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Volume-pedal needed?
Is a volume pedal an essential part of a pedal board?
Yes [ 11 ] ** [37.93%]
No [ 10 ] ** [34.48%]
volume? I crank it to 11 anyways... [ 8 ] ** [27.59%]
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mhskeide
post Apr 28 2010, 12:42 PM
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Howdy

I`m in the middle of choosing size for pedal board, as some might have noticed from my previous thread.
I can`t seem to entirely make up my mind regarding volume pedal. Doing volume swells and thinks associated with this becomes a lot easier than doing it with the volume knob of the guitar, but the pedal requires a bit of space in addition that it`s not a particularly cheap pedal. I just put up a poll for you to easier say your opinion, though I still appreciate some input smile.gif


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post Apr 28 2010, 12:56 PM
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I guess it boils down to the songs you play, if you need it a lot for certain songs then go for it, if it will not be used much then better keep the stomp chain as short and useful as possible, just my 2 cents smile.gif


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post Apr 28 2010, 01:01 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Apr 28 2010, 01:56 PM) *
I guess it boils down to the songs you play, if you need it a lot for certain songs then go for it, if it will not be used much then better keep the stomp chain as short and useful as possible, just my 2 cents smile.gif


Yesterday I felt like I really need it, but then suddenly a voice said to me: and what specificly do you need it for tongue.gif
Maybe I rather should teach my self to control the volumeknob better first smile.gif


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post Apr 28 2010, 01:06 PM
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Voted no..
I have never used one, and probably never will smile.gif
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post Apr 28 2010, 01:07 PM
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Dunno, could be useful if you think you have a use for it. It's amazing what creativity can do to the most of simplest of effects and knobs wink.gif


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post Apr 28 2010, 02:09 PM
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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Apr 28 2010, 01:06 PM) *
Voted no..
I have never used one, and probably never will smile.gif



same here, if I`ve ever need to knock off the volume a little I`ve always rolled it off on the guitar, but I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I`ve ever done that smile.gif


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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Apr 28 2010, 02:06 PM) *
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I have never used one, and probably never will smile.gif

Same here.


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post Apr 28 2010, 02:31 PM
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I have one on mine, I love the thing. There are a lot of other things you can do besides volume swells, I like to do this thing where the volume is changed from zero to 100 with the slightest touch of the pedal, it gives it this laser gun effect. You can adjust the sensitivity and range of the swell on mine which is fun to use.

Although to be honest, It only pops up in about 20% of my songs, If even.
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post Apr 28 2010, 02:40 PM
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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Apr 28 2010, 07:01 AM) *
Maybe I rather should teach my self to control the volumeknob better first smile.gif


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post Apr 28 2010, 04:34 PM
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well i NEED a volume pedal or good EQ on the loop fx while playing live, 100% of the times.

I use them for the solo parts, an eq is better because you can boost the volume AND some freqs to make ur solo cut the mix, but if not a volume pedal will do the job too (at least for your own monitoring).


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post Apr 28 2010, 04:55 PM
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Im surprised no one is telling you that you need one.

personally, i never use the volume knob on my guitar for volume, i use it to adjust tone. I need a volume pedal because if no one is mixing your sound, it is your job to do it. If you have a solo, you obviously need to be louder. If you bass player has a solo, or if your singer is singing, or if anyone else has the spot light, it is your job to get low. If you want to lower your volume with out changing out tone (IE volume knob), you will want a volume pedal. The good thing is that it will be the most inexpensive pedal in your board!


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QUOTE (jafomatic @ Apr 28 2010, 02:40 PM) *
This. smile.gif

only problem playing with high gain- you need noise gate- therefore you roll down your volume and your gate cuts out
solution -pedal
in low gain i will use volume on guitar- so learn how to
but my vote is for pedal
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post Apr 28 2010, 05:35 PM
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I use a 3rd Hand hooked up to a the volume control of a pedal I have on most of the time (a modified overdrive with nice tone). That way I don't suck tone with a volume pedal. Even if you have good bypass if a pedal has a lot of metal casing, it will still suck tone. That is why Boss pedals don't, they are engineered to be as good as true bypass, and are small.

The 3rd hand seems to work pretty well for my purposes.

http://www.guitar-effects-pedal.com/tone-i...xpression-pedal

I got mine for something like $55 I think, new, free shipping. You have to shop around and be patient. Vai uses one of these for other purposes, it is a nice item to have.
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post Apr 28 2010, 05:47 PM
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As always the only important question to buying a pedal is:

Do YOU need it? Does your playing requires this pedal or is it just a waste of space on your board because you will never use it?


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post Apr 28 2010, 05:51 PM
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Fran is right IMHO. It reall boils down to what you will be playing. A lot of players use the volume knob on the guitar itself for swells and such. But many do use a pedal. As far as the brand, as long as you go with something reputable it should be fine.

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I guess it boils down to the songs you play, if you need it a lot for certain songs then go for it, if it will not be used much then better keep the stomp chain as short and useful as possible, just my 2 cents smile.gif



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I dont use it when Im playing, rather to make the guitar shut up & be quiet between the songs...... in conjunction with a tuner, it can also be real useful. But playing-wise, I prefer the knob.

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I think volume pedal will be a nice addition to the pedalboard if you have space for it. If nothing you can use it for making guitar quiet between songs and making leads louder etc...


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Well when I am on stage, sometimes besides its normal use, volume pedal saves the day if you have an incompetent sound engineer...


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In my opinion, most pedals are pretty worthless. Only effects I need are a bit of delay, distortion, and reverb. Maybe a wah pedal for fun. I would like a noise gate though O.o

However this is just what *I* think

I certainly wouldn't see the harm in a volume pedal but I wouldn't freak out if I didn't have one.

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It would depend on much of volume changes you are going to use in your particular case.

And also if your guitar volume know is in good conditions and is comfortable to handle.

For instance, most guys in the metal world just use their guitar's knob to control volume, because they only use it at the start and end of each song.

But if you are going to be doing fades and don't to be spending energy with your right picking hand, then it's better to have it at your feet.


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