REVIEWS

JHS Superbolt V2

Published 5 years ago on July 28, 2018

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Although this pedal is advertised for its Supro style tone, it does much more to my ears. I often use it as a clean boost; it can make any amp come to life! But it also works great as an overdrive pedal unto itself which can emulate the sounds of a smaller amp breaking up much the way Zep did back in the day... and the bolt down the middle of the pedal looks way retro cool.

Danny Gill

 PROS

High quality build, cool retro look

Great tones, from a transparent clean boost to over the top distorted tones. Easy to dial in a sound

Bright LED

True bypass

Cons

Requires 9v power supply (no battery option available)

SPECS

9V DC

1.6" H x 2.2" W x 4.8" L

Guitar Interactive star rating:  4.5 stars

JHS Superbolt V2

MSRP £195 (UK)  $199 (US)

Jimmy Page in a box? Yes, please! Danny Gill reviews the JHS Superbolt version 2.

I first became aware of the JHS SuperBolt V2 pedal when I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was going to be performing some Led Zeppelin songs. He immediately said ‘SuperBolt’; I tried it and I was hooked! Based on the original Supro Thunderbolt amplifier, the JHS SuperBolt V2 may be the closest thing to Jimmy Page in a box there is. This handbuilt, touch-sensitive overdrive/boost offers Supro like tones in a pedal and a whole lot more; from a clean transparent boost to sagging, over the top exploding small amp tones.

The controls are simply laid out: the drive works like the original amps volume knob; the higher you crank it, the more breakup you get. The volume knob functions as a master level controller and I was quite impressed at how much boost I could get out of the pedal; unity with the amp was around 3, while anything above halfway was almost too loud! The pedal really shines as a clean boost when turning the volume up, lowering the drive and adjusting the brightness of the tone knob to taste. You can hear for yourself in the video. I used a 30 watt valve amp set on the clean channel, plugged in a Tele with a humbucker and a single coil pickup, set the pedal for a clean boost and found the tone to be very inspiring. Chords were clear and crisp without being harsh; the pedal gave me the bite and string separation I like. Depending on how hard you pushed the drive you could get chiming Tom Petty style chord tones to singing Whole Lotta Love style leads.

There’s also a high/low mini-switch which will add an extra level of gain if you’re looking for some extreme ‘small amp exploding’ kinds of sounds. The mini-switch will turn the pedals large LED from blue to red and can be activated by hand. Or you can purchase a Red Remote which can be plugged in next to the input jack and activated by foot like a separate stomp box.

Although this pedal is advertised for its Supro style tone, it does much more to my ears. I often use it as a clean boost; it can make any amp come to life! But it also works great as an overdrive pedal unto itself which can emulate the sounds of a smaller amp breaking up much the way Zep did back in the day... and the bolt down the middle of the pedal looks way retro cool.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

jhspedals.com

 


YOU MAY LIKE

ADVERTISEMENT

LATEST

Epiphone Jared James Nichols "Blues Power" Les Paul Custom | REVIEW

Elixir Artist Spotlight: Marcus King | Lesson Feature

Jared James Nichols on Playing Inspiration, Technique, Signature Gear & More | Interview

Aurally Sound Song Master Pro | REVIEW

Martin D-10E | REVIEW

MOOER GTRS INTELLIGENT GUITAR | REVIEW

MARTIN DC-X2E | REVIEW

Laney Ironheart IRF Loudpedal | REVIEW

IK MULTIMEDIA AMPLITUBE X DRIVE | REVIEW

Victory Super Sheriff 100 | REVIEW

Taylor 324 CE Builders’ Edition | REVIEW

CORT X500 MENACE | REVIEW

Maybach Lester 57 Gold Rush Aged | REVIEW

Joe Doe Gas Jockey | REVIEW

Ibanez AZ240 7F Prestige | REVIEW

ADAM BLACK O-6CE LEGACY | REVIEW

STONEHEAD SH4-R 100 4 CHANNEL AMP | REVIEW

CARL MARTIN OCTA-SWITCH MK3 | REVIEW

MAYONES CALI 4 | REVIEW

Fender Jazzmaster MIJ Hybrid 2 | REVIEW

IBANEZ AZ427P1PB | REVIEW

MOOER STEEP 1 AUDIO INTERFACE | REVIEW

Gretsch G6136TG Players Edition Falcon Hollow Body | REVIEW

Chapman ML3 PRO TRD | REVIEW

LAVA ME4 Carbon Acoustic | REVIEW

Top magnifiercross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram