BOSS Jb-2 Angry Driver Distortion Overdrive Pedal, All-New Overdrive Pedal with Massive Tonal Range
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With this mode, you can turn the JB-2 on or off with the standard pedal, engaging the BD-2 circuitry while adding a remote switch allows you to switch between the Angry Charlie and Blues Driver circuits. In 2017, JHS collaborated with legendary pedal company BOSS to produce a joint-designed pedal. Named the Angry Driver, this pedal combined core elements from the Angry Charlie and Boss’ Blues Driver. Modded Pedals At first sight the JB-2 looks like a conventional overdrive, with four knobs labelled Level, Tone, Drive and Mode, but closer inspection reveals that the first three are dual-concentric pots, enabling completely independent control over the two circuits, and the last is a rotary switch. The real magic happens with the mode switch, which allows the drive circuits to be used individually, in series or in parallel — and in serial mode you get to decide which circuit comes first in the signal path. Open chords feel lost and disenchanted. Power chords on driven settings sound hungover. As if they are all ashamed of the pedal they are working for and are merely trying to get through the shift. Just like your audience will be if you dare put this on your rig.
Housed in the classic BOSS compact design, the JB-2 Angry Driver pairs the tones of the iconic BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver with JHS Pedals' popular Angry Charlie. Working closely together, the two pedal innovators have developed an all-new combined circuit with refined sound and performance perfectly tuned for dual-mode drive operation.After discussing a number of ideas, BOSS and JHS Pedals ultimately felt that combining the Blues Driver and Angry Charlie would be the ideal match.
When this mode is selected, the unit is always on with the standard foot switch allowing you to choose between the Blues Driver and Angry Charlie circuits while the use of a remote switch allowing you to turn the pedal on and off. Most of these are still in the current range - that is to say the original Metal Zone, Mega Distortion, Metal Core and recent Angry Driver and Waza Craft Metal Zone. While the Heavy Metal, Digital Metalizer, Hyper Metal and Xtortion have all been discontinued for a while now. Housed in the iconic Boss enclosure and manufactured in Japan by Boss (but also stamped with the JHS Pedals logo), the JB-2 contains circuitry that enables independent or combined renditions of the two effects. Dual-concentric potentiometers control drive, tone, and level for each effect, while a 6-position mode switch activates the JHS Angry Charlie, the Boss Blues Driver, a mode in which you can toggle between the two, two series modes in which you can run JHS into Boss or Boss into JHS, and, lastly, a mode for running the two circuits in parallel.AC adaptor (sold separately) Current Draw 55 mA Expected battery life under continuous use Alkaline: Approx. 7 hours I'm running my pedalboard straight into a powerstage 700. All other tone pedals sound as they should and behave well despite the odd setup. All of which are less money and more simple in design.
Versatility is at the core of the JB-2’s design, so you can enjoy all types of overdrive sounds, taking you from just a little gain to some really soaring high levels, all with low noise performance. Six Different ModesI would think that as a group of pedals, Boss’s Metal Distortion Pedals are some of the best-known anywhere - in particular the Heavy Metal, Metal Core and Metal Zone variants - but there are a few more you should be aware of too: This mode runs the Angry Charlie into the Blues Driver circuit with the standard footswitch turning the unit on and off while adding a remote switch allows you to select between SERIES MODE and BD Mode.