The JHS Screamer 3 Series is the latest addition to the Kansas City-based company line of $99, 3-knob + 1 toggle stompboxes. In case you are still left to wonder, YES, it’s a Tube Screamer-inspired overdrive.
The idea behind the JHS 3 Series, now comprising a total of 11 different effects, is to give guitar players “affordability and simplicity without compromising quality.” (And also to sell a ton of them, since they can be manufactured faster than handmade pedals!)
The Screamer is based on an existing JHS mod of the venerable Ibanez overdrive pedal, previously labeled as “Strong Mod,” which improves on the original circuit with “more clean headroom, better usability as a boost, more versatile drive and tone controls as well as a more pleasing frequency response.”
The toggle switch provides two different clipping options: the asymmetric one found in the Strong Mod, and the classic symmetric clipping produced by the original TS9 and TS808.
Have a listen to the JHS Screamer 3 Series in the videos below, or check out other similar stompboxes in our article about the best Tube Screamer models and variants, including JHS’s multi-mode TS pedal, the Bonsai.
JHS Screamer 3 Series, 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 Pedals 3 Series will inspire your playing and help you explore new sounds at a totally approachable price point.
The 3-Series Screamer is the beloved JHS Tube Screamer “Strong Mod”, but in a brand-new $99 pedal. This pedal represents years of Josh playing around with the legendary Tube Screamer circuit and wanting to offer those changes in an affordable package. You will find more clean headroom, better usability as a boost, more versatile drive and tone controls as well as a more pleasing frequency response. This may be the most well-balanced Tube Screamer on earth, but that’s for you to decide. The 3 Series Screamer runs on 9V DC negative center power and consumes 12mA.