Create incredibly smooth volume swells or control your effect pedal parameters with the Dunlop DVP3 Volume X. Small and pedalboard-friendly, the DVP3 is solidly-built and ready for the road. It’s housed in an aluminum chassis with aggressive non-s...
In [this Rig Rundown feature for *Premier Guitar* magazine](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27653-rig-rundown-u2s-the-edge), longtime U2 guitar tech Dallas Schoo shows off Edge's 2018 touring rig, which includes two Dunlop volume pedals. The caption isn't very detailed and identifies them merely as "Volume X" pedals, but I believe based on the size and the tread pattern that they are the DVP3 models, specifically.more
“As someone who has been using volume pedals for many, many years and always searching for something better, here it is! The Dunlop Volume pedals are exquisite. They are extremely linear, sonically transparent, and tough as nuts. I love and use both versions! The expression version is great in the studio also, because it has a low impedance input perfect for after FX and I can insert it into the FX send and returns on my console, DI box, line amp, mic amp, etc. and it works beautifully. Done deal.”more
"Pelican is a very dynamic band that relies on a crucial control of volume to create the ebb and flow of their musical journeys, and that’s why for Trevor, everything starts with a volume pedal. He’s tried them all, but he has found a friend in the Dunlop Volume X because of its wide throw." [From an article on Premier Guitar](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27745-rig-rundown-pelican)more
Create incredibly smooth volume swells or control your effect pedal parameters with the Dunlop DVP3 Volume X. Small and pedalboard-friendly, the DVP3 is solidly-built and ready for the road. It’s housed in an aluminum chassis with aggressive non-slip tread and comes equipped with our patent-pending Low Friction Band-Drive for a smooth range of motion without the fear of breakage or change in feel or range. For maximum comfort and precision, the DVP3’s rocker tension is fully adjustable.
When using the DVP3 as an expression pedal, you can use the internal pot to set the minimum level of the parameter you’re controlling with the rocker. If you want to reverse the function of the heel-down and toe-down positions, the DVP3 has an internal switch that allows you to do so.
Along with Volume, FX and Output jacks, the DVP3 also features a convenient Tuner output for silent tuning onstage.
When I first saw this I was a little skeptical, Ernie Ball has been making fine Volume Pedals for ages, and as Dunlop and Ernie Ball have always been like brother companies Dunlop had never touched volume pedals. But when Ernie Ball bridged the gap and made other pedals this was seen as a go ahead for Dunlop to work on this, the Volume (X). This pedal however new, is extremely well built. It has a much more smooth and solid design, with a better contact. It does exactly what I want it to.
It turns me up and down. I got this because I didn't wanna deal the annoying string issue that Ernie Ball's VPs have. I've had this for over a couple of months and it hasn't let me down yet!
Originally I bought this as an expression pedal because I seriously couldn't find a single expression pedal with a full heel to toe sweep until this one. Then one day, I gave up on the expression pedal idea, and was ready to sell, when I used it as a Volume Pedal and now, it never leaves my rig!
I went with the Dunlop Volume X because of it taking care of the breakable string that other volume pedals use and expose a bit. This one is built like a tank and you could just go volume working with the tuner output, or go try the expression function on it with other pedals. I've had for a few days now that I'm writing this and I can confidently say my playing has been smoother and I've found ways to achieve fun stuff with other pedals on my pedalboard. Didn't expect this much fun so soon, but so extra glad I bought it.
If you're like me and have neighbors with paper thin walls, a volume pedal will come in handy when you're experimenting in the bedroom (Schwing!). What I like about this volume pedal is it comes with a separate connection for the tuner, which if nothing else, eliminates the impedance of one extra pedal in your chain.
I always considered volume pedals more as a tool, less an effect itself. And tool has to be durable, reliable and smoothly working. DVP3 does it all, without any doubt. I use it before delays in amp's effects loop to make an occasional swells, but most of the time it is my master volume control. No tone suck, no cracking, no any other problems. It is the best VP on the market, period. Plus a quite reasonable footprint.
Solid rock, but Ernie Ball Jr is way smoother in the swell. As an ambient guitarist, this is pretty important to me. Probably I'll use it as an expression pedal and get the Ernie.