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Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal

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The FV-500L raises the bar on volume pedal performance.

Stylish design, a road-tough build, and comfortable, smooth action. Expression output for use with expression-compatible amps, effects, and even synthesizers.

FEATURES
  • Stereo, low-impedance volume pedal
  • Heavy-duty aluminum die-cast body
  • Ultra-smooth pedal movement for the utmost in comfort and control
  • Rubber pedal for comfortable play and non-slip action
  • Expression pedal function
  • Convenient tuner-output jack
  • Adjustable pedal feel (torque)

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BossFV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (4)
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    • Professional musician (7)

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guitar note on Impedance!

I love this pedal, nice and smooth, and I would like to make a note about the impedance factor. Guitars output a high impedance, and you always want to match the output and...Read complete review

I love this pedal, nice and smooth, and I would like to make a note about the impedance factor. Guitars output a high impedance, and you always want to match the output and next input impedances, HOWEVER, if you run your guitar to another pedal first, THAT pedal (and all other pedals) output LOW IMPEDANCE. So if you want to go into any pedal first (like an overdrive pedal), than this is the right pedal for you. If you want to go straight to the volume pedal, you need high impedance, unless you have active pickups.

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Boss FV-500L

I first had the FV-300L. It began to slip after about a year of moderate to light use ( 2 gigs a month ). The warranty had just expired. I purchased the...Read complete review

I first had the FV-300L. It began to slip after about a year of moderate to light use ( 2 gigs a month ). The warranty had just expired. I purchased the FV-500L because it was updated and the promise was that the slip problem had been addressed. Worked great for 2 years of the same usage and then did the same thing. I really like the pedal. It has a smooth gain and other features set it apart. Unfortunately it is a disposable product. It is not built to last and it always makes more sense to buy a new one than to pay to have it repaired. The quest continues. Also, their service department is staffed by a snotty bunch.

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

guitar note on Impedance!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

I love this pedal, nice and smooth, and I would like to make a note about the impedance factor. Guitars output a high impedance, and you always want to match the output and next input impedances, HOWEVER, if you run your guitar to another pedal first, THAT pedal (and all other pedals) output LOW IMPEDANCE. So if you want to go into any pedal first (like an overdrive pedal), than this is the right pedal for you. If you want to go straight to the volume pedal, you need high impedance, unless you have active pickups.

(19 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Keyboard volume pedal

By Les51

from Fall River, Ma.

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Minimum Volume Knob Allow
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Fv500l Is Not For Guitars

Best Uses

  • Fv500l Is For Kb's Only

Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

The FV500L is for keyboards only. Minimum volume knob allows you to set the volume to the band. Step on the pedal to go out front for solos, then return to your normal playing volume. Pedal is large, but comfortable. Grips all floors well. Unless you're familiar with these pedals, you need to know that the FV500L (Low gain)is for keyboards and the FV500H (High gain)is for guitars.
They do not tell you this in the description of the pedals. Rule of thumb: If it is stereo, then it's keyboard. Keyboards have stereo outputs. Guitars Mono Works great with my Roland Keyboard Hope this helps someone.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NOT for guitars

By Synth Quest

from Sunny Portland, Oregon

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Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

Reading the other reviews about this pedal "eating up the tone" and "too big for my pedal-board" it became apparent that people are using this for their guitars. Uhhh, the FV-500L is the LOW IMPEDANCE version - especially designed for use with keyboards and specificaly NOT for guitars. And yes, low impedance WILL kill your tone. That's why guitar inputs on porta-studios (and the like) are labeled "HI-Z". With "Z" being the symbol for impedance. If you would like to use this pedal for guitar, do yourself favor and buy the one that is made for guitars - that would be the FV-500H (the H is for HIGH impedance). It's a great pedal. Works super with keyboards - which is what it is made for...but this is not the correct model to use on guitar.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Pedal...exactly what i needed...and

By BCY123

from NY

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

    I needed a pedal to help me get my volume right at shows....Using the gtr volume control and or a volume pedal in front of my pedal board just changes the drive into the FX. I get everything nicely balanced in the studio or at home, and then each venue has odd sound characteristics and sometimes I am too loud in my rhythm and too soft in my leads & no time to get everything adjusted just right. So I wanted a simple master volume pedal after all the FX and before the amp...(did not want to hassle with more cables needed for the FX loop). I have tried them all…none worked well for me….Well, here is what I learned: This pedal has a min volume control which allows more accurate setting of the pedal to the volume I need mid-song. This control was key, allowed me to zero in on the volume easily as small changes in the pedal position did not produce huge changes in volume. The pedal does not cut the quality, at least not in noisy bars and restaurants. So it's very good. But the real point is after years of not doing the volume thing well with my right foot I discovered that I was much better at the task using my left foot...and I am right handed!! This has changed everything. Turns out, the issue was my right leg is way sturdier to stand on and control the volume with my left foot. If you have a problem with this type of thing, just try your other foot. The pedal and this simple foot change basically solved the issue. I am not perfect, but way better than before and I get better with each gig!!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent pedal for keyboard rigs!

    By Texas Music Man

    from Cullman, AL

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    Pros

    • Construction Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      I am a keyboard player. During live performances I use an in-line volume pedal to control a rack mounted midi driven sound module. A common example is to have the sound module set on a nice string patch and be able to fade it in when needed via the volume pedal. I have always used Roland volume pedals for the same reason I play Roland keyboards; excellent quality. The "L" in the model FV-500L stands for "Low-Z". This is what you want for keyboards, not guitars. You will need a "Hi-Z" pedal for guitars. But, the bottom line is this is an excellent quality in-line volume pedal for keyboards that even includes a jack for an "expression control".

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not up to Roland's (usually) very high standards

      By Doug Lanier

      from Savannah, GA

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      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      While refurbishing my keyboard rig (4 Roland synths/controllers,2 Roland amps, 4 Roland sound modules,etc), I decided to buy two of these Roland/Boss volume pedals to use as voltage pedals. Within one month of purchase, the tension device ON BOTH OF THEM was broken. These pedals were probably made by some sub-contractor, because they are DEFINITELY not up to Roland's (usually) very high standards. They are a COMPLETE waste of money!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Boss FV-500L

      By Shakazulu

      from Midwest

      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      I first had the FV-300L. It began to slip after about a year of moderate to light use ( 2 gigs a month ). The warranty had just expired. I purchased the FV-500L because it was updated and the promise was that the slip problem had been addressed. Worked great for 2 years of the same usage and then did the same thing. I really like the pedal. It has a smooth gain and other features set it apart. Unfortunately it is a disposable product. It is not built to last and it always makes more sense to buy a new one than to pay to have it repaired. The quest continues. Also, their service department is staffed by a snotty bunch.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Volume / Expression Pedal

      By Dulcimerist

      from Billings, MT

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      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      I bought the Boss FV-500L as an expression pedal to work with my Boss PS-5 Super Shifter, as the aluminum casing appeared to be much more durable than the Roland EV-5. The addition of the volume control feature, which can be used either in mono or stereo, also prompted me to chose this product. On the negative side, this pedal is quite large and bulky (11" x 4"), making it unwelcome in certain pedal boards. Additionally, the moving parts of this unit are largely constructed of plastic, making it more prone to damage than its appearance would suggest. Having a cast-aluminum housing means nothing if the most important parts of the unit are plastic! I did have to return the first FV-500L that I purchased, as jolts during shipment were enough to render the unit inoperable. The replacement seems to function quite well, though; and I'm fairly happy with it. If I were to redo my order, I would choose the Alesis F2 volume/expression pedal over this Boss product, however.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Road-worthy, very good pedal!

      By Six and Seven Strings!

      from Eureka, CA

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      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      This pedal is very, very good! I own a Korg EVP-10 expression/volume pedal which is my benchmark for bullet-proof pedals for volume control or expression (the Korg is built like a tank!). The Boss pedal is built almost as tough as the Korg (maybe a tad lighter), but it is "road-worthy". I do tons of sound/tone/effects programming, and I use this pedal with my Boss GT-8. It works flawlessly! The pedal has been a real "back-saver", as I assign variable parameters to the FV-500L (FV-500L on floor and GT-8 on stand so I can tweak and program) for a/b comparing when making my sounds for live use. Playing live the FV-500 is used to fade in effects levels and parameter changes with the GT-8 - totally awesome! Now I have a low-impedence volume pedal I can chain after effects (Korg is high-impedence for volume). Only downside of the FV-500 is when going full-on heel or toe the pedal makes a clunk sound that the one piece metal bottom resonates like a drum. I don't play quiet so this has not been a problem. A thin piece of felt glued at pedal to chasis contact points should fix (and maybe felt pad on bottom to deaden the resonance if annoying). Thanks Boss for raising the bar for durable, quality pedals - the FV-500 is a winner!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal

      By Jeff Brown

      from Grass Valley, CA.

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      Pros

      • Very Sturdy Construction

      Cons

      • Log Pot Abrupt
      • Log Pot Bad Choice

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      Fantastic construction. Using logarithmic/audio taper pots creates such an abrupt volume change at the end of travel. I'm not sure why that's done so much. Even guitars with logarithmic/audio taper pots are hard to adjust for mid volume settings. For me this is a set-and-forget main volume setting for my rig, so it will be perfect for that.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good pedal

      By Savage1457

      from spring hill, FL

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      Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

      ok I love this pedal and I use it all the time but it's nothing amazing it's a volume pedal and it really can't go from silent to a low volume if you get this pedal it's really only good for on and off when the pedal is depressed and you raise it a little all it does is eat up your tone no real volume control but it is great for turning of easy with out having to turn your guitars volume all the way down and is great for that fake violin sound. I own it and use it a LOT and I definitly recommend it.

       
      3.0

      These are not for Keyboards only!!!!!

      By Rob E

      from Somewhere in time

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        Cons

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          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

          People comment that these are only for keyboards are wrong.....you can use them with guitars. The 500H is used directly after guitar and before amp....the 500L is used after effects or in fx loop. The 500L need a buffer before it so you dont have tone suck.....

           
          5.0

          Excellent Pedal

          By dhughe1

          from Fort Worth, TX

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Sturdy
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

            I purchased the FV-500L to replace my vintage Morley Stereo Volume pedal which uses a light sensor instead of a volume pot. I used it for many years with a Roland RD300 piano and more recently an Alesis QS8 keyboard. It's hard to see how a volume pedal could be any better than the FV-500L. It is like the Swiss Army Knife of volume pedals. Before purchasing I researched reviews and compared all pedals I could find extensively on the internet for the best quality and value. The sound is crystal clear and the volume is considerably higher (maybe because of a better impedance match) and there is noticeably less amp hiss and hum with my setup now. One reason I chose the FV-500L was for the adjustable feel and adjustable volume difference knob features although I haven't had to use them for keyboard because it was just right for me out of the box. I also tried it through one channel with a Gretsch electric guitar and it creates a real easy smooth swell plus the hook-up for a tuner and the adjustable volume control knob are great features for guitars. The expression output feature is something I currently don't have a use for but I'm glad it's there for possible future use.

             
            5.0

            Great Volume Pedal

            By Pastor

            from Georgia

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            Pros

            • Responsive
            • Versatile
            • Well Built

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

              I have gone through two Ernie Ball VP Jr's. This pedal is the best so far. It is a little big, but it is well built and can take constant use. I would buy this one again for my rig.

               
              1.0

              Frustrating performance over the long haul

              By Wet Juan

              from Craig, CO

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

                Bought a FV-500L about 4 years ago - used as a stereo keyboard volume pedal about three times a week. About 2 years later it started making static like noise when changing the volume. Roland repaired it, with a service and shipping charge, worked fine for about a year, then same problem recurred. They sent me a new one, no charge. After a little less than a year it is doing the same thing. Not going to bother getting it fixed or replaced - time to find another pedal. It's a shame too, because it really sounds great when it is working properly and has a great feel - smooth progression of volume change.

                 
                5.0

                Mighty Volume!

                By MrDibbs

                from Lakewood, CA

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                Pros

                • Responsive
                • Solid construction
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

                  My last Roland pedal survived many years of live shows. I was sad when I had to retire it as I use the volume pedal a lot as part of my playing style. The new FV500 does the job and then some!

                   
                  5.0

                  Way to go Boss!

                  By MarshallMan777

                  from Michigan

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                  Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

                  This is a great volume pedal. I know - it's only a volume pedal - but I have tried out several. This is the first one I've found that gives great swells - and it's built like a tank. All of the other pedals I have tried, Ernie Ball and Morley to name a few, allow for NO swell into a note - and some don't shut the volume totally off. I like to use a volume pedal to swell into a note without hearing the attack of the pick. This pedal does that extremely well and it has a great feel - which can be adjusted to your own personal taste. My only complaint is that it is so big, but I can live with that because the great results! If you're looking a volume pedal, look not further.

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid Volume Pedal

                  By LP-0qvn9

                  from Louisville, KY. USA

                  Comments about Boss FV-500L Stereo Volume Pedal:

                  Rugged but light. You can adjust the tension for smooth action. Little if any tone coloration. No noise. Minimum volume knob a nice feature. Looks sharp. Passive dual mono I/Os. Mono to stereo operation would require a splitter and buffer amp before the volume pedal. Good pedal.

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