Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
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Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics

6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics, Volume Pedal for Guitar/Bass from Ernie Ball.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 22 reviews )
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Skjold08/01/2012

Skjold's review"Volume control by foot!"

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
This is a volume pedal. Plain and simple. You don't need editing options, digital conversions, thoughts whether it's best with a tube or a transistor. This is pure analog. You get a 1/4" inputs, output and tuner jack. It says 'Tuner Out' on the pedal, but it is in fact just a parallel signal, so you could actually use this, as a passive split, should you feel the need for that.

UTILIZATION

I bought this pedal, as I was tired of the impracticality of using the volume knob on my guitar, when doing volume swells and such. Throwing this baby into the chain made it so much easier.
It couldn't be any easier to set it up too. Take the jack from you guitar, plug it into the input of the pedal. Take the output of the pedal and send it to your amp, or the next effect in the chain. Simple as that!

I use a G-system and run one 6166 volume pedal in front of the G and one using the build in volume pedal expression jack in the G. This gives me the option, to kill my input volume and let a delay tail die out on its own, or lower the volume in general. This is a really neat trick, if you'r using guitars with different outputs don't want to change settings on e.g. your drive pedal.

SOUND QUALITY

This is were you might find some issues. I've not experienced it myself, even though I'm a huge sucker for tone, but some people complain about the fact, that this pedal takes away some of your treble signal, when pulled slightly back. Some have also complained about the parallel output (tuner) to suck away some tonal quality to the main signal. I haven't experienced that myself neither. It might all just come down to a matter of buffers in the setup (and partially also some psychological factors).

OVERALL OPINION

If you want a sturdy and practically unbreakable volume pedal, without any unnecessary options, then you should go for this one! It's build out of a solid block of aluminum, so it won't break even under heavy stress. The weak link is the string pulling the pot internally, but for as little as $10 (tops) you'll have it fixed again. You can even do it yourself. You pay a bit more, when buying it new, compared to other volume pedals, but you'll be glad you did! If you need it in stereo - don't worry. Ernie Ball got you covered to.
songboy09/02/2011

songboy's review"A sturdy, dependable staple"

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
This unit is simply a Volume pedal, no more, no less. There is no need for computer editing as this is strictly and Audio piece of gear. This is completely analog with a small potentiometer that regulates the volume envelope. This is strictly Analog, no digital required. The unit comes with one 1/4" input and two 1/4" outputs. They are not stereo ouputs by the way, in fact the other is a "copy" of the first output designed to feed a Tuner pedal/device. I have used the tuner output before as a second audio path and noticed no inferior sound quality so I believe you could use this feature if needed. It is not rackable in any traditional sense.

UTILIZATION

This pedal does not come with any extra control options like you would find on some other volume pedals. Just volume control. The setup is as simple as pluggin in your instrument into one end and the other into your amp/speaker. I have never referenced a manual nor could ever see needing one.

SOUND QUALITY

I use this pedal at the start of my AUX1 effects loop. This way I can adjust the aux channel on the mixer but not actually feed signal into the effects chain until I operate this volume pedal. It comes in very handy as my mixer is too far away from my gear to operate. I have never noticed any degradation to audio signal with one exception, DUST. When the pedal is completely backed off, the innards are exposed and if left in this position, dust can easily get in there and cause some issues. A good cleaning is usually all that is needed, but it is a pain when you experience it in a live situation.

OVERALL OPINION

What I like most about this pedal is it is very sturdy and offers a good amount of resistance so you have very accurate control over your volume. I really like to use this with my Rhodes to get some nice volume pad sounds and this pedal doesn't disappoint, very sturdy and accurate. I got this used for $50 and I am very happy with it. If for some reason the innards get messed up, the body of the pedal will most likely last for ever and the insides can be replaced relatively cheaply. I have used the Korg xvp 10 which is a stereo pedal. I plan on buying the stereo version of this pedal to replace the korg soon. Yes, I definitely recommend this pedal to everyone in need of a dependable, sturdy volume pedal.
mooseherman01/26/2010

mooseherman's review

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
The main problem that I have with most volume pedals is the lack of control. I know I'm probably being a huge stickler for quality. I only really bought volume pedals because I thought that they would allow me to lower my volumes during live shows when necessary, but also not rob me of brightness or tone. A second, more active use I have for them is for volume swells. I was used to performing this technique on my guitar's volume knob, but the impracticality of that was severely limiting. I have often been frustrated with some of the volume pedals that I have purchased over the years, but have recently found a few good ones. This pedal is definitely one of those. It's a little more pricey than what I would really want to pay for it, but it's a good value and Ernie Ball will fix it anytime for a reasonable price (so they say). The pedal is only suitable for guitars and basses with passive pickups because of the resistance that it can handle, but I don't own any instruments with active pickups anyway, so it's not a problem for me at all. Another neat feature is the fact that it provides a switch that switches between two rates at which the volume will swell. For the most part I stick with one setting for my main sound, leaving it at about 80-85% of total volume, and cranking to 100% when it's time for a solo. I find the other setting to be better when I actually want to throw some volume swells in there. I find this technique with a good delay can make some really cool sounds! Another neat feature is a tuner bypass switch, which will allow the guitar to tune while the pedal is completely depressed for silent tuning. However, since I already have a tuner that bypasses for silent tuning, I don't really need this at all, though I'm sure many others will appreciate it. I feel like this is one of the better volume pedals I've tried. I have mixed feeling about the Ernie Ball brand in general, but lately I've really been coming around to them. This pedal has certainly helped in that situation. It's versatile enough for anyone trying to stick with one channel.
moosers07/05/2009

moosers's review

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
The Ernie Ball Volume 6166 is a pretty basic volume pedal designed for use with electric guitars and basses.  There isn't too much to say about the pedal beyond that it doesn't need power and has a 1/4 inch input and output and also has another 1/4 inch jack to send your tuner out from.  The pedal isn't rackable as it is a foot controller pedal.



UTILIZATION

There isn't much to the make up of this pedal at all and is just about as straight forward as it gets.  It has a simple foot controller that goes up and down and allows you to control the level of your output.  No one should have any issues with this pedal at all and for this reason a manual is not necessary.


SOUND QUALITY

Since this pedal doesn't really make any sounds of its own, not too much can be said about the sound quality, but it is noteworthy to say that the pedal won't color your tone at all and provides a clean output.  The pedal is great for volume swells and for cutting off all of the sound from your guitar in between songs and whenever you want complete silence.  While this can be done with the volume knob on your guitar, there is something about having the control at your feet that makes it really easy and convenient.  I use this pedal with a Fender Strat and a Fender Twin Reverb and I'm always happy with it because it won't tint my sound and provides me with much needed control.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Ernie Ball Volume 6166 pedal for about two years or so and even though it is basic in make up, so are all volume pedals.  I like this version of the volume pedal because it has a very sturdy build and is put together nicely.  I've never had a problem with this pedal and if you treat it right it will last you for a very long time.  The price of the Ernie Ball Volume 6166 is about average for a volume pedal, but to me this is a better buy than most of the other volume pedals out there because of the shape and sturdiness of the pedal.  If you are looking for a great volume pedal that will get the job done without any issues, the Ernie Ball Volume 6166 is the way to go.
-Livingroom-07/01/2014

-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent, and neutral."

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
Analog volume pedal, passive, with a small switch to move from passive to active guitar if desired. There is also an outlet for connecting a tuner, which may also allow to turn the pedal pedal / progressive b. Jack in, jack out and roll youth!

UTILIZATION

Nothing complicated, if we finally summarizes the guys put the volume knob of a guitar, and pressing the pedal plate, a string that makes the knob turn in one direction or the other is rotated . Bought secondhand, so no manual, but really not rocket science. The top is wide, so foot clown is very significant, and the race is long and perfectly manageable.

SOUND QUALITY

It works the same with bass, guitar, keyboards, and anything with a jack .. It is very neutral in sound, so perfect for what we want. The volume control is surgical, with a delay for violoning is perfection.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 months, I'm not disappointed! 100 balls for a volume it may seem expensive, but the quality of sound, and the object (weight, comfort) are well worth the. I tried lots of critters volume pedal plastic to brands like Morley, here we are really in the class above.
leadguitar4510/01/2013

leadguitar45's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good but ...."

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
Volume pedal with 2 modes (small switch in) Wholesale plays the gain or volume.

UTILIZATION

Nothing to say

SOUND QUALITY

Nickel.

OVERALL OPINION

Frankly, long satisfied until the string causing the knob breaks. The repair kit is not expensive but a real shit to change.
Like the little switch to change modes (play on the gain or volume wholesale) to release net.
So a solid frame with the still fragile.
It would have to rewire itself by transferring all intermediate between the knob and jacks (connectors 2 balls).
Not on the purchase even need to change.
Keziahsqual09/25/2013

Keziahsqual's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" What can I say? It is perfect"

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
What a volume pedal, there is not much to say.
Ultra rugged as any metal, long race for a rather fine tuning.
In addition to the input and output to insert in the chain of effects, there is another outlet to connect a tuner (some will find there may be another use)

It's passive so no power

UTILIZATION

Again this is a volume pedal, and it is the reference, at least for me.

SOUND QUALITY

This is a volume pedal, I tell you! Basically I cut the sound! and I put the sound! I ente or two stops. I did not notice any degradation of sound.

OVERALL OPINION

Purchased in 2007, unless they need money I do not see why I divide them.
on the other hand I think for such a purchase occasion is sufficient because it is expensive new.
Less than falling on a marmoset, difficult to damage or wear.
Tomanos09/10/2013

Tomanos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Exactly the job!"

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
Volume pedal everything simple.
Completely analog, works without batteries.
Input and output jack + a tuner output
Not in its zero position at 100% of stroke: 100% sound.
Ultra transparent, ultra strong ... and heavy ... and big ... but suddenly it does not move!
There is a small black switch inside the pedal that can go from a stroke volume rather gradual or very fast on the end of that race. the pedal is not limp it offers some resistance (but not too much) which is very nice.
WARNING: This pedal is provided at the base for a passive instrument with an active volume can not go to zero.
EXCEPT: If you plug the pedal in the effects loop (in my case) and there, no problem.

UTILIZATION

Bought used so no manual, I think that there is no need if it is to learn the existence of the small switch in the pedal.
Operation of the product could not be more simple: no editing (Nan but a volume pedal, do not fool around either)

SOUND QUALITY

As mentioned earlier pedal completely transparent.
In there the very practical aspect to adjust my volume for some piano passages, we can make great "violonings" and coupled with reverb and delay it to the top of the water!
I use a warwick streamer (active) plugged into amp ashdown abm evo III + abm210t and 115 cabinets and all sorts of effects including reverb and delay so but a rat.
The pedal is plugged into my effects loop.

OVERALL OPINION

Nothing to say I think this series volume pedal is simply the best one out there, never seen real competitors.
I've seen other volume pedals among fellow guitarist (line6, boss) and they had more balls to see the poor quality of manufacture: they are usually super lightweight plastic and very fragile.
The price is certainly more expensive but if you want a volume pedal to keep all this life to serve as cover for his crate when we tinker or just to stun people, just wait a secondhand and you will not be disappointed promised.
lautricky04/25/2012

lautricky's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A bit expensive, but no complaints"

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
Entrance, exit, a tuner output.
Very robust!
A small switch under the pedal that changes the value of the potentiometer as if using passive pickups or active pickups (with preamp) EMG / DiMarzio, ...

UTILIZATION

No power supply, no manual. Nothing is easier

SOUND QUALITY

Does not change the sound at all, this is a very good volume pedal. I use it as a pedal just before the amp input. I never tried to put her in the loop.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for some years. Very useful in concert, at home.
It's still a bit expensive ... I think I will not make the mistake of buying a volume pedal. I wanted to control the volume up, I did a little lazy in my buying this ...

But to be objective, I think this pedal is one of the best on the market for its quality and robustness.
noar03/21/2012

noar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" End, Reliable, Fantastic!"

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics
Pedal control of volume,
1 in, 1 out and 1 for tuning out the off position.

UTILIZATION

No comment!

SOUND QUALITY

No impact on the quality of the source

OVERALL OPINION

Used since 2003, having tested before Vox, I definitely do it again this choix.La race full control under the foot, it is long and can exercise all of our talents climatologist sound! Not to mention the violin made possible with a good distortion and a nice reverb ...
150th in 2003 more than 220 today!!