How To Choose The Best Guitar Volume Pedal For You (Part 3)

Here is the 3rd (of 5) article of this mini series (So you can choose the best guitar volume pedal for you)

Parts 1 and 2 covered the main features that volume pedals have (to choose from).

Parts 3,4, and 5 compare 3 popular volume pedals so that you can make a well-planned decision and get the pedal that is right for your playing style!

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The Top 3 Pedals To Choose From

As far as Guitar Volume Pedals go, there are 3 big brands that you need to consider. Each of them has their separate pros and con’s, and there really is no “best choice”, only the best choice for you!

The brands:

  • Dunlop GCB-80
  • Morley Volume Plus
  • Ernie Ball 6165 Stereo/Pan Pedal

So let’s do a quick review of each of these brands. Starting with the Dunlop…

Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Pedal

The Dunlop Volume pedal is built very similarly to their CryBaby Wah-Wah Pedal.

The reason it’s called a high-gain pedal is because it can handle the high-gain signals properly, namely guitar signals.

It’s not really something that needs a lot of attention, but is something to consider. If you get a low gain volume pedal (They generally have an “L” after their title), that means it is meant for things like keyboards and such (and are not suitable for guitar).

Like I said, not something that needs a lot of attention, but it’s still important to note why they call this pedal “high gain”.

The GBC-80 uses Pots, so you do have the risk of it wearing out on you (like every other pedal with a potentiometer). If it does manage to break on you, all you will need to do is just replace the scratchy Pots for new ones (They are about $20).

A good bonus is that this pedal is not powered, so you won’t need any sort of power supply of 9V batteries to keep it running.

The price is fairly average, at roughly $80 it is not a low-end price, but not a high-end price either (Not going over $100).

As well, the thing is incredibly solid. I would say that most Dunlop-GCB-80-Owners would agree that you could probably drop the thing off a 3-story house and still not have any problems.

Of course, the unit is really, really simple. No tuner out, no stereo output, no minimum volume. You simply plug in one end, and the other end has an output. There is nothing else to it.

So if you are the person who likes a really simple setup, then it’s possible you might want to lean towards the Dunlop (as it’s the simplest volume pedal you can find).

Some common problems that you should be aware of when considering this Dunlop Guitar Volume Pedal are:

  • Not being able to get 100% Volume, even with the pedal fully on
  • Volume changing after editing the order of the effects loop around (and having to adjust the pedal)
  • Pots wearing out and making scratching noise (having to replace with “Hot Pots”)
  • It can eat up the tone of your guitar (some people claim it works perfectly, while others say it just sucks the tone right out of their guitar)

Part 4 talks about the pro's and cons of the next pedal (Morley). Subscribe to my newsletter or RSS Feed (Left) in order to be notified about new articles and bands on this site.

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