One of the most popular Boutique Pedal builders on the market is JHS Pedals. Their guitar pedals can be found on pedalboards everywhere. Hailing from Kansas city and led by Josh (Heath) Scott, JHS has left their permanent mark on the pedal building scene. In this blog post, we will be looking at a few of their most popular pedals, as well as a few of our favorites as well.
The Morning Glory, Inspired by the bluesbreaker, is what really put JHS on the map. This is a transparent overdrive that is perfect for a mid to light overdrive or clean boost. Because of its transparent tone, many players favor this at the beginning of their signal chain. This pedal is perfect for adding a little bit of presence to your tone giving you the edge you need to cut through the mix. Using this pedal, you can really bring out the tonal qualities of your guitar, and avoid that midrange bump that comes from tube screamer pedals.
Pulp n' Peel
In the never ending battle for the best compressor pedal, The JHS Pulp N Peel is always at the front of the pack. It has gone trough some changes over the years, and the most current version has some really unique feature. The Pulp N' Peel offers the typical compressor controls, Volume, Comp, EQ, and blend, but it also has a dirt toggle switch. This switch mixes in a little bit of dirt to your compressed signal. This allows a little bit of bite to be added to your tone and can be used to create some really interesting textures. Another great feature on this pedal is that it offers a direct xlr out, allowing the pulp n peel to be used as a direct box.
The superbolt is still pretty new to the JHS lineup, but it has quickly made a name for itself. In a market filled with tubscreamer clones and transparent drive, this is a pedal that aims to do something new. Inspired by the tones of the 60's supro amps the Superbolt helps bring a thick rich overdrive straight to your pedalboard. While the controls are pretty straightforward, the drive tones from this pedal are unbelievable. It is best to think of this pedal more like an amp simulator than an overdrive pedal. The drive knob acts as the volume or gain would on an amp and the volume is more like a master volume that allows you to cut your signal without losing gain. You are left with a tone knob to help balence out your signal and a toggle siwtch that varies the level of compression.
This is one of the most unique pedals that JHS offers. The Color Box is a recreation of the famous Neve Recording Console. Typically you dont think of using a console for guitar tone, but the neve is responsible for many iconic hits. One that immediately sticks out is the guitar on the Beatles song "Revolution". This part was recorded by plugging a guitar directly into the console. This is something that is very easy to do in the studio, but not so easy on stage in a live setting.JHS came up with the idea of the color box to help players recreate these tones hear on reccords by, Led Zepplin, Steely Dan, and The Beatles, on stage.
This recent JHS release has already taken pedal boards by storm. The Kilt was created through a collaboration between JHS Pedals and StuG of the band Delirious. StuG, known for his studio work as well as his live performances, needed a pedal that could cover a wide variety of sounds. What resulted was The Kilt. This pedal was designed to give the player everything form a transparent drive to a saturated Fuzz. The left side of this pedal is a recreation of the Expadora, and the right side is an independent JFET Boost. The 2-in-1 design allows these channels to be used simultaneously or independently. This opens up The Kilt to be used for almost any situation. This pedal is incredibly flexible and would be a perfect fit on any players board.
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