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

Skjold 08/01/2012

Ernie Ball 6166 250K Mono Volume Pedal for use with Passive Electronics : Skjold's user review

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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.


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.


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).


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.