Reverberation is one of the most popular effects used in guitar playing and recording.
The ASPRI reverb system is the only non-electronic sound effect for acoustic guitars that emulates the sound and feeling of playing in a concert hall. No electrical source or batteries or amplification of any kind is required. And there is no alteration, perforation or modification to your guitar.
Roberto Aspri the man behind the ASPRI was inspired by the coils in the spring mattress he slept on as a kid. “I noticed how my mattress would sort of echo when I moved around on it, so when the reverb unit on my amp broke, I got this crazy idea to make a spring reverb that would attach to an acoustic guitar.”
Roberto began work on an alternative to electric reverb hoping to make something that would sound as good but wouldn’t require electricity.
Several years of trial-and-error followed with Roberto accepting suggestions from a wide range of guitarists including virtuosi Liona Boyd and Alexandre LaGoya.
With help from CRIQ, Quebec’s industrial design incubator, and industrial designers Michel Dallaire and Claude Mauffette, the ASPRI reverb system was ready for market.
The ASPRI has been awarded a Canada Award for Business Excellence in the Industrial Design category, and the Prix Graphisme Québec for the originality of its packaging. The device has also been featured in Quebec City’s Musée de la Civilisation as an example of Canadian inventiveness.
The next few years saw thousands of units sold in Canada, the USA and worldwide including Germany, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, etc…
The system comes in two clip-on models: