*Vintage Guitar* writes [in this article](http://www.vintageguitar.com/19731/the-ernie-ball-volume-pedal/) "In crafting his subtle guitar sound, Mark Knopfler relied on one of the most basic musical elements – volume. And the lack of it. From his early days with Dire Straits, he employed a volume pedal, the most simple of guitar 'effects.' He used it, however, in a way never intended."more
Quoted from [this interview](https://www.musicradar.com/news/dave-keuning-learn-more-voicings-if-you-want-to-express-different-emotions-through-your-guitar) that also shows Dave's solo career pedalboard: > This gets used a lot! I might use it to control that feedback from the hollowbodies on the fly or just turn myself off. When I start an intro, I might rock forward on it. I have the tuner, which kills everyhing, but sometimes that's too much. It doesn't have to be all or nothing!more
“Jeff Tweedy’s acoustic pedal board just consists of an [Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb](https://equipboard.com/items/electro-harmonix-holy-grail-reverb-guitar-effects-pedal), a volume pedal, and the ubiquitous [Boss TU-2](https://equipboard.com/items/boss-tu-2-chromatic-tuner) tuner.” - [*Austin City Limits*](http://acltv.com/tag/gear/).more
In this article from [Music Rader](http://www.musicradar.com/) John comments about this pedal saying, “It’s good, because you can really control your feedback. It takes a lot of palm muting to make some of these sounds work at high volumes, too. But I always see a volume pedal as kind of like the gas pedal on a car.”more
> The Ernie Ball full-size Mono Volume Pedal features a super smooth foot sweep for precise volume control and is perfectly voiced for passive audio signals. Directly behind the input jack under the footplate is a micro taper switch which provides the user two distinct volume swell rates. The Ernie Ball VP 250k's rugged construction consists of aircraft grade aluminum housing that is virtually indestructible.more
At 8:56 in this video Megan is discussing her pedalboard and you can see a clear shot of the Ernie Ball volume pedal. "So I have a fairly standard pedalboard and it's remained the same for years, actually. I've got a Tube Screamer and a volume pedal—I have to have those two elements." (https://reverb.com/news/reverb-sessions-larkin-poe-perform-and-discuss-their-pedalboards)more
> **Tell us about your pedals** > >My pedalboard is always in a state of flux, but currently I’m using an Ernie Ball volume pedal for swells and a simple Boss DD-3 for delay. I also have a Boss TR-2 Tremolo pedal and a Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedal, and a Fulltone OCD distortion pedal. For weird sounds, I’ll sometimes use my Electro- Harmonix Harmonic Octave Generator.more
In an [interview](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Rig_Rundown_Joe_Robinson) with Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick, Joe runs through his current live rig. "The pedal set up is really quite simple. I have these Behringer cables going into a CryBaby, a Peterson Strobe Tuner, a Ernie Ball Volume Pedal into a T-Rex Octavius."more
Muse On Muse : Please tell us about your gear. What guitars, amps, effectors, foot pedals did you use for this recording? Pete Lesparance : I used a Koch Powertone 2 for the amp through a 2×12 Mesa-boogie cabinet. My pedal board consists of: -Pigtronix-Philosopher’s Tone compressor -Love Pedal Kanji overdrive -Keeler Push overdrive -SubDecay Prometheus filter pedal -Whetstone Phaser -Electro-Harmonix-POG 2 -Empress Temolo -Malekko spring chicken reverb -Boss Giga-Delay -ernie ball volume pedalmore
Visible on Poulsen's pedalboard in [this live performance of Kiev's "Loot Recovered"](https://youtu.be/yD7eEikpbho) at 3:04. It is also visible on Poulsen's pedalboard in [this Facebook post](https://www.facebook.com/kievtheband/photos/a.493074548042.274494.176052708042/10151655219053043/?type=3&theater) by Kiev.more
There are many techy snobs out there that will critique this pedal for being passive and 'tone sucking' but if you properly buffer your board (and don't use the tuner out) this is the most responsive and balanced volume pedal under $250 plain and simple.
"Easy" is the keyword. I really appreciate this Ernie ball, the price is very high for a volume pedal But is quality is extremely high! It has an input and output (like all the pedal) plus a tuner input. Cool!
I use this along with my EHX Small Clone to get some cello-esque sounds. I used to spin the volume knobs to make it happen, but this just makes life a lot easier. Plus I can rock back, mute my bass, and have dead silence between songs. This pedal allows for a lot of control, especially with the dipper switch.
I had the string break on it but it was after I had bought it used and was using it pretty roughly trying to get an intense tremolo effect haha... thankfully a replacement string is only $5.