Do you remember that horrible sounding pedal that you kicked off of your board? You might want to reconsider your internal trim pots!
Internal trim pots are small plastic rotary potentiometers that adjust qualities about your effect that the manufacturers believe ‘you’ might want to tweak! They will add bass response, change the range of modulation, mojo…etc.
Voice – Turn up the Mojo Knob
I remember my Boss PH-2 Phaser. It was my go to ‘weird’ pedal. It was nowhere near subtle. Upon reading a review, I discovered a white trimpot that revealed a different pedal within the pedal! A full bodied phaser ala MXR Phase 90, or the precious Phase 100 Script was had (That was borrowed to me, so long ago). These types of pots can change the voice of the effect.
Gain – Check the Wah
Recently, I became disenchanted with my wah. The Fulltone Clyde Deluxe…a Swiss-army knife of a pedal that was lacking in bass/gain. All I ever really want to do is to replace my stolen Vox V847, modded with Fulltone’s TPDT true bypass switch and their potentiometer (pot). This pot altered the gain of the pedal.
With a quick google search, I ended up finding out that there was a trim pot waiting to be loved.
Guess what the trim pot adjusts – bass/gain!
The value it is set at is the factory setting that they believe most people expect it to sound/be played. Fulltone actually makes a mark on the circuitboard as to where they like it to be set at. The ‘black mark’ setting is a great starting point, and am not quite done tweaking, but am on my way!
Clip and Peak – Keeley Comp 2-Knob has 4-knobs!
My oh-so-necessary Keeley Compressor holds two trimpots within the circuit-board of the two-knob version (the four-knob version displays these two trimpots as external pots, much handier.) One trimpot/knob is for attack, while the other is for input clipping. Although I don’t messed with these values, it’s nice to know that I can.
Voice Revisited – Multiple pots
The EHX Memory Man 1100-TT has seven, seven, different knobs to voice the pedal prior to shipping it. See pics of this monstrosity here!
Gain revisited – King of Tone Overdrive
To affect the gain of the KoT, just pop off the back to reveal twin pots and dip switches on the inside of the pedal casing. You can read my post about the King of Tone in order to better understand the different configurations and new ways of making your tone come alive just by working with something that you already own! Save money and tweak away!
Check out your pedals on your board! Open them up, see if there is a simple trim pot just waiting for you to tweak!
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