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Ernie Ball unveils VPJR touch-screen tuner and volume pedal

Ernie Ball unveils VPJR touch-screen tuner and volume pedal  ·  Source: Ernie Ball

Ernie Ball has now unveiled the VPJR touch-screen tuner and volume pedal I wrote about the other day. It looks useful, but how much will it cost?

Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner Pedal

That new Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner Pedal they were teasing a few days ago will be available in four finishes – gold, black, red and white. It will look and feel just like a regular Ernie Ball volume pedal. However, it has a touch screen tuner built into the top of the main foot pedal.

The VPJR Volume Pedal will automatically switch from volume to tuner once your guitar signal drops to a certain level. This you can adjust and preset using the touch screen. You should have no issues using the screen under stage lights or direct sunlight, as it has been designed to be visible under direct light conditions.

Shnobel Tone

I didn’t realise at the time I wrote the original article that Shnobel Tone had already made a custom version of this pedal and so I’ve added the video of that one below, so you can compare the two.

Shnobel Tone Custom Volume Pedal video

How much?

It is a neat idea, though not as original as I first thought. The key thing for everyone interested in the new Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner Pedal will more than likely revolve around the price. As if it is too expensive, then it will damage its sale potential.

I still like the concept though and just hope that it works out cheaper than buying a regular tuner and a separate volume pedal.


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