You'd be surprised how many legendary guitar tones were created just by plugging a guitar directly into a vintage mixing console.
The JHS Colour Box gives you exactly what you need to re-create classic tones by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, and others. It's a 100% analog design that replicates the input of a vintage Neve console.
We're no strangers to tweaking guitar tones here, and we can see the JHS Colour Box pedal gives you a unique way to shape your sound that you can't achieve with traditional amps and effects.
Colorful tone, from clean to fuzzy
The sound of the Colour Box is musical and vibrant, thanks to the Lundahl transformer that beefs up your lows, adds harmonic complexity, and enhances midrange richness. You can use it to add that special something to your tone at low gain settings, but crank it up and you're in vintage fuzz territory. With two gain stages and over 39dB of gain on hand, you can give your tone anything from a smooth polish to full-on distortion.
A powerful tool for studio and stage, with inputs for instruments and microphones
With both instrument and XLR inputs and outputs, the Colour Box is a flexible tool. It's based on a legendary Neve console, and can serve as a high-quality microphone preamplifier - it even has a sweet-sounding EQ section to optimize your sound. You can also use the Colour Box as a handy splitter with your guitar rig, sending the 1/4" output to your amplifier and the XLR output to the mixing board.
JHS pedals are handcrafted tone machines
When you plug your guitar into a JHS pedal like the Colour Box, you're tapping into care and passion that few manufacturers put into their products. Each JHS pedal is hand built and tested by the JHS team in Kansas City, Missouri. Because they design their pedals for specific musical purposes, we're sure there's a JHS pedal that's perfect for any player's rig.
Preamp and EQ pedal for guitar, microphone, or line-level sources
100% analog signal path, based on the design of classic Neve mixing consoles
Dual gain stages with over 39dB of gain gives you everything from subtle sweetening to full-on distortion
Re-creates the classic sound of plugging a guitar directly into a mic preamp
Powerful tone-shaping potential, with 3-band EQ and wide-ranging variable low-cut filter (60Hz-800Hz)