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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 resistance suitable for the audio path of passive instru... Read More

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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 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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4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

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Swells of Fun

I have been playing guitar for about 7 years now and have been playing live for about a year(which is why I needed this pedal). The Ernie Ball VP JR is a great...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for about 7 years now and have been playing live for about a year(which is why I needed this pedal). The Ernie Ball VP JR is a great choice for anyone who needs greater control over their volume in order to produce a more dynamic sound. When creating swells, it just doesn't get much better. You can put your full weight onto the pedal and it will still pivot smoothly, overall a good purchase for any serious musicians.

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Worth The Trouble

I have taken mine apart and put it back together many times now. It started to squeak at the pivot bar so I sprayed some gun oil in it. The squeak stopped but the...Read complete review

I have taken mine apart and put it back together many times now. It started to squeak at the pivot bar so I sprayed some gun oil in it. The squeak stopped but the feel of it changed to a loose/mushy feel. I completely tore it down, cleaned the parts with alcohol, then greased the friction points with Vaseline to restore the smooth action I wanted. Then the pot started causing a crackling noise in the signal. Sprayed the pot with brake cleaner and fixed it for about 2 weeks then it locked up completely. After replacing the pot, I stretched the spring out of shape and tension was too loose. The string kept coming off so I had to replace the spring. I have tried to find a better pedal but I keep coming back to this one. Nothing else has the same gradual swell I want. Besides, now that I'm an expert on it I can fix just about anything else that may go wrong with it again. It's been a real pain but I can't find anything that works better.

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1.0

Junk

By Daniel

from Vernon, Ct

Purchased this about 7 months ago. Already the volume pod is crackling and popping. Can't stop it either. Extremely disappointed.

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3.0

Worth The Trouble

By Cliff Rhodenizer

from Roswell, GA

I have taken mine apart and put it back together many times now. It started to squeak at the pivot bar so I sprayed some gun oil in it. The squeak stopped but the feel of it changed to a loose/mushy feel. I completely tore it down, cleaned the parts with alcohol, then greased the friction points with Vaseline to restore the smooth action I wanted. Then the pot started causing a crackling noise in the signal. Sprayed the pot with brake cleaner and fixed it for about 2 weeks then it locked up completely. After replacing the pot, I stretched the spring out of shape and tension was too loose. The string kept coming off so I had to replace the spring. I have tried to find a better pedal but I keep coming back to this one. Nothing else has the same gradual swell I want. Besides, now that I'm an expert on it I can fix just about anything else that may go wrong with it again. It's been a real pain but I can't find anything that works better.

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3.0

Meh

By David Taylor

from Plant City Florida

I have had three of these now and each one has been a hassle. The first ones string broke after about being passed down from my old lead guitarist at the church I play at. (He broke his first one) I had the one he passed down then it broke, got a new one with the warranty and that one only lasted a few months then it broke. And now the one i have pops and crackles like an old record. Other than the fact that they break regularly they suck a tiny bit of tone but you can work around that. They rock for volume swells, dont take as much space as a morley or the normal Ernie Ball VP, and its passive so it runs without power but as I said before they break really easy.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal, Great Price

By Alan Hendricks

from New Albany

The pedal is extremely sturdy and well built. It has a very smooth motion and smooth volume control. It doesn't cut the sound off abruptly like other vol pedals. I see some people complaining that it affected their tone or changed their sound but I have had no problem with mine sucking tone. I use it at the begginning of my chain and I absolutely love it. I highly recommend this volume pedal.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for volume swells

By Christopher Clark

from Wichita, KS

I originally bought a ModTone to do guitar volume swells, but the action was too clunky and the volume jumped abruptly. I gave the Ernie Ball a try, and was instantly won over. This is a very simple pedal, but it does exactly what I want it to - swell smoothly from 0% all the way up to 100% volume with a steady rate across the board. Very smooth pedal action. Well worth the few dollars more to have a nice piece of equipment.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Pedal, but Beware...

By Jeff Hoss

from Eugene, OR

Ernie Ball makes a fine volume pedal for the money. I love my VP Jr Passive Volume Pedal! It's clean, transparent, eats none of my signal, and gives me the active control I need while playing live. It is nice looking on my pedal board and takes up less realestate than the other pedals in their line. And, it requires no power. Sweet! Let me include, however, that I originally bought the VP Jr Active 25, because that's what the Ernie Ball folks recommended for the active pickup in my acoustic guitar (Fishman Stereo Blender, 9v powered). I was concerned that the Active 25 pedal has only a 25k resistor in it's circuitry, whereas the VP Jr Passive has a 250k resistor. Less resistance for an active pickup that has a stonger signal and visa-versa didn't make any sense to me, but that's what they said I should use. The Active 25 ate about 10 db of my signal strength and the volume sweep was intensley concentrated at the last bit of the pedal's throw - not good. So, I tried the VP Jr Passive. What a difference! Not only does it NOT eat any signal at all (flat, like my Radial JDI MK3), it has a sweep profile switch that allows choice between two different sweep profiles. One of them is much more gradual, allowing much more gain at the earlier part of the pedal's throw. In conclusion, I highly recommend that you try both with your guitar before buying. It'll save you all the trips to the store that I had to make.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

smooth, passive, awesome

By Samuel

from Provo, UT

This pedal delivers. Smooth rocker, very smooth. Sturdy construction. Doesn't add noise. Passive, so no power supply necessary. I've tried a lot, this is the best.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good pedal, until the string breaks

By Jonathan

from Riverside, CA

I bought this pedal a couple of months ago, and in the middle of a gig, this thing went out on me. It's string operated, rather than a gear, so when the string breaks, the pedal is useless. I replaced the string, and a few weeks later it started having calibration problems. So I replaced it again, and the potentiometer went out. Buy this if you don't gig a lot. but if you do, i wouldn't prefer it.

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5.0

Love it!

By Alex Damaska

from Holland, MI

This volume pedal is the one to buy! Great price and a simple but rugged design. I recommend it for any guitarist.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Tone

By Shane

from Los Angeles, CA

definitely alters your tone. as a bass player you lose some of the "sweet spot' in your tone - bass, low mids. though it does not make your tone sound bad, it simply doesn't sound the same when not using it. i realize when using effect pedals this i always a balance, but being that this isn't really an "effect" pedal, and therefore it should not alter your tone in any way - bit it does. too bad i had to return it back as i liked the concept of having a volume pedal on stage.

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