JHS The Emperor review

P-p-pick up this chorus/vibrato pedal

  • £219
  • €319
  • $299
The modulation speed is controlled with a tap tempo footswitch on the fly, or with a standard speed knob

MusicRadar Verdict

Two analogue modulation types in a single box.

Pros

  • +

    Wide choice of tones. Lots of control options.

Cons

  • -

    Not all effects sound great.

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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.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.