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I've had these pedals long enough now that I thought I ought to get round to reviewing them.
Like most of us, I spent a good number of years buying and selling loads of pedals to find a set that worked for me. I'm mainly interested in live sounds, so I eventually settled on a set of drive pedals and modulations that sounded good in that environment, as opposed to those which sound great at lower volumes. As John and Cleggy are friends (and customers of MJW), I eventually ended up with their versions of my favourite pedals in their custom decorated enclosures.
At some point it was discussed that these discrete effects could be put into mulit-pedal boxes to cut down on space, weight and external interconnections, the results being what you see below.
We all know what the original pedals sound like, so this is not so much a review of that (except where there are improvements or the effects are not clones), but more a review of what you can expect with a Juansolo pedal. In short, superb build quality, amazing value for money, reliability, some unique features, and a custom build service that really ought to cost a heck of a lot more. Perhaps if they used Dymo tape and had a famous customer they could charge a more sensible price?
The first pedal shown here is the drive multi, which has a Timmy, a BB Preamp and a Guvnor in it. (I'm currently having it reworked to have 2 Timmys instead of the BB, and John is lending me a Timmy and Guvnor while he's doing it. How's that for service?). The sounds are well proven and respected, but it's worth pointing out that the Guvnor is much quieter than the original when built well. Also, the multi uses momentary switches so each effect can be selected individually as I don't stack them. This is a cool feature that John and Cleggy developed themselves. It has proven to be 100% reliable in heavy use, unlike even the best 3PDT footswitches.
The Modulation Multi comprises Fuzz, Delay, Reverb and Phaser. The delay is a simplified Zero Point Delay, and the reverb is a 1776 which uses the Belton brick, These are not clones. The Fuzz is a Colorsound Jumbo Tonebender and the Phaser is a Script Phase 90. The switching on these uses John and Cleggy's optical system, again doing away with the weak point on most pedals, yet still remaining true bypass.
I usually leave the reverb on at a lowish level, so I didn't require a footswitch for that, so it's operated by the mini toggle switch, which is the advantage of custom design and enabled my to have 4 effects in a very compact box.
The last one to mention gets the most use. It's a simple SHO clone that gets stood on 50-100 times per gig/rehearsal at a guess. I use it as a clean volume lift for solos and quieter guitar sounds and it's an invaluable part of what I do. I've killed every other boost pedal I've had for this, but again this one has very clever switching making it true bypass but 100% reliable.
There's more details on each pedal and the Juansolo operation here http://juansolo.co.uk/index.html
Why everyone hasn't got a board full of these I don't know, but they should have! get in there before John decides to get a proper job John and Cleggy are mates and customers, so this review has to be taken in that context, however I don't think anyone who knows either me or them would have any trouble considering the above to be fair praise, if not conservative.