JHS The Bonsai, 9-way Screamer

With the JHS Pedalsā€™ Bonsai you can get the classic sounds of nine Tubescreamers in one pedal. Let the Bonsai help you find your overdrive zen.

Opinions will vary about the lbanez Tube Screamer, but no one can deny the weight of its influence. Those that do love this iconic circuit often have an unquenchable enthusiasm for all of its many-splendored variations and modifications. It is for these players that the JHS Bonsai was created. The Bonsai lets one summon nine distinct and noteworthy versions of green dirt with nothing more than a twist of its rotary control. Being able to handily compare all of these circuits back-to-back is endless fun, even if your interest in TS tones is only marginal, so real Screamer fanatics wil find the Bonsai both irresistible and, in use, immeasurably satisfying.

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An up/downgrade Sequence

Starting small and messy
looper switcher

01. Origin Effects – Cali76 Compact Bass Compressor
02. Morley – M2 Wah
03. Electro Harmonix – Soul Food Distortion Fuzz Overdrive
-Lead Foot A/B/Y splitter toĀ Digitech – Trio+ Band Creator + Looper
04. Chase Bliss Audio – Brothers Analog Gain Stage JFET Boost/Drive/Fuzz & IC Fuzz/Drive/Boost
05. DIY – Mad Mule Distortion Fuzz (Durham Electronics –Ā Crazy Horse clone)
06. Electro Harmonix – Op-Amp Big Muff Pi Distortion Sustainer
07. DIY – Green Russian Big Muff Distortion Sustainer (Sovtek – ā€œGREEN RUSSIANā€ BIG MUFFĀ Ļ€ clone)
08. Mooer – Black SecretĀ Vintage & Turbo Distortion (Pro Co “The RAT” Distortion clone)
09. Roger Mayer – Octavia Classic Octave fuzz
10. Dawner Prince – Boonar Multi-Head Drum Echo
11. MXR – M290 Phase 95Ā Dual Phaser
12. Dawner Prince – Viberator Stereo Uni-Vibe

13. Mosky – C8 Powerstation
14. Palmer – Pedalbay 80Ā Pedalboard
15. Blackstar – HT5210Ā 5W Valve Guitar Combo

GraphTech PS-8220 string savers

Improved tuning stability. Impregnated with PTFE. Increased harmonics.

The PS-8220-00 : string saver originals PRS Tremolo saddles is the perfect option to upgrade or replace the existing saddles on your PRS tremolo. They have a center intonation screw and a 2 1/16″ string spacing. They are a drop in replacement set to make for an easy install.

String Saver Originals are made entirely of our String Saver material and give you a more balanced tone than steel saddles. On first listen, some people believe that the top end has gone away. All that is missing is the 2KHz spike; what’s added opens up a whole new world of sonic possibilities! Once your ears get used to the new sound, you will start to hear all the added harmonic content that String Saver Saddles reveal.

Free-Way Switch

3X3-05 orĀ Free-Way Ultra.
6 Position switching but with an amazing 28 terminal connections for creating the most sophisticated circuits. Each of the 6 positions is accessible and can have almost any pickup arrangement you choose! The Free-Way Ultra enables pickups (or coils) to be connected in series, in parallel and out of phase with each other so that complex switching functions can be performed all in one place. The Free-Way Ultra looks and operates exactly like the other models and, measuring 35mm in diameter, it is still very compact and retro-fittable into most guitars. Available in Nickel and Gold finishes.

Free-Way Key Features:Ā An entirely new dimension in guitar pickup selection and new potential for other applications.
High Quality Materials:Ā The solid construction of stainless steel metalwork, gold plated terminals and glass-filled nylon mouldings has been endurance tested beyond 1 million operations.
Positive Index Positional Control:Ā Providing a distinct switching action for fast intuitive changes between positions.
Expansive Pickup Configurations:Ā Vast tonal flexibility from a single control. Coil-split, 3 pickup, piezo, series, phase parallel, HSH, HSS, SSS and many more custom schemes. Almost infinite possibilities.
Multiple Gold Plated Solder Pad Terminations:Ā Making installation easy and eliminating noise from mechanical construction.
Compact, Concentric Design:Ā Fits directly into 35mm diameter cavity for retro-fit into Les Paul style guitars.
Standard Toggle Tip:Ā Available in black or cream, making it visually indistinguishable from a traditional 3 way toggle switch. &

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Boss FV-50L Volume Pedal

The BOSS FV-50L is light and compact stereo foot volume of low input impedance, therefore can be effectively used for a low impedance unit such as a keyboard or an effect, or between Pre-Amp and Power-Amp through the Effects Send-Return on a Tube Amp or Combo.

(The high-impedance FV-50H is designed to be directly connected with a high impedance unit such as a guitar before the pre-amp or normal input.)

The Minimum Volume allows you to set the lowest volume at any level you like, thereby freely set the minimum effect of the pedal depending on the type of performance you are aiming at.

Also, it features the Tuner Out Jack for quick and easy tuning during live performance. Convenient Tuner Out jack enables speedy tuning on stage. Connectors: Input x 2, Output x 2, Tuner Out.

Blackstar HT-5210 Valve Guitar Amp

Evolving from the award winning HT-5R and the limited edition HT-5TH, the HT-5210 adds a 2×10″ combo to the award-winning HT family. Equipped with Blackstarā€™s patented ISF control and studio quality digital reverb, the HT-5210 delivers outstanding valve tones at levels you can use in the bedroom, rehearsal room and even on stage.

The HT-5 is the ultimate studio and practice amp, packing all the great tone and innovative features of the award-winning HT valve pedals into a two channel, footswitchable valve amp format. The patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) circuit gives you infinite adjustment over the characteristics of the tone control network and takes you from the USA to the UK and anywhere in between. So now you can effectively design your own tone and finally find ā€˜the sound in your headā€™.

In making the HT-5 ideally suited to home and studio use, the aim was to develop a valve amp which sounded full and toneful even at the lowest volume level. With this in mind the Blackstar design team designed a brand new valve power amplifier topology. The HT-5 power amplifier is a low powered push-pull design which produces the crunch and break-up characteristics of a traditional 100W output stage but at a much lower volume. This is achieved by the use of a 12BH7 dual triode in push-pull configuration producing 5 Watts output, which is rich in valve harmonics and compression.

The HT-5 also has a fully specified stereo speaker emulated output which further enhances the studio credentials and allows any guitarist to get amazing valve tone straight to tape or disk, or through headphones. It also features the unique 4×12/1×12 voicing switch allowing you to change the tonal characteristics of the emulated signal between two emulated cabinet types.

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MoonBlog 9.6 & 5.1

For many Moons now, I was looking to upgrade my guitar, having had 16 guitars (and one Bass guitar) in my life so far I was looking for something different.

I knew I wanted a certain shape that felt good to my own body holding it, but should also be of high quality and perhaps a looker too.

And this time, no matter the price… kinda…

Easily said, not so easy to find, and I have had my fair share of shitty guitars, mostly because of budget issues, and also because it takes a while for me to find out if I do like something, or if it simply does not work out. So after a few moons processing I end up buying a guitar, and then a few moons later it needs to go again.

Reading my MoonBlogs one can see I have an affection for PRS (Paul Reed Smith) guitars, most say because he makes guitars that sit somewhere in between FenderĀ (Stratocaster) and GibsonĀ (Les Paul), and while that may be true, what speaks to me, is his openness to share about his products, his own nerdiness in going all in in finding that tone through all the little components that make up a musical instrument, his factory, and so on.

Sure some of it is marketing, some of it is ego showiness, a little american sauce over it, but it’s good, I like it. I’ve learned a lot more about guitars and guitar making through investigating about their company and products, something that is much much harder to find out about with most other guitar making companies.

So I had a vague kind of wishlist of components, or elements that my next guitar should contain, where quality was probably the most important.
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Paul Reed Smith overview

Alive, vintage tone, S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow
The S2 Custom 22 is a classic workhorse guitar. Known for its exceptional clarity and warm midrange, the S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow has been updated here with a semi-hollow single f-hole mahogany/maple body, giving this vintage-inspired guitar a classic look and outstanding resonance. Appointments include the patented PRS tremolo system, 85/15 “S” treble and bass pickups, and a push/pull coil tap on the tone control for versatile, alive vintage tone.

Traditional bolt-on feel with a sound all its own, to tell a new story, Reclaimed Limited: CE 24 Semi-Hollow
Since the dawn of rock and roll, the snap and response that comes from a bolt-on neck guitar has been an essential part of the mix. These attributes have, in turn, become essential to many players trying to tell their story through music. This CE 24 pairs the body combination of the mahogany back and Peroba Rosa top with a bolt-on maple neck and Brauna Preto fretboard. The neck sports a Pattern Thin carve and satin nitro finish for a natural, addictive feel. To further maximize the guitarā€™s inherent tone and clarity, the CE 24 features PRS 85/15 pickups, which Paul designed to have remarkable clarity as well as extended high and low end. The electronics consist of a volume and push/pull tone control with 3-way toggle switch for a total of six classic sounds.

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DIY nut files from feeler gauges

  • 010=0.254mm
  • 026=0.6604mm


From 1964 to now, the GHS BoomersĀ® series has been the flagship set of GHS Strings. Used by musicians in every genre, the BoomersĀ® have shown to stand up to any playing style. Now known as “The Power String”, GHS BoomersĀ® continue to make their mark on music across the world. The roundwound guitar set is made with Nickel-Plated steel wrapped tightly around a round core wire. The combination provides the string with its bright characteristic and long-lasting tone.

TonePros Standard Locking Studs for PRS

TonePros locking studs provide 100% of the contact area of the bottom flange, 100% of the contact area of the stud top, no lean, and components that are completely locked solid to the guitar body. The SPRS2 Brass Locking Studs maintain the same locking and tonal features of the SS1 Style Brass Locking Studs, but add an attractive, larger stud cap that looks great with the AVT2 and similar style wraparound bridges.
Combining the Tonepro SPRS2-NKL (SAE 5/16 – 24 threads) and 2 mounting anchors for USA GIBSONĀ® which are 13mm diameter that fits tightly in a 1/2″ hole, but because they’re 7/8″ (22mm) tall they stick out 2mm on a PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow Soapbar Model.

Graph Tech 43 x 6 mm nut

The PQ-6643-00 is the perfect option to replace and upgrade the nut on your acoustic or electric guitar. It is pre-slotted to make for a quick and easy install.

TUSQ delivers a rich tone, crystal clear bell like high end with big open lows and a significant increase in harmonic content and harmonic sustain. Increase harmonics equals more richness and character in your tone. Its the difference between a four piece choir and a twelve piece choir singing every time your play a note.

Ā Measure Ā Length Width
E to E
1.691″ 0.236″ 0.313″ 1.387″
inches 1 11/16″ 1/4″ 5/16″ 1 3/8″
millimeters 42.95mm 5.98mm 7.95mm 35.22mm

The PT-6643-00 is a great option to replace or upgrade the nut on your six string acoustic or electric guitar. It has a flat bottom and is pre-slotted for a quick and simple install.

Black TUSQ XL is engineered from the same material as TUSQ and is impregnated with PTFE which is five times more slippery than graphite. It has all the tonal benefits of TUSQ, bringing out the hidden harmonics of your guitar all while drastically improving tuning performance.

Black TUSQ XL is consistent from piece to piece, and within each piece, to offer you harmonically rich tones without the problems associated with natural materials.