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Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal   

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The Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume effects pedal has a heavy die-cast housing and is built to be trod upon for as many years as you have in you. One-...Read More

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Super-rugged handsfree control for general volume, swells, and whale calls.

The Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume effects pedal has a heavy die-cast housing and is built to be trod upon for as many years as you have in you. One-million cycle potentiometer is quiet, smooth, and designed for extended use. Passive design requires no power input.

FEATURES
  • Heavy die-cast housing
  • One-million cycle potentiometer
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DunlopGCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sturdy and simple

I never needed or understood volume pedals until I started playing at a church regularly -- ambient guitar swells and/or whale sounds are essential in that arena. To be honest, I went...Read complete review

I never needed or understood volume pedals until I started playing at a church regularly -- ambient guitar swells and/or whale sounds are essential in that arena. To be honest, I went straight to this one mostly because my pedal board already has a Crybaby, and since this pedal's body is literally the same, I knew it would fit into my crowded setup, unlike most of these other behemoths. I also like the brick-like solidity of this Dunlop one, and that it features no weird little bits of string in its ingredients (I'm sure the Ernie Ball, etc. are great, there is just something that rubs me the wrong way about a piece of electronics that relies on an actual, honest-to-goodness piece of twine).

My experience with it so far has been great. It's as sturdy as the Crybaby, and has a broader sweep of motion, enabling me to use a certain amount of subtlety in my fade-ins. Other reviewers have mentioned that sometimes this pedal's "off position" isnt' absolute zero -- mine isn't doing that, so maybe it varies. I know there is a hack for fixing that, but I didn't seem to need it.

I can't say I've road-tested it extensively yet but my impression is that this is a simple, no-frills volume pedal that works perfectly for what I need, and looks like it would survive a ten-story drop.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

What is high gain about it???

Seriously - this product is totally mislabelled. It is just a plain old volume control, in other words a pot resting sideway so you can move it via a rocker bar. The switch...Read complete review

Seriously - this product is totally mislabelled. It is just a plain old volume control, in other words a pot resting sideway so you can move it via a rocker bar. The switch is not even a true bypass!!!In my opinion this volume and most other volumne pedals are highly overpriced because all you get is your guitar's volume control resting sideways in a metal housing.

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5.0

Built like a tank.

By Tommy

from undisclosed

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    Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

    Already have the Cry Baby makes good set.

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    5.0

    Dunlope/High Gain Volume

    By Tommy

    from undisclosed

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    • Compact Design

    Cons

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      • Performances

      Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

      Built like a tank

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      no frills , all business pedal

      By Switchcraft endorser

      from Arkansas Hills

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Simple Easy To Operate

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

        I considered other pedals of this style. I settled on the Dunlop because I already have a Crybaby and know the quality is there. I was not disappointed with the matching Dunlop volume pedal.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You Get what You See

        By jamaya

        from Shakopee, MN

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        Pros

        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

            There is not much to say about this pedal, I mean it is pretty simple to use, turn the volume up and down. I was a little bit concern that it would change the sound of my Strat but my that was not the case. I really love how it's built, its built to last forever. Musician Friend is awesome, they package it well and I got it a day before it was expected to arrive. Overall it i'm very satisfied.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Simple Yet Effective

            By The Solid State Band

            from Queens, New York

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            • Responsive

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              • Performances

              Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

              A simple no frills volume control at your feet. Purely passive, no power source required, which also simplifies things. Since I always just "plug-in & play" without any effects pedals, this volume pedal provides the boost I need for solos and then returns me to normal volume on demand. If that's what you need to do then this is your pedal.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great pedal

              By ScreaminFender

              from Nebraska

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Tank
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Little Touchy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • End Of Pedal Chain
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

              Great pedal controls the volume from absolute zero to max bit touchy at first but practice makes perfect I put it at the end of my pedal chain so the guitar volume controls the distortion from my pedals this pedal quickly eliminated having to go back and forth to my Marshall dsl100h when changing from clean to distortion no modifications were neccisary to hit absolute zero if the amp is turned up to 10 there is still static noise but I expected that

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bullet-Proof Clarity

              By John

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

                I borrowed a friend's Dunlop High Gain many years ago for recording and always wanted one of my own. I finally bought one, and the new version is as good as the old. I don't use it merely for volume control, but mostly for expression, orchestral-swell effects, etc., and it is as responsive with practice as any other and much more reliable.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sturdy and simple

                By mlefevers

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

                    I never needed or understood volume pedals until I started playing at a church regularly -- ambient guitar swells and/or whale sounds are essential in that arena. To be honest, I went straight to this one mostly because my pedal board already has a Crybaby, and since this pedal's body is literally the same, I knew it would fit into my crowded setup, unlike most of these other behemoths. I also like the brick-like solidity of this Dunlop one, and that it features no weird little bits of string in its ingredients (I'm sure the Ernie Ball, etc. are great, there is just something that rubs me the wrong way about a piece of electronics that relies on an actual, honest-to-goodness piece of twine).

                    My experience with it so far has been great. It's as sturdy as the Crybaby, and has a broader sweep of motion, enabling me to use a certain amount of subtlety in my fade-ins. Other reviewers have mentioned that sometimes this pedal's "off position" isnt' absolute zero -- mine isn't doing that, so maybe it varies. I know there is a hack for fixing that, but I didn't seem to need it.

                    I can't say I've road-tested it extensively yet but my impression is that this is a simple, no-frills volume pedal that works perfectly for what I need, and looks like it would survive a ten-story drop.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The perfect volume pedal

                    By nvr2l855

                    from Fairfax, Va

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

                      This is the perfect volume pedal for live, very responsive, no power required, clean asallgetout. No bleed through at all when in the "up" position and absolutely no tone sucking that I can hear. And best of all, low real estate on the pedalboard. Some of the other volume pedals out there are huge.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Keep It Simple Stupid

                      By Jim Bob

                      from Minneapolis, MN

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • It~'~~s A Tank
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Dunlop GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal:

                        It is all about Keeping it Simple Stupid.KISS Gets you access to volume without use of hands that are busy on the guitar. Great for tweeking Volume when switching between effects.

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