The Good, The Bad & The Springy

Reverb pedals are a funny anomaly in the pedal world. Many pedal nuts will tell you how digital pedals just don’t sound right, sometimes its the highs which sound a little like static other times its the predictability of how they behave (yep that’s right, there’s even complaints about that!).

When it comes to reverb however we lap them up … why? Because there aren’t very many analog reverbs and those which do exists are quite big. In a world where pedals are fighting for the limited pedalboard real-estate, dedicating 1/4 of that space to a single pedal seems nuts.

When Anasounds were challenged with creating a pedal which sounded like a Fender Twin’s reverb they initially went towards the analog route but quickly realised the only way to truly recreate the tones was with a spring tank as found in the original amp.

The way to work around the size problem was genius, have the spring tank and the controls separate! On your board you simply have an MXR sized pedal with controls for the reverb but the sound comes from one of 3 possible spring tanks. The tanks can sit under the board or even on top of an amp.

Whats more the three tanks all do something different:

Le Bon (The Good)
The smallest tank and pretty unique in tone.
Best suited to more modern tones but still capable of some truly massive ambiance. Theย saturation switch behaves in a great way on this tank.
180 x 60 x 40 mm
La Brute (The Bad)
More towards the traditional sounding reverb while still being very size conscious.
Harmonically richer than Le Bon and more conveniently sized than Le Traund
235 x 84 x 40 mm.
Le Truand (The Ugly)
The biggest tank and by the one which will provide all the traditional amp reverb you could ever dream of.
This is a truly big tank and fitting it under your board will be a squeeze if even possible. However the tones are more than worth it.
425 x 109 x 40 cm.

Whats more, Elements allows us to adapt tone adjustments to the reverbs in a way only normally seen on digital pedals AND you can even drive the springs with a flip of the saturation switch!
All in all its easy to see why this has been a best seller across the world, now you can go try the 3 tanks to decide which suits your needs best, have fun.

Element technical specifications

Manufacturer Anasounds
Series Elements
Made In France
FX Reverb
Additional FX Drive
Type Pedal
Jacks mounted on Top
Bypass True Bypass
Battery? No
Voltage 9
Polarity Center Negative
Circuit Analog
Tube equipped? No
Weight (in kg) 0.29
Based on famous model? Fender Twin Reverb
Special Features Switchable reverb tanks
Width (in cm) 6.4
Height (in cm) 5.9
Depth (in cm) 11.8
GTIN 14 03760257570417

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