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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...Read More

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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
 
4.1

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (17)
  • Compact (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5)

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

Good Quality

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!

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5.0

great volume pedal!

By Kevin

from undisclosed

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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.

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1.0

Piece of JUNK

By Done with Ernie

from St. Louis

About Me Professional Musician

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.

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(0 of 1 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,

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4.0

Nice Weight, Compact Design Producing Great Volume Swells

By Nofearrockstar

from Boston

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Responsive

Cons

    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.

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    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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      3.0

      You will have to replace the string in 3-5 yrs

      By Cris

      from Moscow Idaho

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      OK. after 3-4 years of use the string will break. Yes you can buy a new string. And you tube has a great video with a cool guy fixing it (Breakaway model easy to repair) looks easy. This is a good pedal until you try to repair it yourself. Don't. I've already spent 2 hrs trying (already I have to solder a broken loose wire) and I'm thinking a Swiss watch maker would throw it into an glacier hoping it will be covered by an avalanche. Buy something else.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's the best volume pedal that I have ever used!!

      By Andrea

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        Simple and very reliable. Its compact size makes it easy to use on my pedal board and its compact size allow me to add a few extra pedals on my pedal board.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best volume pedal

        By Bob

        from Fresno, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive 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 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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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        For the Tone Seeker

        By Gasman

        from La Crosse, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Tone Suck

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Guitarists
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        Here's the deal: any Passive volume control will cut out your beautiful crystal high frequencies if it's not buffered. If it also has a Tuner Out, there is even more of a treble cut. Basically, it sounds like your amp is under water.
        The way to fix this is by adding a buffer into the circuitry and isolating the "tuner out" and the "signal out" from each other. I would recommend looking at JHS Pedals website. They add this modification which puts this pedal's performance at its peak. If you're not too concerned about those wonderful high frequencies, no modification is needed. Sometimes you just have to use your ears and see if you can deal with the sound or not.

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