Can you add a treble bypass circuit to a volume pedal?

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  1. jamison162

    jamison162 Supporting Member

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    To the volume pot of a volume pedal that is? Someone broguht this idea up on another forum and I'm not sure how it would work.
     
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    3 Mile Stone Silver Supporting Member

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    A simple solution if you feel it is really necessary to do that is to route it through a true bypass loop pedal.
     
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    jamison162 Supporting Member

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    Nah, this guy was talking like he used it all the time; not just an "effect".
     
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    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    You really shouldn't need to, with a decent pedal.
     
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    Yes you absolutely can do this. It all depends on the guitar your using as to what value of capacitor to use so you'll need to do a bit of experimentation, but using a resistor ( try starting at 100K, then increase the value to lessen the effect of the capacitor, you may work up to the value of the pot) and capacitor in series from the input to the wiper (center pin) on the pot does work. Grab some good value silver mica caps or sprague caps between 500 and 2000 pf and have at it.
    The idea behind this is very simple. The capacitor is acting as a high pass filter so depending on the value of the cap will let those frequencies through, and the resistor value determines the effectiveness of the cap. If you don't use a resistor it can sound harsh as you turn down because all of those frequencies are allowed to pass unhindered.
    Now just because you can doesn't necessarily mean you should, but experiment and see what works for you and your set-up. Depending on your set-up a really great sounding buffer in front of the Vol pedal can solve alot of problems. But if you're looking to have your Vol pedal at the very beginning of your chain to control the amount of signal passing to your OD's and Fuzz's, then this can work well.
     

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