Price paid: $ 40
Purchased from: Music Go Round
Sound — 6
At the time of purchase, an in-store PRS w/ P90's was run into the FV-50H and then into a Fender Twin amp. Currently this pedal is used with my Squier Affinity Strat into a Peavey Vypyr 30 amp. Even though the "Minimum Volume" knob has a range of 0-10, don't get too excited: The range of volume with the knob on 0 is about 0,1,2,3,7. Thus, the range could be disappointing. An example would be if someone wanted to set the minimum volume to 6 or 7, and then during a solo rock the pedal completely forward for a volume boost, the change in volume would be barely noticeable if even existent.
Overall Impression — 8
A volume pedal could be used in any musical genre or situation. However, I don't think this exact pedal would be the one to go with. Compared to a Dunlop Volume pedal, I found this pedal better. Compared to a Morley Little Alligator, it was too hard to call in my opinion. If you're looking for a volume pedal I would suggest looking into an Ernie Ball volume pedal or one of the higher end Boss volumes such as the FV-500H. If you do decide to go with a Boss volume, make sure you know which one to get. If you have passive pickups go with a Boss volume marked with H after it's name such as the Boss FV-50H, h= high impedance. If you have active pickups go with a Boss volume marked with L, such as the Boss FV-50L, l= low impedance.
Reliability & Durability — 6
The Boss FV-50H, being a boss/roland pedal, isn't as durable as you might think. The entire pedal is mostly a hard plastic, not the greatest when it comes to durability. As far as battery life, there is none, no power required so no worries about the pedal dieing off during a gig. However, like stated earlier in this section, the casing isn't to sturdy and it just doesn't seem like it can hold up as long as most other pedals. In conclusion, I do not feel this pedal could hold up for gig after gig without a backup.
Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is one of those "easy-to-use" pedals. It's as simple as it gets when coming to a volume pedal. There are 2 inputs, 2 outputs, and a tuner out jack as well. There is a "Minimum Volume" knob with a 0-10 range. The minimum volume, as self-explanitory as it is, determines the minimum volume when the rocker is in the heel position. Probably the most convenient feature is this foot volume does not require power, meaning a battery and or adapter isn't needed.