The Return of the JHS Pedals Pink Panther
This week JHS pedals JHS announced the re-release of the Pink Panther Delay. This was one of their earliest delay pedals, and now it is back with a brand new sound and style. Since the original Pink Panther Delay Pedal, there have been many other iterations of the Panther Delay's released by JHS. First, we saw the big box Panther bucket brigade style analog delay, which has now been replaced by the Panther Cub. The newPink Pather will compliment the Panther Cub and will cross over into the realm of digital delay. While the Panther Cub and other Panther pedals are 100% analog this pedal is a digital delay that will also emulate teh classic style of a tape delay.
For the last few years, JHS has been updating their most popular pedals to keep up with the current trends as guitar pedals evolve. This is partially what has kept them at the top of the boutique pedal business for almost a decade. The JHS Pedals Pink Panther is the next pedal to get a Facelift. The first Pink Panther was an analog delay, and there were only about 100 produced. These have become well sought after, and sell used for as much as $500. Now you can have that classic sound with many added features for much less. The new Pink Pather will be a smaller enclosure with the following features:
- 1 Second of Delay Time
- Tape/Digital Modes
- Two Types of Modulation
- Dark EQ Knob for Repeats
- On-board Tap Tempo
- Top Mounted Input/Output Jacks
- External Tap Tempo Jack
- 4 Subdivisions (1/4, dotted 1/8, 1/8, Triplets)
- Small compact footprint
- Standard 9V DC Negative power
The Pink Panther lists for $249 new, but give it a little time and you are sure to find used deals.
This pedal will feature the following controls:
Time - This will allow you to dial in the exact delay time you need ranging from slapback to about on second of delay. Note that you will not be able to get the oscillation like you would using the panther cub since this is a digital delay.
Ratio - This parameter changes the selected subdivisions of the repeats as you tap in the tempo. You can choose between four different subdivisions including triplets, eight notes. dotted eighth, and quarter note
Repeats - This control varies the number of repeats in your delayed signal
Dark - This control with allow you to choose the color the pedals repeats. All the way to the left will give you a total digital delay with no tone loss. As you turn this knob to the right you will begin to add more loss to your tone and you repeats will begin to darken and take on a more lo-fi feel.
Mix - This control will allow you to dial in the effect level of the repeats. With the mix control centered at noon, the repeats are at unity with your input signal. Below noon they will be tucked under your playing, and if you turn the mix past noon the delays will be boosted above the input signal of your guitar. A high repeat setting with a low mix will create a nice wash underneath your playing, and a high mix low repeat setting is perfect for a dotted eighth delay. Turn the Mix al the way up for a 100% wet signal.
Mod Toggle Switch - This three-way switch will allow the player to choose between three different modulation settings. Toggle down is the Mod 1 position and adds subtle somewhat shimmery modulation to your repeats. The center position is a clean setting with no modulation. Finally, you have the toggle up position that puts you into Mod 2. Mod 2 is a deeper and much more intense modulation setting.
Digital/Tape Switch - This switch will allow players to choose between crystal clean digital delays and the tape delay mode. The Tape Delay setting is a more saturated tone and features a little bit of compression with helps emulate the classic vintage tape echo that we have all come to know and love.
The Pink Panther is a fresh take on a JHS classic. Be sure to check this pedal out today and let us know what you think of it on Twitter or Instagram!
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