Benson Tall Bird Reverb


Benson Tall Bird Reverb all original in Night Moves cover! Very clean and no modifications, there is a very minor blem where the fabric seam meets on the bottom- otherwise we’d this mint. Works perfectly (it’s used) and we’d guess the era of production to be about 5-10 years old.

The Tall Bird features DC filaments for a noise floor second to none, and is just as at home in the studio patched into a console as it is sitting on an amp in a crowded venue. The Tall Bird especially excels at percussive guitar playing, filling in the gaps of notes with a haunting swell. This is not a Fender style reverb…it doesn’t drip and splash, but creates a hall-like effect that can get rather intense.

Rather than a single mix knob, there are dedicated dry and wet volume knobs. With dry at 12 oclock (5 on the dial), the dry signal is at unity gain approximately, but if dialed higher you can use it to push an amplifier into distortion. Or you can turn dry all the way down and use the Tall Bird all wet on a mix buss, or send it to another amp for weird spatial effects.

The dwell control controls how hard the reverb tank is hit with signal; turned up to a certain point it can overdrive the reverb tank for euphonic, cavernous reverb, or set halfway it can do a polite clean reverb that can still completely overwhelm the dry signal if you want it to with a simple twist of the wet knob.

A unique feature of the Tall Bird that is begging to be used creatively is that when the footswitch is clicked off, the tail of the reverb still rings out, a benefit of the uncommonly quiet reverb return circuitry.


  • Tubes: 2x12AX7s 1x12AU7

  • 3 spring 9″ MOD reverb tank. Yes, it is a short tank. This particular short tank sounds better for guitar with this particular circuit. Tip for recording engineers: if using on vocals or drums, run the RCA cables out to a Jensen Mod 9EB2C1B…sound like a plate!


        Head 13.5”W 8”H 8.25”D 13 lbs


  • Point to point construction on terminal strips – no circuit, eyelet or turret board

  • Carbon Comp resistors

  • Mallory 150M tone capacitors

  • DC filments for low noise

  • Baltic birch head cabinet


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