Is there a treble bleed mod for Ernie Ball volume pedals?

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  1. Makemusic85

    Makemusic85 Member

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    I'm curious if anyone has done or knows of a treble bleed mod for an Ernie Ball volume pedal? I've grown extremely fond of the treble bleed volume control on my strat, but I'd like to use a volume pedal rather than my guitar knobs. Plus it would be great to be able to have it in a pedal rather than modifying each of my guitars with a treble bleed circuit.
     
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    You can of course, but I wouldn't recommend it. Treble bleeds are band aids and not a true fix. Because of that the treble content will change depending where in the throw you are. You should really look into active VPs as this is would give you the result you're wanting. A treble bleed on a VP won't help control treble content on your guitar's volume either.
     
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    Suppose that's part of the reason I like the treble bleed on my strat. The way the treble content shifts that is. I blend heavy riffing with some chickn pickn style passages in some of my songs. I've found the bleed useful for having all out saturation when the volume is full, and then as I roll the volume back it gets more twangy for finger picking. I've found I like this tone better than having to switch to a different setting to get the twang I want. It was weird for me the first time I used the circuit on my strat, but I've learned to harness it in way useful to my playing at least. You're saying doing a bleed to my VP would have same effect right?
     
  4. sabby

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    This is the mod you want. It's awesome.
     
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    ^^^^ I agree!!
     
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    That's one crazy expensive mod!
     
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    In that case yeah! I get it, the same resistor, cap combo you have on a 250k in your guitar is a good place to start. As for the mod $$$ comment above, you get what you pay for!
     
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    that active mod is exactly what you don't want! the buffer is there to prevent any tonal changes from the pedal's signal load, either up or down.

    yes, you could just wire the bright cap across the two hot lugs of a volume pedal; the issue is that now you've got the pot in your guitar and the pot in the pedal both dragging on your pickup signal, even when they're all the way up.

    if you were to bypass the pots in the guitar, or replace its volume with a 1MΩ pot, then the 250k pedal could indeed serve as a substitute for the guitar volume.

    (seems silly though, the whole point of a strat volume knob is that it's right there to be used.)
     
  9. Makemusic85

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    Normally I would agree that yes the guitar knob is right there so why bother. In my case though I'm the sole vocalist and guitar player in the band. It's become way easier for me to operate a VP while playing and singing. The other side being that I also use an SG, and I have a hard time finding that volume knob without looking.
     
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    The THRU-TONE mod is great. It can be passive or active, the throw is a huge improvement on the stock EB, and you can dial-in the buffer so there's no tone suck/extra brilliance. It's a little spendy, but rock solid and nowhere near as expensive as a Hilton or Goodrich or etc.
     

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