This pedal is clearly equipped with a great amount of knobs, which might scare unaware people, but after you get the handle of it, the Jackhammer JH-1 will definitely show its real power as a versatile OD guitar pedal that can cover from a Bluesy Rock to Heavy Metal. Its Distortion mode adds even more gain to the recipe, but with a perceptible downside; it comes with a lot of Bass. Almost every setting you try for this mode will require the Bass to be set 9 O'Clock or lower, unless you like having a Distortion effect with almost no definition. It's an excellent pedal for intermediary players, since it will take time to learn how to tweak the Countour/Freq knobs. For beginners I would recommend getting a conventional 3-knobs OD pedal (Volume, Tone and Gain).
I´m glad to have this pedal. You have overdrive and distortion in one pedal, and the overdrive is incredible. In the other hand, the distortion has frequence and contour control, which allows you to change your distortion tone however you like. I have some problems to equalize it but it´s still being a good pedal.
This is the best distortion i"ve ever tried... I perfer it to the expensive 200 pound boutique pedals I've tried etc etc.... Gets those classic marshall tones whether your looking for a 70s hotrodded plexi tone or whether you want screaming metals reminicent of a JCM2000. With the contour knob, this pedal can cover a huge variety of tones, and even get you into a fuzz territory! I reccomend this combined with a big muff for some very interesting tones!
That`s what I consider distortion with balls. Has everything, and I use it all the time. Great adaptabiity and I never had problem adjusting it on various amps I used on gigs.