In 2015 we brought you the Unicorn V1 ...the world's first bulb-driven photocell modulator with tap tempo...our very own Uni-Vibe if you will. This Spring 2018 we are proud to bring you the Unicorn V2!
Pink Floyd’s “Breathe,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner live at Woodstock 1969," and Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” cemented the sound of a photocell-based vibe effect as an electric guitar standard. The JHS Pedals Unicorn is our version of this heralded effect, continuing the inspiring modulation/phasing/rotary sounds that never fail to push musical boundaries. And just like the originals, we included a toggle for choosing between a Uni-Vibe* effect and a traditional vibrato setting. What sets Unicorn apart from all other vibe-style circuits is that it is the first-ever fully analog, photocell-based vibe with tap tempo as well as ratio, external tap control, and external rate control via expression pedal (optional). And the Unicorn does it all with only four knobs and a mini-toggle switch. In a day and age when everything has been seen and done, we bring you the first-ever, 100% analog vibe photocell modulator with onboard tap tempo. You’re welcome.
Sounds as good as you remember
The Unicorn is bursting with all the lush and washy pulsations that changed what the electric guitar could sound like in the 1960s. And this is no digital emulation. The Unicorn sports the real-deal, analog photocell topology of the original units.
- Sounds like the originals because it’s built like the originals - All-analog signal path delivers a warm, touch-sensitive tone - Dry/Wet toggle selects between a Uni-Vibe* and vibrato effect
In-depth tempo control
There are other analog vibe pedals and there are pedals with tap-tempo control, but - if we’re allowed to gloat for a second - the JHS Unicorn is the first to put ‘em together. Add optional external speed control and a ratio knob that determines the rhythmic subdivisions - or as we like to say, how much fairy dust enters into the flux capacitor of the Unicorn - and you have one of the most versatile vibe pedals on the market.
- Control the rate of the effect with the Speed knob or onboard tap-tempo footswitch - Want quarter note, dotted eighth, or triplet rhythms? They’re all found on the Ratio knob - LED indicator notifies you of the effect’s tempo, even when disengaged
External tempo and expression control
But wait, there’s more! One of the things that makes the vintage Shin-ei* Uni-Vibes* so desirable is your ability to control the effect’s rate in real time with an external expression pedal. How could we not include that!? And to go one step further, you can slave the pedal to other tap-controlled pedals for rhythmic consistency across all your effects.
- Internal Tap/Expression mini switch controls the side-mounted Tap/Exp TRS jack - Expression pedal control of the Unicorn’s rate in the Exp setting - Use an external source to control the rate in the Tap Out setting (Works great with our Panther Cub Delay, Emperor Chorus pedals)
Couldn’t be easier to use
One of the things we’re most proud of with the Unicorn Uni-vibe* Photocell Modulator is how easy it is to dial up the exact pulse of a mystical Unicorn running across a field of 4-leaf clovers… but only if you dare.
- Four knobs and a mini toggle are all you need for a world of syrupy, modulated tones - Left two controls are your tone, right two controls are your speed, toggle is your effect. It’s that simple
What's new in the V2?
The original Unicorn sounds great and works perfectly, so we didn't change a thing about it other than: its now half the size, and its a lower price point!
When everything has been done and everything has been seen, we bring you a first ever 100% analog signal path Uni-vibe* Photocell Modulator w/ Tap Tempo.
This pedal requires standard 9V DC Negative power, consumes less than 100mA, and measures 2.2"x4.8"x1.6".
The Big Muff fuzz has been around so long, been on so many classic recordings, and been through so many variations that every guitarist out there has a favorite version of its iconic tone. JHS wanted to pay tribute to that undeniably classic fuzz pedal, but we couldn’t come to a consensus about which Muff was king. With the Muffuletta, our indecision is your gain. We crammed five all-analog re-creations of the pedal’s most beloved tones into this box. We even threw in a JHS-exclusive tone that is our take on the historic stomp. No matter what Big Muff era you prefer, you can get ‘em all in the JHS Muffuletta fuzz pedal.
Five tones inspired by these classic Big Muffs:
- JHS - "2015"
The JHS Muff is a JHS original take on the classic circuit. You will find this version more powerful and less compressed, with a more haunting midrange. It is also the best for bass guitar.
- ‘73 Rams Head - “1973-1977 V2”
The ‘73 Rams Head gets its name for the strange little face that appears on the lower right corner of the original pedal. It is best known for having a scooped midrange, less gain, and being darker.
Famous users: David Gilmour (main Pink Floyd recordings), Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers), and J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
- The Triangle - “1969-1970 V1”
The Triangle Muff is so named for the triangle arrangement of the knobs. It boasts more low-end response while being more articulate.
Famous users: Santana, David Gilmour's Pete Cornish-made pedalboards, John Lennon, Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), and possibly Jimi Hendrix.
- The Pi - “1977-1978 V3” An instantly recognizable red Pi symbol gives this pedal its moniker. This is not to be confused with the later redesigned NYC version released in 2000. It features a more aggressive sound.
Famous users: Frank Zappa, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Jack White, The Edge (U2), Beck, and Pete Townshend (The Who).
- The Russian - "1999-2009 V8”
The Russian Muff is named by the “Made in Russia” text found on the back of the pedals. It sports less clarity and less low end than other models. A great garage-type sound.
Famous users: Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), Chris Wolstenholme (Muse), and Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails).
- The Civil War - “1991-1993 V7”
The old-style Civil War-era font and navy and gray colors found on these pedals’ enclosures dictate their name. They are best known for having more midrange and having a brighter overall tone with less gain.
Famous users: Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), John Fogerty, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Mike Mills, and Peter Buck (REM).
With a pedal so stuffed with tasty tones you will have a hard time needing anything else to curb your appetite.
This pedal requires standard 9V DC Negative power, consumes less than 100mA, and measures 2.2"x4.8"x1.6".
This is our "Everything low-to-medium gain" pedal and it just got better!
The Double Barrel V4 is for the player who needs a versatile but transparent overdrive at medium and light gain levels. You won’t find face-melting distortion here, but you will find overdrive with the character and stacking abilities to cover almost any tonal need. So let’s look at the Double Barrel V4 and see why it packs a one-two punch that is unrivaled.
The right side is our brand new Moonshine V2 which is a highly unique and massively tweaked version of the most famous overdrive ever created housed in a little green enclosure. The Moonshine V2 has the classic mid-heavy tones that you’d expect but with more gain, volume, and tones available than you ever thought possible. The Moonshine V2 has the same core sound as the Version 1 but we have added a new “Clean” knob to blend in the perfect amount of clean signal with your overdrive signal.
The left side of the Double Barrel is our best-selling Morning Glory V4 overdrive. Transparent and open tones are what lurks inside this circuit as well as the new hi-gain toggle with Red Remote capability. Just plug in the JHS Pedals Red Remote into the “Remote Gain” jack with a standard patch cable and you can switch the “Gain” toggle on the fly for even more tonal options. You now have five on-the-fly overdrive options to choose from in the Double Barrel V4!
When these two circuits are stacked, something magic happens. Tones that are original and fresh come with ease, as well as added flexibility, due to the “order switching” toggle that lets you decide what pedal comes first in the signal chain.
- Endless overdrive tones from low to medium gain. - Updated versions of the Moonshine and Morning Glory. - Red Remote capability with the Morning Glory V4. - Order toggle to select the order of effects when stacking.
We are convinced that this is one of the greatest 2-in-1 pedals ever made... seriously. If you're having problems getting the tones you want, just grab the Double Barrel V4 and you’ll find out how easy it is to hit the target!
This pedal requires standard 9V DC Negative power, consumes 81mA, and measures 4.7"x3.7"x1.5"
VERSION HISTORY V1 = Slightly darker cream powder coating, no toggle switches, just 6 knobs. V2 = Color change to more white, order toggle switch was added, morning glory bright cut switch added. V3 = 808 gain toggle added, shotgun logo slightly changed. V4 = Current production model, added Moonshine V2 on right side, Morning Glory V4 on the left side
There are two types of players, those that utilize an A/B box like our Mini A/B here, and those that don’t know what they’re missing. Add one to your pedalboard, and you’ll find the Mini A/B is full of indispensable benefits on the gig, in the studio, or even at home. At its core, the simple footswitch design selects between a pair of ¼” jacks on the left side of the unit. Hook one up and you’ll instantly be switching between amps, quickly swapping guitars between songs, using it to isolate your tuner from your signal, killing your stage sound as a mute, and more. And with its adorably tiny footprint, the Mini A/B will fit on even the most cramped pedalboards.
The do-it-all switch
How many ways you utilize the JHS Mini A/B is only limited by your necessity. While it may not be a modulation pedal or fuzz (don’t worry, we have those for you too: Mini Foot Fuzz, Emperor), you’ll be hard pressed to find a pedal you step on more than this little gem.
- Instantly swap between two instruments - Perfect for switching tones on dual-amplifier rigs - Isolate your tuner from the signal chain, while achieving silent onstage tuning - Leave output unplugged for a convenient mute function
Convenient low-profile design
Like its name suggests, the Mini A/B is a bite-sized wonder. We can achieve that because of its passive design, which also means it won’t cause any tonal loss. However, we did choose to include a bright LED indicator, letting you know which jack is selected. Don’t need that light? Just unplug the power cable. The Mini A/B will still work just fine.
- Small size is ideal for saving pedalboard space - LED indicator tells you which ¼” you have selected - Can run perfectly without power - Built rugged
This pedal is passive but requires standard 9V DC Negative power for the LED to function and it measures 3.6"x1.5"x1"