View Full Version : Volume Pedal after overdrive 250K or 25K?
11-11-2008, 11:51 AM
Thats the question, do i need a 25 k (pasive) volume pedal if i want to put it after overdrive / distortion effect.
11-11-2008, 11:58 AM
What else will be placed before the volume pedal? Is the overdrive true bypass, or buffered when bypassed?
11-11-2008, 12:00 PM
11-11-2008, 12:01 PM
It honestly does not matter. I've used both and found no difference in tone whether it was the 25k or 250k model. Both pedals are passive by the way, but are made to accept different signal impedances. I prefer the 250k because it has the taper switch and I use it after all of my other pedals but before delay and reverb. Works great, no tone loss like plugging the guitar straight in. The 25k model does not have the taper switch, I learned this the hard way.
11-11-2008, 12:07 PM
I respectfully disagree....
I've tried both the EB 250K volume pedal and the 25K pedal after my overdrive pedals and before my time-domain effects.
All of my OD's were true bypass; When I used the 25K pedal with none of the OD's engaged, the tone was weak and VERY muddy.
I now use a Radial line booster set to unity gain between my compressors and my OD's, and found that the 25K pedal together with the buffer gave me the best overall tone. For some reason, the compressors don't like to have a buffer in front of them (I use a TonePress and a Janglebox).
11-11-2008, 12:14 PM
I did the same tests with both version with and without buffered pedals in front and both sounded the same to me, and I'm pretty dog-gone picky. Still, I prefer the 250k version. You said the 25k version sounded muddy, so why not use the 250k, it seems to work best under just about every condition.
11-11-2008, 03:44 PM
I'm with joejazzguitar... I need to use a volume pedal after my fuzz, and the EB 250K did not have the right sweep response (I've read that the newer ones have some kind of switch to change the sweep, maybe that would fix the problem). However, using a buffer and a low impedance pedal works great for me.
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