From the company that crafted the iconic CryBaby wah that shaped the sound of rock ‘n’ roll through the work of Jimi Hendrix and similar esteemed gents, the Dunlop DVP4 is a rock-solid volume pedal worthy of professionals.
What we’re dealing with here is a smaller type of device – by volume pedal criteria, that is – a tool that fits any pedalboard without standing out as a massive giant like some other models tend to do. Anyhow, we took it out for a bit of a spin, you can check out our impressions in the full review below.
Compact is the word of the day about this fella, as we are looking at a size significantly smaller than a fair share of volume pedals, as much as half less than the company’s DVP3 model. In general, volume pedals often stand out as these massive, chunky, super sturdy devices, and if you’re not a fan of that since it does take away a lot of pedalboard space – and would also like to retain that “sturdy” aspect – than this is a great choice for you.
The DVP4 is a mono device, meaning it offers one input and a single output, limiting the number of instruments you can plug into it to one at any given moment. As for the mono output, it means that dual rigs are not an option. This is standard stuff and nothing to worry about unless you’re an advanced user.
Also included in the mix is an AUX plug, which allows you to activate the expression function by connecting a stompbox of your choice, as well as a low friction band-drive for smooth operation. The item weighs in at 1.3 pounds and features a total size of 6 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches.
The controls are very simple and very basic, so basic that you could call them non-existent. Basically, there’s the pedal and that’s it. Note that the device’s rocker tension is fully adjustable, allowing you to match your personal needs and preferences to a tee. A Minimum Control feature – which is basically a knob that adjusts the volume level when the pedal is set to the minimum value – would have been a nice addition, but for the listed price we can’t really complain.
Smooth as a whistle this fella is! There are two strong points of this device, both essential for a device to be called a good volume pedal. On one hand, the rocker is smooth, strong, and fully adjustable in terms of resistance, securing an easy performance free of hassle.
On the other side, the device has an above average durability and is reliable enough to function properly for years without a hitch as long as you treat it right. Sure, it’s not as durable as some metal beast from Boss or Ernie Ball, but it’s also significantly more compact, light and pedalboard-friendly.
For the listed price, we cannot really complain too much here. Would we like a Minimum Volume feature? Sure! But we still have to point out that the pedal does a great job when it comes to its most essential function – adjusting the volume of your instrument or the level of desired effect. It’s smooth, reliable, and everything a good volume pedal ought to be. Thumbs up!