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Volume Pedal Tone-Suck

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by betardfoosier, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. betardfoosier


    Feb 13, 2011
    I want to introduce a volume pedal into my pedalboard for ambient organ-like swells, but fear the oft-complained about tone suck. I read the putting one after a buffered pedal fixes this, would putting a standard ernie ball volume pedal after my tu-2 fix this? The boss tuners are buffered, aren't they? I'm playing a passive J, and I can't afford to give up any tone.
  2. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    An Ernie ball pedal is not an active circuit and will not correct any line issues, nor can it boost the signal any louder for ya. There should be no tone suck at all either.
  3. betardfoosier


    Feb 13, 2011
    I understand the volume pedal is passive, I'm asking if t he buffered tuner pedal before it will help with any signal drop from the volume pedal. I've heard mixed things on whether volume pedals suck tone. Thanks!
  4. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    Do you already have the EB? If not, seriously consider the Visual Volume pedal from Visual Sound. It can be active or passive and has many other options at its disposal.

    VS Endorsing Artist
  5. betardfoosier


    Feb 13, 2011
    I don't have it, I just have the opportunity to have one for very cheap.
  6. The Boss tuner is not buffered. It's simply got a FET switch instead of a mechanical one. Does the volume pedal have a on/off switch which is activated by pressing the pedal all the way, like a crybaby? If so you'll be taking it out of the circuit when it's switched off- no chance of tone suck. If not, the effect will probably be minimal(very slight loss of highs) which you could probably offset by increasing the vol and/or tone knobs on your bass(unless you already run them at max).
  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Go with the cheap solution and a Ernie Ball passive volume pedal shouldn't change the tone. I use mine right after my planet wave tuner to send the signal to my pedal chain and I do not loose any tone quality.

    Cheap Endorsing Artist
  8. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness... Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY
    I just sent my EB VP Jr. in to Dan at This1smyne for his tone suck mod, since I use the tuner out from the volume pedal and I notice a difference in output when the tuner is connected.
  9. betardfoosier


    Feb 13, 2011
    What could you mod on a vp to reduce suck? The EB pedals do not have a bypass I don't think. However, I COULD build a bypass box for the volume pedal, that would work!
  10. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness... Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY

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