JHS Angry Charlie V3 Channel Drive Pedal

Overdrive-distortion Guitar Effects Pedal with Volume, Drive, Bass, Mids, and Treble Controls
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Delicious British High-gain Flavor!

The JHS Angry Charlie V3 channel drive pedal captures the essence of the legendary Marshall JCM800, turning your guitar amp into a sonic flamethrower. The Angry Charlie makes conjuring British high-gain tones a breeze, delivering the rich bass response, thick mids, and balanced high end you'd expect from a hot-rodded Marshall. When they designed the Angry Charlie, JHS faithfully replicated a full Marshall-style tone stack. When cranked in either direction, the Angry Charlie's tone controls act as cuts or boosts. At 12 o'clock, they're flat. When we demo'd the Angry Charlie here at Sweetwater, we were in high-gain heaven. The JHS Angry Charlie V3 channel drive pedal is truly a force to be reckoned with!

JHS Angry Charlie V3 Channel Drive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Overdrive-distortion pedal that replicates the Marshall JCM800
  • Volume control mimics the master volume on an amplifier
  • Drive knob controls the amount of dirt or overdrive
  • Bass, Mids, and Treble controls replicate a full Marshall-style tone stack
The JHS Angry Charlie V3 channel drive pedal delivers killer British high-gain tones!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Power Source 9V DC power supply required (sold separately)
Height 1.4"
Width 2.6"
Depth 4.7"
Manufacturer Part Number AC V3

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Drive Angry with total anger management!

I purchased this pedal after much research, and it far exceeds my expectations. With a little Fender Blues Jr as my only amp, it has been difficult for me to find a pedal that can successfully emulate the thick beefy tone of a Marshall stack, or anything like it, as you could probably imagine. I had a boutique pedal on my board that was of this variety, but it didn't have enough control to keep the overall tone from sounding muddy on an amp as small as a Blues Jr. I knew I needed a pedal that had a three band EQ, and these days there are quite a few on the market. I finally decided on the Angry Charlie after hearing as many sound samples as I could, and I am so glad I chose this one. All of those great reviews I read on the Angry Charlie are true - this pedal delivers in an incredible way. I started with the drive knob at 9 o'clock and after I played the first line, I knew I had found something great. The tone is that thick, warm, heavy powerhouse of a Marshall stack. The three band EQ is what completes this pedal and really makes the tone come alive like no other EQ I've heard on a pedal. It is more than enough to do what my other pedal wasn't able to do, and just as I suspected, it solved my problem immediately. I just turned down whatever frequency I had too much of, turned up what was lacking, and the tone instantly started taking shape exactly the way one would expect it to! I can't say enough about the EQ on these JHS pedals. The drive knob at lower levels also does a good job of thinning out the distortion if that is what you need, but still retains the power and authority of a stack even then. I already know that I will probably never need to have the drive knob past 12 o'clock to get more than enough of the Marshall tone I have been looking for. I keep the drive around 11-12 o'clock, and depending on what kind of tone I am looking for at the moment, the 3 band EQ will do the rest. The dynamics are fantastic as well. As you turn the drive knob past noon, you start getting that controllable feedback that sounds really great when you use it to your advantage and implement it into your solos. The sustain is remarkable. I was doing full step bends and holding the note for quite a while before it began to fade. The harmonics scream when you ask them to, and every note you play is precise and distinctive. Throw a slide on your finger and you'll hear Derek Trucks or the Allman Brothers Band pretty quick. Pound for pound, it is the best drive pedal I've ever used in terms of what it's supposed to do. I purchased this pedal with its tamer brother, the Charlie Brown, from Sweetwater, and both are the first JHS pedals I have ever owned, and both are absolutely fabulous. They have made me an instant JHS fan and I will seriously consider them if I ever need another pedal. I had both of these pedals permanently on my board after the first few hours of playing on them. If a pedal like this can sound great on a little Blues Jr, imagine how good it would sound on a bigger amp with more power! Oh happy day! I can finally drive as angry as I want to!
Music background: Guitar player / Tone lover
5/5

The best overdrive I have purchased

I loved this pedal and I recommend. It so angry overdrive
5/5

Tone heaven

1st I want to give special thanks to Robert Koch my sales engineer who recommended this pedal. I was looking for a plexi in a box unit and this pedal not only nails it, but you have a variety of tones you can get with the EQ knobs. I had tried other famous brands and they sounded weak and muddy. What really blew me away abot the AC V3 was the response and clarity of notes you get even when applying gain. If you are in the market for that hot rodded plexi tone, look no further.
5/5

Marshall madness

The Angry Charlie is THE definitive answer for anyone who is looking to add Marshall tone to an otherwise clean rig! I originally used a TS9 on my Fender Blues Deluxe as my primary source for gain but after trying this pedal it's become a go-to favorite when it's time to make things dirty. For the player who loves to to carry as many tones as possible I would recommend this pedal bar none. If you ever wished you could dial up a truly authentic Marshall tone at will this is the pedal for you.
Music background: Indie rock, Hardcore, Alternative Rock, Progressive Metal, Experimental.
5/5

Tone for Days

You really can't go wrong with any JHS Pedal and the Angry Charlie is just another great example of this. This pedal really nails the JCM 800 drive sound and is a great inspiration for writing rock riffs. Sweetwater's service was once again outstanding and I will continue to buy my gear from them. It's refreshing to know that some companies still put effort into giving their customers a great experience. The Angry Charlie went on my board as soon as I unpacked it and I'm not planning on ever moving it. If you're looking for that classic Marshall sound but don't won't to pay that classic Marshall price, then look no further than the JHS Angry Charlie!

Sweetwater Advice

Ashton Vaudt

As a seasoned rock lead guitarist, I like high-gain tone, but can't always play at high volume. Enter the JHS Angry Charlie. I've played this pedal through Vox, Fender, and Peavey amps, and no matter what, I still get that searing Marshall tone I love - even at low volumes! It offers just enough control to make me happy, without bogging me down with a a ton of knobs. This pedal has found a permanent spot on my board.
See also: Distortion Pedals, JHS, JHS Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz