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Having been fans of Ryan Adams’ music for years, we were pretty stoked about his collaboration with JHS Pedals and PaxAm Records in the form of today’s featured effect, the VCR (Volume-Chorus-Reverb). Inspired by 80’s guitar heroes and Ryan’s signature sound, this pedal takes three effects, crams them into one box and gives you a ton of combination options for adding slight nuances of sound or bold, fat tonal...

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Happy Halloween, everybody! Today we’re going to take a look at a revolutionary delay pedal, one that’s no longer in production, but set the tone for echo effects worldwide. The Panther from JHS Pedals is a BIG, bold, fat-sounding, lush delay pedal, complete with a ton of tones and options, making it perfectly customizable for what you need it to do. Lots to go over here, so let’s jump right in! Feedback, Mix and...

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Criss-crossing effects types in the pedal world to produce one marvelous sound machine is always a welcome sight to us, and today’s featured pedal embodies the genre-jumping we’re talking about with gusto and pizazz. Combining a quick slap/echo type of delay with an easy-to-use boost, The Milkman gives you a couple of great sonic options without being overpowering, and makes for an excellent always-on pedal. The Echo/Delay...

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It’s delay week in Pedal of the Day Land, folks! New delay pedal releases are always a good time, and many great ones we’ve tried have come from JHS Pedals. One of their creations that has baffled us (and most of you guys, too) is the elusive Pink Panther, which was released in 2007-2008 or so. Not many of these exist, and therefore they carry a hefty price tag, when you can actually find one for sale. JHS finally decided...

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Although we have already once reviewed this pedal in its ORIGINAL form, the RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay we’re looking at today has had a key modification added to it, making it even more impressive and useful than before. Josh and the kids at JHS Pedals came up with the Dual Mode Mod for the RV-3, RV-5 or RV-6 pedals, essentially turning it into a 2-in-1 pedal, allowing you to switch between two chosen modes on-the-fly....

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JHS Pedals Bun Runner Fuzz

JHS Pedals Bun Runner Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Fuzz, JHS Pedals | 0 comments

Although we reviewed this guy a while back, it was V1, and we weren’t doing demo videos at the time, so we decided to revisit one of our favorite fuzz pedals, and update it a bit as well. We’ve included excerpts from our original review, as well as the sweet, sweet demo… We love this fuzz. The Bun Runner from JHS Pedals is a sonic marvel, and one of the most versatile and useful fuzzes we have ever had the privilege...

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Max F. – find him on SoundCloud (@MaxFaith)! The Boss DS-1 is a classic circuit that most of us are familiar with. Players have been modifying the little orange boxes for years and the amount of modifications and spinoffs are too numerous to mention. Despite the variety of DS-1 circuit configurations, most specimens seem to impart the same familiar gain-structure that originally made the pedal a...

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Cross-pollination pedals between different builders is unfortunately an all-too-rare thing in this magical world of effects, but when it does happen to happen, it’s usually pretty creative and special. Such is the case with today’s pedal, a 2-in-1 from two of the most popular pedal companies out there right now, JHS Pedals and Keeley Electronics. The Steak and Eggs combines two popular pedals from each of these respective...

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It just so happens that I love fuzz pedals, but I ALSO love sandwiches, so today’s pedal celebrates 2 of my favorite things at once! The Big Muff Fuzz has a ridiculous cult following, especially a few choice models from the 1970s, but if you can even find them, they’re pricey and usually need repair and maintenance to keep them alive and going strong. Well, thanks to JHS Pedals and circuitry wizard Jon Cusack, there now...

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Most pedal builders boast about a versatile drive, but JHS’ Kilt is truly worthy of the versatile praise. The Kilt’s toggle and knob controls allow for the player to dial in clean to full out gated fuzz and anything in between. And while most pedals that claim to be versatile have maybe one or two “sweet spots,” the Kilt is special all the way through. Based off of the old Expandora fuzz, the Kilt takes a...

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These days, it seems like a lot of players (and pedal builders, too) have shifted focus to creating the most transparent sounds they can find. While those pedals definitely have use in many signal chains, sometimes you want you audience to actually hear the effects when you turn it on, and not just a little bit, but blow them away with it a little, you know? Today’s pedal, the Moonshine Overdrive from JHS Pedals, does just that,...

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JHS Pedals Alpine Reverb

JHS Pedals Alpine Reverb


Posted By on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Delay / Reverb, JHS Pedals | 0 comments

Last fall, we reviewed a reverb pedal from an up-and-coming company that was really taking off – that pedal was the Cloud 9 from Sky Pedals. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sky Pedals is no longer creating gear for us to enjoy, but passed along the basic concept and design of the Cloud 9 to our friends at JHS Pedals, and a new reverb was born from the ashes. That pedal is the subject of today’s review, and it’s...

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Keeping with tradition, JHS Pedals continues to pump out great-sounding overdrives left and right, and today’s pedal is no exception to that seemingly unbreakable rule. Roughly based on the classic Supro amplifiers of the 1960’s, the SuperBolt has grit, grime and dirt, as well as a boatload of sensitivity, dynamics and patience as well. If you want to sound like Jimmy Page, but can’t afford that vintage amp, this is...

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Rainbows and Unicorns are known to be magical, especially in the realm of musical instruments (no duh). But let’s not get caught into rainbows at the moment… Unicorns, yes unicorns can often be found in the wild land of “Hendrix,” but the Unicorn can be tamed and domesticated for much subtler uses too. JHS has produced a modern *Uni-vibe* device which is reviving the nearly “extinct” species. With...

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Thick, rich chorus and vibrato have been a staple of music since the 1960’s, when those sounds first appeared and sent music as we know it into an entirely new dimension. Based on the big amps and new effects of that era, the Warble Tron from JHS Pedals is a classic take on an age gone by. The controls are laid out neatly here, with the smaller Depth (effect intensity) and Volume knobs tucked away on the left, near a toggle...

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I’ve never been a huge fan of the classic Ibanez Tube Screamer pedal. There, I said it. It might be because I’ve never had the opportunity to play one of the “great ones” from the early 80’s, or maybe it’s just how they’ve always reacted with the amps I’ve played, but it just never grabbed me like it has other folks. So, I was a little skeptical to try the TS9 Strong Mod from JHS Pedals,...

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The JHS Twin Twelve is based off of the legendary Silvertone 1484 amps in the 60’s. This is the first ever all analog pedal to replicate the pre-amp and overdriven tones of the Silvertone 1484. To help achieve the weight and power of the original design, the circuit internally converts your standard 9V DC Negative power up to 18 volts. This conversion gives you more punch, a better dynamic range, and overall a true amp like...

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The JHS Morning Glory is a discreet/transparent overdrive based off of the legendary Marshall Bluesbreaker circuit but with 2x more headroom and gain. This pedal, which some consider to be the one that brought JHS into the mainstream gear spotlight, is a transparent light to medium overdrive that brings life to any rig. With only three knobs for volume, gain, and tone and a bright cut switch, this simple pedal packs a lot of options...

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Here’s another installment of the Digital Delay stompbox series from Boss: the DD-5. This is a great delay in it’s stock version, but I got my hands on one that has been modded by our friends over at JHS Pedals to add in a bit of analog flavoring. Let’s check it out! Let’s go through the basic functions of the DD-5, then we’ll get to the mod. Lots of modes here, starting with 4 delay modes. These range in...

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It seems that certain low-priced pedals from Boss have a reputation as being terrible and unplayable by an overwhelming number of folks in the guitar community. For how long this has been going on is unknown, but these pedals are an excellent introduction to beginning players who are still searching for their sound, and the tools with which to do so. Plus, if you can pony up a few extra bucks and get them modded by companies like JHS...

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The JHS Pedals Panther is a kick ass delay and one of the more beautiful pedals on my board. It is an all-analog delay (if I’m not mistaken) but with a tap tempo switch. This pedal is amazing. The repeats are warm and the modulation on the repeats just makes it even sweeter. This delay has a ton of features but I won’t be going into too much detail about it. At the top panel (where the inputs and outputs are) there is a...

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JHS Pedals Honey Comb Deluxe Tremolo

JHS Pedals Honey Comb Deluxe Tremolo


Posted By on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in JHS Pedals, Tremolo | 0 comments

Tremolos are one of my favorite pedals, and they can have the most subtle or powerful effect on your signal, depending what it is you’re after. The Honey Comb Deluxe from JHS Pedals is a really simple as tremolos go, since some can get overly complex and gadgety, but it is a great effect in it’s own right, too, and the tonal quality oozing out of this yellow box is second to none. The Honey Comb Deluxe is actually TWO...

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This pedal has intrigued me (and many others, I’m sure) for quite some time, and when I had an opportunity to pick one up, I didn’t hesitate for one minute. Only about 130 or so of these little gems were made, and JHS seems pretty adamant that there will NEVER be another run of them, so it’s a rare find, to say the least. While they have their fair share of dual switch pedals, the State Line is unique in that one...

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JHS Pedals Firefly Fuzz

JHS Pedals Firefly Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Fuzz, JHS Pedals | 0 comments

The Firefly from JHS Pedals caught my eye well before it’s release, and I was just itching to give it a spin in the old home studio. Low and behold, it finally appeared on my doorstep, and I was anxious and excited as I tore the package open. Looking sleek and sophisticated from the get-go, I knew the Firefly was gonna win me over about 3 seconds after I plugged it in. This is JHS’ take on the Tonebender MKIII, a classic...

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Alright, so maybe I wanted to test this pedal out because I thought the penguin looked cool, so what? The point is, not only is the Emperor from JHS Pedals aesthetically pleasing, it is sonically as well. A 2-In-1 Analog Chorus and Vibrato, the Emperor really boasts some gorgeous modulated sounds throughout all of its settings, and promises to make you want to keep coming back for more and more. Volume, Speed, Tone and Depth controls...

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The RAT has been pretty much an overdrive/distortion mainstay on some of the most popular guitarists’ pedalboards for decades, including Jeff Beck, Andy Summers, Mike Campbell and John Scofield, and for good reason. JHS Pedals decided to try and take the basic blueprint of the RAT and make a few tweaks, twists and improvements, resulting in the fantastic All American Overdrive. This overdrive ranges in tone from clean with a...

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JHS Pedals Pollinator Fuzz

JHS Pedals Pollinator Fuzz


Posted By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Fuzz, JHS Pedals | 0 comments

Fuzzzzzzzzz. One of my favorite effects, by far, and so many different offerings in one category of pedals. The Arbiter Fuzz Face has been a staple sound in rock guitar music since it’s introduction way back in 1966, and the Pollinator from JHS Pedals aims to capture that same sound, but modernize it just a little bit. Simple, 3-knob pedal with loads of tone and a wide range of fuzz make for a perfect afternoon review. From the...

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As I’ve said before, I love 2-In-1 pedals, especially overdrives, and the Sweet Tea from JHS Pedals is no exception. 2 sides of independent tone, each holding it’s own solo, and an amazing sound-producer when melted together at the same time. Marshall tones, classic screamer tones and more erupt from this stompbox, let’s give it a look! On the right side, we’ve got the JHS-808, based on a classic design, but...

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Boy, this is a fun pedal to sit down with and fiddle for hours! The original Panther Analog Delay seemed so big and complicated, I shied away from it. But when JHS Pedals announced the Panther Cub was to be released, I was extremely excited indeed, and couldn’t wait to try it out. It looked so small, so simple, yet could do wonders and take you on a sonic delay-infused journey you weren’t soon to return from…or so I...

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Before the Moonshine was released, JHS Pedals produced this beauty, and although the Low Drive (V2) is designed for bass, this overdrive conquers on guitar as well. From pure “mojo” tone to a nice Tubecreamer-esque overdrive. Nice and bluesy and totally worth it. The Low Drive pedal has a tone, volume, gain control. A toggle switch for different clippings (middle toggle was da bomb). Also, this pedal can be run at...

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The ’73 Ram’s Head Fuzz from JHS Pedals is designed to replicate the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff π sold in the mid-1970s, and is named for the logo that adorned the pedals of that time period. Used extensively by David Gilmour in the latter part of the 70s, as well as J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., the Big Muff π has become a legendary tone-maker, and the ’73 Ram’s Head is an excellent modern take on a classic. With 3...

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There are a lot of tremolo pedals floating around these days, and honestly, each of the ones I’ve played have sounded great, in one way or another. So, I suppose (like most pedals) it comes down to personal preference, and what fits with your other gear, as well as your style of playing. I gotta admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for pedal mods – I think they’re fun and exciting ways to make a so-so pedal into...

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JHS has been making great drive pedals for a while now, and the Double Barrel keeps the tradition going strong. Their version of a low-to-medium gain overdrive, the Double Barrel features 2 independent sides, which can be used separately or together, making for some interesting and extremely useful combinations. The Right side of the pedal is the JHS 808, which is their standalone version of the classic Tubescreamer. Featuring that...

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I love this fuzz, I gotta say. The Bun Runner from JHS Pedals is a sonic marvel, and one of the most versatile and useful fuzzes I have ever had the privilege of playing. With two quite different sides to this 2-in-1 pedal, many fuzzy tones are easily accessible, ranging from slightly overdriven to all-out crazy, gooey, fuzzy goodness. The left side of the (now-discontinued) Bun Runner is the (now discontinued) JHS Astro Mess Fuzz,...

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The Angry Charlie Channel Drive is a simple pedal from JHS Pedals, with a very classic and boutique performance. It has 4 knobs, volume, drive, tone, and presence. The tone and presence knobs work in reverse like filter on Proco Rat. Before i bought this one, I sold my Suhr Riot because I’m looking for more classic Marshally tones like EVH. By watching some review on Youtube and read some articles, I decided JHS Angry Charlie...

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Yet another overdrive based on the famous Klon, the Soul Food from Electro-Harmonix was created to bring great-sounding tone to musicians everywhere…at an VERY affordable price. As with all great Klone-type pedals, the Soul Food provides sweet, creamy, transparent overdrive, but can also go pretty balls out if need be. Volume, Tone and Drive controls are also typical, but like so many other pedals have come to find out, one trip...

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JHS Pedals Mini Foot Fuzz

JHS Pedals Mini Foot Fuzz


Posted By on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Fuzz, JHS Pedals | 0 comments

The Mini Foot Fuzz from JHS Pedals is great because it packs the thick fuzz you want, by takes up very little space. With the volume knob and fuzz knob up all the way you can get an incredible amount of fuzz and distortion and by peeling back the fuzz the sound because much more spitty sounding. Sold at a relatively low price, this is a great grab. Users: Mutemath Submitted by Matt S, SoundCloud GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES, CONTEST INFO,...

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The BD-2 Blues Driver delivers the creamy, yet crunchy sound associated with great blues guitar. This popular pedal provides instant access to the kind of warm overdrive and emotive distortion usually reserved for 30-year-old tube amps. With the JHS Blu-Drive mod, however, the BD-2 becomes very transparent and extremely amp-like in its response and character. You will notice a huge range of gain that reaches from clean boost to all...

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