JHS Pedals PG-14 review

Paul Gilbert's signature overdrive pedal has an amp-like operation that'll add some complex heat to your sound

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Guitar World Verdict

The JHS Paul Gilbert PG-14 is ideal for players who want expressive, dynamic lead tones and the sound and feel of a fully cranked amp at lower volumes while being flexible enough to dial in their own individual tones that sound like nobody else.


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    Responds well to your picking dynamics.

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    Excellent for making solos stand out in a mix.

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    It is to overdrives what shichimi togarashi is to pepper.

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    Impressive build.


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    Takes a bit of tweaking to find your hot spots.

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Overdrive and distortion pedals are the guitar world’s equivalent of seasonings and spices in the culinary realm. 

Some of these effects are like salt or pepper (such as clean boosts and Tube Screamer-style pedals, respectively) that players will want to use often or always, but others can be like the bolder flavors that you may not want to use all the time, but when they’re needed nothing is better. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.