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JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz - Cloning the boutique '90s Lovetone Big Cheese

JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz - Cloning the boutique '90s Lovetone Big Cheese  ·  Source: JHS Pedals

The Lovetone Big Cheese was one of the first ’boutique’, hand-wired, limited-edition fuzz pedals of the ’90s. It has a huge cult following, with originals changing hands for large sums of money. JHS’s Josh Scott has decided to clone the original circuit and release it as the JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz.

JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz

The new JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz is Josh Scott’s attempt to clone the original circuit off this super popular ’90s fuzz pedal. When building the pedal, he didn’t rely on any schematics floating on the web, but he says. Instead, he traced the original circuity so that he could recreate the Lovetone Big Cheese in all its glory.

JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz - Cloning the boutique '90s Lovetone Big Cheese

JHS Cheese Ball Fuzz – Cloning the boutique ’90s Lovetone Big Cheese

Sailing The Sea Of Cheese!

The JHS Cheese Ball allows you to choose from four spluttery fuzz and distortion settings via a four-way selector switch. The sound is adjusted using the Tone, Volume and Gain controls.

Those old Lovetone Big Cheese pedals really have a great fuzz pedal tone, so hopefully this modern recreation will close to the original. You can check it out in the video demo below. With most fuzz pedals, it’s all about playing through them at volume. That way you can really get a handle on how they feel and react to your amp and guitar setup.

I’d quite to like to try one of these JHS creations, as I do love my fuzz boxes and the original Big Cheese units are getting expensive to buy on the used market. The price of this JHS clone is pretty competitive for a decent fuzz pedal and so it could be popular for players searching for that elusive cheese fuzz tone.

RRP – USD 179

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by Jef

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