DOD has been making pedals since 1973, a few of which have become very popular. The company was closed in 2008 before re-emerging back in 2013 with a partly new, partly old product range under the auspices of Harman International. With these two new Utility Pedals – Mini Expression and Mini Volume – DOD has unveiled two previously unseen pedals.
Mini Expression and Mini Volume
Basically, these are two versions of one pedal that looks like a mini wah. Visually, the difference is quite marginal: Expression is dark grey and has an E on top of the rocker, Volume is silver and has a V.
Both use what their maker calls Gear Drive, and DOD promises reliable performance. It’s probably just a nice name for the rocking mechanism, but if it’s robust and works well, I won’t complain.
Mini Volume has a Treble Bleed circuit, so will maintain the treble when in use, and not lose highs as you would normally expect to happen on most guitars when you turn down the volume pot.
Mini Expression also has a switch that can toggle between TRS, TS and RTS, allowing pretty much any expression-input pedal to be remotely controlled.
Both pedals are described by DOD as being rugged, with steel construction. Neither looks like it will break easily. I do quite like mini-pedals for controlling stuff, as they take up little space on my pedalboard and allow me to enhance my more ‘interesting’ pedals easily, so I could see me using both of these in my own rig.
They aren’t exactly cheap. I think they may be a little overpriced for their place on the market. For example, I could easily buy something like an AMT WH-1 Japanese Girl Wah-Wah on Thomann for about £99, which is a wah pedal and so a more complex circuit. The AMT EX-50 Expression pedal is around £90 and can control more than one effect at a time, due to its dual output. In comparison, these DOD pedals seem a bit too expensive for what they offer.
RRP – GBP 85