FV-50H Volume Pedal review by Boss

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 5.8 (5 votes)
Boss: FV-50H Volume Pedal
5

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.

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    Dream Floyd
    which is a nice change from all the severe d*ck sucking going on in most reviews...
    Lams
    i've got it for more than an year and it's still just great. maybe i'll do a review
    ~Shred Hero~
    Igotyerbooty wrote: Don't recommend them an ernie ball for the love of god! Dunlop's the way to go
    I've heard good things about then Ernie Ball, never had the chance to try out though. Could of been fan boys I heard from though.
    Igotyerbooty
    ~Shred Hero~ wrote: Igotyerbooty wrote: Don't recommend them an ernie ball for the love of god! Dunlop's the way to go I've heard good things about then Ernie Ball, never had the chance to try out though. Could of been fan boys I heard from though.
    It's cheap quality, by all means get Ernie if you like things that fall apart. Dunlop on the other hand, great quality & as a bonus you have something to clobber people with! I have a problem similar to your issues with the pedal above, a similar problem I have with the Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal, it's a cheap piece of crap and falls apart.
    jeowy
    unpowered volume pedal? so surely it just weakens the signal, exactly the same as the volume control on a guitar? :S
    ~Shred Hero~
    jeowy wrote: unpowered volume pedal? so surely it just weakens the signal, exactly the same as the volume control on a guitar? :S
    The volume from a guitar is more of a gain knob than anything imo. You don't have to always have it on ten, I usually keep it between 6-8 and turn my amp up a little more for more rockish stuff, and 9 or 10 for more high gain stuff.
    ~Shred Hero~
    Igotyerbooty wrote: It's cheap quality, by all means get Ernie if you like things that fall apart. Dunlop on the other hand, great quality & as a bonus you have something to clobber people with! I have a problem similar to your issues with the pedal above, a similar problem I have with the Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal, it's a cheap piece of crap and falls apart.
    Hard to believe the cheap expression/volume pedals from boss/roland are so expensive if you don't go used.