Do VL Tremolo pedals wear out?

Exchange tips and tricks to help you design the ultimate pedalboard.
Post Reply
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:01 pm
Location: Rincon Beach, CA

Do VL Tremolo pedals wear out?

Post by tele295 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:15 pm

I know it sounds like a silly question, but my VL Trem (4-knob) doesn't seem to have the depth/intensity it use to have. Does the opto-circuit wear out?

One thing that I'm doing different is running a power supply for the whole board instead of batteries. Could that be causing the difference? Is this pedal that sensitive to regulated voltage/mA?

Posts: 7183
Joined: Tue May 05, 2009 2:33 pm
Location: The Lab

Re: Do VL Tremolo pedals wear out?

Post by JohnClark » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:53 pm

I'm not sure I've ever heard of one "wearing out"... hmm

I suppose as a test you could power just the Tremolo using a fresh battery and listen if there is a difference. Another test would be to try the Tremolo by itself with just Guitar to the pedal and pedal to the amp to be sure something else isn't playing tricks on you here.

If, in the end, you decide you want us to take a look at it, please feel free to give us a call or write to so we can arrange for an inspection.

I hope that helps!

Post Reply