The pedal that put the Kansas City builder on the map, the JHS Morning Glory has probably become more famous than the pedal it’s inspired by: the Marshall Blues Breaker – maybe even more popular than the legendary Analogman King of Tone, another Blues Breaker variant.
This type of overdrive adds dirt to your signal without altering your guitar’s fundamental character – aka, it’s transparent – with the Drive knob slightly increasing the highs when turned up.
Company owner Josh Scott popularized the idea of adding a JFET output gain stage to the Blues Breaker circuit to bump up the volume available. The V4 Morning Glory includes extra features such as a higher headroom, Gain toggle, and a bright-cut switch.
The JHS Morning Glory is on top of our article about the best Blues Breaker clones and variants.
JHS Morning Glory Overdrive, Builder’s Notes
The Morning Glory is undoubtedly our most well-known overdrive pedal, winning more awards and receiving more accolades than any of our other designs. We worked hard to make it one of the most transparent overdrives out there. When you want to add some mid- to low-level grit to your crystal-clean tone, use the Morning Glory. When you want to boost a crunchy tone into thicker sustain, use the Morning Glory. When you need to add tube-like touch response to a less-than-ideal amp, use the Morning Glory. When you need to switch between two gain levels on the fly…Yeah, you get the idea.
TRULY TRANSPARENT TONE
The best way to explain the Morning Glory is that it delivers all the tonal and responsive nuance that your amp is missing, and nothing that your tone already has. It’s difficult describing a pedal that can be set to have little effect on your tone, so just plug into our Morning Glory overdrive for yourself, and then you’ll understand.
– Gain control sweeps from completely clean to rock‘n’roll
– Tame high end on brighter rigs with the side-mounted bright-cut switch
– Increased headroom and output for use as a full-frequency boost
An update for the Morning Glory V4 is moving the original’s front-mounted bright-cut switch to the side of the pedal and replacing it with a powerful boost circuit. And by pairing your Morning Glory V4 with the JHS Red Remote (sold separately), you’re able to access the boost mid-song. It’s like having two Morning Glorys in one pedalboard-friendly package.
– Switch to a more powerful sound with enhanced low end and grit
– Plug in your JHS Red Remote to switch between the two voices with a tap of your toe
– Handy LED changes from blue to red, indicating the status of the boost circuit
V1 = Bigger white enclosure with black knobs; no bright-cut switch; no logo.
V2 = Changed to smaller current enclosure; gold powder coat color.
V3 = Bright-cut toggle added.
V4 = Two times more headroom; Gain Toggle added; Red Remote system added.
THIS PEDAL REQUIRES STANDARD 9V DC CENTER NEGATIVE POWER, CONSUMES 43MA, AND MEASURES 2.2″ X 4.8″ X 1.6″