Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K

6180 VP Jr 250K, Volume Pedal for Guitar/Bass from Ernie Ball.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 11 reviews )
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Skjold's review"Baby brother"

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
This is a volume pedal. Plain and simple. You don't need editing options, digital conversions, thoughts whether it's best with a tube or a transistor. This is pure analog. You get a 1/4" inputs, output and tuner jack. It says 'Tuner Out' on the pedal, but it is in fact just a parallel signal, so you could actually use this, as a passive split, should you feel the need for that.


I bought this pedal as an expression pedal to run along my G-system. The space at my began to be a bit crowded with all the 6166 volume pedals (the big brother to the 6180 VP Jr. hence the name), so I went for this instead.
You do get a Jr. pedal, that's for sure. I don't mind at all, but if you got a big foot, like a size 11 or 12, you might get into trouble with this one.
When using it as an expression pedal with the G-system, you have to take into account, that you'll miss the last few percent of range. You won't be able to hear it though, as the G-system adapts to the range, and still provide you with 100% range.


As I wrote in my review of the 6166 :"This is were you might find some issues. I've not experienced it myself, even though I'm a huge sucker for tone, but some people complain about the fact, that this pedal takes away some of your treble signal, when pulled slightly back. Some have also complained about the parallel output (tuner) to suck away some tonal quality to the main signal. I haven't experienced that myself neither. It might all just come down to a matter of buffers in the setup (and partially also some psychological factors)." And that is also true with this one. I've used it a single time as a volume pedal, and didn't notice any of the issues mentioned.


If you don't need the big 6166 pedal, go for this one instead. It's completely like the 6166, but just smaller. You have the same sturdiness and unbreakable construction. Your wallet won't be ripped as much either, so you can't go wrong. Possible repairs on this one, are identical to the 6166.

Fireguy8402's review"Nice volume pedal, but I like the Big Boss Version."

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
The VP JR. is a passive volume pedal from Ernie Ball. There are no bells and whistles; there is an input jack to plug your instrument into, an output jack to plug your amplifier into, and an output jack to plug your tuner into. It has a potentiometer with 250k ohm of resistance, so it is suitable for passive instruments. A micro switch offers two different styles of swell rates. Dimensions are 3-12" wide x 10" long x 2-3/8" high.


The actual foot pedal and shell of this pedal is built out of solid metal, and the pivot shaft and springs are made of stainless steel, so they should last. This pedal uses a Kevlar string, that over time, wears out and needs replacing. That isn’t too much of a pain since they are available for purchase online, but I would think Ernie Ball would come up with a better system or provide an extra string or two with your initial purchase. Having the tuner output is a good bonus not found on all volume pedals, but I would like to have seen a minimum volume setting like on the Boss models.


This pedal does change your tone a little when it’s in your signal path. I’ve tried it in the loop of my amps and in front of the amp, it sucks a little tone. When I used this pedal I just compensated a little more high end on my amp and it was fine, but I thought it needed mentioning. The two tapers are very smooth and the pedal rolls back very cleanly. You can go from clean to dirty if it’s in front of your amp, or as a more dramatic volume only alteration when it’s in your effects loop. I like to do volume swells and violin like passages, and the tapers on this pedal work well for that.


Overall I liked this pedal until I picked up the Boss volume pedal. The Boss pedal is huge in comparison, but is built to last a lot longer and incorporates a minimum volume knob. This is great for going between two different settings and not having to worry about over shooting it. The Boss also does not seem to suck as much tone off the high end as the Ernie Ball. I have to give the smoothest taper feel to Ernie Ball though. If reliability and tone suck is more important to you, I’d go with the Boss. If pedal feel and pedal board real estate is more important go with the Ernie Ball.

MGR/Billy's review"Ernie Ball VP Jr. 250k"

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
This is the pedal you see on almost every pro's pedal board. The Ernie Ball VP Volume Pedal.

This pedal is completely passive and does not use any sort of battery or power supply.

No real need for this pedal, but I found a good deal on one and thought I'd give it a shot. I paid $40 for it. I replaced the pot and string on it. Which is a simple concept, but sort of a pain to do.

It makes sense, you plug in you plug out and you've got an added volume control. Well built externally. I'll get to the insides in a minute. The grip tape on top of the pedal is nice and does its job of keeping your foot on without slipping and sliding.

The string will break sooner or later. It is the most basic concept to replace, but the way the pedal is built, it is extremely hard to squeeze your hands inside there and get everything going. Then you put it back together and realize you screwed up and have to do it all over.

You'll get the hang of it. It would just have made sense if Ernie Ball used a higher quality rope or some sort of rubber belt.

I stopped using this pedal with bass because it will suck some of your mids out.

The outside is built like tank. Just don't toss is in a backpack or let anything interfere with the string.

This pedal does what it should, adjust volume. I wish it didn't suck mids and also it could stand to be a bit more road worthy.

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Doctor.Ketzer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
Volume pedal
there's nothing adjustable, you branches, you play basta.
for connectors is input, output and tunner (all wholesale jack)


configuration is it simple? there's nothing to configure, you can not be easier!


effects are realistic? Ben is a volume pedal ... what then yeah, but not hard what ... lol
nan more seriously, the pedal is progressive, which, in distortion (metal) have a nice crunch in just lowering the pedal (you can even have the clean but must descend below)


I use AC for 6 years roughly I think this is my first volume pedal but I do not see the interest to test others in fact, I'm comfortable with that ... I prefer that this is its solid appearance (frankly, sometimes I almost jumped on it ....) So to answer the question is that I would do this choice, I do not know because I'm the cunt with my volume directly on the guitar more often, but the sword of my wife buttons nettements volumes less progressive than mine, so in these cases it is a boring choice.

jeannot38's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Strong and effective"

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
Aluminum pedal seems he
Input, output + tuner output
Potentiometer activated by a system of cable / pulley (never had that side bp)
A switch to change the speed / how to increase or decrease the sound
Correct level dimensions.
Long run and "feel" very pleasant to use.


I used this pedal for volume only effects "violoning" this kind of thing.
The usage is very easy given the size of the craft and good grip tray.
No squeaks or play in the mechanical parts. the strong.


No worries level.
I find "transparent", fortunately for a volume pedal ...

I read somewhere that to connect a tuner on the scheduled release this effect could rot the sound, at least decrease because a certain amount of signal is taken.
In all honesty I do not understand much about it. I still tried to connect / disconnect to compare but I did not notice any loss of potato or dynamic.


It served its purpose well and although it takes me a lot of space on my pedal board I care.
It breathes so the strength and quality that I thought acquire wah made a similar frame (but the sound of the wah did not matter ... I dreamed taste).

I already had a morley volume at a time but the EB plays in a higher category.
All good
guilbertvince@mail.pf03/03/2014's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ernie Ball, This is the ball!"

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
An excellent volume pedal used by the majority of professional and guitar hero. This one is for the declination instrument with passive pickups.
Also notes an aditional output allows to connect a acordeur so without altering the signal path or spitter then the signal into two to play two amps or so doing re-amping.


If you put in the beginning of string and you play with a big distortion is dynamic or a single channel amp, you will be able to grace this pedal, go for a nice crunch to heavy distortion or clean to saturation.
At the end of the chain, it allows to reduce the volume until the cut.
In addition, it can also serve as expression pedal. It works well with Line6 M9 or M13 for example.


Very transparent. Impecable. Nothing to say.


Essential in all good config, if he was to remain one, this would be it.

ricou8312's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simply the best"

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
A volume pedal very strong aluminum.
Simple technology, input and one output for the tuner.


Very simple job not need instructions!!


At the top.
The race is perfect.
No breath, this pedal does not affect the sound.


Very satisfied with my purchase.
A bit expensive new, so I pulled over a secondhand in excellent condition.
Thousand times I would do this choice because it is well worth the price considering the quality.

xavross's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well"

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
With a volume pedal input, an output "direct" and an output "volume". AND that's all ...


It's very technical, we lower the pedal to increase the volume and to decrease the volume up until the cut. The direct output is not bad to plug a tuner for example. The race is long which allows some control.


Nickel, when in fact, it is as if she was not there! The timing is good right?


One branch and it works as desired without resolving anything. Hard to beat.

aurelman's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
volume pedal
output tuner
small switch inside (linear or logarithmic) I believe


is simple
I plugged into the loop of a fender 40w lamp has attennu trs it works well I was 8 my amp and I play with a proper volume


in the configuration or I am a very leg she has buzz except merits, 0 suremenr but the amp does not like to be "brid of the way!

otherwise completely neutral


expensive for a volume pedal? it is not indestructible and certainly a life!

asseoa's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ernie Ball 6180 VP Jr 250K
As discussed below, volume pedal, I will not draw you a picture ...
(Especially since the photo is certainly more meaningful ...)

Four runner antidrapant, very easy to remove (dvisser) to include a pedal pedalboard.

Indeed, large pedal! (Larger than a CryBaby)
Excellent quality workmanship (the price at the same time ... they can)


She did what we asked when we asked.

tip of the foot increases the volume
heel, we Reduces.

Race fairly linear.
Note that a minimum of the race, the sound does not pass.

Release Schedule Bypass practice to connect a tuner pedal and agree when the volume is 0.


Now truly transparent ...
No more losses Aiges when you lower the volume knob guitar!

It's not really a surprise. After all, it's all the same a REFERENCES!
Browse Photos Pedalboard on the net ... We see her everywhere! (Almost)


I've had 4 years.
This is one of Ze pedals must have!

Ok, 130 new, was expensive potentiomtre ... but hey, I think given the quality pedal that is a Life Time!