JHS 808 Overdrive Pedal Kit

JHS 808 Overdrive Pedal Kit

JHS 808 Overdrive Pedal Kit

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JHS 808 Overdrive Pedal Kit

About This Item

    Build your own high quality pedal
  • Genuine JHS circuits and components
  • Easy StewMac instructions and support

JHS 808: Improves on the TS-808 Tube Screamer
The most famous overdrive ever, the 808 was favored by discriminating guitarists including Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson.

    Building on the classic 808 circuit, JHS Pedals added a three-way gain switch for more options:
  • Classic 808 sound that made this circuit famous
  • Open volume boost
  • Added LED-driven crunch
    This is the genuine JHS 808 in kit form
  • Original quality components used by JHS
  • Genuine JHS circuit board
  • Sturdy cast metal case, predrilled
  • Step-by-step picture instructions from StewMac

If you can't buy it, build it!
JHS retired their hand-built JHS 808, and the only way to buy one has been to talk somebody into selling theirs (not likely). These great pedals need to be back in the hands of players, so StewMac partnered with JHS to create this classic reissue kit.

True bypass: when the JHS 808 is switched off, it does not affect your signal chain.

This DIY pedal kit includes:
Metal pedal enclosure (4-13/16" x 2-5/8" x 1-3/8")
Circuit board
Control knobs
Potentiometers
Toggle switch
Stomp switch
Output jacks
Capacitors
Resistors
Diodes
Transistors
Rectifiers
Op-amp and socket
LED + LED mounting bezel
DC power connector
Ribbon cable and wire

This pedal requires a standard 9V DC center-negative power supply (not included) and consumes less than 100mA. There's no battery option.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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4.0

Does what it says, a little disappointed in QC

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Verified Buyer


The pedal is almost perfectly silent and sounds great. The instructions were very easy to follow. The only complaints I have are that the LED hole and the 3 way switch hole were too small. I had to carve them out a bit in order to fit the components through. Also, 2 of the potentiometers were bent out of shape when I received the package. They easily bent back, but I doubt it happened during shipping due to the way it was packed. Otherwise very happy, and feels rewarding to build your own 808.

5.0

Highly Recommended! Fun Project!

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Verified Buyer


This kit was fun and easy to build. All parts were included and the instructions couldn't have been better! Sounds great too! I agree that two the three toggle positions have vary subtle clipping changes but that may be more apearent with different pickups. You will want to sand and prep the enclosure for paint if you want a smooth finish. Get some inkjet waterslide decal paper, print your image, give it a couple coats of acrylic spray to water proof it, then apply and clear coat over the top. Thanks Josh Scott & Stew Mac, Well Done!

5.0

The JHS 808 pedal kit is sweeeeeeeeeet!

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Verified Buyer


I have wanted to build this pedal from the day you introduced it. I finally bought one and spent about 4 hours putting it together (painting it took a bit longer) . I had a small problem and Aaron in Tech services help me identify a likely source. It sounds great and is everything you claimed to be in your video. It is always a pleasure working with StewMac. You folks know how to treat your customers. I'll bet I build another one soon.

5.0

Excellent product and support

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This was first soldering project, and although the instructions were clear and easy to follow, I made a few mistakes. I got great support from Aaron at stew mac; he was patient and guided me through to completion.
The finished pedal is extremely responsive and sounds great coupled with my tele and princeton reverb.

4.0

Great Kit Overdrive

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Verified Buyer


If you're at least a little proficient with a soldering iron, then this is a fun project.

The instructions are well written and easy to follow. Stay organized so you don't loose anything, and make sure you double check the component value before soldering anything in place.

I also had some fun finishing the pedal with an art deco motif. Painting it actually took quite a bit longer than soldering and wiring the pedal together.

At first I had some serious noise problems with this, but after a couple of e-mails with the StewMac tech, I found that it was because of a noisy 9V power supply. Swapped it with a Truetone 1 SPOT and it solved the problem.

The case and power switch are heavy-duty so you don't have to be gentle with it. Otherwise the pedal sounds great...you can crank the drive or just leave it at a low setting for a warmer sound from the amp.

4.0

Nice quality components, great instructions !!

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Verified Buyer


I had a good time with my first pedal build, the JHS 808 tubescreamer. I was very impressed with the quality of the parts used. Also the instructions were very good. Once finished, it worked and I'm still deciding whether it is the tone I'm looking for, but I would certainly recommend it for a adequate tube screamer !

5.0

King Tone!

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Verified Buyer


Had this kit up and running in no time, sounds great.
I named it King Tone (an SRVism) with a Strat and a Bassman I can get the perfect Ed King sound.
Now if I could only play like that......

5.0

Fun to assemble

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Verified Buyer


This project was fun to assemble. the instructions were clear and easy to follow. The components, seem to be of good quality, especially the aluminium box.
The pedal sounds great. I've owned several tube screamers.

5.0

This pedal is unbelievable!

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Verified Buyer


I own a JHS Ice Tea and this kit is kind of half of the Ice Tea so I was curious to know if it was as good or perhaps even better...

The kit arrived well packaged and with all parts present including printed instructions. I'm well used to soldering so wasn't too daunted and once I had sorted all the components and laid them out in an orderly fashion, assembly went fairly quickly. I had one component left over, but this was obviously a mistake. Still, better to have too many than to find parts missing.

Final assemble is a little awkward to get the LED in exactly the right place and fixing the pots to the reverse of the board needs to be done with care otherwise they don't line up with the holes in the case (and are a pain to de-solder if you get it wrong!).

Assembly complete I plugged in with fingers crossed and...wow! The sound this thing produces is awesome. I use a '60s Strat and a JMI AC30 and the sound is rich, powerful and incredibly gutsy. I've done an A/B with the Ice Tea and I think the kit gets the edge . Amazing and good fun to build.

5.0

Great service after the sale

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Verified Buyer


This was the first pedal I attempted to build, and it works great. It is a Tubescreamer clone and it does what it's advertised to do. It has the tone of the original, which is fantastic. It's addicting to build these things and to get that vintage sound is a bonus. I had one capacitor that kept blowing (swelling, leaking) and after contacting customer service; they asked for a picture of my soldered board and they immediately recognized I had 3 resistors in the wrong positions. I unsolderted them and corrected my mistake. They solved my issue and I learned to use better lighting when I put these things together. Highly recommended for anyone who likes to build their own stuff and save money in the process. I'm building all my future effects pedals after this experience. Thanks StewMac!

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