Boss FV-500H Volume Pedal
Stylish design, a road-tough build, and comfortable, smooth action. Expression output for use with expression-compatible amps, effects, and even synthesizers. read more
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Smooth as Butter and has Expression!
It takes up a lot of space but it's beefy enough to lay it on the ground next to your pedalboard and still feel sturdy. The expression feature works great and I imagine adjusting the tension would help for octave-up-like pedals. Super modern looking compared to, say an Ernie Ball.
Note: If you use it for expression make sure the "Minimum" knob on the side is all the way off. You'll wonder why your Pitchfork didn't go from octave to octave.
edited over 2 years ago
Built like a tank
This is one of the most reliable volume pedals out there. Built like a tank, you'll never suffer for a ridiculously thin cable that breaks at any time. (Yes, I'm watchin' at you, Ernie Ball!). Trust me: its solid construction is very good, and it has the ability to work as an expression pedal too. Sweet! It comes with a knob that allows us to set the min. volume level. Finally, you can tighten or loosen the sensibility thanks to a screw. It's a little heavy, (not much, actually), and being the volume pedal of the most used elements in our gear, you'll thank its comfort and durability. Great job, Boss!
If You Just Want a Volume Pedal.
This pedal is big, heavy, and built like a tank. The main mechanism isn't a piece of twine so it won't break on you like an Ernie Ball and there is virtually no "tone suck". Even when using the tuner output I can hardly tell a difference. It doesn't need to be powered either which is a huge plus. Just plug it in and go.
If I were to be critical of anything it would be that the sweep towards the heel has a bit of a dead spot, but to be honest after a little while of playing on it I really learned to like the leeway when doing swells. It ultimately makes it easier to ease up into the notes so I find it a bit of a positive in hindsight.
I use this on Medicine Club's song 'Tranquiliser'. It was bought on the day of a gig when I decided that the volume swell on my Line 6 M5 was too quiet and I haven't looked back since. With the adjustable minimum volume and the ability to change the feel of the pedal, this is a really user-friendly pedal with incredible accuracy of sweep and amazing build quality. Also a studio essential for easy fade-ins which leaves less post-effect work.
edited about 2 months ago
It has a problem with physics
You look at it and it is a very nice piece of gear: aluminum body, solid rubber to step on, minimum volume adjustment, top mounted jacks, everything seems to be so solid. But here we go: when you release the pedal from its top or bottom position it goes back a little, so you can't really set it to 0% or 100% and leave it alone, it will go up or down a little from its extremes. You can adjust the pedal feel from the back plate and this could compensate a little from one point or the other, the action is compromised. This happened similarly with the old Boss FV-300s too, it's uncomfortable to me, I prefer to go back to the classic Ernie Ball or the ones by Dunlop. There's another design flaw in the top mounted jacks apartment as you cannot put a 90º cable just like that because it will hit the borders and therefore unplug itself because of that unnecessary part. By now my favorite volume pedal is the Dunlop DVP1, it works perfectly, it doesn’t have an aux/expression jack and is bigger than the DVP3 but have both and the DVP1 feels better.
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Stylish design, a road-tough build, and comfortable, smooth action. Expression output for use with expression-compatible amps, effects, and even synthesizers.
- Mono, high-impedance volume pedal
- Heavy-duty aluminum die casting body
- Ultra-smooth pedal movement for the utmost in comfort and control
- Rubber pedal for comfortable play and non-slip action
- Expression pedal function
- Convenient tuner-output jack