That Pedal Show – JHS Pedals Angry Charlie demo. Dan's new favourite distortion?

That Pedal Show – JHS Pedals Angry Charlie demo. Dan's new favourite distortion?

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In this video, Daniel and Mick get to grips with the Angry Charlie Distortion. They discovered the pedal on Andy Timmons’ board and liked it so much, they decided to make a video about it.

Daniel is playing his newly acquired, 2002 Gibson Custom Shop R8 and Mick is playing his Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster.

The amps are a Lazy J J20 and a Mallard Marshall 18-watt clone – both amps are running all the time, and the only pedal used is the Angry Charlie.

All switching is handled by TheGigRig G2.

We love this pedal, so enjoy!

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  1. kicky_sam_49 on February 20, 2022 at 9:34 am

    nice seamaster

  2. rustymcnally on February 20, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Any chance of seeing what you think of the mi audio super crunch box?

    I’d love to see a comparison between that and the angry Charlie.

  3. Anthony Gallucci on February 20, 2022 at 9:35 am

    I’ve got a regular Charlie Brown and that pedal is my main drive tone. I get anything from it from Aerosmith type stuff all the way up to buck cherry type tones. The regular Charlie Brown is supposed to be a JTM 45 in a box and the angry Charlie is like a JCM 800 in a box

  4. Brandon Ruck on February 20, 2022 at 9:35 am

    I would love it if you guys took a look at the Iron Horse by Walrus Audio. That’s what I was leaning toward getting for high gain until I saw you guys talking about the Angry Charlie. Now I’m having a hard time deciding.

  5. robbieredball on February 20, 2022 at 9:35 am

    I love these videos, I’ve learnt so much about amps and pedals! I’ve had an Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress since 1979 and never knew that was what andy summers used – I thought he used a chorus. Please keeping making the videos!!! Although they are costing me a fortune (I’m now the proud owner of an xotic wah, Timeline, Angry Charlie, JRAD Archer and a serious credit card bill! I’d be interested in learning more about what works best in an effects loop rather than in front of the amp and how to set up the effects loop with a pedal board. I’m using a lone star special and TA30, but have never used the effects loop. Thanks again! Great videos.

  6. LuckyLicks on February 20, 2022 at 9:36 am

    5:30 ..tone going straight into Mick’s heart. 🙂

  7. Adam Earl on February 20, 2022 at 9:38 am

    strat, not start lol

  8. Paris Thalheimer on February 20, 2022 at 9:42 am

    I own an Angry Charlie 4 and I really love it relitivaly clean, but if I turn up the gain too much, the pedal becomes "farty" sounding. How do I avoid this?

  9. Viktor Kaganovich on February 20, 2022 at 9:42 am


    granted, you provide an invaluable service, very informative, and with a great comedic quality (and we adore you for it), but — and this may shock and dismay you — there are other uses for guitar, beside hard rock riffs and country licks. And not every one cares for SRV-style white-boy fake-blues harping (and I’m being diplomatic here).

    People may choose to play on an electric guitar lounge-style bossa-novas, or post-jazz avant-noise, or New Romantic stuff, or ambient soundscapes. And doing pentatonic bends and power chords in three lowest positions does nothing to help them get an impression of how guitars or pedals you’re demonstrating truly sound.

    Please, add some more "lab-scientific" demonstrations: some legato and staccato lines going over all registers, some parallel chords in higher and lower positions, on six strings and jazz-type 3-string chords, as well as power chords and octaves. Ideally — on both pickups and main pickup combinations.

    That’s only a minute or so of screen time, but it’ll give viewers a comprehensive picture of the way a given guitar, amp or pedal will sound in his or hers musical situation.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Jon Pegg on February 20, 2022 at 9:43 am

    So JHS Angry Charlie or ThorpyFX Gunshot…..if you had to choose just one?

  11. motokev on February 20, 2022 at 9:45 am

    sounds better with the Les Paul than a strat

  12. Michael Geeves on February 20, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Daniel – What amp are you using!

  13. Sam Flynn on February 20, 2022 at 9:47 am

    I was shopping for a full pedal board rig yesterday, thanks to this show, Angry Charlie is the star feature of it. I’ve never heard a pedal sound better than an amp before, but this pedal is insane.

  14. Lucas Pietro on February 20, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Almost 7 years passed by and this review stills pretty accurate

  15. j f on February 20, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Charlie…you bit me Charlie.

  16. Steve Kellett on February 20, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Yup. I used a JHS Rock Box into a 1970’s Marshall for my "I wish I still had hair" metal phase of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

    This new JHS pales my poor hineys 😉

  17. Matt Bruce on February 20, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Hey guys, Cheers, You mentioned around 3:35 that "it’s meant to sound like a JCM 900". I’m just curios if you meant the JCM 800? In my search I was only find the latter.

  18. Juan Pablo Calvo on February 20, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Awesome pedal! Any idea of how this might sound into a fender style amp?

  19. Ryan Ennus on February 20, 2022 at 9:52 am

    that riff @ 8:19! what song is that from?

  20. Aussie Nick Music on February 20, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Hey guys great pedal bought one after looking at your vids. It’s quiet too but my bb preamp ain’t so which is being exacerbated by use of IEMs. Is noise mostly wiring or power supply related as I see you never use a gate? Would appreciate a video on this if you get chance. Perhaps the last 25 years of blood, sweat and many tears over tone has been a necessary evil but I sure would have preferred that the last 3 months of watching your videos came first!

  21. ToddtheExploder on February 20, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Man, that was fun to watch! Thanks, fellas, and keep ‘em comin’!

  22. Soap on February 20, 2022 at 9:56 am

    I use this baby on my bass guitar. MONSTROUS tone!

  23. BluesLicks101 on February 20, 2022 at 9:57 am

    2:52 "you’re hearing only the Angry Charlie" 2:57 "The other pedals are no tin the active G2 loop" …so you are actually telling me that all the decay tails, like at 3:05; 3:10; 3:26, etc. are the Angry Charlie on its own? I think you have made an honest mistake… but there IS a reverb or a delay in the signal path: that SURELY is not a distortion pedal on its own!

  24. awwwyeaboyeeee on February 20, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Would love to hear an AC and Tech21 OMG comparison.

  25. Quagmire on February 20, 2022 at 10:03 am

    With these "older" brown models, what is the main sonic diff between V1 and V2?

  26. Adventures of Mark Bowen on February 20, 2022 at 10:03 am

    I clicked to hear the angry Charlie but also noticed the Omega Seamaster Mick is wearing…

  27. etrivard on February 20, 2022 at 10:04 am

    In this vid, Mick says twice that the pedal sounds like two stacked together. Dan dismisses him both times and moves on very quickly. That’s very un-Dan I find. Dan, please elaborate on your buddy’s idea, I’m very interested in it too.

  28. Adam Earl on February 20, 2022 at 10:07 am

    the first cord out of the start had me thinking evh immediately.

  29. napalmhardcore on February 20, 2022 at 10:07 am

    When I was researching Marshall in a box type pedals about a year back, the Angry Charlie was one of the top pedals on that list. The one that actually topped the list was the CMAT-Mods Brownie (though I never ended up ordering one).

    It’s always hard to tell from Youtube demos uploaded from different people using different amps etc, but from the demos I watched it was the one that appealed to me the most. Off the top of my head the list was something like this (although some are different in form factor and general scope):

    (Alphabetical manufacturer order)

    AMT M1 and M2
    Carl Martin Plexitone
    Catlinbread Dirty Little Secret
    CMAT Mods Brownie
    JHS Angry Charlie/Charlie Brown
    Joyo British Sound
    Menatone King Of The Britains
    MI Audio Super Crunch Box
    Tech 21 Sansamp British
    Tonebone Plexitube/Hot British/London
    Wampler Plexi Drive (deluxe if it was out when I made the list).
    ZVEX Box Of Rock

    I’m sure there are some I’ve forgotten, but for anyone researching this kind of pedal, hopefully this is helpful 🙂

  30. Lysander Lives Here on February 20, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Do you think it reasonable to suggest to my local guitar shops to keep original designed circuits separate from copies/ clones? I’m just reading the Miguel – Guilherme conversation below and I think that pound for pound, I’d like to buy original designs over clones, which should not even occupy the same space or price points. Just a thought.

  31. Samfia Drangus on February 20, 2022 at 10:14 am

    JHS is such an unethical company. 
    And their affiliations with a homophobic and Islamophobic megachurch are very troubling.

  32. David Molyneux on February 20, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Didn’t the angry Charlie turn out to be an MI audio crunch box clone?

  33. That Man On A Pedal on February 20, 2022 at 10:18 am

    I think actually JHS pedals run better for humbucker guitars…..they are too clean for single coil (tryed ANGRY CHARLIE (last version) and MUFFULETTA (preferred big muff NYC Helectro Harmonix) that’s my ashamed opinion 🙂

  34. GameZenChill on February 20, 2022 at 10:19 am

    what’s mick playing at roughly 4:30 ?

  35. Chris Egg on February 20, 2022 at 10:21 am

    is this the ONLY time for the entirety of TPS that Mick has tuned (on his strat, no less!) to drop D?

  36. Salvador Plascencia on February 20, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Hello guys! Is it possible for you to make a comparison video of an Angry Charlie vs Triple Wreck? Thank you so much!

  37. stewart keyes on February 20, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Do these guys always tune down a half step?

  38. MB215 on February 20, 2022 at 10:24 am


  39. LpMusicify on February 20, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Nothing beats a metal zone though, am I right?

  40. Nuno Tomé on February 20, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Best Distortion Pedals are:  Bogner Red and AmpTweaker Metal Distortion…. 🙂 I´ve got both and tested to many pedals to keep these 2…

  41. Kleber Rafael on February 20, 2022 at 10:24 am

    It’s a amazing pedal!

  42. AL Hawkins on February 20, 2022 at 10:25 am

    less talk more demo for 2 guitars .

  43. Thomas Stonehewer on February 20, 2022 at 10:25 am

    What is the song called that Mick starts to play at 9 mins 40?

  44. Gregory Jones on February 20, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Any chance of looking at the can weelden Royal overdrive!? LOVE the videos!!

  45. Marcelo Silveira on February 20, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Omg I desperately want an angry Charlie lol

  46. etrivard on February 20, 2022 at 10:28 am

    This is a great pedal but I think Mick is dead on when he says that it sounds like two cascaded pedals. I recommended trying a 60$ Boss DS-1 on top of an overdriving amp. I find it gets real close to the Charlie.

  47. Tom Foolery on February 20, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Had a 900 also , never ever did it sound that good, had a lonestar as well , and hes using this over the overdrive in the amp ? I gota ck this closer.

  48. Nicky Scarola on February 20, 2022 at 10:32 am

    I purchased the Angry Charlie because of your demostration, I ´m very pleased by this pedal, it´s a monster.
    Thank you very much.
    I have a question, it´s true that this pedal works better with 18v power supply? I´m afraid to try it I don´t want to burn it.

  49. Max BB on February 20, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Great looking les Paul

  50. jpdenk on February 20, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Were they running the Angry Charlie at 9V or 18V, anyone know?

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