Talk to Me About Volume Pedals

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  1. ausguitarman

    ausguitarman Member

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    I've never used one before and I'm looking to add one to my rig.

    I was hoping that these act like rolling off the guitar volume.

    I've never been good at rolling the volume off mid song but can work a pedal just fine.

    Maybe a dumb question but I've never had the need before so I've never really looked into it.

    Any thoughts would e appreciated.:AOK
     
  2. DaveG

    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    I've been using an Ernie Ball Jr. for about 6 months, it's been working out well. It's built like a tank, very solid, and the "tuner out" is handy. If you run it at the front of your chain, it will work much like your guitar volume (not exactly, but close). I run mine second to last, just before my delay; it seems to have less effect on my od/dist there, and just boosts or cuts my "overall" sound.
     
  3. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I use a full-size Ernie Ball a lot, with my '53 175. I love it. It does exactly what you want it to.

    That said, mine just crapped-out, and I have to replace the pot. I bought mine used, and I'm not sure what the life expectancy is on these puppies.

    I'm also thinking about getting a Goodrich volume pedal. A lot of folks on the board rave about them.
     
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    I notice you have a few amps, there. If you're running anything in stereo, you might want to check out the Gig-FX Mega Wah that I'm interested in.

    http://www.gig-fx.com

    It functions as a wah, volume and envelope filter and runs in stereo, nifty on many fronts.
     
  5. Realfi

    Realfi trying to re-MEMBER Silver Supporting Member

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    In the past I've had Ernie Balls but this time around I was looking at an L120 Goodrich.

    I'd be interested in the opinion of anyone who's tried both.

    I use my guitar volume for backing off volume and the governing how hard I hit the inputs of my pedals and amp. I primarily want the volume pedal for faux-steel licks.
     
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    I've have used both the Ernie Ball and Goodrich L120, and I currently have a Goodrich LDR 2. The Goodrich stuff is expensive, but SO much more transparent than the Ernie Ball stuff. I used the Ernie Ball for years, tried a steel player's LDR 2, and ordered one the next day. They're truly amazing.
     
  7. Keld

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    I use an old optical morley volume/wah and it's been great. I too have never been good at the guitar volume roll off thing and the footpedal works like a charm. Another plus on the pedal is that I don't seem to lose the high end that happens when rolling off the guitar volume.
     
  8. ausguitarman

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    Thanks guys.

    Some run these pre and some post effects.

    Whats effect does this have in the different positions
     
  9. Medication

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    If you run pre-distortion/fuzz/od, it'll clean them up. If you run it post effects, you can have a pedal "master volume." I prefer pre because I can roll off the fuzz as well as create volume swells with delay.
     
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    +1. That's exactly where/how I use my EB Jr. Having it before the delay gives you the ability to do killer swell repeats
     
  11. Matt Gordon

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    Run your high Z vol. before buffered effects, low Z after buffers, at least that is how it sounds best in my pedalboard, that way fuzzes don't crap out. I hate the sound of a fuzz after a lo-z volume pedal.
     
  12. svanangen

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    I own both an EB (fullsize) and a Goodrich L120. I bought the Goodrich mainly to use it with my pedalsteelguitar but I have used it quite a bit on guitar as well and I like it A LOT better than the EB. The sweep is much more even so it's a lot easier to have full control. Go Goodrich (or possibly try a Hilton)!
     
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    Does goodrich has a site? and what are the common problems with the EB, its it that it sounds dull when rolled off? or what else?


    thanks

    Aj
     
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    Sounds like a an L120 for me then.

    If I run it after my Klon buffer and pre-delay it should be pretty cool.
     
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    For many years I had a BOSS FV-50H in front of a string of cheezy effects, and an ancient Ernie Ball at the other end of the signal chain, but as I slowly cut back on the gizmos, replacing them w/a few true-bypassed effects and a buffered equalizer - I was shocked to discover that both pedals were TONE-SUCKERS FROM HELL.

    I only use them w/a couple of lo-fi sampler/loopers now, where they can't do any more damage.

    And I'm managing the tele quite well since I flipped over the control plate, but I can't handle the stretch on the Gretsch, so I'm saving up for a Goodrich - they ain't exactly cheap..
     
  17. LouRossi

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    Does the Goodrich LDR 2 have a tuner out?
    thx
    lou
     

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