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Copper Gear Black Howler - Swell Effect Pedal

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Most swell pedals on the market are either auto swells or manual pedal volume controls. The Black Howler is somewhere in between. The Howler has 2 knobs, the first of which sets the volume you want to... Click To Read More About This Product

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Most swell pedals on the market are either auto swells or manual pedal volume controls. The Black Howler is somewhere in between.

The Howler has 2 knobs, the first of which sets the volume you want to start at. The lower the volume you start at the bigger the swell. The second knob controls how long it takes the swell to reach its apex. From a range of 0 to about 10 seconds. The stomp switch is actually a momentary switch that as long as you are pressing it the swell is activated. When you let off the switch the swell immediately returns to its starting volume.

Well, now you're probably saying, "well, I can do the same thing with the volume knob on my guitar," and it's true you can. The big difference though is when you set up the Black Howler the way you want it, it will repeat those settings of intensity and time delay exactly every single time you hold the switch down. It's probably not the kind of pedal you're used to, and that makes it perfect for experimenters of all genres.


  • Hand stretched full-grain leather
  • Hand cut and stained solid wood sides
  • Recessed input and output jacks
  • Hardened knob rails
  • Start Volume, and Time Delay controls
  • Heavy duty momentary stomp switch
  • Heavy duty center positive 2.1mm power jack
  • 9v battery adapter cable
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No idea what its use is

By J.R. Royall

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Copper Gear Black Howler - Swell Effect Pedal:

I have been trying to find a pedal that will do automatic volume swells so I can emulate a faded-in pedal steel guitar sound. This is not the pedal for that! First of all, let it be known right away that this pedal is CENTER POSITIVE, which means you CANNOT use most standard power supplies with it. No big deal, you think, I'll just use a battery, right? Well, despite this pedal's LARGE size, there is absolutely no internal battery space. Their solution? They send you a cable that plugs into the pedal and lets you attach a battery externally. EXTERNALLY! So you have this giant pedal, and then a 5 inch cable, and a battery, just sort of floating out there beside the pedal. NOT a valid solution for ANYONE who plays actual shows or does any road work. The left-hand knob controls, for lack of a better phrase, your "starting volume." This is the volume your swell starts at when you activate the pedal. The right-hand knob controls how long the volume swell takes. But here's the kicker, you have to be actually physically pressing the switch for the pedal to work. So think about this for a minute. I want a nice volume swell that goes from 0 to 10, right? So I set the left-hand knob (starting volume) at zero. Now, when I play my guitar, absolutely no sound comes out of the unit, because that left-hand "start volume" knob also sort of becomes your master volume! It totally cuts off your signal if you have it at zero. Even when the pedal isn't being used! So I have to have my foot holding down the switch in order to get any sound at all. So I guess this pedal is for guys who want to go from volume 5 to volume 10, or from 8 to 10. I don't know. I guess you could think about it as more of a short-term boost pedal that you have to have your foot on in order to make it work. Either way, why wouldn't you just get a freaking boost pedal at that point so you don't have to stand there pressing the switch down to make the boost happen? Idiotic! I truly do not get what this pedal's utility is. I cannot imagine ANY situation where it might be called for. I am returning it today, because for anything that costs 300 smackers it should not be this difficult to determine why it exists or what its use is.

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