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[review] JHS Pedals Muffuletta (by JJ Tanis)

JHS Pedals is Josh Scott’s company. They offer handmade effects that stand out, visually as well as design-wise. They are based in Kansas City, Missouri and have been around since 2007. Besides making pedals, they also do several mods to existing pedals. Recently, they did a collaboration with Robert Keeley on the Steak & Eggs pedal - a Keeley compressor and JHS overdrive in one pedal. The JHS Muffuletta is their latest offering, it has no less than six different Big Muff sounds from a single pedal with all-analog sound path.

Big Muff legacy

The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff has been around for for over 40 years and is one of the most influential guitar effects ever produced. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Carlos Santana, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys are all very different players who have used this fuzz with great results. JHS MuffulettaThere have been many versions of this pedal over the years. Check out Kit Rae’s excellent bigmuffpage.com for an in-depth guide. JHS claim to offer five classic versions in this Muffuletta: Civil War, Sovtek, Pi, Triangle, Ram’s Head plus their own take on the circuit simply labeled JHS.

Test gear

I tested the Muffuletta using my Vox Humana CarbonTech Special Tele with Kinman Broadcaster pickups and my Vox Humana modded Tele Thinline with Seymour Duncan P-Rails pickups. I used my Vox AC15C1 with a Celestion Greenback speaker.

[review] Wampler Pedals cataPulp - British Distortion (by JJ Tanis)

Wampler Pedals are based in Martinsville, Indiana in the United States. They offer beautifully handcrafted pedals that are used by artists such as Brad Paisley, Brent Mason and many more… and not just country pickers! The cataPulp is aimed at the player who’s looking for saturated British distortion but who could also use milder overdrive tones.

Amp-in-a-box pedal

Wampler offer several pedals that are designed to be amp-in-a-box effects, meant to “give your amp an identity crisis” You can use them to change the tonal character of your basic amp sound into something completely different. Examples are the Black ’65, the Tweed ’57 and – my favourite – the Plexi Drive. The cataPulp is also part of that series and it is designed to sound like the Orange Rockerverb, an amp that has a very distinct British distortion tone.

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