“The SuperBolt is the result of my obsession with old Supro/Valco amps from the 60s. There was a Super in the center and I fell in love with its old but perfectly fitting overdrive/distortion sound. When I strummed some chords with the amp at volume 8, I was beaten by the loudest rock sound I've heard, it's just one knob with an 8" speaker. It was the amp.Then I started collecting Supro and other Valco amps like Gretsch, National, Airline and Vega, scouting all over the country and building a modest collection that allowed me to understand the brand and design as a whole. I was.I found my Thunderbolt (the name of the amp) in an attic in Mississippi, and it's been completely refurbished, and the Supreme was secured at a Kansas garage sale, and in this way I've sold about 10 over the past two years. I collected a lot of amps.My goal was simple: I wanted to develop an overdrive pedal that could recreate this tone and feel with any amp.– Josh Scott/JHS Owner
When we introduced the Superbolt in 2012, we never dreamed it would become one of the most recognized and admired pedals in our history.With the V2, it's a more advanced drive pedal that maintains all that is simply more flexibility and choice.Let's see what can be done.
From the time Supro began in 1935 until it closed in 1968, no other amplifier brand had a compelling, mysterious and legendary story.The Supro® amp established the tone of rock and roll.It's the sound you hear from Jimmy Page's legendary Led Zeppelin recordings and Brian Setzer's early Stray Cats tracks, with Switchfoot's Drew Shirley's thunderous backing.If you've ever played one of these vintage amps, you'll know the sound is one of a kind.No matter how hard you crank it up, it always produces smooth yet sharp tones that have made countless recordings over 75 years.
The JHS Superbolt overdrive pedal has a discrete circuit at its heart, which was developed to simulate the tone and character of 1960s Supro® amplifiers.With its sensitivity to the touch and the color of the rectifier tubes subdued at higher gain settings, the Superbolt is flexible enough to work with any guitar rig to create new tones and conjure up some of the greatest sounds ever recorded.Three simple control knobs, named VOLUME, TONE and DRIVE, and a GAIN toggle switch will imbue your guitar with vintage soul and attitude no matter what guitar rig you're using. .
To understand how the Superbolt works, let's start with the DRIVE knob.Turning up DRIVE is like turning up the volume knob on a small boxy vintage amp: the more you turn it, the more it distorts.The VOLUME knob then acts like a master volume.None of the vintage Supro® amps have this control, but it works perfectly with the Superbolt's DRIVE knob for cranking up the distortion and the VOLUME knob at turning it down.The V2 features an improved taper with a wider "sweet spot" so you can dial in the best volume.The third knob is the TONE control, but stays true to the design of many of these vintage amps.Our Tone control will be a breath of fresh air for those tired of the useless, treble-ridden Tone controls out there.Fully clockwise, the tone is biting and sharp, but extremely usable and easy on the ears; You get a focused tone.
The GAIN toggle switch toggles between two gain settings, much like the high/low input jacks found on many 50's and 60's amps.Down the switch gives the cleanest, slightly darker and mellower tones.On the top side, it's the rockiest sound with huge headroom and more distortion in the highs and mids.The status LED turns red when the GAIN toggle switch is activated.The GAIN toggle switch can also be switched remotely using the 1/4" jack on the right side of the pedal. Put the pedal in its normal setting and switch it with the Red remote, and you'll have extra power in your pedalboard. Instantly get a second tone without using up space.
The Superbolt is primarily powered by a 9V power supply, but internally boosts the 9V to 18V for huge punch, headroom and overall power for its character.As a reminder, do not use an 18V power supply with your Superbolt.
The overall tone for this pedal is open and full, without the compression of many overdrives on the market.The compression feel of this pedal drives more beautifully and works well with any rig - we've tried a lot.If you want to boost your amp and get a natural overdrive, you've never heard anything like the Superbolt.This pedal turns any amp into a fiery distortion machine.If your gear needs a classic tool that works with any style, the Superbolt is for you.We believe this pedal is truly unique among many overdrives in the world...try it today and see the difference!
The power supply can be used with a general 9V DC/100mA center minus adapter. Size: 56.0mm x 109.2mm x 38.1mm
VERSION HISTORY: V1 = 3 controls, Hi/Lo toggle switch, and some early stamped "three lightning bolts", most others four bolts. V2 = Hi/Lo toggle switch changed to GAIN toggle switch and Red remote system added.