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Marshall JH-1 Jackhammer Metal X-L Pedal

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This Marshall JH-1 Jackhammer effects pedal features 2 modes to capture both the JCM800 crunch, and the extreme JCM2000 lead sounds. Besides the mode...Click To Read More About This Product

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Crushing, slammin' crunch!

This Marshall JH-1 Jackhammer effects pedal features 2 modes to capture both the JCM800 crunch, and the extreme JCM2000 lead sounds. Besides the mode switch, the pedal also has controls for gain, volume, mid, mid-contour, bass, and treble.


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4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

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Jackhammer crushes the competition

I've been playing guitar now for almost 20 years and have owned lots of pedals over the years. I've never had the money to get a proper Marshall amp and have spent all this...Read complete review

I've been playing guitar now for almost 20 years and have owned lots of pedals over the years. I've never had the money to get a proper Marshall amp and have spent all this time chasing a tone I couldn't achieve with the gear I had.Well I think my quest has ended. My current amp is a solid state late 80's/early 90's Peavey Bandit...yeah, the pre transtube ones. I've always felt the dirty channel on the amp was suitable for solos, especially when playing blues but for rhythm it sucked so I tried to compensate with pedals. Over the years, the money I've spent on pedals could probably have bought me a decent Marshall tube amp. I picked this pedal up because I saw some guy in the local music store toying with it and it seems pretty versatile.When I plugged it into my amp I was instantly blown away. I had it on the Overdrive mode and was getting a classic Marshall tone straight out of the box. Keeping the same settings, I set my dirty channel of my amp to only slightly dirty and a little louder than my clean channel and was floored when I put on the Jackhammer and (to my ears at least) the tone reminded me of Jimmy Page's Whole Lotta Love solo.If you want a tone similar to a Marshall tube amp but can't afford the expense of getting a Marshall, GET THIS PEDAL. It's not the same as having an actual Marshall amp, but it's as close as you'll get in a pedal format.So far I like the OD mode best, like most people. It's very "TUBE-LIKE", but I don't think the distortion mode is as bad as others say...yes it's bassy, but even the manual suggests lowering the bass controls in this mode and by doing so I got a decent tone from it that reminds me of my friend's JCM-2000's lead channel.Also, it's build like a tank...I've not seen anything this solid from Boss or Digitech...Even Dunlop will have to watch themselves if Marshall desides to make a bigger move towards the pedal market.Next amp I buy is going to be a Marshall, but until I can afford the expense, this is the next best thing. If you want the overdrive and distortion tones that Marshall is famous for but can't shell out a grand or more for a Marshall tube amp, this is the next best thing.I'm giving this a 5 in all categories...especially value because I've owned pedals way more expensive that don't come close. It came down to this pedal and a Sans Amp, and although the sansamp has more sounds to offer and also does well at the Marshall tones, it cost more than I paid for my amp and the Jackhammer delivered the tones I really wanted.

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I owned this pedal a few years back and its a poor excuse for high end distortion. It's a stomp box, therefore it's to be stomped on and should be built to last...Read complete review

I owned this pedal a few years back and its a poor excuse for high end distortion. It's a stomp box, therefore it's to be stomped on and should be built to last right? wrong. Mine broke within a few months. Fair enough it was left in my bag for a week, but after that, it broke. The distortion is poor. If you have a marshall amp then dont buy this, you have everything it has already, and more.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Should be called the JCM800 Pedal

By ZombieBrainEatingMuppet

from U.S.

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The overdrive setting on this pedal sounds like a Marshall JCM800. Much more than that scrappy Guv'nor pedal. Leads are smooth and clear, and chords have that classic Marshall crunch and growl. You can turn it down to get AC/DC, or turn it up for heavy metal (works great for pinch harmonics and palm muting).But there are a few tricks you need to know. First off, just leave the pedal on the "overdrive" mode. The "distortion" mode sucks. Second, turn the contour and the frequency controls all the way down (off). These controls suck as well.This setting will give you the gain, crunch, growl, presence, and "big" sound of the real thing:Mode: ODGain: 3:00Volume: 8:00Treble: 10:30Bass: 10:30Freq: 7:00 (off)Contour: 7:00 (off)

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jackhammer crushes the competition

By this_dying_soul

from Moncton, NB, Canada

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I've been playing guitar now for almost 20 years and have owned lots of pedals over the years. I've never had the money to get a proper Marshall amp and have spent all this time chasing a tone I couldn't achieve with the gear I had.Well I think my quest has ended. My current amp is a solid state late 80's/early 90's Peavey Bandit...yeah, the pre transtube ones. I've always felt the dirty channel on the amp was suitable for solos, especially when playing blues but for rhythm it sucked so I tried to compensate with pedals. Over the years, the money I've spent on pedals could probably have bought me a decent Marshall tube amp. I picked this pedal up because I saw some guy in the local music store toying with it and it seems pretty versatile.When I plugged it into my amp I was instantly blown away. I had it on the Overdrive mode and was getting a classic Marshall tone straight out of the box. Keeping the same settings, I set my dirty channel of my amp to only slightly dirty and a little louder than my clean channel and was floored when I put on the Jackhammer and (to my ears at least) the tone reminded me of Jimmy Page's Whole Lotta Love solo.If you want a tone similar to a Marshall tube amp but can't afford the expense of getting a Marshall, GET THIS PEDAL. It's not the same as having an actual Marshall amp, but it's as close as you'll get in a pedal format.So far I like the OD mode best, like most people. It's very "TUBE-LIKE", but I don't think the distortion mode is as bad as others say...yes it's bassy, but even the manual suggests lowering the bass controls in this mode and by doing so I got a decent tone from it that reminds me of my friend's JCM-2000's lead channel.Also, it's build like a tank...I've not seen anything this solid from Boss or Digitech...Even Dunlop will have to watch themselves if Marshall desides to make a bigger move towards the pedal market.Next amp I buy is going to be a Marshall, but until I can afford the expense, this is the next best thing. If you want the overdrive and distortion tones that Marshall is famous for but can't shell out a grand or more for a Marshall tube amp, this is the next best thing.I'm giving this a 5 in all categories...especially value because I've owned pedals way more expensive that don't come close. It came down to this pedal and a Sans Amp, and although the sansamp has more sounds to offer and also does well at the Marshall tones, it cost more than I paid for my amp and the Jackhammer delivered the tones I really wanted.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream Tone

By Rodellonestar

from Sacramento Ca

I'm a Fender fanatic, and let me tell you I owned three different Fender Amps. clean tone is absolutely the Fender's territory. and Heavy ormodern distortion is absolutely owned by Marshall. I must admit that even though my amps provide me the pallete of sounds I need, there's still onesound missing my ears are craving for. then I saw this pedal. the sound of this pedal really woke me up! totally amazing!!! of course this beast went home with me. now I'm one hundred percent satisfied. Honestly, I willpay double for the price of this Jackhammer because it made my dream tone come true. thanks a million Marshall!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Huge Balls

By Deadfish31

from El Paso TX

This is a great pedal with the biggest balls i've seen in a pedal. I've tried the Boss Metal Zone, Proco Rat and DOD deathmetal and this one has the crunch and the tone i've been looking for, way better than my Crate amp distortion.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Iron Maiden pedal

By Edwing

from Brazil

This is a perfect pedal to play Iron Maiden, great overdrive!P-E-R-F-E-C-T !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet pedal!!

By IWillKillYou101

from montreal, QC

I got this pedal because my amps distortion (peavey transtube) was pretty bad and fuzzy. It gives a really nice "jcm-800" tuby type sound. great present and agressive sound on the "overdrive" setting but the "distortion" setting is usless, way too muddy. Overall great sound, good pedal for anything up to hardrock and harder punk. Metal-heads look elsewere.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Huge Marshall Sound

By Outlaw65

from Alabama

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I bought this pedal a day prior to a local gig. I went to the local music store looking for GV-2 (Gov'nor). Fortuneatly for me, they didn't have a GV-2 and insisted I check out the Jackhammer. After a few minutes of tweaking it was ready to rock! I play Fender Strats through a Twin and a DeVille using a Tube Screamer 808, an old DOD Chorus pedal and a Chandler Stereo Echo (delay)unit. Adding the Jackhammer increased my sound versatility in a huge way!This pedal is very made like a tank and a makes both of my amps sound huge. Do NOT believe the sound bytes on this website! This pedal sounds way BETTER in person.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The end-all of pedals!

By The Powerhouse Rocker

from slc, ut

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I use this pedal through the clean channel of a fender hot rod deville 2x12. Let me tell you, this pedal turns that amp into a marshall DSL half-stack. And for the style of music I play (think AC/DC, Guns 'n Roses, Velvet Revolver,ZZ Top) Marshall half-stack is what I need. IThe Distortion option sucks, because the distortion option does make your amp sound like it has been covered with a very thick, cozy blanket. Not good at all. But the Over-Drive is incredible. Thick, warm, creamy, punchy driven tones fill my ears with musical delight. I love all the knob options, but I'll specially mention the two contour knobs, frequency and contour. The deal with scooping frequencies, and really open up a lot of options for creating your own unique sound. All-in-all, I think I can safely say that I probably will never need to buy another distortion/overdrive pedal to use for rock again. It will do any style of rock incredibly well, bar heavy thrash/speed metal. If you're looking for bluesy tone, look at the Marshall Guv'nor 2 or the Marshall bluesbreaker pedals. But nothing beats the Jackhammer jh-1 for that classic rock crunch!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beats all other distortion I've played with.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

To my ears, this pedal beat the Sovtek Big Muff, the Marshall Shredmaster, the ProCo Rat, the Boss Metal Zone, the Ibanez TS9DX Tubescreamer, the Fender Blender, the DOD Supra Distortion and I bet it will probably beat any other pedal out there. I'm reluctant to buy one because it will make my pedal collection sound bad and I'm kind of attached to all of them. If you are starting out and are looking for a good distortion pedal, look no further. Don't make the mistake I made buying all kinds of other pedals looking for great distortion. This is the Holy Grail. And I'm not talking about electro harmonix reverb,

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Satisfaction at last!

By Mr. John-5a9v3

from Undisclosed

I just bought a Marshall Jackhammer pedal and it's out of this world! I never new a little pedal could put out such rich sound! I kid you not! This thing is amazing . . . at least I think so! I've been very dissatisfied with my tone for soloing. So I started to look casually for a new overdrive pedal. I must've gone through over 20 pedals - every distortion pedal Boss offers, Rocktron, DOD, Ibanez, Danelectro, etc. I even tried a $250 Mesa Boogie unit. Then I sampled a Marshall Jackhammer and it was the closest thing I'd ever found (so far) to that elusive "perfect" sound. Anyway, I went online and found one on Ebay. I bought it and it just came in. I can't believe the tones I'm getting out of my Strat! You've got to hear it! Resonate lows like I'm playing out of a stack! Crystal clear high end! Marvelous tone control that doesn't just go from grating to mud. Distinction in fast runs. It toggles between a blues overdrive that has the growl and bell tones like Stevie Ray Vaughn and a gorgeous silvery solo tone (smooth yet highly responsive). I'm dying to play it with other instruments to hear the blend. There's only two things against it: slightly poor sustain (it doesn't hold as long as I would like and when the note trails off it starts to break apart, but you have to really listen to hear it) and it's a little noisy (but what overdrive pedal isn't?). 9 out of 10 for me, but I've been playing with 4's and 5's for so long, this is like a dream come true! Suggestion: It needs a footswitch option to switch between sounds in a live application. I've heard the samples on this website and it does NOT do the pedal justice at all! You have to play with it and hear it live.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweeeet...

By zildjian player

from australia

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The jackhammer is one of the best pedals you can get in its price range. It has a lot of features so that you can get your own individual tone. There are two types of distortion on this pedal: overdrive and distortion. The overdrive sounds the best because the distortion half sounds like someone put a blanket over your amp. Overall, awesome pedal. Good for almost any genre that uses distortion.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

real sound

By Neube

from Rio de Janeiro- Brasil

I have a big marshall amp (avt150h) and I always use its distortion. I was looking for a pedal that could lead to the same direction and this one was simply perfect.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazin Pedal

By Extreme Ibanez Guitarist

from Undisclosed

this pedal is great, i play through a marshall 120 watt tube amp, and the sounds commin outta my amp are outta his world. When both the natural distortion and the jackhammer are on, (gotta fool with the EQ first) the sound is absolutly WILD!!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice

By V.xd.PbUp

from Chicago, IL

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I bought this a couple months back and I wasn't very happy with it. I was going to sell it, so I plugged it in just to make sure it was alright. It was more than alright. I kept it, and it is great. I have had no problem with it. I was able to find an Angus Young tone in seconds, and that was really what I was looking for when I bought it.I don't know what I was thinking earlier, but I am glad I kept it. I am going to start using it for gigs soon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So so distortion, exceptional tube tone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal is an amazing buy for the price. It does give an extremely crunchy rhythm tone if you screw around with it, but the leads don't have as much shine to them. That's why the title of my review says. This isn't a pedal to buy for monster distortion or very hi-gain tone, but rahter as a tube amp modeler for solid state gear. It gets the job done in that department. 5 stars.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Review

By Jonny A

from England, UK

I owned this pedal a few years back and its a poor excuse for high end distortion. It's a stomp box, therefore it's to be stomped on and should be built to last right? wrong. Mine broke within a few months. Fair enough it was left in my bag for a week, but after that, it broke. The distortion is poor. If you have a marshall amp then dont buy this, you have everything it has already, and more.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

finally...

By geetarplaya

from NY

Finaly a good sounding distortion that gives u the JCM800 sound through any amp for a great price. I gave features a 4 cause the distortion channell is really crappy but the overdrive channel is all u need for a great punk/rock sound. U can go anywhere from a nice loud chord to singing leads. This is NOT for Metal players however.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marshall tone in a box!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I beleive everyone has that certain tone their looking for. "for me" This is it! My band plays all types of music. Neil Young,Alman Brothers, Counting crows, R.E.M and SRV to Pearl Jam, Satriani, Steve Vai and even Yngwie! "Just to name a few!" So I needed a versatile pedal with a versatile tone. This pedal Ripps! Great gain and Tone! Models the JCM 800 & JCM Lead 2000. I recently purchased the beloved TS9 and the Boss DS-1 before buying this. They don't even come close to the JH-1. Marshall tube tone at low & high gain. It really is a Marshall in a box! If your looking for a distortion pedal. Just try this. And you better bring your money, I think you'll be buying it! Thanks Marshall for not making me have to buy a head to get your tone!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bit of a monster... if you play around with it

By Steelborn

from UK

On its own this pedal is like having your own mini-marshall amp, it really does capture a nice warm tube-like overdrive, which is pretty good for rock. But if you mix this pedal's distortion with the distortion channel on your amp you're getting an amazing crunch boost that sounds more like a mesa boogie on fire (except ten times cheaper). I personally mix my Jackhammer with a Marshall MG50DFX, playing an Ibanez RG on the bridge pickup, turn up the bass and treble on both amp and pedal, half gain on the pedal (on the O/D setting for better definition) and quarter gain on the amp. Play around with the frequencies and contours to find a tone you like and youre ready for yummy rhythm and lead metal distortion that ranges from Pantera tones to Black Label Society, Metallica, etc.Just make sure you get a decent noise suppressor/gate cause you're looking at moderate amounts of noise and feedback from this monster.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marshall JH-1 Jackhammer Metal X-L Pedal

By Xhop

from NY

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I bought this several months ago thinking I could use it in addition to my amp's (Marshall MG 50W) distortion for a total of 2 different types in one song. I was wrong. As soon as I got this, it immediately became the source of all my tone. It is so much more defined than other types of distortion and can absolutely scream. The knobs for frequency and contour are the key ingredient to this. You can go from a crazy metal sound to a crunchy hard rock sound to a classic rock tone by just adjusting the frequency knob. I crank the highs on this and through my amp and take off the lows to get the tone I've been searching for since I started playing.

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