Paul Gilbert is working with JHS Pedals on an incredible-sounding signature overdrive

Paul Gilbert
(Image credit: Joby Sessions/Future)

As Paul Gilbert continues to go from strength to strength, with new album Behold Electric Guitar showcasing his increasingly refined chops, it appears his pedalboard is undergoing an overhaul, as a signature JHS Pedals overdrive is apparently in the works.

On a recent Instagram post (opens in new tab) highlighting Gilbert’s session with fellow Ibanez endorsee Martin Miller, fan Josh Myers asked what amp the Mr Big guitarist was using, only for Gilbert to go one further and detail his entire signal chain, letting the stompbox cat out of the bag.

“I used a Marshall 1959HW head,” he revealed. “I ran it clean, using the second channel. For distortion, I used three pedals, in this order: JHS Bonsai (on sometimes), JHS prototype signature pedal (on most of the time), and an Xotic Effects AC Booster (on all the time).”

Last month, the Mr Big guitarist dropped a snap of his pedalboard on the 'gram (opens in new tab), featuring a mystery six-knobbed black stompbox.

Guitarists are already speculating it’s a replacement for Gilbert’s old fave, the TC Electronic MojoMojo overdrive pedal.

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A photo posted by @paulgilbert_official on Sep 21, 2019 at 9:30am PDT

Of course, Gilbert is no stranger to signature pedals, having previously collaborated with Ibanez on the Airplane Flanger and Homebrew on the Detox EQ - with his other secret weapon being, of course, Yamaha's tiny THR5 desktop amp.

You can hear Gilbert’s rig - including that killer-sounding new pedal - in action as he trades licks with Martin Miller in the red-hot Superstition cover below.

Is it us, or has Gilbert’s tone and phrasing never been better? We can’t wait to see what he cooks up with Josh Scott...

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).