How To Choose The Best Guitar Volume Pedal For You (Part 4)

Here is the 4th (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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Morley Volume Plus Pedal

The Morley Volume Plus has the distinct advantage of using Electro-Optics instead of using Pots to read your foot volume position.

The great thing about this is that it’s all “lasers”! There are no moving parts inside, so you don’t have to worry about scratchy pots (making this thing about twice as reliable as any other guitar volume pedal).

Just like the Dunlop, this is not a Stereo unit and has 1 input and 1 output.

It has a minimum switchable volume, with a convenient little footswitch (On the right of the pedal) that you can hit to activate it.

The unit itself isn’t powered, but if you want to use the minimum volume switch you will need to use a 9V Battery (Or one of the power adapters I described earlier on in this article).

The great thing about the minimum switchable volume is that you now don’t have to worry about accidentally lowering your volume so much that the unit turns off, which is a big plus!

Another great plus is that the unit is colorless, meaning that it doesn’t suck your tone in any way. You put a cable in, a cable comes out, and nothing happens in between (except the volume change you set the pedal at).

The price is only $5 more than the Dunlop pedal, coming in at $85 total. Not a bad price for such an advanced pedal in my opinion.

Some common problems with the Morley Volume Plus Pedal are…

  • …It’s a new brand?

I seriously can’t find a single bad thing to say about this pedal… Oh wait! I found one!

If you drop it out of an airplane, into the ocean, you might have trouble finding it…because…it’s black! And finding something in the ocean that is black would be pretty difficult!

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Part 5 talks about the pro's and cons of the next pedal (Ernie Ball 6165), and is also the conclusion of this 5 part mini-series!

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