Reverb was one of the first effects guitarists used, and there's an established reverb vocabulary, a set of rules by which we expect to use it and to hear it. Reverb is something that usually trails our playing, adding a sense of dimension and depth. It also serves to place our music at a specific point in time, with reverb tails hanging in the air to remind us of notes that we've played but which are no longer being sounded. Would Van Halen's self-titled album have sounded so significant and powerful if we didn't have that breathy guitar reverb in the right channel, reinforcing the notes Eddie had just played? Well, probably, but it's still a pretty cool sound.