What is your volume pedal of choice?

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  1. ASATKat

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    I love volume swells, one of the best ambient effects, some nice reverb, and a subtle delay with a long decay, the volume pedal becomes a perfect expression tool.

    What are your thoughts on volume pedals?

    And what are your favorites?

    After years of not liking the tone sucking of most volume pedals, I tried the Ernie Ball MVP, imo the best volume pedal they have made. It has a built in buffer, and a boost knob. Tone and volume suck are eliminated. And the feel and sweep of the pedal is classic Earnie Ball.

    Tell us about your volume pedal desires,
     
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    Ernie Ball VP 40th anniversary edition for all the reasons you listed except it's all passive, no buffer. Kevlar cord, flat black, smooth.
     
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    I have:

    Morley big ol' chrome AC powered one.
    Vintage DeArmond with an upgraded pot.
    An old Ernie Ball that had a knob to adjust the taper. I sent it back to them for a new string and had them replace the pot with a tuner out jack.
    Ibanez VL-10 series. Compact, stereo and can be used as a pan pedal. It also has a tuner out. I've had it around 30 years without a hitch.

    The Ibanez and Ernie Ball are on my pedalboards and get used all of the time. The DeArmond is on loan to my pedal steel player while he gets issues with his Goodrich sorted out. The Morley is kind of a relic that doesn't get much use.
     
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    Coming from a surf guitar swell background, I had a Fender Classic RI on my board for years. Never an issue. It is a tank, but you could leave your foot on it while playing even when not needing it. I have missed my sweet fade outs since I sold it.
     
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    Have an optical George Dennis GD25 Panorama Stereo Volume Pedal with pan and switch modes...got it for $10...have not been tempted to try anything else.
     
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    Boss PV-1. Used it for years. No tone problems, active boost. If it's good enough for Fripp...

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    I have a Boss stereo volume with a tuner output. I use it as a mute switch, it's either all on or all off, no in between.
     
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    Wow! I've been looking for one of those for years. Not an easy pedal to find let alone for $10. I have one of his wahs.
     
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    I use an MVP too. It’s perfect for me.
     
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    I've been using volume pedals since 1966. Fender volume pedals; not the reissue but the old ones with the fulcrum/pivot point in the center of the pedal.
    These were discontinued in 1985.

    I place them at the end of the chain and with an always-on pedal (or buffer) there is no problem with loss of highs.
    I love the low profile; how it telescopes over itself, and they are simply cool.
    I currently have four of them.

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    S Mac
     
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    Ernie Ball VP Jr. $35 in a pawn shop.
     
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    Good Lord.
    That's a SCROE
     
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    It was a quite a few years ago, off fleabay from a seller in Nashville with a beginning bid of $10; guess no body else saw it. To be truthful, had no idea of who Mr Dennis was nor what panorama did. Just pure dumb luck. There were a couple small things that needed to be tightened up and a couple of plastic washers to get the treadle to work smoothly, but has worked great and without issue.
     
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    My right pinkie.
     
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    Pinkie on volume

    JB/Dunlop expression

    And these
     

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    Most passive vol pedals suck tone & you need to put a buffer/ EQ /something for compensation.
    I have built a volume knob pedal for reducing the overall vol & put a treble bleed circuit in it. It's completely passive but it sounds really nice as you reduce the volume.
    If there are any vol pedals with a treble bleed circuit, they should sound fine.

    At the omment I have a Boss FV50 L, passive & tone sucky but I have a Timmy before it to compensate. It works & I like swells a lot too!! :)
     
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    Like Paul, an Ibanez VL-10 has been my constant companion since the early 80's. I've never used it as a pan pedal, but it's a wonderful volume pedal. I've also had Morley, EB, Dunlop and a vintage DeArmond, but the Ibanez has been the one. The throw is excellent. Since I always run two amps, the stereo outs (and in's) are a big bonus. Plus, (as Paul also said) 30 plus years of service without a hitch. Great pedal!
     
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    I also got a George Dennis from eBay for almost nothing because it was broken. I emailed them for a schematic and got a response right away. Changed a cap, and it is absolutely transparent with any combination of gear. Optical is the way to go if you have ever come across a scratchy pot.
     
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    Ernie Ball VP Jr.
     
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