I’ve always been a big fan of JHS and it’s probably the brand I get the most questions about. How will they stack up to David Gilmour’s tones? In this review I’ll be covering a couple of pedals that at least sonically should be easily recognizeable.
A few years back I did a review of the Unicorn (UniVibe), Charlie Brown (JTM style overdrive) and the Pulp N Peel compressor. See my review here.
Mini Foot Fuzz
The Mini Foot Fuzz is, as the name implies, a mini sized fuzz pedal, with controls for fuzz and volume and a toggle switch for a bit of boost. The small footprint makes it ideal for cramped or smaller pedalboards.
At full blast it’s very close to a silicon fuzz, with lots of rich harmonics and sustain. With the toggle switch in the off position, it sounds cleaner and closer to a vintage style overdrive.
The Mini Foot Fuzz typically responds to the dynamics of your playing and it cleans up nicely with the guitar volume backed off.
This is a fairly mild fuzz, with less gain and low end compared to similar models but it makes it easy to tame and it seem to fit most amps, whereas the more wild sounding fuzz pedals tend to need a bit of compression and mids boost to cut through.
In terms of David Gilmour’s tones, the Mini Foot Fuzz will fit right into the Pompeii/Dark Side era but it can easily be used for the earlier stuff too.
The Clover is based on the old Boss FA-1 preamp, which is pretty unusual. I don’t think I’ve seen a clone of that one before.
A Boss FA-1 can be spotted on David Gilmour’s current studio pedal rack although it’s hard to tell if he’s used on some of the later releases or how it’s being used.
Like the FA-1, the Clover is a clean boost with a lot of volume on tap. This thing is loud! It’s got a 3-band EQ and a switch allowing different combinations between the volume EQ section.
You might very well just use an EQ but the Clover works much better as a clean boost and the subtle onboard EQ makes it one of those pedals you just want to leave on.
In the clip, I’ve used it to boost both the low end and mids on the Foot Fuzz. The same can be done with a Big Muff or simply to add a bit more bite and tone to your clean signal.
Lucky Cat delay
The Lucky Cat is based on the very first generation delay or echo pedals from Ibanez, DOD and Boss. They had a unique and warm analog flavour, similar to the vintage echo machines.
In addition to the standard time, feedback and level controls, the Lucky Cat also feature a tone control, a switch for two different types of modulation or tape wear and tap tempo. You can also switch between pristine digital delay and analog echo.
I’m using the tape mode for those dark percussive repeats. It blends inncredibly well with the dry signal of the guitar and other pedals, with a distinctly vintage character.
The Lucky Cat reminds me of my old Deluxe Memory Man, although a little cleaner, taking it closer to a Binson and David’s echo drenched tones from the early 70s.
The Lucky Cat is definitely one of the better sounding echo pedals on the market.
Please use the comments field below and let me know what you think of the tones I created in the clip!