Overview

As the manufacturer's most popular overdrive, the JHS Morning Glory is known to stay just on the cusp of full-on breakup, boosting the signal and enhancing your tone while maintaining your dynamics and rig character.

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Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Morning Glory
Finish
  • Gold
Year
  • 2012
Made In
  • United States
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In a sea of overwhelming boutique overdrive options, the JHS Morning Glory stands in a small circle of overdrives everyone should give a shot. Now in its third incarnation, the Morning Glory provides a set of simple yet versatile tone-shaping tools to bring a unique overdriven sound to your setup. Whereas most boutique overdrive pedals take their cue from the Tube Screamer, the Morning Glory owes more to the classic Marshall Bluesbreaker, yet adds an extra helping of headroom and available gain. Through it all, the Morning Glory remains a fundamentally transparent drive, doing more to expand and enhance the natural tones of your guitar and amp rather than burying them in a wash of grit.

What's the Story?

The Morning Glory offers a set of three controls for volume, drive and tone, along with a bright cut toggle switch. Volume, of course, controls the level of the effect relative to the rest of your chain, and drive controls the amount of overdrive feeding into the signal. The tone knob functions as more of a high frequency roll-off to contour the sound to suit your style and pickups best. For even more tone-shaping, the bright cut switch gives an added layer of control over the chime, which can reduce the treble content of single-coil pickups for when that shine goes too far.

Third Time's The Charm

The Morning Glory has gone through changes in its run, breaking down into three generations of production. The first version had black knobs with a large, early JHS-style enclosure. This version did not have a logo or the bright cut switch. In V2, the Morning Glory switched to a smaller, gold casing with this Morning Glory sparkler logo. The only major technical change came with V3, which saw the introduction of the bright cut toggle mentioned above.


Like other JHS pedals, the Morning Glory can also be found in a number of hand-painted releases featuring nifty, one-of-a-kind graphics on the casing.

How Does It Stack Up Against Other Overdrive?

The guys at JHS make a wide range of pedals that cover the spectrum of classic overdriven amp tones. There's the Charlie Brown and Angry Charlie, which lean towards more of a Marshall-style distortion. Then there are the Superbolt, which sounds like an old Supro blowing up with gain, and the Moonshine, which achieves more of an American, Dumble-esque tone.

Compared to these, the Morning Glory ranks as the most transparent, with very little coloration. As JHS founder Josh Scott told us in an interview: "The Morning Glory is everything your guitar and amp sound like only a little dirty. No frequency or coloration weirdness going on."

Beyond JHS' own lineup, the Morning Glory is frequently compared to the Fulltone OCD for its transparent, amp-enhancing quality. The OCD is a bit higher gain though, and goes into full on breakup much more than the Morning Glory, which tends to stick right on the edge in cleaner boost territory.

Where Does It Fit In For Me?

One of the best things about the Morning Glory is the way it enhances the rest of the gear in your collection. Many players celebrate how this overdrive stays just on the cusp of full-on breakup, which can be a superb pairing when dealing with dry guitar-into-amp signal flows. The Morning Glory is also a very social pedal, doing much to drive the flavors of other pedals around it. JHS even has a series of videos demonstrating this pedal connecting to a Klon, a Timmy and other popular overdrives.