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Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal  

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The Ernie Ball VP DR. Passive Volume Pedal saves floor space and features a pot with 250kOhm resistance suitable for the audio path of passive instruments. A micro taper switch gives you 2 distinct sw... Read More

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The Ernie Ball VP DR. Passive Volume Pedal saves floor space and features a pot 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.

Features
  • 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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Pedal, but Beware...

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...Read complete review

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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Good pedal, until the string breaks

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...Read complete review

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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2.0

HARD TO USE

By Corky

from Zihautanejo, Mexico

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

    Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

    I was looking for a basic pedal to simply take me from rythem volume to solo volume and back again smoothing and easily. The fact that this pedal goes totally volume off in the heal and totally on at the toe makes it very hard to do what I wanted and it is really sensitive to the touch so any movement of your foot changes the volume dramaticly. Not the pedal for me. I would like ryth vol at heel and smooth to solo vol at toe so I can just switch volumes with my hands free. Not too much to ask. Also, it stands kinda high and is uncomfortable to keep your foot on it very long.

     
    5.0

    Just perfect!

    By Jay

    from Coconut Creek

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Church Use

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      Just what I needed to play at my church.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just What I Was Looking For

      By David

      from Washington D.C. suburb

      Site Member

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      I totally agree with the previous reviewer. I've owned several volume/tone pedals that just couldn't do swells smoothly. They were either abrupt or sucked the tone out of the amp. Sold those pedals and tried the Ernie Ball pedal. A dream. Built strong but gives me the control of my volume. I use it at the beginning of the chain and everything flows smooth as silk. I highly recommend this pedal. Buying used from Guitar Center not only saves bucks but you get an almost brand new pedal for a lot less money. Solid 5 stars.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Junk

      By Daniel

      from Vernon, Ct

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

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

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Worth The Trouble

      By Cliff Rhodenizer

      from Roswell, GA

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Meh

      By David Taylor

      from Plant City Florida

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pedal, Great Price

      By Alan Hendricks

      from New Albany

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      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.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect for volume swells

      By Christopher Clark

      from Wichita, KS

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      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.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Pedal, but Beware...

      By Jeff Hoss

      from Eugene, OR

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      smooth, passive, awesome

      By Samuel

      from Provo, UT

      Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

      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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