I need a new volume pedal. Currently have a Ernie Ball VPJr. Total piece of crap.
Want a new one but really have no idea of the quality out there. Don't care if it's passive or not. Battery/AC power is fine.
Any help from people who use one will be greatly appreciated.
define total piece of crap?
Not a smooth transition from low to high volume. Seems to have spots where there isn't any sound at all. Just feels cheap. Places in the sweep where there is static.
I bought it new, and just haven't used it much at all. Owned it a couple months.
Want something that actually works, but really know nothing about the quality of what is available. I suppose I could just go off the reviews from GC and Amazon, but I find a lot of the reviews on those type of places to be questionable. Trust here to be more forthcoming, and not work for the companies they are giving reviews about.
I personally like the form factor of the EB VP's (JR or reg). So... if I were you I'd just get someone to mod it so that it has a buffer in it and fix the taper (sweep) to something that suits your taste.
I've never had the same issues with mine so I have a stock unit, but have considered doing this myself. ToneCzar does the mods, so does T1M (This1'sMyne). I'd contact Jeff Moote (here on TB) to see if he'd do it. He did an excellent job on my VP Jr that was mod'd as an expression pedal.
As far as the static/signal drop-outs, you can easily fix that with some cotnact spray. You just spray the pot a few times and it cleans right up. Multiple applications may be ncessary if it's really bad. That is typical of most VP's with an exposed pot (which happens in the heel down position).
Can't speak to the other brands but I'm sure someone will have some good insight in that regard. Good luck, man!
I never heard of people modding pedals, but since we mod everything else we get our hands on why wouldn't we. I'll take this into consideration.
I've also never been 100% satisfied with my VP-Jr. In the toe-up position, it always crackles so badly, and the sound cuts out.
Always loved my EB volume pedals. Check to see whether you have the line level or guitar level version, and find out which one you should be using. If it's VERY old, the pots sometimes go. Order a new one. After over thirty years of playing, I've yet to find a better, or smoother volume pedal.
analogman just started doing a buffer and a mod for the EB volume pedals that they will put right in the pedal: http://analogman.com/buffer.htm
also, these look intriguing:
$130 on fleabay
Check the little taper switch inside the Ernie as well.
I've been very happy with my Morley PVO+. I actually have used the minimum volume setting, and it works well and quietly.
They now make a mini model (MMV), and had it been available when I was shopping, I would have tried that one.
Prior to that, I had their Stereo Volume pedal. I bought it used and it ran well for about 15 years. One day it just gave up the ghost. Certainly got my moneys worth.
Thanks for every body's help.
My local store had a Boss FV-500H and I picked it up today. Works perfect. Might send the EB in for modding anyway. One can never have too many gadgets that aren't really needed.
In most of the negative reports I read above, it just sounds like a dirty or worn out pot...
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