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    I'm seriously thinking about one of these. Coming from a Line6 foot controller with volume pedal built in, I was spoiled. Now, since I'm going to a tube amp, I have to find a new volume pedal. I like the looks and specs of the Ernie Ball VP Jr. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
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    I have one, and it is great! I'd absolutely recommend them. They make 2, a 25k and a 250k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    They make 2, a 25k and a 250k.
    How would I know which to choose?
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    passive pups? 250k for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    passive pups? 250k for sure
    Makes sense, I guess. All my volume pedals have come with multi-effect units or floor controllers.
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    I am a recent adopter, and immediate huge fan of, the MVP. It's a volume pedal, but it's active. The advantages are that you get a more transparent tone as you roll the volume off, and it has a controllable flat-e.q. boost (which you can also set at zero for no boost, like a normal volume pedal). The only disadvantages are that it probably costs more, and it needs power to work as intended.
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    Yes, 250k. I use a 25k one as an expression pedal, too.
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    They are smoothes volume pedals I've used. Just get yourself new one or make sure to check it works as intended (with multimeter, not just ears)

    I bought used that previous owner had changed the snapped cord in it. I never could get it full on or full off, it's huge pain to install and after couple of weeks of fighting with the damn thing I sold it forward.
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    I think I mentioned it in the other thread, but if you get a 250k, put it after a buffer and the taper is “weird”, try the 25k one. (Can’t use the 25k straight from passive pickups, but you can use it after a buffer).
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    Mine is a 250k model and it is last in line from guitar to amp. Guitar -> Route 66 -> Volume Pedal -> amp.
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    Where in the signal chain sequence is your Volume Pedal going to live? I don't like the idea of a volume pot on the guitar and a volume pedal doing the identical function BEFORE a buffer, if I was in love with using a volume pedal and it being first in line, -I'd disable my guitar volume
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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    Where in the signal chain sequence is your Volume Pedal going to live? I don't like the idea of a volume pot on the guitar and a volume pedal doing the identical function BEFORE a buffer, if I was in love with using a volume pedal and it being first in line, -I'd disable my guitar volume
    Yep. If they used 500k pots in them, (I don't really get why no manufacturer does?) it might be feasible with strat, but otherwise I keep my volume after buffer.
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    I don't really care for mine, I'd prefer a much more gradual taper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadd View Post
    I don't really care for mine, I'd prefer a much more gradual taper.
    Where is it in they signal chain? And have you flipped the switch that changes the curve/taper?
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    I used it in the loop and tried both settings. Now I have a an EQ500 in the loop and one of the settings has roughly the amount of volume reduction I want. Unfortunately, it becomes pretty much useless as the other guitar player in the band turns up over the course of the night.

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    Default Re: Ernie Ball VP Jr Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by chadd View Post
    I don't really care for mine, I'd prefer a much more gradual taper.
    The reason why I liked the feel of EB especially was the taper. I think every other volume pedal I've played have had less gradual taper.

    Then again mine never worked as it should anyway so...
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