The JHS 3 Series Octave Reverb is the Kansas City-based pedal builder’s $99 take on the so-called “Shimmer” effect, a circuit that marries a long ambient reverb with an octave effect placed in the reverb’s decay.
Appeared on the scene in 1984 when Brian Eno came up with it while producing U2’s album The Unforgettable Fire, the Shimmer effect has taken its own life in pedal format since the early 2010’s.
Like all the other effects in the 3 Series, the Octave Reverb features three knobs (in this case Verb, Octave and Decay) and a toggle switch that gives you the option to switch the octave from octave-up to octave-down.
JHS 3 Series Octave Reverb, Builder’s Notes
The JHS Pedals 3 Series is a collection of pedals designed to give you affordability and simplicity without compromising quality. Each 3 Series pedal is made by us in Kansas City, MO, using high-quality parts, quality control, and attention to every detail. Each pedal has three simple controls and one toggle that offer a wide range of sounds, perfect for beginners and professionals alike. The JHS 3 Series will inspire your playing and help you explore new sounds at a totally approachable price point.
In the early 1980s, Brian Eno invented an effect called “Shimmer,” which was popularized in U2’s The Unforgettable Fire (1984). The effect mixed ambient reverb and octave effects in the reverb’s decay. The 3 Series Octave Reverb is our take on this classic effect that has been used for decades to allow the guitar to create pads and textures that fill out ambient space. Toggle up layers in upper octave sounds, while toggle down layers in lower octave sounds.