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The Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal features some cool enhancements that guitarists of every persuasion will appreciate. All the jacks have been moved to the front for quick and easy plug-in and the... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal features some cool enhancements that guitarists of every persuasion will appreciate. All the jacks have been moved to the front for quick and easy plug-in and there's an additional microswitch that evens the taper of the pot throughout the travel of the pedal.

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  • All the jacks moved to the front for quick and easy plug-in
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Ernie Ball6166 Mono Volume Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Industrial Strength Volume Pedal

I wore out the pot in my EarnieBall JR volume pedal after 2 years of heavy use. This unit has replaced my JR and it is just plain built tougher, industrial strength. I...Read complete review

I wore out the pot in my EarnieBall JR volume pedal after 2 years of heavy use. This unit has replaced my JR and it is just plain built tougher, industrial strength. I am a power-user on volume swells etc. This pedal is smooth and goes from completely off to full on like your brain thinks it should. Other pedals don't completely shut off, or have a quirky taper, or worse color the sound in a negative way (like a particular optical circuit). This pedal does the stuff and sounds great doing it!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's awesome, for a while...

I bought this pedal, and at first, it was a great buy. The swell it produced as you turned sounded exactly the way I want. The only problem I ran into with both...Read complete review

I bought this pedal, and at first, it was a great buy. The swell it produced as you turned sounded exactly the way I want. The only problem I ran into with both the different pedals I bought are that the internal strings they use inside tend to get out their original setting, in turn messing up the whole pedal. Twice this has happened, with 2 different pedals.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

suggestion for 6166 users

By jedwalrus

from manchester ct.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Extremely Durable

Cons

  • Please Read Comment

Best Uses

  • Theater Pit Multi Guitar

Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

when using a passive volume pedal such as the 6166 place a buffer first in your effects chain then to your a/b/y switcher thus avoiding signal drops and problems with active signal mix from an acoustic guitar...this will save you from blaming volume pedal failure...uncle jed

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

aluminum tank

By PHIL MEEK

from Pocatello , Id

Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

Here is the thing. I went on line to check for several items. While on line , every thing I was lookin for was, checked," IN STOCK " so I drove 120 miles to pickup what I needed. Welllll I arrived at guitar center and was informed that there was not a thing on my list in stock. Yea I was quite disappointed. They even told me that they didn't carry one of the items that was listed " on sale " So I ended up having to order the items and wait for them to be delivered. As for the Ernie Ball Volume pedal...WOW this thing is built crazy tough. It is easy to use for my lap steel. All the connections are in the front and a nice skid proof footpedal. Did I mention , built like a tank ? And not made in China.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This pedal really gets the job done!

By C. Taylor

from Tulsa, OK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    I got this pedal hesitantly, as I read that the VP Juniors had a significant tone loss, but this one really seems to do its job very well. I have it with a basic setup: overdrive and tremolo before it, and delay and reverd coming after it. It truly works great. The tone loss is probably there somewhat, but I don't notice it enough to complain compared to other pedals out there.
    My favorite feature (which is slightly hidden) is the switch that is behind the front plate. When it is in the right position, it does really good with quick swells for soloing, as the swell is more towards the front end of the pedal motion. In the left position, the swell happens very gradually and lets volume in in perfect conjunction with the motion of the pedal, which gives you great control for ambient swells and precise volume adjustments. I have all boutique true bypass pedals on my board currently, and this thing hasn't caused the wonderful warm tones to diminish at all. It seems to be built really well - very sturdy - but the string seems a little fragile, but it is a super cheap replacement. All in all, this is really worth it!

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Volume Pedal Ever!

    By srinivassa

    from Huntsville, AL

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    Okay, so I'm kind of biased on this thing. The first time I touched one was about 1994. I wanted a volume/expression pedal for my DoD floor multi. It was just soooo creamy smooth, but I didn't have the money for it then at $150. My damn multi only cost about $220. My amp was like $325. I couldn't spend this much on a pedal.Anyway, what's so phat/stoopid about this thing is the way it's built. It's a tank, but every moving part glides like lady parts. The string that pulls the potentiometer looks flimsy, but it's extremely precise. People used to actually take apart their Cry Baby Wahs and put them into an EB Volume pedal to make them smooth.Anyway, I bought one of these used. It was beat up, but it's a tank. Just came with some scuffs and digs in the black footpad. I did a treble bleed mod on mine, which I recommend. It's about the easiest mod I've ever heard of, except maybe an 18V mod for EMG pups. The 1 nF treble bleed makes it so you adjust volume without loosing high end and altering tone. I prefer to do the tone altering with my guitar knobs.So it's been just super owning one of these. The only compaint I have is the switch on it for your tuner. It really could have been a lot more obvious, couln't it? I still can't find this damn thing when I'm trying to tune up. Just put a big red button on there or SOMETHING. It's like orthoroscopic surgery trying to get in there and switch my tuner on. Minus 0.5 for YOU!

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Industrial Strength Volume Pedal

    By dB

    from Nashville, Tn

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    I wore out the pot in my EarnieBall JR volume pedal after 2 years of heavy use. This unit has replaced my JR and it is just plain built tougher, industrial strength. I am a power-user on volume swells etc. This pedal is smooth and goes from completely off to full on like your brain thinks it should. Other pedals don't completely shut off, or have a quirky taper, or worse color the sound in a negative way (like a particular optical circuit). This pedal does the stuff and sounds great doing it!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Pedal, Bad Design

    By i love my guitars

    from Minneapolis

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    So ive had this pedal for about 6 months now and one day i was playing and the string somehow slipped off of the spool, and let me tell you, it is a killer to replace. You need about 3 tools and alot of patience to fix it. If this pedal was ever lost or stolen, i would replace it with the Dunlop Volume Pedal, it has a much better mechanism and it is more durable.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume

    By T.T

    from Shiprock, New Mexico

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    This volume pedal is great! With the jacks in front it is easy to plug in and out. The tuner jack is also great and when your playing you can leave the tuner on all the time. Overall this pedal is awesome. (Also just be sure not to break the string inside the pedal.)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the best.

    By MusicMan112RD

    from Rockwood, TN

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    This is the best volume pedal I've ever used - it's very durable, sturdy, and most importantly, it does its job well. I also have the Boss FV-500H, but I only use it in my practice rig and for expression. The EB takes up a lot of room on my board, but to me, a few square inches of real estate is not worth trading out something that's faithfully served me for more than 6 years with no issues whatsoever.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ernie Ball 6166 Volume Petal

    By w9nu

    from Elkhart, IN

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    I'm setting up a new petalboard and bought a 6166 to control my volume. First test was dismal. All I got was a very weak signal thru my board. I tested the signal by testing the output from the first petal in the string. OK there. Next petal in chain was added and tested. OK there also. Next I added the volume petal. No dice. Weak signal. Bypass the volume petal and all other petals were OK. Ernie Ball Volume petal(Highly recommended) was sucking my signal to really low levels.Short of it, I'm an Electrical Engineer so I disassembled the volume petal and did a check. When the volume was at Max volume setting the output resistance was only 33K Ohms. It should have been around 250K. Bingo. Thats the problem.The fix was to loosen the allen screw that fastens the volume Pot to the string drive wheel. Then move the volume petal control to MINIMUM volume position, make sure the pot is fully clockwise (Use long nose pliers) and then re-tighten the allen screw. Presto, the output resistance as measured with an Ohm Meter now goes from 4 Ohms (Low volume) to 233k Ohm (Hi volume)An observation I had with this volume control originally was that the moveable petal in the Low volume position was not touching the little rubber bumper at the front edge of the lower case. I thought that was weird to have a rubber bumper there and the petal was not comming close to it. This was caused by the improper setup at factory. Not only was the setup done wrong, there evidentially is no QA test at the end of the line to see if it works to spec. Come on Ernie Ball, don't let sloppy work with no testing get you bad reviews. We know you build stuff like a tank only we DO expect the tank to start right out of the box. A lot of people would not have the electrical skills to get this thing to work.All works fine now. I'm glad I'm the one that got this one as repair was not to painful.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT

    By Les Paul-3.B1p

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal:

    This pedal is the only volume pedal you will ever need. It actually eliminates noise at the end of your chain. If you manage to break that string, it is YOUR fault, and not the pedals. You are not supposed to put your full weight on it and being extremely harsh with it. It is a volume pedal with a STRING inside, not a wah pedal. The volume range is nice, but there could be more, if you're not careful it is basically an on and of switch. Overall I recommend this pedal. Buy it!

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