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Ernie Ball 6181 Junior Size Volume Pedal-Mono, 25K VPJR
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- Compact design25 VPJR potentiometer for active pickup signalsTuner output
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The design and development of the Ernie Ball pedals has been a team effort of guitar players and craftspersons within our company. Pedal bodies are an aluminum extrusion rather than a casting resulting in greater strength, uniformity, and smoother surfaces. Clear anodized grain finish insures lasting beauty. Our bodies and shafts are designed to give the player an indefinite service life! Deck mat of non-slip material is impervious to oil, alcohol, and most things you might spill on it. Tough long lasting Kevlar cable transmits pedal travel to the controls and is attached by stainless steel springs. This drive design results in smooth and quiet operation qualities lacking in gear driven models. Cycle tests are made on every pedal to insure perfect operation prior to packaging.
Top Customer Reviews
It seems that some users don't realize that you can adjust the volume swell rates on these things. That's a nice feature. It's well built and doesn't seem to suck tone, which is very important to an acoustic musician such as myself. It does suck a little bit of volume.
In response to the other review: no, it's not for keyboards. Perhaps you were misled by a salesperson, but there are two versions of this pedal - one for passive instruments (model 6180, high-impedance 250k) and one for active instruments (model 6181, low impedance 25k). This page is for the passive model. A keyboard signal is a low-impedance signal and is not appropriate for this version of the pedal. A typical high-impedance signal would be a passive pickup in an acoustic guitar. The model you get depends on your instrument and where along the chain you put it. For example, if I put it between the guitar and preamp, then I should use the high-impedance model, but if I were putting it between the preamp and the amp, then the low-impedance model is the one.
All that said, the best volume pedals you can get are probably the George Dennis models. They use an optical system, there there's no pot to inevitably wear down. Also, they are impedance-switching, so one pedal will take care of you, no matter where you put it. They don't suck tone either. They'll run you about $130, but are well worth the money.
I owned the Dunlop DVP1 for several months, and while it did an okay job of cutting the volume I simply did not like the feel nor the low volume levels. It felt way too bulky under foot and went from about 0 to about 3 when barely applying volume. This is unacceptable when you're trying to clean up your distortion channel or trying to accomplish a slow volume swell. But as soon as I laid the Ernie Ball down and plugged it in I fell in love. Not only does it feel great under your foot and provide precise control, it has a complete volume sweep. Add in some delay and it will give you an organ-type swell. Absolutely perfect!
I've heard some people complain about the Ernie Ball Jr being a flimsy pedal but I just don't see this. Of course, it's not a tank like the Dunlop or Morley, but it still feels very solid. It's also lighter than the others mentioned, which is a plus for traveling musicians.
I would HIGHLY recommend this pedal. It is one of my favorites on my board and I couldn't imagine playing without it!
If you use any of the Eventide stomp boxes, this is the pedal to use. It is recommended by Eventide and meets the 25k ohm requirement. Operation is very smooth and the stompbox reacts immediately - there is no lag.
Hookup to the stompbox requires just one mono patch cable from the "Out" jack on the 6181 to the "Expression In" jack on the Eventide. You don't connect to any other jack on the 6181 - super simple.
I use it with a Pitchfactor and can't see using the effect without an expression pedal.
This pedal is a little more expensive than most of the others but not by that much and it is well worth the price. There is no point in trying to save $20 when the difference in quality is worth more than that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great pedal. I use it between my drives and delay/reverb pedals I can do swells. It is smooth operating. Read morePublished 2 days ago by John Weems
The best combination of size, quality, and price for a volume pedal. I use it with my Gibson SG and my Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier and can just trim down the volume to go from... Read morePublished 5 days ago by adam gray
It's going back. Nice heavy extruded Aluminum construction -- but the design has the innards completely open to the environment. Read morePublished 11 days ago by MARK P BURNETT
I really don't even use the volume feature BUT it's an easy way to silence your guitar. When I want to cut out immediately when a song ends, I just stomp on the bottom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Soler
Fantastic volume/expression pedal. Reliable, smooth, noiseless! It has a large footprint however. This pedal is tough and can handle road abuse. Buy it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I really like this pedal, it is everything I hoped it would be !!Published 2 months ago by Tony Shumaker