Boss FV-500H Volume Pedal – High Impedance

This pedal is based on the Boss FV-300, a pedal that has served as the industry standard for over a decade. This is the high-impedance, mono version of the pedal, designed for guitarists or bassists with passive pickups installed on their instruments (if you’re looking for a volume pedal for a keyboard, you’ll want their […]

Last updateJuly 18, 2018
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Boss FV-500H Volume Pedal – High Impedance

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This pedal is based on the Boss FV-300, a pedal that has served as the industry standard for over a decade. This is the high-impedance, mono version of the pedal, designed for guitarists or bassists with passive pickups installed on their instruments (if you’re looking for a volume pedal for a keyboard, you’ll want their low-impedance stereo version, the FV-500L).

The build is what you’ll find most appealing about this pedal. The aluminum die-cast case is far more rugged and road-worthy than plastic options. The pedal mechanism has an incredibly smooth action, too, which makes it both more comfortable to use and easier to control. The drag control on the side of the pedal lets you alter the amount of resistance to suit your style. The top of the pedal has a rubber coating so your foot won’t slip off while you’re playing. These practical concerns aside, it’s also a very attractive pedal, with a sleek, modern look.

The FV-500L is also a very versatile pedal. It has an expression output, meaning it can be used with any expression-compatible equipment you may have in your arsenal. It can be used as both a volume and an expression pedal at the same time, even—a handy feature for gigging professionals. It also gives you more output options than most volume pedals, with one each for the main signal and the expression as well as a dedicated tuner output.

One reason the FV-500L is a contender is that it will only impact your sound when you want it to. There’s no power switch, which means it won’t make any extraneous clicks or noises when you’re using it. Since it has no impact on your tone, you don’t have to worry about where you put it in your effects chain.

The Boss FV-500L isn’t the cheapest volume pedal out there, but it’s comparable in price to other similar designs and its full range of features makes it well worth the money for gigging professionals. You’ll get the build quality and consistency that you expect from Boss in an easy to use and versatile pedal.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 2.9”H X 4.4”W X 11.4”D
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Input: ¼” mono
  • Outputs: ¼” main (mono), ¼” expression, ¼” tuner
  • Casing: Die-cast aluminum

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