First off, your three basic controls of volume, sustain, and tone are fairly straightforward. Volume controls the output of the pedal and is very sensitive, providing plenty of options. Sustain, similar to vintage fuzzes, controls the amount of gain or fuzz (which also increases sustain) that is present in your tone. Tone controls the amount of treble, allowing for a brighter or darker sound as you mix and match modes.
The mode section is where this pedal really shines, with 6 fuzz channels to choose from, JHS provides you with endless tonal options that are really fun to try out. Here is a quick rundown of the six options:
- ‚ÄúJHS‚Äù is an original JHS fuzz circuit, great for basses or guitars, with less compression and more output.
- ‚ÄúRams Head‚Äù is based on a ‚Äò73 rams head fuzz pedal popularized by David Gilmour and J. Mascis, it has a scooped mid range and less gain than the other channels.
- ‚ÄúThe Triangle‚Äù is based off of the triangle Muff from the ‚Äò69-‚Äô70 era and has a more prominent, cut through the mix tone, with more bass.
- ‚ÄúThe Pi‚Äù is JHS‚Äôs take on the classic Pi Muff known for the huge pi symbol that adorns the housing. It has more a wilder, unwieldy fuzz tone that is more like the vintage version than the recent reissue by EHX.
- ‚ÄúThe Russian‚Äù is a more modern fuzz used by Dan Auerbach and Chris Wolstenholme and produces a loud, warm sound with less note to note clarity and some of the bass cut off.
- Lastly, ‚ÄúThe Civil War‚Äù, was one of my favorites thanks to its bright tone, less gain, and more distortion-like sound that was more vintage rock than modern.