Although JHS wanted to reproduce the sonic features of the LoveTone pedal as precisely as possible, the Cheese Ball is packaged in a relatively more compact chassis with a more affordable price tag.
The Cheese Ball was announced via JHS Pedals’ Instagram account. According to Joshua Scott, he had not found any mass-market pedal that replicates the classic LoveTone Big Cheese—until now.
The Cheese Ball’s knobs match those of the LoveTone, but less the cheese-based labels. Although that might disappoint fanatics of quirky control names, the dials on the pedal have now become more self-explanatory. “Curds” is now Volume, “Whey” becomes Gain, and the Tone control only selects between “Bright” and “Dark,” rather than picking between “Bee” and “Hog.” The final knob, a four-position selector dial, chooses from various gain voices: 1, 2, 3, or Off.
The replica’s announcement is big news for those who do not have upwards of £600 to shed on one pedal: the LoveTone’s limited production and prominent fans, including Brian Molko, Kevin Shields, and The Edge, witness the original Big Cheese carry hefty price tags on the second-hand market.
The Cheese Ball is now available to preorder for £179.