JHS The Emperor review

  • £219
  • €319
  • $299

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Our Verdict

Two analogue modulation types in a single box.

For

  • Wide choice of tones. Lots of control options.

Against

  • Not all effects sound great.
Buying options

Using Bucket Brigade circuitry, The Emperor from JHS Pedals offers both chorus and vibrato, like a modern version of the Boss CE-1.

Six different sounds can be called up by using two toggle switches: one chooses chorus or vibrato, the other offers a choice of three waveforms - sine, square wave or triangle.

"Chorus tones are all that you could wish for, with sounds reminiscent of classic 80s pedals"

The modulation speed is controlled with a tap tempo footswitch on the fly, or with a standard speed knob. Alternately, you can connect a TRS Expression pedal for speed control or an external tap tempo pedal.

Chorus tones are all that you could wish for, with sounds reminiscent of classic 80s pedals. The on/off square wave chorus is a bit of an odd one, but it can be effective if you set it in time with the music using tap tempo; likewise, the square wave vibrato.

Pitch vibrato is more of an acquired case, but it makes some nice effects available, not least some fast shimmers.

A very cool way to add chorus and vibrato to your pedalboard.

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Tech Specs

Country of OriginUSA
Dimensions119 x 30 x 94
FeaturesTrue/buffered bypass (via internal switch)