The chicken-pickin' guitarist teams up with the New Jersey company to release a supped-up dirtbox.

Bordentown, NJ (September 29, 2014) -- Adding to the company’s line up of cutting-edge effect pedals, Metal Pedals has unleashed a new distortion created for the great Johnny Hiland and now available to the public – the JH-3 brings real amp tone with powerful active EQ for amazing tone shaping and unlimited possibilities. The gain ranges for low to high-gain and features their high-gain noise reduction for the face melting loud players. Designed to appeal to wide range of guitarists this pedal hits all the right spots with a real pre-amp sound that with make you forget your using a pedal.

JH-3 offers the following features:

  • Five knobs to control Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, and Volume– allowing you to fine-tune your flavor.
  • Our propriety N.R. Noise Reduction for High-Gain operation
  • Die-cast Aluminum case offer protection and durability
  • True bypass on/off switch
  • 9-volt operation and standard DC input (Battery included)
  • Point to point 22 gauge wiring and component placement

Pricing information:
Street $235

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• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
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