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11-02-2011, 05:35 PM
Anyone have experience with one of these?
11-02-2011, 09:48 PM
No one ever?
11-03-2011, 06:04 AM
I had one for a while. It's a FUN pedal, and I recall easily getting some 'shredmaster'-type tones out of it. Easy harmonics, great for leads/80's riffing, etc. I had the Jackhammer and the Guv'nor Plus at the same time; both were good-sounding pedals (although I got KILLER tones out of my first Guv'nor Plus - not sure if they changed it by the time I got my 2nd one).
Like a lot of folks that will put their $.02 in about the Jackhammer, I mainly used the OD setting instead of Distortion. I've thought about getting one again, but looking more at an amp that will do what I need.
11-03-2011, 07:19 AM
It depends on what you are going to use it for. I don't like it as an overdrive pedal but it sounds great into a clean amp. I have a Wampler Pinnacle and it sounds very close to that. The controls on the Jackhammer are a little strange and when you move a knob it will sometimes move the other knob (since they are on top of each other). But the tone is very versatile and will work with many amps.
Sound wise it is a very good rendition of a Marshall amp. It has two modes and both are able to do very crunchy and metal tones. The OD channel is not like a tube screamer or blues driver, if you want that go for the Guv'Nor.
I have owned two Jackhammers and when the pedal is disengaged I hear something when I strike the strings hard. There is some kind of distorted artifact that is not there when I don't have it in the pedal chain. I tried it with a battery and with a cheap power supply (1 spot). I would say try it out first, other people did not hear what I was hearing, but I think it came from the attack of me hitting the strings, and that's why I was sensitive to it. It also could have been the amp I was using, but I doubt it.
I would be willing to sell you mine if you want it.
11-03-2011, 08:29 AM
I have the jackhammer and the guv'nor 2...they are both great dirt pedals...surprisingly cheap, with a LOT of tone control...
they really are under rated pedals on tgp...whenever someone asks "marshall in a box", I think guv'nor and jachammer, before I thing crunchbox
I have the JH and Gov'2 as well. It does a decent crunchy Marshall tone (more modern). A bit fizzy at times but I still have them.
11-03-2011, 04:02 PM
I love it myself and I have some high dollar dirt boxes.
The dist channel is garbage, but tje od channel is great.
The best feature is the eq. You have parametric control along with bass and treble and can get some really nice variety.
I actually get a pretty good srv tone with a strat. If you use buckers and turn the treble up too high it will get fizzy and messy, especially through a Fender amp.
It's dirt cheap and sounds great, you just have to use the od channel, keep the gain below half and eq carefully.
11-03-2011, 04:38 PM
Good, cheap pedal!
It is a nice investment for a pedal.
11-04-2011, 10:00 AM
Pticked up a used one at GC for 30 bones. First hour or so thought it was junk. Stayed with it a little and got some good sounds out of it. Anoher hour and I was loving it. One of the knobs are gone so I'm going to have to figure that out, but no big deal.
10-15-2012, 08:16 PM
Picked up the JH-1 Jackhammer today. Actually, I already had the GV-2 Guv'nor, and was initially scared off by the Jackhammer because they described it as super hi-gain, so i thought it was like a Nu Metal pedal or something. It absolutely is not. It does have tons of gain, the "Overdrive" mode on it basically covers every thing the Guv'nor does, plus some additional gain. Honestly, I should probably sell my Guv'nor now, except I like that pedal and would prefer not to.
With both pedals, you really have to play with them to get the tone to "open up". In fact, I'm not sure you even can get anything on the "Distortion" mode that doesn't sound pretty muddy, at least with humbuckers.
The Jackhammer has TONS of bass. These pedals excel at making small combo amps sound much, much bigger. Yet, when people ask for "Marshall in a box", you'll hear $150+ boutique pedals mentioned more often than the Marshall pedals themselves.
Anybody got any settings or tricks to using the Jackhammer? I'm almost exclusively using it on "Overdrive", turning up the treble a bit and backing off the mids "Frequency" dial to about 11 o'clock. Anybody use it with other pedals (like a Tubescreamer in front)?
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