Overview

Billed by company founder Josh Scott as "a study in the Tube Screamer," the JHS Bonsai Overdrive houses nine painstakingly recreated classic OD circuits in one pedal for decades of searing tone in a single compact pedal. Built to the exact specifications of vintage models owned by Josh himself, the Bonsai starts with monoliths like the original TS-808 and TS9 and goes through decades of tonal evolution with surprise options like a Polish Exar OD1 as well as Keeley and JHS fan-favorite modifications. A garden of wonder for any overdrive fanatic.

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Bonsai Overdrive
Finish
  • Green
Year
  • 2010s
Made In
  • United States
Categories

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Reviews for the JHS Bonsai Overdrive
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  • Verified Purchase

    Works great

  • Excellent Pedal

    Replicates some of the best “screamers” of all time. I love the versatility of the pedal. The only [minor] drawbacks of the pedal is that you really have to crank the tone to get some high end clarity, and the JHS mod setting is WAY LOUDER than the other settings. It’s impossible to use without dras…

  • Verified Purchase

    Having played and owned several Tube Screamer style pedals, it seems that all roads lead me to the Bonsai in my quest for the ultimate TS pedal. It is an education in the history of nine different takes on the circuit (as was noted by Pete Thorn, in his demo or the pedal). As such, and since it cove…

  • Versatile Tube Screamer

    Quite a lot of tonal options available with this pedal. Some very usable tube screamer models are represented. One small issue is the loud 'pop' when changing between drives. This could be an issue if your rig is set up loudly.

  • Most versatile OD.

    Verified Purchase

    I got the bonsai for recording. I like various drive tones, and the Bonsai has a little of everything. The only drawbacks for me is that it would be nice if it took a 9V, and if it had an external switch for the mode. But I hadn't indented to play it live, and even if I did, I would probably use …