J. Rockett Audio Designs El Hombre review

J. Rockett’s tribute to Billy Gibbons is an overdrive offering amp-like feel in a compact box – for that Texan sound and more

J. Rockett El Hombre pedal
(Image: © Phil Barker / Future)

Guitar World Verdict

A great portal to Top-style tones, but it’s got enough flexibility to thrive well beyond the Texan state lines.


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    Solid build quality.

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    Compact size.

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    Easy operation.

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    Bite knob for tonal shifts.


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The latest drive pedal from J Rockett takes some influence from the classic tones of ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons and is named after the main man of the Tres Hombres. 

The company says that the pedal’s genesis came about around the same time as Eddie Van Halen’s passing in late 2020. 

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Trevor Curwen

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.