In this continued age of gear ingenuity, it’s not often that we guitarists come across accessories that stand out in the crowd. Such a device must make our lives easier, and keep our signature sounds toneful. A very intriguing guitar accessory has come our way recently and it’s turning…feet…everywhere.
Put Your Feet to Work with the Option Knob
Ever wish you could rotate the time knob on your delay pedal in a live situation without using your hands, and without an expression pedal? Ever wish you could increase the gain on your boutique overdrive pedal as your hands flew freely across the neck? How about turning up the rate on your vintage MXR Phase 90, which has no expression pedal capability? Well, now you have the…option.
Introducing the Option Knob — one of the most simple, yet creative guitar devices designed to give you more control over your effects…in real time…without using your hands…without the need for an expression pedal jack…and without the need for spending much money. By simply removing the desired knob to control on your pedal (from its control pot’s post), and attaching the Option Knob, your feet also become an extension of your guitar (and you know what they say about big feet). Put that size 13 to use and give warp your delays, warble your phasers, and overdrive your overdrives with more control and expression.
The only real concern held by guitarists is that your pedal’s control pot’s post would potentially be forced to far when pushing the Option Knob toward the pot’s limits either clockwise, or counter-clockwise. Instead, what seems to happen is that the Option Knob turns over the post (keeping the post in place) instead of forcing the post. Of course, the correct size Option Knob must be used. Two sizes are available in Boutique (for boutique pedals) and Classic (for mass-market pedal). View their pedal chart to find which size is best suited for your pedal.
In practical use, the option knob delivers with ease. The knob turns smoothly and with good control over the start/stop points. On a tight pedal board, the Option Knob may be difficult to use (and the designers are aware of this issue), so expect an alternate, smaller version of the Option Knob to hit the market in the near future. In all, this is one handy device that can really spice up your live effect use.
For sale at www.optionknob.com