The Vemuram Jan Ray is a pedal that has received a ton of hype over the last few years. It is said to emulate the sound of a classic Fender blackface amp at breakup. That's why some people call is a fender blackface pedal.
The Vemuram Jan Ray is a boutique pedal that is hand made in Japan. They are said to be of exceptional build quality, and last for a lifetime.
Something unique about the Jan Ray is that it has a brass pedal enclosure. The brass enclosure is said to cut down on static. Whether that is true or not... we cannot really tell the difference. Either way it gives the pedal some weight and extra protection. Plus it looks pretty cool.
Vemuram Jan Ray Specifications
The specs of a pedal are not nearly as exciting as the specs of a guitar or amp, but here goes.
- 70x112x50 mm
- Compatible with both 9v and 18v. 9 is recommended though
- Knobs: Volume, Gain, Bass, Treble
- Has a Saturation Trimmer
- True Bypass switch
- Brass enclosure
At its surface the Vemuram Jan Ray is a super basic overdrive pedal. It has the classic four knobs that control Volume, Gain, Bass, and Treble. It does not seem like anything special.
A few things that do make it special include the saturation trimmer. This allows you to really turn the gain up on the pedal if you so wish, or to really take it down.
Its compatibility with 9v or 18v is pretty cool also. The company does say though that it is not responsible for any malfunctions when the pedal is connected to 18v rather than 9v.
The true bypass switch isn't super unique, but it is always nice to know that you are not losing any signal while the pedal is turned off.
Vemuram Jan Ray Controversy
The vemuram jan ray had a controversy that was centered around the idea that the circuit was stolen from another pedal designer.
It doesn't really seem to be too legit to me. And the pedal sounds great, so it doesn't matter to me.
Vemuram Jan Ray Personal Experience
I bought the Vemuram Jan Ray for around $360 online a few months ago. It quickly became my main overdrive pedal, and is always on my pedal board. I often times use it as a boost pedal of sorts.
If the tune calls for steady overdrive throughout, but a solo in the middle, I would likely use my tube screamer for the rhythm playing. Once the solo comes I would throw the Jan Ray on, and the sound cuts right through the room beautifully without being too loud.
With the saturation trimmer the Vemuram Jan Ray can be used as a little bit of a boost pedal, all the way to near metal overdrive. I say "near metal" because it doesn't quite get that heavy, but it almost gets there.
Is it Worth It?
I really have nothing negative to say about this pedal. It offers a great sound along with great longevity. Although it doesn't come cheap it is a pedal that can quickly become a mainstay on your board, and can last the rest of your life.
Overall, I love the Jan Ray and do not regret purchasing it one bit.
Vemuram Jan Ray: Is it Worth it? - Dwane's Music