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Jim Rossen


From:
Iowa, USA
Post Posted 16 Jul 2017 7:11 pm     Reply with quote

My Fender reissue tone volume pedal reduces the volume and rolls off the highs of my Clinesmith JM S8. Replacement of the pots was suggested in prior forum posts, but I did not find anything about how effective this actually was. Any suggestions?
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Jim
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Jim Smith


From:
Valley Ranch (north Irving), TX, USA
Post Posted 16 Jul 2017 8:08 pm     Reply with quote

First thing to check would be that both pots open completely when at full stroke. If not, that would explain your volume and tone loss.
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Earnest Bovine


From:
Los Angeles CA USA
Post Posted 17 Jul 2017 8:01 am     Re: Improve Fender RI Tone Volume Pedal? Reply with quote

Jim Rossen wrote:
My Fender reissue tone volume pedal reduces the volume and rolls off the highs of my Clinesmith JM S8.


I don't think that changing a pot in the pedal would help. Try using the shortest and lowest capacitance cable that you can get. Also try a buffer amp at the guitar output.
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Tim Whitlock


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 17 Jul 2017 8:42 am     Reply with quote

My re-issue Fender Vol/Tone pedal works exactly the same as my vintage pedal. You might hear a slight decrease in volume and high end compared to running the guitar straight into the amp, but only very slight. I agree with Jim Smith - make sure the pots are full on when the pedal is fully engaged.
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Bill Sinclair


From:
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 17 Jul 2017 10:38 am     Reply with quote

With the side-to-side platform centered on the pedal, the tone pot is already at the half-way point. You have to crank it all the way in one direction (I've forgotten which) if you don't want any roll-off. I suppose there could be a way to change the pot position with the pedal centered if that's your problem.
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Jeff Mead


From:
London, England
Post Posted 17 Jul 2017 10:52 am     Reply with quote

As Bill says, the tone is at the halfway point at the center position. It is designed to be used with it fully to the right in the default "resting" position. It is passive - treble cut only - so neutral is fully on.
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Scott Duckworth


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Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 2:34 am     Reply with quote

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Jeff Mead


From:
London, England
Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 3:20 am     Reply with quote

Scott Duckworth wrote:
L'il Izzy, if you can find one...


I'd say that's the last thing you want to use. I have a Goodrich Matchbox which does the dame thing as the Izzy and if I use it, the tone sweep on the foot pedal does absolutely nothing at all.
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