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Volume Pedal Fundamentals

Published on Mar 29, 2019

In this episode we explore the basics of using a volume pedal. Now you might think it’s a simple matter of varying your volume from quiet to loud… but as we find out, the specifical placementation of the volume pedal in your signal chain can have radically differentialising effectalisations on the resultifying tones emanating forth from your electronical guitar device, amplficator equipments and effectatious pedallion combinations.
Sothusthreforely we commence by observifacting three common placementisations for the volume pedal, before installising one in the effects loop of the amplifier and finishing with a tremendacious creativising idea from young Daniel Steinhardt of Australia.

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini

• JAM Pedals Rattler
UK & Europe:

• Paul Cochrane Timmy Overdrive

• Empress Echo System
UK & Europe:

• Walrus Audio Fathom Reverb
UK & Europe:

• Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
No longer made

• BOSS FV-30H (FV-500H is same spec but physically bigger)
UK & Europe:

• DOD FX-17 Wah-Volume
No longer made

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- Check out our peeps and buy stuff. Please: 1:30
- What are we doing today? 1:45
- High- and low-impedance volume pedals: 2:56
- Pot values and tope end to ground? 4:30
- Today’s board: 5:25
- Today’s amps: 5:38
- Rattler and volume pedal: 6:04 (7:20)
- …compared with the guitar volume pot: 8:56
- Active volume pedal? 10:53
- Volume pedal after overdrive (used as master volume): 13:28
- Direct comparison: volume pedal pedal before and after drive: 14:40
- What about delay and reverb? 16:40
- Volume pedal after gain, but before delay and reverb: 17:38
- Summary of the three main positions so far: 2-:05
- What about FX loops, delay and volume level? 21:30
- Volume pedal in the FX loop of an amp: 24:50
- …and with preamp gain from the amp: 25:45
- …same volume pedal into the front of the amp: 27:11
- High and low impedance, again: 29:08
- Dan’s four-input/two-channel 100 per cent wet volume pedal trick: 30:52
- …and more of that with nice noises: 39:40
- What about the sound of an active (buffered) volume pedal? 42:00 (42:52)
- …and with overdrive: 45:20

Guitars and amps in today’s video:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III with standard speaker - No longer made, link to latest version
UK & Europe:
• Lazy J 20 combo with Celestion Alnico Cream Speaker

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