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Passive Volume/Tone "Stomp" Pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mikelb7, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. mikelb7


    Jul 14, 2011
    Full disclosure: I started out as a gui**** who mainly used his volume knob to go from clean to dirty sounds. While I try to do the same on bass, I find it a lot tougher to reach down and make quick changes on-the-fly on my P-bass. I tend to play with a decent amount of gain (VT Bass into an Ampeg SVP-CL just as pre's) so I'm looking to have a switch to stomp on which rolls off some volume/gain for a clean tone when engaged (and full distortion/gain when disengaged). Kind of a reverse distortion/volume "down" pedal if you will.

    Basically, I'm wondering if there's any passive and volume "stomp" pedals (or schematics/reputable builders) out there. Not looking for anything aside from the standard P-bass guts in a stomp-able form really. Not looking to use a traditional volume pedal as my foot isn't sensitive or steady enough to utilize this method properly. Tone controls (passive, ala the P-bass) would be appreciated but not as necessary.

    Any advice?? Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    I think plenty of boosters can be set below unity gain. Also most eq pedals can do this.
  3. Why not just use the volume knob on your P bass?
  4. mikelb7


    Jul 14, 2011
    Thanks Swift, may have to go down that route if necessary. I don't have any other bass-specific EQ or booster pedals, so I'd be buying something even if I do use your suggestion.

    If I could, I would but I think my playing style makes this a little tough (busy fingerstyle, power trio/space-filling kind of deal). Now, I know what you're thinking ("suck it up buttercup!") and while I could certainly stand to toughen up, I'd rather find a stomp-based solution. I may have been playing bass for a while but I still maintain some gui**** tendencies ;)

    On guitar, I found it a lot easier to let a note/chord ring out and make slight tweaks as needed. I mostly played a Strat also so the knob was right by my pinky. Can't seem to find the space or time (musically speaking) on bass though... woe is me!
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    it's far from passive but you could always get an eq pedal like the SA programmable graphic eq. it has a volume pot that you can set below your normal level. you could even eq it a little to simulate the slight top end rolloff that occurs when you roll the volume down on a passive instrument, then click it on and bypass it to get you back up to full volume.

  6. Would a volume pedal not work?
  7. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    Why not make one yourself?