires an external 9 Volt (center negative) power source.
Don’t forget to check out the Evolution+ pedal, which gives you the DarkSea mode and the Effect Tail.
For more info on reverb pedals, see What Is A Guitar Stomp Box – Attractive, Little, Tantalizing.
Tell Me What You Think
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- Do you own a Donner Verb Square reverb pedal or have you tried one? What do you think about it?
- Which Donner reverb pedal do you like better, the Verb Square or the Verb Square Evolution+? Why?
- After reading this review would you buy this pedal? Why or why not?
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If you just want a fuller sound for recording and live purposes, and your amp doesn't feature reverb (or has a poor quality one, which is quite common), then the reverb pedal is your best bet. If, however, you want to be more experimental, or just want to make your solos sound cool, then go for the delay pedal.
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Donner is a Chinese guitar company whose manufacturing and design is based in China. While the materials they use are not the best of quality, for $100 to $200 guitars they play and sound great, in other words, they provide a great price/quality ratio.
The Quick Answer. Reverb pedals are more versatile but often sound less authentic than amp reverb. High-end amps use analogue reverb which sounds more natural than the digital reverb used in most pedals. However, some cheaper amps also use digital reverb which generally does not sound as good as a pedal.
If you want a way to create a tone which sounds more lively and has more depth, then you'll probably find that reverb is more effect. But if you're looking to add a most specific and unique effect by repeating notes to make your tone sound fuller, then delay will be your best option.
In general, both reverb and delay are similar time based effects but the main difference is that a reverb emulates sound waves reflecting off surfaces to create a sense of three dimensional space. While a delay will create a copy of a signal and play it back at a desired time interval to emulate an echo effect.
There are certain advantages and disadvantages to both. For instance, digital effects have more consistency as the sound will be processed the same every single time. The analog pedal, however, will allow you to reproduce certain nuances of your playing, which may differ from performance to performance.
Popularity. When the Klon Centaur was released in the mid '90s, it was quickly picked up and used by a wide variety of different guitarists. This included Warren Haynes, Phillip Sayce and John Mayer, amongst countless others.
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|Region or state||Anatolia (in present-day Turkey)|
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When it comes to reverbs, Mayer has shown a preference to using spring reverbs built into Fender amplifiers or a stand-alone spring reverb unit like the 1963 Fender tube reverb tank. However, when he has to rely on a pedal to get his reverb sound, Mayer goes with the Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb pedal.
There are so many reverb pedals available today that it can be overwhelming trying to find the one right for you. There are quite a few different types of reverb effects available and each give a very different sound. Some reverb pedals even mix in different effects in the one pedal such as delay or modulation.
Reverb can be a guitarist's best friend. In can fill in space between notes to thicken playing or just make you feel more comfortable in a dry room. It can also be used to simulate a large space and make your guitar huge sounding for ambient effects.
Spring reverb is most often described as “bouncy.” It's easy enough to imagine that a vibrating coil would certainly have this texture. Remember those tightly coiled doorstops you would flick as a kid? The concept is similar! The bounciness we hear comes from the actual timing between echoes in the tank.