Inspired by First-Era Silicon Model Arbiter FuzzesThe Legends Of Fuzz series is a collection of the world's most historic, rare, and sought after circuits.
Fuzz pedals have been a staple of the JHS lineup for over a decade. The Legends Of Fuzz series is a tribute to the most important fuzz circuits ever made. From the earliest days of fuzz in the mid-60's London scene to the 1990's ex-Soviet military factories that brought the Big Muff back to life, fuzz tells a story, and that story includes guitarists just like you.
Inspired by the classic 60's Fuzz-Face pedal by Arbiter, this unit retains the sound, aggressive bite, and stability that classic silicon transistor pedals are known for. The Smiley is clear and defined, straddling the line between distortion pedal and a searing sustain, sustaining low end and crisp mid-range bite that you expect from a vintage Arbiter unit. One of the most revered characteristics of a good Fuzz Face is its ability to clean up when the guitar's volume is rolled back, and the Smiley does this effortlessly.
The controls are Volume and Fuzz. Volume sets the overall output level of the effect; turn it up and it gets louder. Fuzz is the distortion control; the more you turn it clockwise, the more fuzz you create. On the side you will see a "Mode" control. Push this button to access our own unique "JHS Mode". This mode sends the Smiley into high gain / gated fuzz territory that you may never want to come back from.
VOLUME - Controls overall output volume. Left is less, right is more.
FUZZ - Controls the amount of fuzz. Left is less, right is more.