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Volume Pedal / Impedance Plagued Drive Pedal Question - Achtung! Builders

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by surfingbird1, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. surfingbird1


    May 22, 2008
    Quick question. I have read about a thousand times that some if not most fuzz/dist/overdrive pedals react better with high impedance signals similar to passive pickups than my active EMGs for instance.

    I have a Fuzzhugger AB-Synth, Oh See Demon, and Depth Charge on my board. I know some of these if not all these could benefit from a high impedance signal going in.

    The question is do I need a signal impedance inverter, or could I use a small volume pedal (like "the nose" on ebay) to reduce my signal levels to achieve better headroom (or whatever it is that makes them react better) i think you would lose dynamics when you decrease the volume right?

    I would gladly put "the nose" in front of my chain and put a buffer at the end to get some of that signal degradation back
    -but I would much rather do the transformer or inverter route in pedal form

    please set me straight!!!!


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