JHS Morning Glory is my favorite low gainer so far

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  1. Mark Milliron

    Mark Milliron Supporting Member

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    I've tried a Snouse BlackBox, J Rockett Blue Note Tour Series, DOD Looking Glass, and a Barber Gain Changer, and to my ears, the Morning Glory is the most transparent. It just adds a little sweetness to your tone. The eq sounds very flat to my ears. I would not recommend a MG to anyone who would like to use it for lead work, unless you run a lot of mids on your amp eq. There is no mid hump that I can hear.

    Snouse BlackBox: Sounded nice but added something to the highs that I didn't care for, and turning the pedal on produced a strange ping noise that was annoying.

    J Rockett Blue Note: Great sounding OD but when comparing it to the Gain Changer, I felt the GC sounded just as good at a lower price.

    DOD Looking Glass: I love the breakup of this pedal, but felt it sucked too much mid range and the highs were a little overbearing.

    Gain Changer: Great pedal at all gain settings. I've moved it to a mid/high gain position on my board for now.
     
  2. Lemuel

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    The MG has been around for a while. I don't know if it had its run on this board but I'm surprised it's not talked about more. It's a standout for me.
     
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    are you using the new v4?
     
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    Which amp/guitar combo are you using?
     
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    I was this close to getting one, or maybe even the steak & eggs. Got a Keeley White Sands Luxe instead, which I love.
    But still thinking about picking up a v4 MG.
     
  6. Mark Milliron

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    Ephiphone Casino into a Vox NT15 Combo

    I bought a used V3 which has the bright toggle instead of the gain toggle

    The only gripe I have with this pedal is the LED. It's laser beam! I already painted over it to kill the intensity.
     
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    I have both the Morning Glory and Snouse Black Box on my current board. The MG has been there for a long time. Both great pedals!
     
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    ...i have had a cmatmods signa drive on my board for a couple of years - it continues to absolutely floor me

    if there is a better low gain overdrive out there, i would love to experience it!

    wampler tumnus, perhaps?
     
  9. Mark Milliron

    Mark Milliron Supporting Member

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    I have heard good things about cmatmods pedals. I would love to check one out sometime. Everything I've heard from the Tumnus sounds great, but the low frequency bump seems to be very pronounced, and with no ability to change it (that I'm aware of), I would be a little concerned.

    As I said earlier, the EQ on the MG seems very flat. The mids and lows seem to be untouched to my ear.
     
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    I didn't bond with the signa drive, but then again I never gigged with it...so it's basically like I didn't even try

    The MG however is a wonderful pedal. I've had it both as a standalone in the past and currently on my Double Barrel.

    My ideal OD setup would be MG into Fulldrive2, but I don't have board space for that. So instead of the FD2 I use the TS side of the Double Barrel. It works!
     
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    great pedal but it couldn't beat my Snouse BlueLine so I passed it on to someone that fell totally in love with it.
     
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    My snouse blackbox v2 is so awesome! Never had that annoying ping noise in mine.
     
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    So you would say the GC has similar mid characteristics as the Blue Note?

    My issue so far with the clean and transparent drives has been the lack of mids, as I want something for clean solos. Too much mids messes up the clean tone, but the lack of mids doesn't help single notes punch through...high notes can seem harsh or thin. Great for chords to retain clarity and "transparency", though. I've been looking at the new MG v4, love the footswitchable boost idea on their new pedals.

    The Blue Note is my favorite low gainer so far, retains clarity but provides just enough mid body to fatten single notes. But the footswitch placement is driving me nuts, I can't hit it cleanly without kicking knobs...
     
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    It's because there's a vocal population of JHS naysayers here. The notoriety from their Devi Ever clone didn't win them any favors, and they sort of led the charge in $200 clones of popular old circuits that could be had for much less.

    If the Morning Glory is JHS' only lasting contribution to the effects world, it's still a noteworthy contender for best low gainer IMO.
     
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  15. Mark Milliron

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    The Blue Note is a really nice sounding pedal, but you are right, the switch and knobs layout sucks!

    The Gain Changer has 3 mid settings via the left toggle. It can go from a relatively flat EQ to a great mid boost (middle position) that isn't harsh. It's versatility, tone, and price make it one of the best OD's on the market.

    I'm currently running the GC (medium gain) into the MG (low Gain) and it stacks great.
     
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    I thought the Signa sounded nice. Barber LTD is my pick for low gain.
     
  17. Mark Milliron

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    I've definitely looked into the JHS controversy and it's unfortunate for sure. I felt bad for Devi Ever when I first read about it, but then realized she was even more shady with her ripping off people on Kickstarter. It doesn't make it right, but it's hard to care at this point. Are their any new controversies with JHS? I'm very interested in their new Volume Pedal -if it ever gets released.

    I have a feeling that if the See-Saw ends up being great, many people who curse JHS will suddenly be ok with them.
     
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    I hear everyone say the Morning Glory shines with a Vox amp. I may have to get one myself.
     
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    I had both the Blue Note and Gain Changer on my board and preferred the Blue Note for low gain playing. Not sure why - it just sounded a little fuller (probably the enhanced mids as described by others on this thread). It seemed to make my guitar stand out a little better. Love the Blue Note but alas it sits on my shelf as I'm now using a Rockett Archer for low gain and a Rockett Dude for solo boost. The Rocket Dude into the Archer sounds incredible for solos (but not vice versa - having the Archer as a boost after the Dude is key).
     
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    can we slide the pin back in the grenade on this one
     
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