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JHS The Bonsai 9-way Screamer Overdrive Pedal

Overdrivepedal med 9 klassiske pedaler.

JHS The Bonsai 9-way Screamer Overdrive Pedal
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In the late 1970's the overdrive pedal was arguably perfected when Japanese engineers designed the sound that we now know as the heart and soul of so many of our favorite artists, recordings and sounds. Players ranging from The Edge, Trey Anastasio, Buddy Guy, Kirk Hammett, John Mayer, SRV, Carlos Santana and thousands more from every possible genre have utilized and depended on this classic iconic green box. If a single effect pedal was chosen to board a Voyager 3 mission and be solely responsible for showing the universe the sound of overdrive, it would undoubtably be Tube Screamer. It is probably the most produced and sold pedal in the history of guitar pedals! The Bonsai is our tribute to one of the greatest pedals ever created.

Following in the steps of our Muffuletta (released 2015), the Bonsai utilizes a simple rotary knob to switch through nine classic, vintage, rare, or hard to find variations of the Screamer. Creating the Bonsai became an archeological dig of sorts that sent us deep into the history of this circuit by examining dozens of versions, variations and replications. At the end of it all, Josh chose nine of his personal and favorite units and we painstakingly replicated every nuance and aspect of each pedal. One of the most challenging parts of this project was accounting for component drift as many of these pedals were decades old and the internal components had strayed from their original values. Each pedal was individually replicated using our Audio Precision analyzer and various other methods that allowed us to perfectly replicate every aspect of the sound and feel of the unit. It's important to know that the Bonsai is not a "box of mods," it is exact replications of these nine units all housed in one box! The Bonsai is exact replication, not emulation. When you choose a mode on the Bonsai rotary, you are actually activating components specific to each mode and playing the unit that Josh chose along with all the quirks, drift, vintage mojo, and individuality that a vintage pedal has.

LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE 9 MODES OF THE BONSAI BASED ON THE 9 PEDALS WE HAVE CHOSEN...
OD-1 - 1977
An overall brighter and slightly higher gain mode that does not utilize the Tone knob. This mode also inverts signal just like the original and has asymmetrical clipping. The OD-1 is magical at boosting other drives or amps into singing saturation.

TS-808 - 1979
The classic low gain with that signature pronounced mid range.

TS-9 - 1982
Nearly identical to the TS-808 but with a slightly more pushed low-mid range.

MSL, POWER OR L SERIES - 1985
Though metal is in the name, this sound doesn’t quite inspire the modern metal djent we think of. Still it has a higher gain sound with a more low end and an overall more gooey feel.

TS-10 - 1986
Made famous by John Mayer, this model is a slight upgrade from the TS9 for the late ’80s. Bluesy, crisp, more low end roll off and low gain.

EXAR OD-1 1989
The EXAR is a Polish made TS-style pedal that has a slightly different drive character with a little more gain than the classic screamers as well as a slightly more transparent feel.

TS-7 (+MODE) - 1999
The hot mode on this version gives you the highest gain sound in the Bonsai. More low end and dirt fill out the tone to have you shredding away.

KEELEY MOD PLUS - 2002
Robert Keeley’s classic mod tightens up the tone on the original giving you smoother mid range and high frequencies, and increased bass response.

JHS STRONG MOD - 2008
Our own mod we’ve been doing since 2008 is much cleaner and overall more powerful. The mode has more pronounced higher and low end drop offs.

With the JHS Pedals’ Bonsai you can get the classic sounds of nine Tubescreamers in one pedal. Let the Bonsai help you find your overdrive zen.

THIS PEDAL REQUIRES STANDARD 9V DC NEGATIVE POWER, CONSUMES 20 MA, AND MEASURES 2.6"X4.8"X1.6".

Screaming Valves of Overdrive
What the Muffuletta did for big fuzzes, the JHS Bonsai does for screaming green overdrives. Slap the Bonsai on your pedalboard and enjoy unhindered access to four decades' worth of pedals. There are nine different sonic textures to choose from. Want some classic mid-bump grind? It's in there. SRV-style dirty boost? Yep. Mayer-esque low-gain grit? You got it — and a whole lot more. The Bonsai isn't a modeler — it boasts the exact same components as the source units. So when you select a mode with the Bonsai's rotary control, your guitar signal actually passes through a replica of the original pedal's circuitry. With the Bonsai, you truly get nine overdrive pedals packed into one housing.

Replication, not emulation
The Bonsai packs nine vintage and often hard-to-find versions of the definitive green overdrive into a single pedal. When he designed the Bonsai, JHS founder Josh Scott examined dozens of versions of this famous stompbox and authentically reproduced their circuits. He was meticulous, capturing every quirk of the original components using an Audio Precision analyzer. He even accounted for drift, as the original pedals were decades old, and their components had strayed from their original values. The result is a replication, not an emulation. When you plug into the Bonsai, you're playing through the exact same circuitry as the original pedals. No digital modeling is involved — it's pure analog all the way. We love the authentic vintage mojo that we get from the Bonsai.

Nine overdrive pedals packed into one housing:

  • OD1 (1977) A brighter and somewhat higher gain mode that doesn't utilize the Tone knob
  • TS808 (1979) The classic low-gain grind with the signature mid-bump
  • TS9 (1982) Similar to the TS808, but with a brighter, SRV-style sound
  • MSL (1985) The "metal" version produces a higher-gain sound with more low end
  • TS10 (1986) Replicates the bluesy low-gain sound popularized by John Mayer
  • XR (1989) Duplicates the Polish-made EXAR OD1, known for its unique drive character and slightly higher gain
  • TS7 (1999) The late-'90s overdrive with a "hot mode" that yields more gain and low-end dirt
  • Keeley (2002) Robert Keeley’s classic Mod+ that tightens up your tone and gives you less noise, along with smoother mids and highs and increased bass
  • JHS (2008) JHS's "Strong Mod" that gives you a cleaner sound with a serious power boost

Features:

  • Overdrive pedal that packs 9 classic overdrives into a single housing
  • Replicates 4 decades' worth of pedals using analog circuitry
  • Boasts the exact same components as the source units
  • Dial in the perfect sound with Volume, Tone, and Drive controls
  • True bypass switching preserves your tone when the pedal is off
  • Ruggedly built and handwired pedal

Nine overdrive pedals packed into one housing:

  • OD1 (1977) A brighter and somewhat higher gain mode that doesn't utilize the Tone knob
  • TS808 (1979) The classic low-gain grind with the signature mid-bump
  • TS9 (1982) Similar to the TS808, but with a brighter, SRV-style sound
  • MSL (1985) The "metal" version produces a higher-gain sound with more low end
  • TS10 (1986) Replicates the bluesy low-gain sound popularized by John Mayer
  • XR (1989) Duplicates the Polish-made EXAR OD1, known for its unique drive character and slightly higher gain
  • TS7 (1999) The late-'90s overdrive with a "hot mode" that yields more gain and low-end dirt
  • Keeley (2002) Robert Keeley’s classic Mod+ that tightens up your tone and gives you less noise, along with smoother mids and highs and increased bass
  • JHS (2008) JHS's "Strong Mod" that gives you a cleaner sound with a serious power boost


JHS Bonsai Features:

  • Overdrive pedal that packs 9 classic overdrives into a single housing
  • Replicates 4 decades' worth of pedals using analog circuitry
  • Boasts the exact same components as the source units
  • Dial in the perfect sound with Volume, Tone, and Drive controls
  • True bypass switching preserves your tone when the pedal is off
  • Ruggedly built and handwired pedal