If you like your volume pedals to consist of metal and metal only, then Fender FVP-1 is the right choice for you! Jokes aside, this is one sturdy device that does a proper job at volume control, all while sporting a fair and affordable price tag.
If that's what you're looking for, plus a sleek all-metal look, then this truly is a valid choice for you. We decided to take this Fender boy for a test run, you can check out our findings in the full review below.
The device weighs in at 1.2 pounds and sports a total size of 11.4 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches, utilizing a 250k potentiometer with a high life cycle, making it well suited for passive instruments. The pedal's circuitry has been specially designed to retain the natural tone of your instrument with zero sonic interference, which is nice and definitely gets a thumbs up in our book.
We are looking at a mono pedal, meaning there's one In and one Out jack. This is a standard configuration of many pedals and something that covers the needs of the vast majority of players. It means that you cannot plug in two instruments into the pedal at one moment and that stereo rigs are out of the question; as you might have noticed, the absolute majority of musicians doesn't utilize either of these two approaches.
Further on up the road, the pedal has a Tuner Our jack, which allows you to connect a tuning device of your choice directly to the volume pedal and thus keep your instrument in proper tuning throughout the entire performance.
It's just the basic stuff here, and we're perfectly fine with it. The only thing there is to control is the pedal itself, which is fairly smooth and sturdy and the same time. The pedal itself is specially carved on top so it holds firmly onto the player's foot, which is a neat addition both in terms of looks and practicality.
If you want to utilize this guy as an expression pedal, all you have to do is connect the Out jack with the Expression In jack of your desired stompbox. The minimal volume knob – which allows you to adjust the level of volume that's delivered whet the pedal is placed all the way up – has not been included, but that's just fine for the listed price in our book.
As noted, the pedal gives a feel of a solid, sturdy as a tank device, but still one that's easy to control and express even the most minute changes in volume or effect level. The item is strong and very durable, with top craftsmanship and excellent circuitry that can keep it active for many years without any major maintenance costs.
The sound remains loud and clear, and the pedal doesn't interfere with the natural sound of your instrument of any of the effect pedals you might have plugged in. Overall, solid stuff.
For the listed price tag, this is indeed a good deal. The product is strong and durable, looks sleek, fits most pedalboards, is smooth and easy to control, and does the job just fine at a fair price. This is simply a volume pedal done right. Thumbs up!