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The RV-3 was launched in the mid 90s after 4 years without a Reverb pedal in the Boss lineup. The RV-3 is a combination reverb and delay pedal with four different reverb modes plus three delay modes with delay times up to 2000ms. There are an additional four modes that combines delay and room, hall or plate reverb types.

The bottom label was changed from pink to dark gray, January 1999.


  • Mode 1: Delay 32ms-125ms
  • Mode 2: Delay 125ms-500ms
  • Mode 3: Delay 500ms-2s
  • Mode 4: Delay + Reverb: Room 1
  • Mode 5: Delay + Reverb: Room 2
  • Mode 6: Delay + Reverb: Hall
  • Mode 7: Delay + Reverb: Plate
  • Mode 8: Reverb: Room 1 (small)
  • Mode 9: Reverb: Room 2 (large)
  • Mode 10: Reverb: Hall
  • Mode 11: Reverb: Plate
Boss RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay


  • New DSP (Digital Signal Processor) developed for the RV-3
  • Reverb effect gradually fading away when effect is turned off
  • Stereo outputs for 3D reverb sounds


  • Controls: Balance, Tone, Reverb Time, 11-way mode switch
  • Connectors: Input, Outputs (A/MONO, B), AC Adaptor
  • Current Draw: 70 mA (DC 9V)
  • Weight: 420 g (15 oz.)
  • A/D Conversion: 16 bit linear, 128bit oversampling
  • D/A Conversion: 16 bit
  • Sampling Frequency: 32kHz
  • Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


  • Pink – Made In Taiwan
  • Dark Gray – Made In Taiwan

The RV-3 was sold from March 1994 to August 2002.