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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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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Will replace defective strings.


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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

     

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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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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Swells of Fun

By Austin Brucker

from Bloomington, IL

Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

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.

(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.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good pedal, until the string breaks

By Jonathan

from Riverside, CA

Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone keeper

By tietjen

from minneapolis, mn

Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal. I like this volume pedal because it doesn't color tone... you maybe thinking to yourself, "Its a volume pedal... theres not much to it." Wrong! If the components are poor in quality the volume pedal will reflect that. The tuner out is very handy but be aware that if your tuner is poor in quality it may still effet the tone.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ernie Ball VP JR Passive Pedal

By Paul Petersen

from Cobleskill, N.Y.

Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

I like the pedal and would have given it 5 stars had it not been for the sudden jump in volume at the end of the 'throw' of the pedal. It takes some getting used to,as far as where this major spike in volume occurs, and can prove to produce a very awkward result in the music.

(2 of 2 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 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Tone

By Shane

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal:

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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