This is a hopped-up volume pedal with an SHO at its heart, providing boost, and a copper probe plate like a Fuzz Probe. As your foot gets closer, the volume goes up, but unlike a conventional volume pedal, there are no moving parts so you can create instant swells and tremolo effects by tapping your foot on the pedal in time with the band.
- The Tremolo Probe is a kind of cross between a theremin volume control and a Super Hard-On. There is a 3-5/8″ square copper plate mounted on a chunk of 3/8″ clear acrylic that passes over the top of the pedal housing, angles down to sharp turn, and goes back to the pedal. Under the whole mess is a 3 5/8″ by 7″ sheet of aluminum that provides shielding from annoying ground effects and wires under the stage. It also serves to protect the knob from being knocked off if you drop it on that end… and it makes a nice toe chopper if you are barefoot, so (legal disclaimer:) DO NOT DROP THIS PEDAL ON YOUR FOOT! IT IS HEAVY AND HAS VERY POINTY CORNERS THAT COULD DAMAGE LIVING CREATURES AND FINE HARDWOOD FLOORING. ALSO, YOU COULD BREAK SOMETHING. Like your dog.
- At the heart of this pedal is a super hard-on circuit combined with a probe controller circuit. You can tap on this pedal with your foot to make lovely tremolo sounds that are in perfect time with your foot’s movement… so they can be perfectly in time with your performance or the band’s tempo changes. You can also use the pedal to make reverse-sounding volume swells or pedal-steel type volume effects.
- The copper antenna projects a field of RF energy that is affected by your foot (or other appendage), altering the circuit that generates it, an in so doing, increasing the brightness of that LED on the top of the pedal and also controlling the master volume of the output. You can set the drive of the pedal with the knob on the back… it gets pretty darn loud, so watch out. It will distort in an interesting way when it is cranked. Basically, the reason it is called the tremolo probe is that you can tap on the antenna at any speed and your sound will be a nice tremolo in time with the band. It is possible to set the volume to be up slightly when your foot is off the antenna and come up louder as your foot approaches the antenna… see next.
- You might start with these settings and rules: 1) Plug in your cords (output and battery switch is on LEFT). 2) Make sure your guitar cords are AWAY from the antenna. They will mess with the probe just like your foot does. 3) Stomp on the switch and you’ll be able to tell when it’s on, when it is quiet with your foot away. Bring your foot near the antenna to control the volume of the guitar. 4) Put your foot completely on the pedal and adjust the knob on the back until it’s at the right volume. Voila.
- DON’T MESS WITH THE SCREWDRIVER ADJUSTMENT SETTINGS UNDER THE PEDAL. Just remember this: use a bright light first and MARK the original settings. The white screwdriver slots have a light arrow imprinted on them… really, they do, look closer. Use a pin or sharp tool or sharpie and scratch or mark the metal where the original setting is before you goof around with the controls. Turning the controls in the direction of the arrows INCREASES the sensitivity of the antenna. DO NOT turn up the LED control to the top and leave it there. All that will do is drain your battery. In case you want to reduce the sensitivity, turn the RF control in the opposite direction from the arrow and you can make the plate respond only when your foot is in contact with it. If you are careful, you can adjust it so that the sensitive range goes from just touching it to putting your weight on it.