NAMM 2020: JHS finally releases the Paul Gilbert signature distortion pedal

The JHS Effects PG-14 just may be the final word on distortion pedals.

JHS Paul Gilbert PG-14

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NAMM 2020: JHS Effects has officially announced the PG-14 Paul Gilbert signature pedal, a FET-powered pedal that emulates the responsiveness of tube amps.

The PG-14 is, according to Gilbert in a recent interview with Guitar.com, “a combination of a pair of JHS pedals that I really like”. The end result is a pedal that aims to deliver stadium level tube amp tones in a pedal-sized package.

Another unique feature of the PG-14 is its mid control. The pedal carries an active mid frequency preamp located in front of the FET circuit, resulting in a clear mid-frequency section that sits on top of the clipped signal. Adjusting the mids also changes the tonal character of the PG-14.

“That’s the thing I’ve found with this pedal; it has more variety of how it sounds and how it feels than any distortion pedal I’ve ever played through,” said Gilbert in a video for The JHS Show. “The settings are important because it really has a different character depending how it’s set.”

“The PG-14 to me is the ultimate dirt channel box for a clean amp,” said JHS Effects founder and designer Josh Scott. “We have a FET-simulated tube amp, basically, that you can crank.”

Watch the full video below:

If you’re really looking to nail that Paul Gilbert sound, the virtuoso also shared with Guitar.com that he uses two pedals lined up behind the JHS one: an Xotic AC Booster and the JHS Bonsai.

The JHS Effects PG-14 is now available for $199 (£195). For more information, click here.

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