lbpesq wrote: ↑Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:13 am
An attenuator allows you to crank a tube amp and potentially achieve overdriven tube distortion both in your preamp and power amp sections while still taming the overall volume.
A volume pedal placed after your guitar and before the amp will do nothing to overdrive tubes and, in fact, is arguably redundant with the OBEL.
A volume pedal placed in the effects loop (assuming your amp has one) will allow you to overdrive the preamp section while reducing the volume going to the power amp section. You may be able to achieve the tone you are chasing in this manner, and you may not - it is matter of personal taste.
I would definitely try the volume pedal in the effects loop first as volume pedals are far less expensive than a quality attenuator.
Not to achieve what I was asking in regards to volume pedals working similar to an attenuator.
But a completely different question about volume pedals,
Would a volume pedal at least allow me to turn my guitar volume all the way up, then use the pedal to control how loud the speaker is?
I’m still working out which pedals work better in which order. So far I think I have mine where they need to be, the MXR Dist+ being the exception.
Currently I’m running my pedals with the OBEL. The order I’m using right now is:
Tuner/QTron+/MXR Dist+/MXR Carbon Copy Analog Mini/ Boss RC-1 Loop Station. If the volume pedal will allow me to keep the guitar at max volume, where in the chain should it go. To me last would seem correct, but I’m not 100% sure of that.
Any recommendations, on which volume pedal is best. Hopefully without breaking the bank, lol!