V-850 Volume review by Vox

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (14 votes)
Vox: V-850 Volume

Sound — 10
I have left out my personal set-up in this, as I feel it does'nt matter for the 'sound' through this thing. This volume pedal is great for those who don't want a volume pedal that colours the tone of your guitar/amp like the much more expensive Morleys do. There's no tone sucking, and the amp still sounds bright. I use it at the beggining of my daisy chain, which I would recommend for everyone. I've become obsessed with swells now!

Overall Impression — 9
I play a lot of Mark Knopfler stuff, hence I purchased this volume pedal. It does the job so well. I love using this thing to put alot more expression into things as well. Another thing it's great for, is use with a cranked valve amp, I use this pedal, instead of the volume on my guitar to tame the Overdrive on a valve amp, it's cleans it up real nice, then it's just a simple roll forward from the foot to get the more gain for a solo or something. A minimal volume knob would make this pedal more versitile, as I have to have accurate footwork if I'm using it solely as a boost at the moment. As for value, I still feel 60 is a lot for one petentiometer, but oh well. If this was lost/stolen, I would definatly buy it again.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This is extreamly reliable, it's a huge lump of heavy metal, enough to kill a flock of Llama with. It's heavy and doesnt slip on stage or anywhere else. I give it a 9, because, when it came, it wouldn't shut the volume off all the way on full tilt back at loud volumes (we're talking a fully cranked 30w valve amp though). But as it's the simpist thing inside, I just re-calibrated the pot, and it was fine. Apart from this there's been no problems, and I've had it 6 months. If something does go wrong, it will no doubt be the easiest thing to fix, even for the worst 'electricians' out there.

Ease of Use — 10
This pedal can't really be of any challenge to use, as it's just one big potentiometer. Just add it to your daisy chain, or effects loop and you're done.

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    will this encourage feedback on my amp? should i get an overdrive or volume pedal for solos (or both!)?
    Semi_Hollow_Bod wrote: It sounds good but I think it looks like shit.
    um yeah... Blue... the vox color. i wish it was black... Agreed
    Multiplayerjon wrote: Semi_Hollow_Bod wrote: It sounds good but I think it looks like shit. um yeah... Blue... the vox color. i wish it was black... Agreed
    I was thinking exactly the same thing...and its annoying that thats been enough to put me off buying one... Im fussy like that...