We’re going to talk about volume pedals. Do you need one? Where does it go in your signal chain?⠀
A volume pedal is an expression-style pedal that controls the volume of a guitar or pedalboard. It controls the level of the input going into the guitar pedal(s) that come after it in the signal chain. There are two types of volume pedals: high impedance and low impedance.
High Impedance vs. Low Impedance: If you want to place the volume pedal first in your signal chain, use a high impedance volume pedal. It will have the less affect on the tone of your guitar. If you want to place the volume pedal in the middle or at the end of your signal chain, use a low impedance volume pedal.⠀
Place in Signal Chain: If a volume pedal is placed first in the signal chain, it will mimic your guitar’s volume knob. It will reduce the input going into your gain pedals and clean up your sound. If a volume pedal is placed in the middle of the signal chain - after gain pedals, before time-based pedals - it acts as a master volume for your gain staging, but will allow you to maintain delay/reverb tails if the volume pedal is heel-down. If a volume pedal is placed last in the signal chain, it acts as a master volume for the entire pedalboard.
Volume pedals are particularly useful if you need to use volume swells (i.e., ambient music) or if you need to quickly cut your volume. It frees your hands to play guitar and you don’t need to touch your guitar’s volume knob.
Volume Pedals we recommend:
Boss FV500 // FV30 // FV50
Dunlop DVP4 // Volume (X)
Lehle Volume Pedal