Josh Scott started working on pedals simply as an experiment to figure out what made his Keeley Modded Boss Blues Driver so different to a stock one. Prior to these experiments he had no previous knowledge on electronics. This curiosity of pedals and their circuits would eventually lead to Josh coming up with his own circuit designs and the formation of JHS pedals.
Josh’s unquestionable knowledge and passion for effects is famous worldwide and its this reputation that in many ways has led to JHS becoming a sort of ambassador for hand built, ‘boutique’ effect pedals. Pedals such as the Morning Glory and Angry Charlie are found on professional pedalboards around the world and the JHS modded pedals such as the ProCo Rat, EHX Big Muff and the EHX Soul Food ‘Meat and 3’ are renowned for being some of the best modded pedals available.
A testament was made to Josh’s pedals and his passion for effects when Boss, one of the pedal manufacturers that he admires the most chose to collaborate with JHS as part of their 40th anniversary. The Boss Angry Driver was boss’s first collaboration in their 40 year history.
Here at Bonners we’re absolutely delighted to be one of only a few dealers of JHS pedals in the UK. We have a large selection of their own pedals as well their modded pedals available for you to try in our Eastbourne Store. Order online for next day delivery or call us on 01323 636141 for more details.
JHS Pedals Angry Charlie V3 Overdrive Effects Pedal JHS initially made their name by producing some illustrious mods of existing pedals from other manufacturers. Since those early days, they began to build pedals all their own and quickly became an established and extremely highly-regarded boutique pedal builder in their own right. One of their all-time stand-out pedals, that helped establish their reputation as a builder, is the Angry Charlie Overdrive. It is so highly respected in fact that Boss, the company who’s pedals JHS started out by modifying, recently chose the Angry Charlie as the circuit to incorporate into their 40th-anniversary pedal, the ‘Angry Driver’. This stands as a full-circle testament to the quality and respect that both JHS and the Angry Charlie have garnered in the industry. How To Hold A JCM800 In The Palm Of Your Hand The Angry Charlie lives in high-gain town. It bases its character and tonality on that of the much-beloved JCM800 from Marshall. This amplifier was the flag bearer for the blistering tone of the 1980s. The glorious, powerful, hair-metal guitar sound that echoed through that decade were more often than not the product of that historic amp and it is exactly that tone that JHS has aimed to capture in their Angry Charlie V3. The Angry Charlie possesses all the hefty bass, thick mids, characterful highs, and face-melting power that was originally present in the JCM800. It harnesses all that big, 80’s, British soul and packs it all into a small red box. What’s New In Version Three? The Angry Charlie is in its third evolution. The biggest change with the latest version comes in the form of a fifth knob. This new knob brings with it a move to a 3-band-eq functionality. Gone are the “Presence” and “Tone” controls from previous iterations. The tone controls of old did allow you to shape the pedal for the various guitar and amp combinations but this move to a 3-band-EQ allows much finer shaping of the tone. This allows for much greater flexibility and control with the new V3 and also edges the pedal that bit closer to the Marshall amp it is so carefully paying homage to. Control Aside from the new 3-band-EQ, there are two other knobs to pay attention to. The first is a “Volume” knob. This is fairly self-explanatory, it sets the volume level of the pedal. The second is the “Drive” knob. This is essentially the gain setting, how driven the pedal is, how much distortion is present. The aforementioned EQ controls are worth mentioning too. They work on a cut/boost basis. This means that when the knobs are set at noon, they are having no effect on the sound. You can then turn them clockwise to boost the bass, mid, or treble frequency amounts up past unity. A turn anticlockwise acts to cut each of those frequencies. This allows for really powerful and intuitive tone shaping. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals EHX Green Russian Pi “Moscow Mod” Guitar Pedal Once Upon A Time, In Soviet Russia One of Electro Harmonix most iconic pedals is their Big Muff Fuzz. It has been used prolifically since its creation in the ’60s by some very heavy hitters. It has, however, gone through a few different costume changes in its time, each of which have come part and parcel with their own tonal characteristics. One of the stand-out iterations of this classic pedal was the Sovtek or “Green Russian” Big Muff. Looking like something forged from scraps of an exploded Russian tank, this pedal burst onto the scene and quickly established its footing as a cult classic. It had featured an extreme amount of gain and was muddier than the other pedals in its family tree. It featured more bass and more punch. More recently, it was resurrected from the dead by Electro Harmonix in a smaller, sleeker body. Despite its new, friendlier appearance, however, the reissued Russian Big Muff still packed all the wallop of the original. Too Close To The Blast Radius JHS, well-known for their pedal modding capabilities, have turned their attention to this Soviet classic and carried out a slew of modifications. The changes to the appearance of the pedal are quite drastic. Perhaps the pedal was a bit too close to Chernobyl on that fateful day and, as a result, it’s sprouted a few extra appendages. The First Appendage, The “Mode” Switch There are two mini-toggle-switches on the left-hand side and on the other is a knob. The top-left switch is a “RADS” toggle. This works in tandem with the 3-way-toggle-switch below, the “Mode” switch. The middle position on the “Mode” switch is the pedal in its natural form. Nothing changed from the standard “Green Russian”. When the toggle-switch it flicked downwards, you’re in mode 1. This mode gives you a lower-gain sound. It’s a gated fuzz that is reminiscent of a synth-type sound. A little tamer than the stock mode and designed to be experimented with all the knobs to create your own unique sound. With the toggle-switch flicked upwards, you’re in mode 2. This mode injects a little extra nuclear waste into the mix and turns the pedal into a radioactive monster. The gain rockets up to unheard levels and also a pretty intense level of oscillation is unleashed. This mode is not for the faint of heart so have your hazmat suit at the ready. The Second Appendage, The “RADS” Switch The top left switch mentioned earlier is the “RADS” switch. This dictated the amount of reactivity present within the pedal. It controls the amount of aggression and control you have over the sound you’re getting. It’s a +/- toggle to either reign in the pedal to get it under control or add fuel to the fire (or rods to the reaction) setting it loose with new levels of fury and insanity. The Third Appendage, The Geiger Knob On the right-hand side of the pedal is the “Geiger Knob”. This is the third of the extra limbs JHS have fused on. This knob acts as a gain knob for the inbuilt feedback within the pedal. Turning the knob clockwise enables the feedback in full-force. Anti-clockwise reverts the feedback feature to stock. In Soviet Russia, Fuzz Pedals You The JHS modded Green Russian Pi is really tasteful. It doesn’t commandeer the pedal and turn it into something else entirely. You can have the pedal set completely stock if you should so wish. You can, however, take a trip into the bowels of Chernobyl and let-loose a screaming, radioactive beast. Or pop some iodine pills, calming the pedal into a tamer, lower gain, synth sounding experiment machine. From authentic, low-level, 60’s fuzz to all-out nuclear war, the Moscow Mod Green Russian does it all. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals EHX Nano Muff MoonPi Mod Pedal A Brief History of the Nano Big Muff The Big Muff from Electro Harmonix is one of the most well-known and well-respected pedals of all time. Since its birth, in 1969, it has been a staple on many a famous pedalboard creating iconic fuzz tones that have shaped many an iconic album and generations of guitar players. It wasn�t by any means infallible though. As with a lot of pedals at the time, the Big Muff was rather on the large side. As the name suggests, the original Big Muff was quite unwieldy measuring in at a whopping 15x11x5cm! This lumbering stature made it particularly pedalboard unfriendly. The Nano Muff from EHX was an attempt to capture all of the original tone and glory but to squeeze it into a far more accommodating package far more suitable for modern guitarists tour-ready boards. One Small Step for a Pedal, One Giant Leap for Pedal Kind JHS, already known for their illustrious pedal modifications, have taken the already innovative Nano Muff and launched it skywards into the final frontier with their MoonPi mod. They have essentially taken the full, original Pi and cut it neatly into three succulent, steaming slices. This dissection takes place via the use of the 3-way selector switch on the lower-left hand bout of the pedals chassis. This switch is used to metamorphosize the pedal into three different identities. Those identities are as follows. Up position: Still on the launch pad. In this position the pedal is stock. You get all the classic tone and fatness that the original Big Muff provided all those years ago in all its glory. Middle position: We have lift off! Here the pedal opens up. The distortion gets a little more powerful and can simulate some more intense and free fuzz sounds one might associate with the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Down position: Houston, we have a problem. In this position the pedal crashes face first into the lunar landscape. The pedal here kicks into overdrive. Expect endless sustain, gallons of gain, and a far more modern tonality. For a really over-the-top fuzz sound, this is where you�ll want the pedal to be. The addition of the selector switch and the three distinct personalities it can conjure make the pedal far more versatile. You can access all the tonal lushness that was present in the pedal as standard along with being able to kick in two additional, overdriven accomplices. In Space, No One Can Hear You Sqwee The second mod that JHS added onto the Nano Muff MoonPi Mod is a gate control. A gate control on a fuzz is quite a powerful thing to have access to. The spitting, sputtering sound you can achieve can really be used to add some serious aggression and snarl to your sound. Limiting how much of the fuzz is able to make it through leads to a strained forceful sound you just can�t access otherwise. The knob protruding from the bottom-right bout of the pedal is a variable control for the gate. It allows you to dial in the exact right amount to fit the style you�re going for or to match your rig to perfection. Out Of This World The MoonPi mod is a really great pedal for fans of the EHX Big Muff tone who just want more out of a fuzz. It�s small, compact footprint acts as a delightful facade to hide a surprising amount of depth. The mod opens the pedal up whilst preserving what made the Big Muff so great in the first place. It is a truly versatile, powerful fuzz that will suit a wide variety of applications and rigs. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals EHX OpAmp Muff Pumpkin Patch Mod Pedal A Brief History of the Op Amp Muff In 1978 business was booming at Electro Harmonix. They had offices internationally and their highly esteemed Big Muff pedals were flying off the shelves. It was in this year that EHX thought it about time to streamline the manufacturing process and reduce manufacturing costs of one of their aforementioned Big Muff pedal and created a new version, the V4. This streamlining came in the form of fairly drastic alterations made to the circuitry, namely, the removal of one of the gain stages and a changing of the chipset. The chip they used at the core of the V4 was called the �Operational Amplifier� chip, otherwise known as the �OpAmp� chip. Probably the most famous user of this V4 era of Big Muff pedal was one Billy Corgan from the band Smashing Pumpkins. It was first used by him on the album Siamese Dream. In a 2005 interview with Netphoria he even mentioned the V4 OpAmp Big Muff pedal�s influence over the album, saying that �the Big Muff pedal changed the entire course of the album�. He goes on to mention the various other personal and emotional factors that made the album so important to a lot of people, but, alongside those aspects, he says that �the Big Muff is just as important.'' The OpAmp chip ceased to be used in the Big Muff with the release of the V6 in 1979 which switched over to use transistor circuitry. A Smashing Modification Careful examiners of this particular pumpkin may notice two additional growths. First and foremost, on the bottom-left corner of the chassis you will find a three-way mini-switch. This is a new control to select the type of gate that you would like. It�s a new feature not often seen on fuzz pedals but a control that can be hugely influential to the overall sound. Fuzz is a very unruly effect that is incredibly sensitive. A gate control limits how much of your guitar gets through the pedal and is spat out the other side. The switch�s three positions are as follows. Up: Here the pedal is all stock. It uses the same gate present in the pedal as standard. Middle: Here the pedal tightens things up. The pumpkin shrinks. The gate is reduced which in effect throttles the sound and lets through a more limited array of madness. Sustain is reduced and the fuzz sound is kept on a tighter leash. Down: Here the pumpkin decomposes. The gate is lowered and a lot more is allowed through. It is much messier with a lot more bleeding of sound also resulting in longer sustain and and the response of the fuzz to your playing. Secondly, on the bottom-right corner of the chassis one will find a control knob. This knob controls the mid frequencies. A hidden feature of JHS�s pumpkin patch mod is the boost they have given to the lower mids out of the box as standard. This welcomed change is coupled with the knob on its right side which is a mid control which allows you to dial in the exact amount of mids to best suit your rig. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals EHX Soul Food Meat & 3 Modified Overdrive Guitar Pedal The Mythical Horsie Original Klon Centaurs change hands for huge sums of money and are a bit more than the average musician would pay for an overdrive. The purpose of this much-discussed circuit is to deliver the most touch-sensitive and detailed response to your playing, with increased headroom. The overall sound is defined and punchy and it will make your tone leap from the guitar, without ever sounding harsh or brittle. Various manufacturers and modders have made their clones of the Centaur over the years, but one of the most famous is the EHX Soul Food, originally designed to be a more affordable version of the legendary Klon. Many people continue to enjoy the EHX Soul Food which comes somewhat close to the original Centaur but at a fraction of the price and has proven to have a lot of bang for the buck. More Meat And Veg! Josh Scott saw great potential with the Soul Food and set about adding some refinements that have made it as close as can be to the original Klon with added versatility and tone-shaping features. 3-way Toggle.This will give you three distinct clipping stages, the stock EHX, a more open clipping sound, and a true Klon Germanium clipping sound. Meat Knob.This control can help you dial in the amount of bass you would like the pedal to produce, really helping you to shape your overall low-end response. 15 reasons to buy JHS Soul Food modified overdrive pedal So If you don't have a spare couple of thousand to lay down on a used Klon, you could buy 15 JHS Meat +3 mod Soul Food pedals and you and 14 of your guitar playing chums can all have that sound. If you didn't have friends, you definitely will now!
JHS Pedals EHX Triangle Muff Illuminati Mod Pedal A Brief History of the Triangle The Triangle Big Muff from Electro Harmonix is a lovingly faithful reissue of the original V1 Big Muff sound and character first unleashed upon the world in 1969. It captures all the vintage, creamy, singing tones that made the Big Muff such a staple in the fuzz landscape. The name �Triangle� refers to the layout of it�s three knobs. The reissue was released in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of EHX as a company which was originally founded in 1968. While it does a very good job at capturing all of the original personality from its predecessor, our reptilian supreme overlords obviously thought there was more that could be done... Evidently, however, they were too busy assassinating heads of state, persecuting whistle-blowers, and destabilising foreign governments to do the work themselves and so the task fell to the good folks at JHS pedals! The result of their toil comes in the form of the Illuminati mod. Blinking Sideways The main change to the Triangle Big Muff that JHS put into place is to add two additional levels/styles of fuzz. This comes in the form of a new toggle switch adorning the bottom-left corner of the chassis. This switch expands the functionality of the pedal quite significantly and I, for one, thank and accept our benevolent lizard overlords for recommending such a wise and insightful change. The three modes are as follows. The Up Position: Here the pedal is unaffected. You get the original, stock sound of the Triangle Big Muff without any wizardry. The Middle Position: Here the pedal is opened up. The distortion becomes more intense and dynamic allowing for some more meaty, yet still controllable fuzzy goodness. The Down Position: This is full on conspiracy theory territory. Aliens and exist and 9/11 was an inside job when the switch is in this position. The pedal kicks into a realm it was never supposed to inhabit. A wildly aggressive fuzz is unleashed. Crazy saturation and power are abound. The toggle switch is not the only new addition however. On the bottom-right hand corner of the chassis one will find a new knob. This is used to control the intensity of the fuzz whenever the aforementioned switch is in the down position. Obey There are a few things to bear in mind with this mod. First and foremost, there isn�t the ability to use the pedal with a 9V battery anymore. It must be used with a power supply. Luckily the pedal takes the conventional 9V, negative centre, DC power and only draws 3mA so it fits in very effortlessly with almost any existing power supply setup one may have. The second thing to bear in mind is that the pedal may have some cosmetic damage due to EHX sending some of the more imperfect models to JHS. They�re all in A1 tonal condition, but there may be a few scuffs and bangs on the exterior. Novus Ordo Seclorum The Triangle Muff Illuminati Mod from JHS pedals is a really tasteful, versatile fuzz which captures everything from the subtle, vintage origins of the Big Muff V1 circuit, right the way through to cutting edge unforeseen power leaked directly from the Pentagon. It�s a great option for lovers of the famous Big Muff sound who are in need of just a little more flexibility. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals Emperor V2 Analog Chorus Vibrato Effects Pedal Ever thought to yourself, “Waddle I do? I want a 100% analogue chorus and vibrato pedal that I can change between with the flipper a switch. But I also want a tap tempo and stereo functionality. I know things aren’t that black and white but I’m really cold and am craving fish.” Well, my aquatic flightless friend, JHS has just the pedal for you! Pure Tone At its core, The Emperor V2 serves as a love letter to the very-well regarded, but hard-to-find, Arion SCH-1 stereo chorus. The Arion has found its way onto many a famous board, the boards of Clapton and Landau to name a few. With that level of endorsement, it’s no wonder than JHS chose that as the tonal foundation for the Emperor’s chorus sound. Chorus, however, is but one part of the tale this pedal sets out to tell. It is a modulation machine. Not only do you have a glorious, vintage-correct chorus tone to die for, you also have wave-selectable vibrato on tap as well. Not to mention rotary speaker simulation and true stereo output. Happy Feet All of these unbelievable analogue tones can all be controlled via a tap tempo. What's more, there is a jack input on the side which allows the tap tempo function to be controlled externally. Into this input, however, you can also choose to plug an expression pedal to access realistic rotary speaker sounds or plunge into an absolute acid trip of movement and modulation. For The Geeks The secret ingredient in the recipe that is the Emperor V2 is its utilisation of the Bucket Brigade 3207 chipset. This is the real-deal chipset integral in sculpting the tonal landscape of the 80’s. It’s the magic touch that brings this pedal to life. To accompany this is a mini-toggle switch you can use to toggle between three waveforms (sine, square and triangle). This transforms the shape of the modulation for a smooth or more angular sound. Another techy feature of note is one of the improvements over the Emperor V1. Namely, the shift from the “Tone” knob of old to an “EQ” control on the V2. This has undergone a slight yet powerful change. The V1’s tone was passive yet the new EQ control is active. It functions as a tilt control, it provides a more powerful and articulate control over your sound while also completely protecting you from a drastic drop in low-end that often plagues other chorus/vibrato pedals. Also present is internal dip switching allowing the swap between buffered and true-bypass operation. Along with this is the true-stereo functionality. Simply plug in a TRS splitter cable and you’re in stereo town. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals Little Black Amp Box Attenuator Pedal Everyone’s heard of the ephemeral “sweet spot” that a good valve amp can deliver. The point in the amplifier when everything works in tandem, all the planets align, a secret musical dimension is accessed, and the amp just sings. It’s the tone that everyone longs for when they purchase a valve amp and the secret to why guitar giants like Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie King sound oh so good! The Secret Unfortunately, for most, that “sweet spot” is a spot that is accessed through sheer volume. It is the sound of an amp pushed to, and often just beyond, it’s comfortable limits and is straining to send forth heaven-sent tone. It is the tone produced by pushing the power section of the amp, hard. The reason that is an issue is that valve amps are loud. Very loud. For most, turning your valve amps up to a level high enough to access this “sweet spot” isn’t possible due to the sheer amount of noise. That amount of volume tends to clash with certain ideals people tend to value like their relationship with their neighbours, their hearing, or the structural integrity of their house. Master Volume The hang-up is that old, glorious, mouthwatering valve amplifiers that everyone dreams about rarely had master volumes. The controls were typically very simplistic. You’d have one overall volume and some EQ controls (if you were lucky). The trouble here is that to get the amp to reasonable levels of volume you only have the one control with which to do so. At low volumes, with only one volume control, the amp is barely running and none of the components are given a chance to flex their muscles. Master volumes solve that issue. With that, you can slam the preamp section of the amp and then curtail the volume before it hits the power section, screams out of the speaker, and remodels your bedroom for you. The issue, as stated above is that the lauded amps of old rarely came with master volumes and as a result, some modern amps leave them out too. The Solution If you have an effects loop on your valve amp, JHS has the solution for you. The Little Black Amp Box Attenuator is a volume attenuator that sits between the preamp and power amp sections of your valve amp of choice. This is an ingenious fix as it allows you to run your amp organically, push the preamp section as hard as you want to get your desired amount of compression and beauty, then, take all that lovely tonal goodness and quieten it before it hits the power section. This allows you to get all the tone and character of an amp on full chatter at bedroom levels of volume. In effect, making the Little Black Amp Box one of the best overdrive pedals in existence. Forget “amp-like tone” this is actual, bonafide amp tone. The unit itself is housed in a ridiculously convenient, small housing, easily mountable underneath your board or to the amp itself. What’s more, it is also completely passive, meaning that there’s no batteries or power cables needed for it to operate. It’s built rugged with JHS renowned quality American construction. If you’re looking to tame your valve amplifier or access the tonal nirvana that resides within in any scenario, the Little Black Amp Box Attenuator may well be the perfect solution. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals Lucky Cat Pink Delay Effects Pedal The JHS Pedals Lucky Cat is a wonderfully versatile digital delay pedal with digital, analogue or vintage tape sounding echos. It is influenced by the Pink Panther, an original and rare Analogue pedal from JHS which unfortunately had to be discontinued due to a scarcity of the parts required to keep it in production. Unashamedly Digital The Lucky Cat also takes its inspiration from the best-loved Digital units from the past and fuses the two together to offer a pedal that can deliver some of the best delay sounds out there in a convenient pedalboard-friendly package. Using digital technology, you can expect bright crystal clear delays affiliated with the most popular DD style units if that's what floats your boat. But a flick of the digital clear/vintage tape switch on the side and you can achieve old school tape-style delays, all in a small footprint. The Cat's Whiskers! The JHS Pedals Lucky Cat has managed to pack in all the features you will ever need to really hone your delay sound. Up to 1000ms of classic delay speeds on the Time control and an onboard tap-tempo with a ratio subdivision control with options of quarter note, dotted eighth note, eighth note, and triplets. You will have no excuse if your echos are not in sync with the band! You can leave your repeats completely unaffected, or you can flick the mini-toggle up or down for two different modulation settings. The first has a slight shimmer and the second has a more intense warble which can add more depth to your sound. The Darken knob acts as a pseudo-EQ control, or as a saturation control for the amount of analogue-ness. Turned fully clockwise it gives you crystal clear, digital repeats. Turned fully counterclockwise, you'll find much darker, analogue sounding repeats as well as everything in between. With the Mix control, you can go from 100% dry to 100% wet. This is useful to help the Lucky cat fit into any rig, whether you like to go straight into the front end of your amp, into an effects loop or you prefer to be really fancy and take a second amp for a wet/dry rig. The Lucky Cat also gives you the option of using an external unlatching footswitch for tap tempo, just in case you prefer to tap the speed of your delay from a more easily accessible place on your pedalboard. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the BEST PRICE.
JHS Pedals Morning Glory V4 Overdrive Effects Pedal Since it came out in 2009 the Morning Glory has been an extremely popular model for JHS with no end of praise and many awards to its name. Now with some added improvements the V4 has even more headroom than before, in fact twice as much as V3 and can deliver many classic drive tones without changing the tonal colour of your instrument. The 'T' Word Okay, I'm going to say it, the unavoidable cliche term used to describe every overdrive pedal since the dawn of time. Ready? The Morning Glory was designed to be a (here it comes) 'transparent' overdrive. Its goal is to give you more of what you already had, adding the magic ingredient to your rig. It can work with any guitar or amp combination, whether you play single coils or humbuckers you can be sure it will fit in with your existing setup with some useful features to tailor your drive sound. Mastery Of Control Drive control. This distinctly dials in more overdrive as you turn it but it also slightly increases the high end adding a little more sizzle. Tone control. Nothing too radical here but a traditional and simple high pass filter, the tone becomes brighter as you turn it up and darker as you turn it down. Gain toggle. This is a new feature for the V4. Flicking this little switch up gives you a more powerful sound with added low-end, plus more gain when the drive control is set higher. On top of that, your LED will turn red when activated, letting you know from a distance which mode you are in. If you wish, you can remotely switch this mode on with an external latching pedal connected to the Remote Gain 1/4 jack located on the side of the pedal. This is very handy for getting extra thrust during the throws of a live performance. With this added feature, It is like having two drive pedals whilst managing to keep your signal chain shorter. Bright cut toggle. An effective feature to adjust the overall brightness to suit your rig. If you have a particularly bright sounding setup or you prefer to use the Morning Glory always in high gain settings just flip this toggle to take some brightness away if desired. It is now located on the side of the pedal, where you can get to it easily if need be. Glorious Tones Morning, Noon, Or Night! As with all JHS pedals, the Morning Glory is built to a very high standard, with top quality components, true bypass switching, and the tried and true consistency that comes with buying a new American made pedal. So that's it, there is not much more to say about this pedal except, if you want to take your sound to the next level with some of the best drive tones available in a really easy to use pedal, this is it, simple!
JHS Pedals Muffuletta Fuzz Effects Pedal The Big Muff from Electro Harmonix has been an unavoidable titan in the world of fuzz since the ’60s. It is one of the quintessential pedals one pictures when thinking of classic, notable fuzz pedals. The pedal has, however, presented itself in a variety of incarnations. Each of these many iterations has a slightly different character and sound. They react differently to your playing and suit different purposes. This makes choosing between all of them quite a daunting task, until now! JHS To The Rescue! The Muffuletta from JHS Pedals is a six-headed Hydra of tone. JHS has managed to wrangle each of the quintessential Big Muff tones through the ages and cram them all into one pedal. They have really done a fantastic job of it too. Each of the classic Big Muff tones that have made their way onto many a classic record and many a famous stage has been captured and are accessible in an instant through the turning of the bottom-right knob. Each of its 6 modes serve as poignant love letters to what made each of the key Big Muff tones so sought after and revered. Analogue All The Way Not only have JHS managed to fit 6 unique, authentic-sounding fuzz circuits into the Muffuletta, but each of them is all analogue. This ensures that each circuit not only sounds authentic but that it reacts in a truly organic, dynamic way. You get real response and reactivity from every note and each mode feels like a living breathing beast. The Hydra’s Heads As mentioned above, each of the 6 modes the Muffuletta boasts is based upon old iterations of quintessential Big Muff pedals. Each of them has a distinct character and tone. They are as follows. The Civil War. A load of midrange and brightness. Not too much gain. The Pi. The classic and best known of the 6. Very tight and aggressive. ‘73 Rams Head. A more subdued, darker mode with a scooped midrange. The Triangle. A very articulate mode boasting a powerful low end. The Russian. Quite a dirty, murky mode. Not much low-end or definition. JHS 2015. Very powerful, bags of midrange, not too heavy on compression. (A great mode for bassists) EQ Rethought JHS, whilst carefully adhering to what made each of the pedals so highly-regarded, haven’t been too afraid to add a little bit of extra magic to the affair. One thing that has oft been considered an issue with some of EHX’s Big Muff offerings is the lacklustre tone control. They often either suffered from a narrow sweep or from the notorious “only sounds good in one spot” condition. JHS didn’t want their pedal to suffer from the same affliction. After careful scouring of classic pedals, the good folks at JHS found an old Russian Big Muff that had the perfect tone taper. They took what made this tone control so magical and emplanted it into the Muffuletta. This ensures that there is a smooth, characterful tone taper that is usable in any position no matter which circuit you are using. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals ProCo RAT2 Modified Guitar Distortion Pedal A Brief History of the RAT The ProCo RAT has already stamped its name firmly into the annals of guitar pedal history. The brutalist, gritty pedal, that was spawned in a basement in Kalamazoo in the late-70’s as a customer-order only pedal, quickly rose to notoriety through its presence on many a famous pedalboard. Thanks to players like Graham Coxon, Kurt Kobain and David Gilmour the RAT, relatively quickly, established itself as one of the heavy hitters in the distortion landscape. The RAT has always been more of a tooth loosening sucker-punch to the prettier, careful caress provided by most of its contemporaries, such as the Tube Screamer. The RAT is a little less tame. A little more aggressive and in-your-face. Its presence looms over the dirtier, murkier genres like grunge and that is where it established a sturdy foothold. Scurrying Through The Years As with most things, ProCo’s success with the RAT lead to much higher demand and, to meet that demand, the pedal has to move to a higher pace of production. The way to do this, invariably, is to move towards a more repeatable design process. Gone are the days of customer-order only, hand-crafted rodents. This is great for guitarists everywhere as it means that more people can get their hands on a piece of distortion history at a reasonable price but has lead to a slight stray from the tonal character and identity of the original. The Construction Of Frankenstein’s Monster Here’s where JHS come in. The good folks over there have become known for their illustrious pedal mods. They have taken many a current pedal and applied some JHS witchcraft to breath new life or restore it to a former state. In the case of the RAT, JHS has focussed on expanding its versatility and moulding its character back to the gritty, gnarly, plague-ridden RAT’s of old. The first thing they changed was the chip. The Holy Grail chip that ProCo used back in the day was the LMN308 chip. Now, this chip is no longer in production but JHS has conducted an exhaustive search to find the perfect chip to capture all of the vibe and character of the original whilst also producing less noise and creating a clearer, more well-rounded response overall. Secondly, JHS attacked the circuitry. They tore out all the cheaper, mass-produced capacitors with much higher-grade metal film and tantalum caps. This went hand in hand with some subtle value changes to produce a more ideal bass response and smoother highs. “It’s Alive!” Once the innards were re-configured and given a hearty upgrade JHS went one step further. They have added a three-way-toggle-switch onto the top of the pedal. This allows you to access three different clipping levels. The three levels are as follows. Down: Pure vintage. Middle: Open boost. Up: Turbo RAT. With this added customisation, the pedal can deliver a much wider spectrum of drive tones. You can have the pedal behave exactly as it would have done back in the late-70’s through to having it screech like a 12-foot demonic rodent. Everything from light crunch to searing fuzz is on tap and, no matter where you have the pedal set, you can expect crystal clear, super high-quality tonality thanks to the improvements to the circuitry inside. They’ve even changed the LED from red to green. Which also adds some pretty major style points in my books. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
JHS Pedals The AT+ Andy Timmons Drive Boost Effects Pedal Thanks to the legendary guitarist Andy Timmons and his love of the Angry Charlie pedal, the JHS AT was a reincarnation of this original pedal by JHS. It has now been updated even further to the plus version with a completely independent boost feature. A Little History Andy bought and played the Angry Charlie as his main distortion pedal for a few years before a chance meeting with Josh. They discussed the pedal and set about tweaking the original to his exact requirements. The result was a pedal that worked so perfectly for Andy in his rig, that JHS just had to put it into production. It very quickly earned bags of positive attention and now, it works just as perfectly in other peoples setups all around the world. Sweet Tone It is designed to give you a meaty and thick distortion sound. All the sweet high gain tones you could want are on tap here, without sounding muddy or fizzy. Even with the cleanest amp, you can sound like you have a wall of stacks at full chatter! Watt?! Power Scaling In A pedal?! A very useful addition on the AT and now the AT+ is a 3-way toggle switch which switches between 25w, 50w and 100w modes. This gives the AT+ the feel of all three different types of power sections and the compression/headroom characteristics that each amp would give you. So the 25w would add more compression and gain, the 100w setting would give you more headroom and dynamics with the 50w somewhere between the two, perhaps for a great cranked half stack sound. Boost! Once you have your perfect drive sound, just combine the perfectly married boost at the moments you need just a bit more and you can really get the party started without the addition of another pedal. You also have the ability to use it on its own for a little extra crunch on your clean amp setting. This pedal can turn your old school rig into a 4 channel monster! Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the BEST PRICE.
JHS Pedals The Bonsai 9 Way Screamer Overdrive Effects Pedal The Tube Screamer has undoubtedly been the most popular and listened to drive pedal since it was thrust on the scene in 1979. It remains equally as popular today amongst many famous guitar players as it did when players like Stevie Ray Vaughan shot it into the stratosphere! Nine pedals In One! The tube screamer went through various changes over the years, and each incarnation has its own following. Models like the TS808 and TS9 have been iconic for some time, but others, such as the TS10, followed quickly with a huge fan base. Now JHS pedals have conveniently put the most recognisable and best sounding versions of these into one pedal. Unrivalled Quality As with all JHS pedals, the Bonsai is built to a very high standard, with top quality components, true bypass switching and consistency that comes with buying a new American made pedal. The tolerances of the components can now be selected so every pedal will sound the same, something that mass-produced pedals 40 years ago couldn't match. 9 Clicks For A Different Fix! TS-808 1979. This is the classic sound many blues and rock players are after. Like many you can put it in front of a Vintage style amp on the edge of breaking up for a bluesy sound, or another popular method is to boost your mids on an already overdriven amp to rock out with the best! TS-9 1982. Famed for it's use by guitarists such as The Edge and probably the most famous model of the bunch. The TS-9 has a very similar sound to the TS-808 but underwent some very small changes in the output circuit to the original. You'll notice more of a push in the lower mids and a slightly more modern sound. MSL, Power or L Series 1985. The MSL mode delivers a high gain sound with a powerful low-end and compression. spongier and darker than the TS7 (+mode) If you found yourself at a metal gig last minute, this mode could help get you there! TS-10 1986. The TS-10 is the favoured Tube Screamer for many including John Mayer and Josh Smith. It was also known to be a big favourite for Gary Moore and SRV who both used it later in their careers. It offers a slightly upgraded version for a more bluesy and crisp tone with excellent low-end roll off and low gain. Exar OD-1 1989. The Exar OD-1 was a TS-style overdrive pedal made in Poland, offering a slightly different drive character with a little more gain than classic tube screamers. This overdrive also offers a slightly more transparent feel, providing a nice mix of overdriven and clean soundscapes. It's the winner if your zone for tone is firmly in the Carlos Santana province. TS-7 (+mode) 1999. The TS-7 +mode offers the highest gain sound, but be sure your fixtures and fixings are secure before selecting this mode! Designed with an incredible amount of low-end and dirt, the TS-7 is the ideal choice for delivering killer shred tones and licks of doom. Keeley Mod Plus 2002. The Keeley Mod Plus offers the classic mod Robert Keeley used to tighten up the original’s tone, delivering an incredibly smooth mid-range and high-end, with increased bass response. JHS Strong Mod 2008. The JHS Strong Mod mode delivers JHS’ own modification they’ve used since 2008, offering a cleaner and overall more powerful sound than the other modes. The Strong Mod provides the pedal with a pronounced high and low-end drop-off. No Modelling Here! With the Bonsai's ability to switch between the circuits, it will deliver authentic analogue tone! So put the Bonsai on your board and enjoy the whole timeline of original tube screamers alongside some of the best-modded versions around! Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the BEST PRICE.
JHS Pedals The Milkman Tape Echo Delay Effects Pedal The Milkman Tape Echo is the result of a collaboration between Josh Scott from JHS Pedals and Tim Marcus from Milkman Sound. These two tonal titans joining forces was bound to result in something truly special and the Milkman Tape Echo definitely lives up to the lofty expectations. It may well be one of the ultimate utility pedals out there. This is not some semi-skimmed everyday supermarket pedal. This is the real deal. We’re talking full-fat, gold-top, full of creamy goodness. The Echo The Echo The foremost feature of the Milkman Tape Echo is in the name. The Milkman is, primarily, a tape echo pedal designed to be a vintage-correct, high-quality, slap/echo delay for textural use. It’s a really great, simple to use, yet very authentic sounding echo that harkens back to the sound and use of the earlier delay units. The original tape units, which began to pop up in the late-50’s to early-60’s, were primarily used to fatten the tone, add ambience, and a little texture and pop to one’s sound. Slap You’ve got four controls on this side of the pedal. The first is “Slap”. This controls the time between the delays. As you turn up the amount of “Slap” the time between repeats increases. Bear in mind this is intended as a slap-back delay tone and so is intended for a short time between repeats. Mix Next is “Mix”. This knob is used to control the amount of the pedal that is being incorporated into the signal path. You could think of it as a blend knob controlling the wet/dry amount. Turning the knob anticlockwise will increase the proportion of your dry signal. When you turn it clockwise, the amount of wet signal will increase, blending in the pedal effect into your signal path in a variable amount. Repeat The “Repeat” knob controls the number of repeats that are delivered by the pedal. There is a limit of around four and a half repeats at the top when the knob’s round clockwise as far as it’ll go. When turned the other way, there is a minimum of one repeat. EQ Last but by no means least is the “EQ” control. This is an important part of the pedal as it powerfully shapes the character of the repeats to perfectly control their brightness. It can be seen as a variable time machine. As mentioned above, the pedal is based upon early tape echoes and that is exactly the tonality and behaviour you’ll get when the knob is turned clockwise to the fullest. There you’ll find the repeats take on a bright and gritty characteristic reminiscent of those old tape units. However, when the knob is turned anticlockwise to the fullest the pedal moves forward in time a good ten or twenty years into the late-60’s, early-70’s. This is when a lot of guitarists started moving away from tape and towards analogue delays for their consistency, reliability and tone. These early analogue delays utilised bucket brigade chips and, as a result, could occupy a much smaller footprint and didn’t have any moving parts to wear or break. They also have a much darker, murkier tone which a lot of guitarists adore. Having both of these tonalities available at the mere turn of a knob is a really powerful feature that allows you to find the perfect delay tone that fits with your rig no matter the circumstances. The Boost There was another use that a lot of lovely old tape echo units were famous for and it has nothing to do with repeating notes. A lot of these old units had, somewhat unintentionally, absolutely killer boost tones. The sheer machinery that got these old beauties to run, when pushed slightly, added a lovely warmth and kick to the signal that a number of guitarists fell in love with. There are even guitarists that run old tape echo units in their signal path without any actual tape in the unit at all. They merely run them empty, just to get access to the sweet, thickening, warming effects that come from having that pedal turned on with a guitar signal running through it. JHS has captured that elixir and poured it into the Milkman Tape Echo for access with a separate boost footswitch. This footswitch engages the miraculous, vintage boost tone modelled off those old tape units and can be used independently of the delay side of the pedal. Much like the old echo units, the boosts tonality and behaviour is extremely amp-like. When the boost level is set low, at unity, the pedal will work to thicken, clarify and enhance your tone. Turn the knob further to the right and it can be used to push the front end of your amp and add that lovely warm, vintage grit to your rig. The Last Drop This pedal is udderly fantastic. It’ll make you want to keep playing ‘till the cows come home. It’s a perfect way to add some moo-vement to your sound and even provides 30% of your RDA of calcium and vitamin D! OK, that might have been a bit of a stretch. But it is a truly fantastic pedal. It is made with JHS’s well renowned, very high-quality craftsmanship and a provides a really lovely, faithful tape echo/boost for any style of music. As mentioned earlier it really is an ideal one-stop-shop utility pedal. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music, you have the opportunity to try one of these great JHS effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the JHS pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
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