Or are maybe these pedals, and their mods not the most innovative thing around?
They do have some original ideas like the Colour Box but also clones of others to put it mildly.
That said, most manufacturer make plenty of clones, the entire pedal industry is mostly a clone or inspired pedals of each other back and forth.
The Colourbox came out in May 2014.Interesting, I thought the color box was a mod on the EHX Crayon? I'll check out this color box.
I have a Fulltone '69 big box, and while I'm aware this brand has it's share of detractors, I've found few folks who say there is anything just like it, some like other Fuzz faces as much ore more, like the AnalogMan SunFace (which I haven't played, but heard awesome things about it), but it doesn't have the 4 knobs + internal trimmer of the Fulltone, and also, it uses "matched" trannies, while the '69 definitively uses mis-matched trannies for its sound?
Never played any of their pedals but they definitely have a ton of mods, and a lot of them seem a little less-than-essential to me.
does the op want to sic the dogs on JHS for some reason?
The Colour Box is a copy of a 60s mixer preamp in a pedal and a fairly innovative idea (so much so that the concept has been expanded on by API and others). It's also likely that it was designed by JHS engineer not Josh, but still, it deserves respect. They were also the first pedal company to come out with a copy of the digitally controlled analog delay with tap tempo, ala the DMTT. Most of the rest of their stuff has a fairly strong "me too" element, but then so does a lot of other companies basic offerings. Still they are on the list of companies that make me uncomfortable and from whom I'm not likely to buy any pedals any time soon.