The Czech-made GD020 is constructed of thick sheet-metal and weighs a solid 2.36 lbs. The wiring inside is neat and tidy, and you access the battery compartment by sliding a plastic cover off of a glued-in plastic socket, which is convenient but may break with repeated use. The pedal’s action is slightly firm, though it moves uniformly and silently throughout its entire range. Pushing down a short distance causes the level to increase relatively quickly, and it maxes out about three-quarters of the way down.
Like the Little Alligator, the GD020 operates optically, resulting in amazingly quiet performance with zero tone-sucking or level loss. Although this is the priciest pedal in the roundup, its stylish looks, exceptional build quality, compact size, and stellar
performance make it an excellent choice for anyone that relies on a volume pedal as an essential part of their music-making process—and that’s why the GD020 was chosen for an Editors’ Pick Award.
KUDOS Well constructed. Dead quiet. No tone sucking. No mechanical noise.
CONCERNS Plastic battery cover may break with repeated use.
Price $182 retail/$130 street
CONTACT Dist. by European Musical Imports, (201) 594-0817