JHS - EXPERIENCE AND QUALITY
What started with a Blues Driver repair and years of real-world experience has culminated in the amazing lineup of JHS Pedals. Josh Scott brings a commitment to quality work and practical features that infuse his products with an unmatched value.
Proudly made in Kansas City, the production and assembly of these incredible pedals are a true labor of love by a team of people who care passionately about their work.
The musicians who rely on JHS to create their art continue to be Josh's biggest inspiration, as he continues to tinker and adapt to the changing needs of todays guitar players.
PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE
In 1966, a salesman named Ivor Arbiter saw the rising British rock scene demanding the effect of fuzz. He decided that his company Arbiter Electronics* needed to join the other London guitar product companies and release his own take on this trending sound. After seeing the circular base of a mic stand, he came up with the idea to put the effect in a similar round enclosure and give it a face: two eyes made of knobs, a foot switch nose, and a brand label mouth.
Thus, the Fuzz Face* was born. That same year an American guitarist named Jimi Hendrix arrived in London and adopted Ivor’s design as his weapon of choice, and the rest is history.
INSPIRED BY FIRST-ERA SILICON MODEL ARBITER FUZZES
The Smiley is clear and defined, straddling the line between distortion pedal and a searing sustain, sustaining low end and crisp mid-range bite that you expect from a vintage Arbiter unit. One of the most revered characteristics of a good Fuzz Face* is its ability to clean up when the guitar's volume is rolled back, and the Smiley does this effortlessly.
The controls are Volume and Fuzz. Volume sets the overall output level of the effect; turn it up and it gets louder. Fuzz is the distortion control; the more you turn it clockwise, the more fuzz you create. On the side you will see a “Mode” control. Push this button to access our own unique “JHS Mode”. This mode sends the Smiley into high gain / gated fuzz territory that you may never want to come back from.
If you want a fuzz that covers coveted classic tones, look no further. Legends like Jimi Hendrix, Jack White, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, and Eric Johnson have used this circuit on countless albums. Now it's your turn.