JHS Pedals The Clover - Preamp

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JHS Pedals The Clover - Preamp


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Manufacturer's ID: JHS THE CLOVER

What we say:

At A Glance:

The Clover by JHS is a tasteful reimagining of a classic 80s preamp rarity. Based on the infamous FA-1 preamp, Clover gives your tone an uncompressed natural boost with EQ control.

Features We Love:

Who Is It For?

Clover is a great option for guitarists looking for a transparent boost with accurate EQ control. The original was designed to be on all of the time, but Clover features a stomp button so it can be used as a boost only when you need it. The Clover is also ideal for electro-acoustic and bass guitars thanks to the XLR output with ground-lift, take full advantage of the preamp and EQ control for fantastic tone-shaping.


The FA-1 FET was part of a short run of belt clip effects produced by BOSS in the early 80s. Using a FET transistor design, the FA-1 was designed as a portable pre-amp for guitarists on the move. This FA-1 was loved for producing great tones and was adopted into many guitarists signal chains, including David Gilmour and U2's The Edge. The FA-1 has proven to be an indispensable part of The Edge's sound and still has a place in his pedalboard to this day!

EQ Control

While the FA-1 only featured bass and treble control, Clover expands on the concept by adding a control for the middle frequencies, which opens up even more tone sculpting possibilities.


  • Classic transistor tones with accurate tone shaping
  • Get that killer vintage tone in a convenient stompbox package

What's Included:

  • JHS The Clover - Preamp



The Clover has four standard controls and one rotary switch on the top. The Volume control allows you to set your volume at unity or as a boost to push your amp or dirt pedals. There are three EQ controls to give you tons of control to cut or boost Bass, Mids, and Treble. The rotary switch has three settings: Full EQ, No Mid, and No EQ. When set to Full EQ all three EQ controls are in operation, giving you full control over the full range of EQ available. The No Mid setting is an exact replica of the original FA-1, removing the ability to control the Mids and leaving them in a fixed setting. When in the No EQ mode all the EQ settings are removed and the Clover becomes a straight FET boost, perfect for pushing an amp. On the right side of the pedal there is a Low Cut dip switch. This removes some of the lows if you feel your tone is too muddy and can help you cut through a mix.


In addition to the standard 1/4” input and output, the Clover has an XLR output for using as an acoustic or bass preamp. These can be used individually or simultaneously if you want to go to a sound board or interface as well as an amplifier. The XLR output was designed with acoustic and bass players in mind as the Clover is a wonderful preamp that gives you a great amount of control over your sound. There is also a ground lift if you experience some hum when using the XLR output.


The Clover is an end all preamplifier / boost circuit for any electric, acoustic, or bass player. The EQ is simple, powerful and doesn’t allow a bad sound. No matter what style of music you play or amp that you use, the Clover will prove to be an indispensable tool. While the Clover excels at being a preamp / boost for dirt pedals, the magic is in pushing your tube amplifier into natural overdrive. The EQ lets you hit the exact spot that your amp is naturally prone to give in at. Push your small wattage amp into natural rich overdrive and distortion or find sounds in your larger more powerful wattage amp that you have never heard before. Strat and Tele players can use the Clover to create extra punch, depth and dynamics that single coil pickups can’t normally achieve, while Les Paul and humbucker players can find clarity, bite and definition galore! From country, rock, metal and even acoustic… The Clover covers every base. Find your unforgettable tone with the luck of the Clover!


  • The XLR output is identical to the 1/4” output.
  • Has up to +24dB of gain (X16.4) (EQ Flat).
  • Treble +/- 15dB shelving filter at 10kHz
  • Middle +/- 15dB peaking filter at 1.3kHz
  • Bass +/- 15dB shelving filter at 270Hz (3dB freq)
  • Lo cut engaged -3dB point at 212Hz
  • Input impedance >1M ohm
  • Output impedance = 520ohms
  • Current draw at idle = 45.5mA

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 4 (1 reviews)

Nice preamp and as coloured as you wish. Comprehensive eq options and great for boosting

Dave C. - 12/4/2019