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Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

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The Visual Sound V2JH is two separate overdrive effects in one pedal, each with separate controls, and each with its own personality. They can be use...Click To Read More About This Product

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A killer distortion and overdrive in one box.

The Visual Sound V2JH is two separate overdrive effects in one pedal, each with separate controls, and each with its own personality. They can be used separately or blended together. Jekyll accurately reproduces the sound of the original TS808 Tube Screamer, providing depth and smooth sustain. The Hyde part is a heavier extremely versatile overdrive with more bottom. Use the Jekyll & Hyde pedal's EQ to scoop out the midrange for a wide range of tones and a Sharp/Blunt switch to go from compressed to very bright. The sonic possibilities are endless.

The V2 Jekyll & Hyde pedal features redesigned noise reduction and improved mid control on the Hyde channel, plus additional low-drive range on the Jekyll channel. Besides that and the sweet new V2 housing, the V2JH stompbox delivers the same great overdrive and distortion tones that the Jekyll & Hyde pedal is famous for.I

From its first appearance in 1997, the Jekyll & Hyde was the first stompbox to combine two separate effects in one pedal. Now ten years later the V2 Series gives you the same great tone guitarists have come to love, plus an added noise reduction system, creating the ultimate guitar dream!

Each channel of the newly designed Jekyll & Hyde has separate controls, giving you the ability to use them singly, or together. The Jekyll Overdrive channel delivers more output volume than the original TS-808--far surpassing its predecessor. The Hyde side is more than just a turbo version of Jekyll. With heavier distortion and more bottom end, this crazy distortion pedal is extremely versatile!

From Visual Sounds V2 Series, the V2JH Jekyll & Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Multi Effects Pedal features a diecast aluminum housing, ultra-reliable 10 million cycle switching, easy battery access and circuit protection from AC adapters.

FEATURES
  • 2 separate overdrives
  • Separate controls
  • Redesigned noise reduction
  • Authentic TS808 sound on Jekyll channel
  • Jekyll Overdrive Channel controls:
  • Drive level
  • Tone level
  • Volume level
  • Bass boost on/off switch
  • Hyde Distortion Channel controls:
  • Drive level
  • Treble level
  • Mid level
  • Volume level
  • Sharp/Blunt switch
  • Use effect channels separately or together
  • Diecast aluminum housing
  • 10 million cycle switching
  • Easy battery access
  • Circuit protection

With this pedal you can be overdriven, distorted, or both - but regardless, you'll be a rock monster. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 5" x 6" (126 x 153mm)
  • Current Draw: 22-30mA
  • Note: All dimensions are approximate maximum dimensions. Current draw is shown from bypass to channel(s) on.
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Visual SoundV2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)
  • Responsive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply awesome

Wow, this thing is unbelievable! I had my mind set on a Fulltone GT500 until I was introduced to the Jekyll & Hyde. This pedal does it all with consistency and amazing sound...Read complete review

Wow, this thing is unbelievable! I had my mind set on a Fulltone GT500 until I was introduced to the Jekyll & Hyde. This pedal does it all with consistency and amazing sound quality. I'm playing through a modded AC15 and a PRS McCarty and it makes it all sing beautifully. Whats so awesome about this is that it's set at a working man's price range. I'm all about my boutique pedals and this thing screams quality. Get it, you won't be disappointed!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wish it lasted longer. This is a follow up review.

When it was new it was my favorite dirt pedal. I could get great warmth out of it. Never got the OD channel to work as a boost but had a great sound with...Read complete review

When it was new it was my favorite dirt pedal. I could get great warmth out of it. Never got the OD channel to work as a boost but had a great sound with both channels. Roughly a year later it makes a lot of noise when not in use, kick on either channel and it gets louder. Bummer, I loved this pedal.
Features "where" great two pedals in one and both where buttery smooth.
Unless I got a lemon, mine lasted a year. I've already made a review on it when it was new and loved it.
For the price I thought it should last a lifetime.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply awesome

By PRSguitarGUY

from Atlanta GA

Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

Wow, this thing is unbelievable! I had my mind set on a Fulltone GT500 until I was introduced to the Jekyll & Hyde. This pedal does it all with consistency and amazing sound quality. I'm playing through a modded AC15 and a PRS McCarty and it makes it all sing beautifully. Whats so awesome about this is that it's set at a working man's price range. I'm all about my boutique pedals and this thing screams quality. Get it, you won't be disappointed!

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Wish it lasted longer. This is a follow up review.

By Racer

from Osceola Iowa

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Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

When it was new it was my favorite dirt pedal. I could get great warmth out of it. Never got the OD channel to work as a boost but had a great sound with both channels. Roughly a year later it makes a lot of noise when not in use, kick on either channel and it gets louder. Bummer, I loved this pedal.
Features "where" great two pedals in one and both where buttery smooth.
Unless I got a lemon, mine lasted a year. I've already made a review on it when it was new and loved it.
For the price I thought it should last a lifetime.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Jekyll and Hyde

By Matt87

from AR

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      Hands down the most important thing about any guitar, amp, or pedal is how it sounds. Overall I would rate the sound of this pedal very high. The way I personally use this pedal is for a modern overdrive and a "Satch" like distortion. I have a fulltone fuldrive 2 for my more vintage sounding overdrive. The J & H acts as my second level of overdrive. The overdrive sound is very versatile and is capable of hitting every style of overdrive you would like. I would not recommend using this pedal as a clean boost though. The bass boost option on the overdrive side is fairly noticeable when turned on. It's by no means a gimmick. The distortion side of things is interesting. For what I do distortion wise (which is not much) it works. But if you're looking for a full on metal/hardcore distortion, I don't know if this will do it for you. The tone can get kinda muddy on the distortion side if you don't have it tweaked right. I typically leave the sharp switch on all the time to give me more attack on the front end. The only true complaint I have about this pedal is the design. Keep in mind I have the old version with the old school push button switches on it so the new design may be better. I sometimes have trouble just hitting one switch at one time because they're so close together on the casing. On a final note, although this pedal does allow you to run both channels at once, I wouldn't recommend it. The feedback and noise is just way too much. If you can tweak it to wear you can use both at the same time, good on ya mate.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Original

      By Casey Petruzzelli-YHzDr

      from Pdx, OR

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      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I own the first original Hyde and I can tell you if you're looking to buy only 1 overdrive pedal this is it! A must have for your main gigging or studio setup as it is pretty much 3 pedals in one, like having the Rat but want to limit the amount of gear? This is comparable. I also own the Boss Super Overdrive and the hyde is more versatile. The exceptional sound quality and clearly acceptable pricing is obviously worth at least trying out. I don't know any serious musicians who have said or will say anything bad about it. This is a serious pro quality pedal!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jekyll and Hyde with a new idea too try

      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      A excellent pedal OD and Distortion tone !By accident my friend tried a different OD pedal while the Distortion was at low drive settings and found a great rock sound!I havent heard the crunchy chords get so heavy before,whoa when i saw he was pushing the Jekyll Distortion side with my green Rhino OD i was frieked,classic heavy rock and not harsh,it just pure rocked!Thats the twist,just start at unity gain on both pedals and adjust everything and youll find the Jeklly distortion has a great serious heavy rock tone !I thought i would pass this on !I luv the OD side by itself,but a whole new tone was just sitting there,I just didnt know it till i heard for myself !
      It has great controls and adjustments are well thought out !
      Fine construction,pots and switches are excelent as well !
      Its worth a space on my pedal board !

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      most versatile overdrive out there

      By dd

      from Dallas

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      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      the only negatives I can say is that the distortion side can't really go past 3 o clock without squealing, but honestly it is more than enough gain even for metal. this is by no means a "metal' pedal, but most metal pedals out there suck. if you want a straight metal sound than buy a high gain amp such as a splawn or mesa rectifier (which I also have). but don't get me wrong, I have recorded with this pedal for metal songs and have received several compliments on my guitar tone.
      For starters, I have tried and owned more overdrives and distortions more than anyone I know and this one is still my favorite.
      It can go anyhwere from a slightly dirt boost to a chunky metal distortion.
      the 2 sides together is defininitely my favorite, but it takes some tweaking to get the perfect sound. the slightest movement of any knob will durastically change your sound so be patient with this one.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By johnmelby

      from williston nd

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      There are so many different tones to get from this bad boy... It is perfect for rock. One thing to note is that it has a noise gate so if you like coming in hard using a volume pedal, then make sure to put this BEFORE the volume pedal or else it will just turn on once the noise gate level is passed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You can't do without this pedal

      By btownbobby

      from Bakersfield, CA

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      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I play in a cover band ad we do Blues, classic rock and some metal. This thing has it covered. The noise suppression is great. Only drawback is that you have to take it apart to adjust the noise suppression and bass. The rage of tone is limitless. A must have for any working guitarist.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Oh man, it SCREAMS

      By Sam Tussing

      from San Antonio, TX

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      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I was jamming at my friend's house all day today, and he's got a decent collection of pedals. i mean, like, 4 or five. a wah, this, you know, whatever. I had really been looking for a good OD/Distortion pedal that could bring the sustain out of my tube amp, which was wimping out on me despite the great tone. I played this pedal through it, and within minutes I fell in love with it. It's got all the ferocious scream, crunch and chunkiness I hoped for from a good pedal. will DEFINITELY be picking this up soon. Trust me, if you want some Stevie or J-frusciante tones, this thing is going to get you FAR. sounds even more wicked with a good wah. seriously, if you idolize john frusciante like I do, you'll know that he can make his guitar cry boiling blood. just... yeah, it's a pretty decent pedal.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Finally good warm distortion.

      By Racer

      from Osceola Iowa

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      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I've had this pedal for awhile now and it is the only OD/distortion pedal on my pedal board. I have it setup to work as 2 pedals, not a combinable pedal ( don't need to use the OD side to boost my leads I have a good sound man). This thing sounds very thick and warm even with the drive pegged out on the distortion side fully with plenty of gain for Metallica type music, not for enough thrash though. The overdrive side pushes my tube half stack to a perfect old school growl. Not saying this is the end all be all pedal, but it worked perfect for me and prompted me to buy there chorus pedal and it works just as good. I went from diehard MXR guy (tired of their pedals breaking down after a year or less) to being more open minded. If my MXR Full bore wouldn't have quit working I may never have found the Jeckyl and Hyde. I thank Visual Sounds for a great pedal.

       
      5.0

      This pedal RAWKS!!!

      By gtrmke

      from milwaukee, wi

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        Playing this pedal between an american strat and a fender hotrod deluxe. All i can say is that this is the overdrive AND distortion i've been searching for for many many years. so many sounds can be made with this thing. im literally in love with my sound.

         
        5.0

        My Favorite Overdrive/Distortion Pedal

        By Brandon Chin

        from NY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

          I have had the previous model of these. (The diamond shaped red one)I had bought it used and it was pretty beat up when I got it but it sounded great and was able to get so many great sounds. Infact, I loved it so much that when one of the stomp buttons broke, I bought this new model. Sounds exactly the same, plus an added noise reduction. The thing could go from a great crunchy sound, to creamy overdrive and in your face distortion. I've had a Jekyll and Hyde in my main rig for years! I'm in love

           
          4.0

          Sturdy

          By JW

          from undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Nr In Od Section

          Best Uses

            Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

            Very nice unit. Works well for my need, which is to have good high gain tones with my Hot Rod Deluxe amp. Fender is wonderful for clean, sparkling tones, but gain is not too good. Used to having incredible gain tones with Mesa Dual Rectifier, but wanted an easy to move combo. Noise reduction in distortion section works well. Wish it was in the OD section too. Pretty bulky, but considering it's two pedals in one, not bad. I use OD and distortion seperately to emulate three channels, then use the amps second channel as a clean boost, however, you can really go over the top if wanted by combining them. Good tone control. Very versatile.

            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            A disappointing experience.

            By BCY123

            from NY NY

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            Pros

            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

              So here is the bottom line...this is a good sounding pedal, but it has design flaws....1st the noise gate on the distortion side fades out in fits and starts creating a messy fade in your sound...truly awful..you can turn it off, so maybe that helps. Next it adds much noise to my signal chain, I demand a quiet sound-and I keep it that way. About 2yrs ago I bought one of the Visual sound compressors the route 66 and it has been very good (kinda liked it more than my Keeley). So next I bought the V2RT808 Route 808 overdrive...great sound but what a piece of junk...the pots were actually loose and sounded very scratchy and they would not adjust the overdrive smoothly, the effect popped in as they were turned. Sent that back 3 times before I gave up on it. This effect (the Jekyll and Hyde) just has the same issues...a good idea, bad execution...I would steer clear of this thing!! I thought I would give Visual Sound a try again with this double pedal...but it really is not worth the bother...this company really needs to get its act together..can't be luck of the draw?? Maybe!! I don't think so.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Kinda Disappointed...

              By Stephen

              from North Carolina

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Idea
              • Nice Paint Job

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

              Basically I watched a bunch of video reviews and read tons too. 99% great according to research.I bought thinking" no way ill be disappointed" well,, I was. I could not get a decent sound out of it. I use a jet city jcah20. Being a single channel amp I wanted to run it clean and use a box for a second channel, crunch/ lead. The others reviewing this must own really expensive amps. If you own a jet city amp this overdrive/ distortion is not for you. Hope this saves you money and time.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              very happy with purchase

              By MadDogE134

              from W.R., Ga.

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                am not impressed with the new slide switches over the previous toggles but since it has a lifetime warranty i will let visual sound worry about that.

                 
                5.0

                Jeckyll & Hyde

                By Jon-HU4xT

                from Charleston

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                Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                I picked up this pedal used at a local shop, (thus the 5 for value in my case) and to be completley honest I never thought it could get this good. I'm a bit of a pedal junkie, so I've seen more than my fair share of distortion boxes, (gone through a Boss Turbo, DS-1, Digitech Hardwire Overdrive, the list goes on) and this one plays them all under the table. I play a hot rodded Gibson Les Paul Studio through quite the expansive pedalboard into a somewhat clean Vox AC15 with a Greenback speaker in it, and this thing absolutely screams. What more could you ask for? You get an excellent 808 clone, a great stand alone distortion box, and the ability to couple the effect seemlessly. No gripes here, except for maybe the way the knobs are set so close together, its a little tough to tweak, but I am a huge fan of the switching systems on each channel, just adds more depth to the overall setup.

                 
                5.0

                A beast of a pedal

                By JG-HJkRw

                from Oklahoma

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                Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                It has two great pedals and if you tweak the tone right, you can even get three. The tone is amazing and it can go from a boost pedal to a full out distortion. It sounds best for blues or classic rock imo, but it's very versatile.

                 
                5.0

                Run and Hyde

                By Paul COT

                from McKinney, TX

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                Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                The VS V2 series pedals are just too good too be true. The OD is the best you are going to find. chekc out the shootou they did with all the TS mods and others. Just love the OD. I have a Route 66 in front of this pedal and that gives me a Compresor and another OD in front really infinite possibilities. I like the Hydde distortion quality very much, I am stuck on the lowered mid with the sharp on, really intense articulate. I like a Metal one finely tuned and the Metal core is a fav. This pedal replaced them. One has to get used to very different modes and qualities of distortions, they all sound good and note articulate.

                 
                5.0

                Killer pedal for a great price

                By Rocco-bL2ZW

                from Yardley, PA

                Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2JH Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                For the price I paid for this, I would have been happy with just the overdrive half of this pedal. The overdrive is an improved version of the TS808 and really performs well with both tube and solid state amps. The distortion by itself sounds great and can be midrange heavy. You have to scoop out the mids completely to get a raw metal sound. Combining both pedals can provide some killer tones. I would highly recommend tweaking the tone, level, and volume knobs on this one since it is an extremely versatile pedal. In fact, for a crisper clean sound you can just turn on the overdrive with the drive level at 0, tone midway. It makes a clean amp sound even cleaner. Just amazing!

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