I recently discovered JHS Pedals while trawling the web in search of high quality delay effects units. The company, started by Josh Scott in early 2007, is based in Kansas City, Missouri. It makes extraordinarily beautiful, professional-grade, minimalist, boutique effects pedals.
I happened upon the Panther Analog Delay, by JHS Pedals, while digging around in blogs and forums, reading recommendations to compile myself a list of the best delay units available. The more I learned, the more I began to focus on true bucket brigade, analog devices. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with digital delay units pre se. Digital delays like the Strymon TimeLine are easy to use, feature rich and sound great. But I just adore the lush repeats you get from analog pedals like the old Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. Built using 3205 bucket brigade chip sets, the Panther Analog Delay combines a 100% analog signal path with modulation circuitry to deliver rich, creamy, warm and shimmery echoes reminiscent of the original Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man – but with a longer delay time and more features.
JHS make an extensive range of pedals for both guitar and bass, which include delay, fuzz, boost, overdrive, compression and more. All hand-built.
The company offers modification and customisation to die for. Custom Shop work includes hand-painted finishes, mix ‘n’ match knobs, the replication of vintage circuits that are no longer in production, and combination effects that could be 2-in-1, 3-in-1, 4-in-1 or even more.
The JHS Mod Shop specialises in extending the qualities and capabilities of pedals manufactured by other companies. For example, if you want a Way Huge Aqua Puss on steroids, JHS offer versions which include modulation, double delay time and an effects loop. What’s not to love?
It’s desperately frustrating when a company fails to respond to an enquiry. In my experience, this happens all too frequently. JHS are the exception to the rule. The other day, I made an equiry via email and JHS responded within hours. This supports what I’ve read online about the company’s commitment to customer service.
My only gripe with JHS is that they have just one outlet in the UK – Tone World. I want to play with their pedals – feel them and fiddle with the controls. You can buy direct from JHS and they ship internationally. But I like to test before I buy. In some respects I’m relieved that JHS pedals are hard to come buy in the UK, otherwise I’m likely be out of pocket very, very quickly, and frequently.