High School was a funny old place, wasn't it? A veritable smorgasbord of society, slowly developing out of it's own infancy, one awkward term at a time. You had everyone. The jocks, the pretty ones, the nerds and the freaks. All ethnicities, social and economic back grounds, properly represented. Then you had the cool kid. You know, the guy that rode a motorbike and didn't seem to conform to any fashion trend of the day. The guy that was as happy smoking cigarettes with loners as he was scoring the winning goal for the high school football team. The guy that was probably called Dave. The guy that was just too cool for school.
"So why are you talking about high school kids, you bunch of weirdos?", we hear you complain. Because, our impatient little pedal loving friends, JPTR FX is Dave! Well...errr....actually it was set up by a guy called Chris but the incredibly succinct analogy still stands. Hurrah!
You see JPTR FX above all else, does not conform to simply what's come before them? There is no homage to a tube screamer or part perfect clone of a Klon circuit in their range. No, what JPTR FX do, is bring new ideas to the table. Ideas often so sonically destructive and creatively haunting that we simultaneously feel incredibly thankful of this pedal builders very existence and really really sorry for the table.
So let's have a look at some of our favourites from the JPTR FX line-up, shall we?
Firstly, we have to talk about the JPTR FX Warlow. Is it an even bigger sounding Big Muff or a razor clawed RAT? Easy, it's both. With a tone knob that becomes a filter control at the flick of a switch this fuzz box picks up where those other two legends left off and runs with it! We're talking a much bigger bottom end and enough gain on tap to scare off the local drone boys. The Warlow is as addictive as it is simple. A modern classic.
Next up we have the Katastrophe; a distortion unit that is designed to mimic the physical audio violence of a good old fashioned full stack, cranked to within an inch of it's anti-social life! The inclusion of a low cut knob means that this could just be the perfect noise machine for the disgustingly drop tuned, baritone boys and girls. Oh and on top of that, JPTR FX then decided to add a switchable octave fuzz just for when "total chaos" is the preferred dish of the day. Absolutely insane and endlessly loveable.
It's not all angry stuff though. The JPTR FX Fernweh is a vintage voiced delay pedal like no other. It's actually two delay circuits that can be fed into each other, much in the same way you can feed one of those expensive old tape echo machines into a wood chipper... Add the ability to put other effects in-between the two delay circuits into the mix and you have one of the most ludicrously inventive noise machines this side of recreational hallucinogens. The JPTR FX Fernweh is totally mad and the pedal world is a better place for it!
Finally the JPTR FX Kaleidoscope is the reverb pedal that none of knew we needed. Here is a pedal that not only covers your standard list of sonic reflections but can also throb, twist and pull itself to pieces, all for your sick sick listening pleasure. Have you ever heard a reverb pedal self oscillate into audio psychosis? You will do and you'll love it. The only real risk here is that you may never turn your JPTR FX Kaleidoscope off.
There are many more pedals in this amazing range ( go and check out the Super Weirdo right now! ) but these are just a few of our favourites from a builder that, in our humble opinion, is genuinely doing something new and exciting.
So there you have it, if you were ever sat wondering, "I wonder what happened to Dave with the motorbike from back in high school?", well, he grew up to build brilliant, crazy and inspiring guitar pedals. Thanks Dave... I mean Chris.
See you soon!