A while back I wrote a full review on The Church Collective for the JHS Colour Box. You can find it HERE.
In the time since I’ve made a few observations to add to what I’ve previously written.
This thing is a really, really great gain pedal. Fuzz, Distortion, Overdrive. All great. Specifically the fuzz. I think it’s better or more valuable as an EQ/Tone shaper, but the fuzz sounds really, really great and it’s tempting switch roles.
I experimented with using the Colour Box on vocals. I think it would require a lot of tweaking and dialing in to really work with live use. We found it was hard to get it to not distort. It’s possible that we weren’t using compression like we should, but still if you want to try using it with vocals, it needs to be thought out and not a last minute thing.
I still can’t really get it to work for my rig. I’m pretty sure it’s because of my pick up and I don’t hold it against JHS. I’ve gotten some great sounds out of acoustic guitars with standard piezo pickups, but I’m good not using the Colour Box with mine.
The Colour Box is fantastic for bass and electric guitar. You really should check it out. It’s pricey, but it’ll make your tone stellar! Also, if you need to play with no amp, it provides a very cool DI possibility.
Churches should buy one for their Sound Ministry with bass guitar specifically in mind. Individual players should think about it if they want to beef up their tone, especially your cleans or they are looking for a way to shape their tone that’s not digital or low grade.