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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...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.

The potentiometer has a 250k ohm resistance suitable for the audio path of passive instruments. Behind the jack area under the footplate is a micro taper switch which provides the user two distinct volume swell rates. Overall Volume Pedal Junior dimensions: 3.5" W x 10" L x2 3/8" H . The main pivot shaft is of centerless ground 1/2' diameter stainless steel, precision seated though nylon bushings at both ends. Tough long lasting Kevlar cable transmits pedal travel to the controls and is attached by stainless steel springs.

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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 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (11)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Compact (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Zero Problems

I chose the Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr as a temporary choice and thought that I could return it if it seemed in any way fragile. I'd read that the strings which turned the...Read complete review

I chose the Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr as a temporary choice and thought that I could return it if it seemed in any way fragile. I'd read that the strings which turned the volume control were potentially problematic. Turns out that there is a six-month warranty, and even with that, the strings are obviously easy to replace with a variety of strong substitutes, if necessary. What attracted it to me initially was its easy-to-pack-up build and size. I never use the tuner output, having a tuner on my amp and a hard-to-detune Strat Ultra. Some tuners apparently affect the tone or add hiss, but I simply don't use a tuner as part of my setup. I also checked the volume of the amp with and without the pedal with my SPL: there is no measurable difference in volume. This makes sense, since the potentiometer should register zero resistance at full on. I found that the volume was a bit abrupt at lower volumes, but was more acceptable as the volume levels increased. There is a microswitch inside the pedal, however, which controls the rate of signal increase. Switching it gave a broader sweep of dynamic range which was really ideal. I use the pedal with a powerful compressor into a Peavey Vyper amp and it really does exactly what I want it to do with no batteries or wires. I don't play much metal...mostly jazz-oriented, bluesy sorts of things, so tone and exact volume are important to me. I can find no fault in this pedal the way I use it. I am not going to return it.

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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 volume pedal. It's noise free and I love the tuner out.

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from Memphis,Tn

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Pros

  • quiet/no line noise

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

    On stage at bar gigs.

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    3.0

    Volume Pedal

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    from Beaver Dam, WI

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Level Gauge Needed

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

    works great as an on/off switch but difficult to get back to normal level after using the boost - needs a digital gauge to show degree of pedal depression

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    5.0

    Great pedal at a great value

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    from TN

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      I guess the third time is the charm. I tried two other optical volume pedals before purchasing this one and was completely unsatisfied with them. My primary use is volume swells and fade-ins. This pedal hits the mark on volume swells (and fade-ins)! It has a switch to go from volume swell mode or panner mode. Both have different response rates and you should try out both to see what you like. You don't need to by the active version of this unless you have active pickups (Ex- EMGs) in your guitar. I have this in my effects loop with 6 other pedals (last before my delay) and it sounds great. Where the pedal is placed in your chain can have dramatic effects, so experiment to find what sounds best to your ear. There is no hum and it doesn't need a power supply! For the price, you can't beat it.

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      4.0

      A MUST HAVE!

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      from Spokane, WA

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      Pros

      • Build Quality
      • Compact Design
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Tuner Out Sucks Tone

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      I bought this volume pedal 6-7 years ago and it has never failed me! Are there others out there with more features? Sure. Are they worth the extra money? I don't think so. One of my complaints is that the tuner output sucks some of your tone and volume. This is easily solved with a simple mod, but it would be nice not to have to do that.

      The build quality is good, and even though some people say that the string breaks frequently I haven't had that issue. I like the two options for swell rate.

      Overall I'm really happy with it, and would replace with the same model if I lost it.

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      2.0

      Terrible design but good swells

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      from Atlanta

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Tuner Out
      • Two Types Of Swells

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Very Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Volume Swells

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      I bought this pedal for volume swells on lap steel/guitar and I was very pleased with the sound of it but not the design of the pedal. It think this pedal is a good example of planned obsolescence where it uses a string and spring in which breaks every few months (assuming daily use) and you have to keep coming back to them to buy the spring kit. The biggest thing for me with this pedal was playing with confidence, in which so much of playing music is about. I could not confidently play this pedal because I was always worried about the string breaking which significantly limited the use of the pedal, for example, using it to make a tremolo effect. Like I said, it does make nice swells but I absolutely DO NOT RECOMMEND this pedal because there are much better volume pedals that make the same swells and you do not have to worry about breaking.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Everything you need, nothing you don't

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      from Pierce, NE

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      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Separate Tuner Output

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      I saw this pedal used by a professional guitarist live. After visiting with him, and seeing/hearing him use it, I knew this was the one I wanted. The extra output for a tuner pedal is a wonderful addition! No more putting my tuner "in the chain" with the other pedals!

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      5.0

      Great pedal!

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      from Bismarck, ND

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

        This volume pedal is hell for stout and excellent quality. It works as advertized and doesn't add any noise to the sound. I use the pedal at the front end of my chain and plug the guitar directly into it. Very smooth and responsive, all I could ask for in a volume control.

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        5.0

        VP JR. PASSIVE VOLUME PEDAL

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        from Atlanta Georgia

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          Does what is says without adding alot of noice to your chain.

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          5.0

          A perfect volume pedal

          By 

          from Nashville TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Smooth And Quiet

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

          Love this device.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Favorite!!!

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          from Palm Springs, California

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

            My Favorite Volume Pedal, PERIOD!!!
            I have had other brands and they don't have the same feel as this. This is a true winner.

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