Telonics Multi-Taper Volume Pedals
There are currently two Telonics pedals offered: the FP-100 (forward axle), and the FP-200 (rear axle). More information is provided below. Please contact me for pricing.
Basic Truth: There is probably more written about this pedal than you will ever read. If you did read it all, you would likely realize that it is the finest volume pedal that has ever been made. Here are its main features:
- Solid-state components of a digital design, but with a totally linear signal path. Most likely a lifetime of problem-free service, with not even a light bulb to ever replace. A blue LED light on the side of the pedal alerts the user that AC power is on. Note: This is NOT a photo-cell pedal!
- Six volume tapers to select from (one has to please you).
- AC operation. No batteries to ever replace. For those buyers having 220-volt AC power in their country, a converter is available to accommodate their needs. It comes with 4 different connection prongs. This universal power supply unit will add $35.00 to the pedal's cost.
- Adjustable impedance-matching circuitry. This feature is great for eliminating mismatches in your guitar’s pickup and the effect units you may use.
- No moving parts except the treadle axle. And incidentally, that axle is heat-treated, hardened and ground to close-tolerance prior to finishing. These guys have thought of everything!
- Two elevations and treadle axle-actions to choose from, but both makes this a lowboy profile pedal.
- A tuner output-jack is included and is “always-on,” permitting constant checking of your in-tune sound. It has true by-pass circuitry so it does not affect the signal chain.
- Machined treadle and base pieces (no castings), then hardened to an anodized black finish.
History: This pedal was created by steel guitarist, Dave Beaty and manufactured by the Telonics Corporation, an engineering outfit in Arizona that knows their stuff.
Comment: This is truly a phenomenal pedal, with many more features than any pedal ever produced, including the Goodrich LDR-2 (which is no longer manufactured). If you are willing to wade through the pedal’s extensive description and specifications, click to download the Telonics manual.
Already Tired of Reading? If you can’t bring yourself to read all the information there, you simply need to buy one. Why? Because if this pedal doesn’t amaze you, I’ll buy it back, no questions asked. [But I’d still like to know why you would return such a magnificent piece of equipment!] Everyone who has bought this pedal from me has kept it! They tell me it is the finest volume pedal ever built, even saying that it improves their sound.
Price? As you would expect, it isn’t cheap. You have to email me for the price, and I apologize for that. But ask me and I’ll explain the reason. First however, read what some buyers have said about this pedal on the SG Forum:
Selecting the Correct Model: The pedal has two model-options. It involves selecting the proper axle placement for your ankle comfort. These elevations were engineered to accommodate users who have developed a preference for pedal elevations. Both are actually “lowboy” elevations, since both are 2 inches or under in height (measured at the axles). But read on.
For purposes of identifying the two elevations, model FP-100 has its axle positioned closer to the toe-end of the pedal, while model FP-200 has its axle positioned farther away and toward the heel-end of the pedal. In both instances the pedal’s height in the “full on” position is the same at the toe-ends: 2 3/8”. The FP-200 is a bit closer to the floor on the heel end than is the FP-100. If this is confusing, I understand, but read on.
Currently, the axle positions are not owner-changeable. The pedal must be returned to the factory if an owner wishes a different treadle action, as is achieved by the movement of the axle positions. To further explain the need to select the proper axle position for you, please read Dave Beaty’s explanation:
"We here at Telonics have discovered a clear division between those who have used perhaps a Hilton and some other ‘lowboy’ pedal that was designated as such, or was called a “standard-height” pedal (over 2” tall). We found that the majority of ‘lowboy’ users were typically wearers of cowboy boots while they used a volume pedal! The heels on those boots are much higher than on regular shoes. So lowering the back of the pedal and re-positioning the pedal’s angular travel compensated for that heel, thereby setting the foot angle at a more comfortable level for them. So, we designed the pedal to accommodate those users, as well as other pedal-users who prefer the standard height volume pedal. Accommodating both users meant offering a pedal that has two axle positions in the treadle. In the last couple of hundred pedals, it has been about a 50-50 split between the two axle-placement preferences. If a buyer of a lowboy has a problem with the pedal, we ask that they return it to the factory so we can change the axle for them. They MUST NOT change it themselves, since the pedal’s electronics requires calibration to match the particular axle placement."
A Second Basic Truth: I would say that if you have used one or the other elevation of volume pedals and are happy with it, you will likely want to obtain a Telonics pedal similar in axle-positioning as you have been using. As previously stated, there is no difference in the price of either model.
Guarantee: Like everything I sell, I guarantee satisfaction. If you decide within 10 days that you don't like something, you can return it. I'll replace it or refund your money. I guarantee the workmanship in the Telonics pedal for a year. Knowing the Telonics folks, they will probably fix a pedal for free if it is well beyond that time period. In fact, they originally thought of offering a lifetime guarantee on it, because it is totally electronic. But, they backed off on that, which I felt was the right thing to do, because nothing lasts forever! So far, the only issue has been the axle placement that Dave just explained. Dave did add that if you place a stomp-box effect unit between the pedal and your guitar, this will alter the output tone of the pedal because of how that effect device will likely change your guitar's sound when that sound arrives at the pedal. However, if the effect device is placed between the pedal and your amp, there is no tone change in the pedal's electronic output if the effect device has true by-pass in its circuitry when in its “off” mode. Obviously, any effect device will change your tone when turned on, which is what you wanted the device to do anyway!
Attachment Bracket? The Telonics pedal can be mounted to a pedal steel’s pedal bar with the appropriate attachment bracket. Please check out my fully adjustable volume pedal attachment bracket. …Tom
An Unsolicited Testimonial
"Tom, I would like to give you some preliminary feedback on the Telonics pedal. It is a fine piece of electronics, sounds really good, totally silent, and I really like its nice low profile and action. I have not played with the taper settings yet, but I think it is set on the Emmons setting right now (4), and I like that a lot. I'll play around with the taper options as I get into it and see what I like best. I love having the ability to customize it as I go forward. You are going to think I am silly, but my favorite (and unexpected) feature of the pedal is the pedal-board light that doubles as a power indicator and diagnostic system ‘evaluator’. That feature is brilliant and pure genius. It makes a big difference to me, as I still sometimes want to ‘look’ at my guitar’s pedals when playing C6. Each time I do, I think, ‘That really looks cool, like one of those neon-equipped low-rider cars. …WOW!'"
-- Kristin Meisling, Palo Alto, CA