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E.W.S. Subtle Volume Control or SVC is a device based on Scott Henderson’s idea, which provides better control of your overall volume than a traditional volume pedal. With subtle increases or decreases in volume, your audience may never realize that you’ve changed your volume.
The SVC goes in your amp effects loop. This allows you to control your volume without changing the gain you have dialed in at the front of the Preamp. The SVC can also be used between your last pedal and the front of the amp, but keeping your gain consistent while changing volume will not be as effective.
Because the SVC is not an effect, it does not require any power source such as batteries.
The SVC is designed to be placed on your pedal board and foot operated. Since the signal coming from the amp effects loop is low impedance, the cables running from the amp to the SVC will not degrade the sound.
Posted by Rick on 20th Dec 2013
I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp that is insanely loud. The volume on channel one (with only a gain knob, no master volume) goes from nothing to too loud before you even get the knob to "1". It's impossible to practice with at home, and it's too loud to use in church. I was considering dumping it for a lower power amp, but I've had it for years and am quite attached to it. Plus, I love the tone.
Enter the EWS subtle volume. I read somewhere online that people with a similar problem with this amp have had success putting a volume pedal or volume knob in the effects loop. I tried my Ernie Ball VP Jr, and the principle did work, but I felt like I lost some tone, and I had to have the volume pedal all of the way down so it was barely on. There would be no way to control that accurately in a live setting. I tried the EWS, and it works brilliantly! I barely have the volume up at all on the EWS (probably up to about 1.5-2, but it allows me to run my effects at full volume, and put the gain on the amp at about 3, getting a warmer, more saturated tone, which I can then control the overall volume of with the EWS. It makes it possible to practice in the bedroom at night (which is right next to our daughter's bedroom and it doesn't wake her up), and my guitar amp won't drown out the church choir anymore.
There are similar, cheaper volume knobs on ebay that might do the same thing, but they're made of plastic, and you never know what you're getting on ebay. This pedal feels very well made, very solid, with a smooth-moving pot. It will be a permanent part of my amp for years to come, I'm sure.
Posted by SNCHZ SERGIO on 11th May 2013
I ordered this pedal to try it out, and I can't be more happy with it, first the size of this volume pedal is great, it will save space in my board and I think that's what a lot of guitar players want. The price is very important too and this price is awesome, but don't get fooled this is top quality it works perfect it is very comfortable and easy to control, great great volume pedal!!
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