Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner review

EB combines two of the most important pedals - and knocks it out of the park

Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner pedal
(Image: © Ernie Ball)

Guitar World Verdict

A clever, space-saving pedalboard idea brilliantly executed.


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    Modern user interface featuring a touchscreen display.

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    Built-in effects loop.

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    Affordable given the combined functionality.


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    No polyphonic tuning.

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What can you say about a volume pedal? “It smoothly sweeps from no signal to full volume, and it’s great for volume swells.” Review. Over. I jest, but seriously, just when thought you couldn’t improve upon a volume pedal, think again. Ernie Ball has been making some of the most durable, best-selling volume pedals longer than most guitarists reading this review have been alive. 

They recently released the Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner, a two-in-one pedal that combines a numerical graphic volume display and an onboard digital chromatic guitar tuner on a crystal-clear display screen integrated on the pedal’s treadle.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.