JPG – The ‘VD’ ¥16,000
A truly Versatile Driver.
There are a lot of ‘overdrive’ pedals out there on the market, but a lot if them aren’t really overdrive pedals, they’re really just distortion pedals. So, what’s the difference? Well its somewhat of a blurry line, but here’s my opinion. A distortion pedal gives a lot of clipping and texture, it has its ‘sound’ and providing its a good one should be distinctively recognisable as soon as you hear it, regardless of the amp its going through.
Whereas an OD should be much more subtle, with considerably less clipping, something which colours the sound without taking over the show, its a shot of adrenalin to your amps heart. And thats the point I want to stress, a good OD should be used to push your amp not to give you a sound that you can get anywhere, so if your plan is to buy a boutique pedal that you can plug into whatever amp, buy a distortion. If you have a nice amp that you rely on for your tone, then you’re in for a treat, cause we’ve spent a lot of time tinkering away to create a pedal that can push your amp in exactly the direction you want it to go.
Right enough of my opinion on how to use gear, how does it sound?
As you might guess by the graphics, we were going for that classic British amp sound, not in that horrible harsh modern marshall way, but in that classic JMP and Orange kinda way. We’ve given it that punchy attack that you get from cranking the power tubes on an amp, the highs sparkle and there are no shortage of lows. As we wanted the pedal to be very versatile, we went for the classic 3-band tone stack which you’d find in most vintage british amps. It’s a passive and interactive EQ, unlike an active EQ which can be useful at times, but in the case of overdrives and gritty tube tones can often complicate things and give an almost clinical feel. The passive tone stack is a tried and tested technique, the circuit follows the gain stage and actually works by taking frequencies away as a pose to boosting them up, which might make you worry about loosing your overall level, but don’t worry, we’ve given this pedal more than enough clean boost to take care of it, in fact we find we rarely push the level knob up past about 6. Its also an interactive EQ, which means that the way in which any one of the three tone controls work will be dependent on the position if the other two. This might sound a little confusing, but it actually allows for much easier tone setting, but you’ll know what I’m on about if you’ve ever used a classic british amp with this kind of EQ or alternatively a fender amp with a 3-band (which works on a similar principal).
As with all of the JPG pedals, they’re totally hand-wired with only the best parts for the job, they’re fully true-bypass and include our ‘anti-pop’ circuit to prevent that nasty pop you might find with other true-bypass pedals when switching them on and off.