When the opportunity to work with legendary guitarist, writer, producer, and founding member of the famed UK band Delirious came about, we couldn't pass it up. Right out of the gate StuG wanted a dirt box that could essentially cover any and all ground he needed for his studio work and extensive touring gigs. From that request the Kilt was born.
The Kilt is a true 2-in-1 Dirt Box / Boost in a small footprint that packs all the power, range, options, and tones you could ever want. The left side is heavily inspired by the original and sought after Expandora, but with some major tweaks that bring this classic effect to a new level of tones and usability. Of all the drive pedals we have released this one is as close to “doing it all” as any. You can achieve transparent light tube-like breakup, bluesy overdrive, thick natural distortion, and even over the top fuzz from this one box.
At the heart of the left/dirt side is a specifically chosen op-amplifier that offers super low noise, improved slew rate for a smoother structure, and a character that just feels better than the original. Their are also 3 mini toggles for the left/dirt side that enhance tweak-ability and options even further. The "Cut" toggle gives you the ability to cut or boost the low end frequencies. The down position is the stock setting that gives you a significant and very useful bass boost over the original Expandora that lacked greatly in this area. The up position is closer to an original Expandora and thinner, hence the term cut. The "G1" and "G2" toggles let you select various forms of distortion via select resistance values that switch in and out in the clipping section of the circuit. This method is very different than your normal diode clipping selectors that you commonly see on drive pedals. This gives you multiple configurations and tonal options, helping the Kilt cover light transparent drive all the way to a fat wall of distortion and everything found in between. The controls from left to right for the left/dirt side are “Volume", "Tone", and “Gain." These are pretty self explanatory in the fact that the "Volume" is the overall master output volume of the drive, the "Tone" rolls in high end as its turned clockwise, and the "Gain" controls the amount of distortion by turning the input of the pedal up or down allowing less or more signal to hit the circuitry that causes the distortion.
The right/boost side is a JFET boost with an ever so slight amount of grit and presence that helps in boosting solos or slamming the front end of the left/dirt side to achieve even more distorted sounds. The "Boost" knob controls the volume level of the boost and the mini "Order" toggle lets you choose between Boost pre left side (switch down) and Boost post left side (switch up).
The Kilt runs at 9v and has true bypass switching all inside a custom polished aluminum enclosure.
- (2015-06-08) The Kilt... by JHS Pedals
- (2015-06-09) The Kilt overview with StuG... by JHS Pedals
- (2015-06-10) The story behind the JHS Pedals Kilt? StuG Artist Signature Overdrive by JHS Pedals
- (2015-06-10) JHS The Kilt Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz Pedal Review by Sweetwater Sound by Sweetwater Sound
- (2015-06-11) JHS Pedals The Kilt (demo) by Livingroom Demos
- (2015-06-11) JHS Pedals THE KILT demo by Lance Seymour by GearTalkChannel
- (2015-06-12) JHS Pedals The Kilt bass (demo) by Livingroom Demos
- (2015-06-12) StuG playing Delirious riffs using The Kilt by JHS Pedals
- (2015-06-16) JHS Pedals - the Kilt - Presented by 60 Cycle Hum: the guitar podcast by 60 Cycle Hum
- (2015-06-29) Stu G Presents The Kilt Overdrive/Boost Pedal by JHS by Sweetwater Sound
- (2015-07-22) JHS Pedals The Kilt Stu G Signature Pedal by shnobel
- (2015-07-22) 1986 Pro Co Rat vs JHS Pedals The Kilt by shnobel
- (2016-01-19) JHS Pedals The Kilt Overdrive Boost by PedalOfTheDay
- (2016-01-22) JHS KILT distortion overdrive demo with Warmoth Mooncaster & Pro Jr by Gearmanndude
- (2016-07-28) JHS FUZZ WEEK #4 : The Kilt by rigrigrigmusic
- (2017-01-28) JHS Kilt by The SuperFunAwesomeHappyTime Pedal Show!
- (2017-05-05) That Pedal Show ? Josh From JHS Pedals, plus VCR Ryan Adams, Milkman & Kilt by That Pedal Show
- (2017-11-01) JHS Pedals Kilt V2 by Mike Hermans
- (2017-11-01) JHS Pedals "The Kilt" V2 - Overdrive/Distortion pedal - demo by RJ Ronquillo by R.J. Ronquillo
- (2017-11-01) JHS The Kilt V2 by reverbmarket
- (2017-11-05) JHS Pedals The Kilt V2 (demo) by Livingroom Demos
- (2017-11-09) Kilt by JHS Pedals
- (2017-11-27) JHS The Kilt V2 | CME Quick Riffs by Chicago Music Exchange
- (2018-01-03) JHS Kilt Overdrive V2 pedal demoed with Gibson Les Paul & Princeton Reverb by Gearmanndude
- (2018-02-14) JHS Kilt V2 by rigrigrigmusic
- (2018-04-24) JHS ??? The Kilt V2 by BuzzbeeTV
- (2018-05-16) Shootout: JHS Ruby Red vs. JHS Kilt V2 by Nate Sousa