Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mild driving & 'burning

Last weekend was good. I had ample time to test the JHS808 with my current favourite squeeze; the John Page Ashburn Classic with default Bloodline singlecoils. I used my Blackstar HT Metal for everything. The JHS808 is a sweet TS-type pedal as the name implies. It's discontinued & replaced by the manufacturer's acclaimed Moonshine version (which I also own). 

Utilizing the HTM's clean channel to begin with, the 808 manufactured very sweet drive leaving much single coil twang in tact. The treble wasn't that overwhelming partly due to the fact that the Bloodlines are subdued units output-wise. All manner of clean but driven tones in the light of SRV were achievable. Moving on to the dirty channel, with reduced gain at the amp end, the 808 maintained its capacity as a twang retainer. There was increased saturation & playing fast was a joy but more importantly, as the drive was cranked at the pedal end, single coil clarity remained in tact. Despite being discontinued, there were no regrets getting the JHS808 right off the shelf. I would have been contented with a used unit (someone is selling one in the after market here) but it's just worth every cent.

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