Well, the Ryan Adams and his pedal obsession has landed him a collaborative guitar pedal with the folks over at JHS Pedals.
Ryan has been on quite the custom pedal kick as of late, while recording his newest album Prisoner he posted a lot of photos of new pedals being added to the mix from a wide variety of boutique and hand-built companies. It was only a matter of time until his name and label/studio brand PAXAM landed their name on a cool new pedal design. Below are some facts about the VCR from JHS and ass you could probably guess I am very eager to try this thing out!
The VCR pedal is a first in a new collaboration between PaxAM, Ryan Adams, and JHS Pedals. The VCR pedal is Ryan’s signature Volume/Chorus/Reverb pedal inspired by the tones of The Cure, The Smiths and a hefty dose of 1980’s angst. Dial in the perfect movement, ambience and volume/boost level to create an instant three effect analog preset.
There is one true bypass stompswitch that functions as a master on/off and each of the three effects are turned on/off with their respective toggle. There is a corresponding LED for each effect that indicates when the effect is on/off. All three effects can be used together or individually.
The volume/boost is an all discreet transparent boost that can be used as an always-on enhancer, lead booster, or pushing an amp into natural overdrive.
The Chorus is based around classic 1980s analog chorus pedals. With Chorus knob at 12-noon, this emulates a common 80s chorus pedal with ALL knobs at noon. As you turn the Chorus knob to the right… the rate will increase and depth will decrease. As you turn the Chorus knob to the left, rate decreases and depth increases.
The Reverb is a hall reverb tweaked to Ryan’s exact preferences. The reverb and decay is fixed and the knob functions as an effect Level.
Last but not least there is a secret lo-fi switch to top things off.
This pedal operates on standard DC Negative 9V.