Winning the award for the longest pedal name in history, the JHS @ AT Andy Timmons Signature Overdrive.
Guitar afficianados the world over have hailed the praises of Andy Timmons, a staple shredder who blends the finesse of Jeff Beck with the chops of Steve Vai.
Mr. Timmons is famous in the guitar rig world for pushing a few Mesa Boogie Lonestar Amps with an Xotic BB Preamp of his own signature. Noticing that he was playing gigs having to fly in to different venues of vastly different sizes, he found the JHS Angry Charlie pedal to be right up his alley. After using this for a spell, a collaborative effort with JHS pedals yielded the JHS @ AT Andy Timmons Signature Overdrive pedal, which captures the voice and girth of the Lonestars and places the versatility found in variable wattage at the feet of the player.
If you know the layout of the JHS Angry Charlie, then this walkthrough is familiar to you. Volume, Gain, Presence (Air), Tone – all of the knobs will control the punch, saturation and the EQ of the sounds you are looking for. The build quality of all JHS pedals is nothing short of mil-spec, including their rock solid enclosure.
The kicker for the JHS @ AT Andy Timmons Signature Overdrive pedal is that the three way switch found on the face of the pedal switches between the saturated 25 watt voice, through a 50 watt balanced voice, into a full headroom version of a 100 watt amp. These settings are profoundly voiced after a Marshall Master volume Amplifier. You will have to work very hard to find another MIAB (Marshall in a box) type pedal that competes with this awesome work of @rt.
The roar of the engine within this modified, and glorified, JHS Angry Charlie is substantial. Where comparison is a framework in which most guitarists understand differing sounds, this pedal accentuates the sustain and muscle of a cranked amp. The benefit of JHS’s design in comparison to other MIAB pedals is that this is an incredibly quiet pedal when engaged yet not played.
Note separation, Chord chugging, dropped tunings – this pedal does it all and with style. As one would expect, the 25 watt setting is compressed gain a la JCM 900, where the 100 watt seting is open as a JCM 800 should be. My all out favorite is the 50 watt setting.
There is enough dynamism within this pedal to play without a boost, coaxing the gain and growl from working the volume knob on your guitar. Scratchy volume knob? Consider rewiring your guitar! This pedal is worth it.
Yes, I love pedals, I love overdrive pedals. This one will stay a bit longer than others….as I played through an Angry Charlie, yet felt an allegiance to keep my Lovepedal Purple Plexi on my board for the time being. Now, the JHS @ AT Andy Timmons Signature Overdrive pedal has kicked the PP off and is fending off other adversaries for the time being.
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