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Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal 

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The Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal has a durable, compact design that allows more floor space. It features a potentiometer with 250kOhm resis...Click To Read More About This Product

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Compact and optimized for passive instruments!

The Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal has a durable, compact design that allows more floor space. It features a potentiometer with 250kOhm resistance suitable for the audio path of passive instruments. A micro taper switch gives you 2 distinct swell rates. A tuner output provides silent tuning in the heel-down pedal position.

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  • Compact design
  • Potentiometer is optimized for passive instruments
  • Micro taper switch provides 2 distinct swell rates

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Ernie BallVP JR. Passive Volume Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (18)
  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best volume pedal

I've owned the VP Jr. for about 10 years and I couldn't live without it now. It stays at the very front of my chain. I prefer it placed before the overdrives because...Read complete review

I've owned the VP Jr. for about 10 years and I couldn't live without it now. It stays at the very front of my chain. I prefer it placed before the overdrives because I like the ability to clean them up by dropping the volume, but I've done it the other way around and it's been fine. My main uses of it tend to be as an on/off switch and a level/boost, but as often as the song calls for it, I use it for swells.
In the 10 years I've owned it, I've probably used it regularly for about 6 or 7; there were a few years I wasn't playing as much and it sat in the closet. However, I haven't had a problem yet other than a tiny bit of noise from the pots in the last couple of months. But I took care of that with a couple squirts of contact cleaner and it was silent again. I'm not sure why so many people report that the kevlar string breaks easily. Mine has held up perfectly; it hasn't even wandered out of place on the axle it drives. I would be interested in knowing if there is some sort of "wrong" way to use it, but it's just up and down, so it's odd to hear those complaints.
It sounds very transparent to me. I've heard that if you plug a tuner into the other output it sucks tone out of your signal. I've always just used the tuner on my multi fx or amp, so I can't report on that. I have tried to A/B test it on full volume to see if I could notice any difference in tone or in total volume, but it doesn't seem to introduce any color at all, and the full volume position might as well be pure bypass as far as my ears can tell.
The physical resistance of the foot-pedal itself is just the right weight for me. It is probably among the most heavy-footed of expression pedals, and this helps with smooth fade ins and outs and swells. It also helps to set the level at a more precise position because of the added control the resistance gives. Lastly, I don't worry about accidentally kicking it and cutting my signal suddenly while pressing other pedals.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but not great.

I'm not sure how I feel about this pedal. When I first bought it, I knew what I was going to use it for and it's quite effective in a church setting, but...Read complete review

I'm not sure how I feel about this pedal. When I first bought it, I knew what I was going to use it for and it's quite effective in a church setting, but I am not happy about the small clipping/popping sound which occurs when you use the volume pedal. Unless you know you're going to use this for a very specific purpose, it's pretty useless.

Lastly, I recommend putting this pedal after your dirtboxes. In my opinion, the roll-offs on the overdriven signal sound more natural than if you were to put it before your dirtboxes.
I can't say much about the features. All it really does is decrease and increase your volume; I guess you can say that it does what it's supposed to do. I only use it for volume swells with some reverb and heavy," slow delay to get that soft-pad sound.

Another thing to note is the ""Tuner Out."" There is definitely tone-suckage when you use the tuner out", but as long as you don't use that it should be okay. Besides, most tuners are built so that you can tune your guitar quietly so that feature is useless.
I was going to give this an eight, but I've discovered something new yesterday that started bothering me; when you decrease/increase the volume, there is this clipping or small popping sound which would be equivalent to engaging a pedal with a stomp. I don't really notice it during a live setting, but when I was experimenting with new sounds yesterday with the EB volume pedal, I quickly realized that this can be really annoying.

Also, I've noticed that a lot of people ran into problems with the string snapping which holds up the rotation. So far, it hasn't happened to me, but at the same time I haven't owned the pedal that long. Hopefully, it will hold up well for many months to come.
I wish this pedal was less due to lack of features and issues with the clipping sound as well as the flimsy string that holds the rotary together. On the other hand, it's built well with a steel casing (I think).

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5.0

This pedal does what its supposed to do and does it well.

By jerry

from houston tx

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

    This pedal add a dimension to stage sound where an electric guitar can cry and make soft steel sounds and is available for use with other stage instruments if desired.

     
    1.0

    Unreliable

    By Jacob

    from North Carolina

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        The overall construction of the pedal is nice but the string mechanism is unreliable. The string will eventually break. I used mine fairly frequently for a few while, but it only took around 6 months for the string to break. They do sell replacement kits to fix it yourself but it is awkward and not an easy task. From what I can tell most people spends upward of an hour doing so. Also when the string breaks, it is stuck on that volume setting. So if this happens on stage, you may or may not still have volume, which can be both unprofessional and... awkward.

        I would also like to point out that when the volume is decreased with this pedal you lose some of the high end, much in the same way the normal volume pot on a guitar works. That can actually be useful sometimes but that is personal preference of course.

        If you are in search of a volume pedal you would be much happier getting a different brand (with a different mechanism) instead of this.

        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Never received

        By Musician

        from Chicago, IL

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        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        Pedal was never received.

         
        5.0

        Great volume pedal for the money.

        By Steve-O

        from Rosholt S.D.

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          I have always used a volume pedal for volume control, as well as swells. Have been a Goodrich user for over 20 years, and while they make a great pedal, this one is just as good for a lot less money. Pot replacement and shipping for my Goodrich pedal will be as much as this pedal costs new.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Quality

          By Jimmy

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          Great product. No issues thus far. Using for Bass Guitar. Purchased from MF on Stupid Deal of The Day at a great price!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great volume pedal!

          By Kevin

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          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          Love this pedal. Great for swells, doesn't weigh too much and smaller footprint than other versions. Can't go wrong with this.

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Piece of JUNK

          By Done with Ernie

          from St. Louis

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          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          I've used the VP Junior for almost 10 years and have gone through 3 of them. Something always breaks after a relatively short time. Each one I've owned had something different break on it: the string, the internal components, the pot, an I can't find anyone local to fix it. I know this thing is cheap compared to some of the boutique options out there but if you plan to use it for years its cheaper in the long run to but quality even if it costs twice as much.

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again

          By bawi

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          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          this is great paddle very easy to used, good quality and price,

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Weight, Compact Design Producing Great Volume Swells

          By Nofearrockstar

          from Boston

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          • Compact Design
          • Responsive

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            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

            We use this at the end of the Pedal Board Chain consisting of a Electro Harmonix Soul Food OD, Vintage 80's Rat Pro Distortion, Aqua Puss Delay, TC Ditto Looper, TC Poly Tuner 2 and have been pleased with feel of the sweep for nice volume swells.

             
            5.0

            Love it

            By Melick

            from Princeton

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

              Played my first gig with it Saturday night and I am very pleased with the JR

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