Just in case you thought you had enough of Tube Screamer clones, here’s another one for you: the JHS Bonsai. Except the new stompbox isn’t merely a single TS—it’s nine of ’em.
The Bonsai, which JHS founder Josh Scott calls a “tribute to one of the greatest pedals ever created,” lets you dial in different TS versions and variations simply by turning a rotary knob. After studying dozens of Tube Screamers past and present, JHS settled on these nine to include in the Bonsai: the 1977 Boss OD-1; 1979 TS-808; 1982 TS-9; 1985 MSL, Power or L Series; 1986 TS-10; 1989 Exar OD-1, a Polish copy of the Boss original; 1999 TS-7; 2002 Keeley Mod Plus; and JHS’ own 2008 Strong Mod.
According to JHS, each of the selected pedals were individually replicated. “It’s important to know that the Bonsai is not a “‘box of mods,’” the company said. “It is the exact replications of these nine units all housed in one box. The Bonsai is exact replication, not emulation.” So when you choose a mode, you’re actually activating the components that are specific to that very mode.
Hear the Bonsai in action below:
The JHS Bonsai lists for $229 and will be available in March. For more information, check out jhspedals.com.