JHS Pulp 'N' Peel V4 Compressor Pedal


92 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

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JHS Pulp 'N' Peel V4 Compressor Pedal

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 90+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The 4th iteration of the JHS Pulp 'N' Peel compressor pedal has extra features and connectivity options.

Its standout feature is its built-in dirt circuit with dirt knob that lets you adjust its intensity. It lets you add the classic break-up / gritty tone that are conjured by driving vintage compressors hard.

It also has a balanced XLR output that allows for more flexible routing be it on stage or in the studio.

In addition to its Volume and Compression knobs, this pedal sports a dedicated EQ knob for tone shaping and a Blend knob for controlling how much of your dry signal gets through.

It also lets you switch between true and buffered bypass, and it comes with a ground-lift switch to stop unwanted ground loop noise.


  • Compression type not listed (likely FET)
  • Parameters: Volume, Comp, EQ, Blend, Dirt, Dirt Switch, Buffer Switch
  • Switchable Buffer/True Bypass
  • 9V DC Adapter (Sold Separately)


Great sound quality and good versatility are two descriptions that summarize market sentiment well. The JHS Pulp 'N' Peel V4 gets many of its high ratings from guitarists with single-coil equipped guitars, but then it also impresses humbucker and even P90 pickup users. The pedal's switchable dirt and buffer features impressed a good number of users.


There are some who are not happy with how the pedal emphasizes the higher frequencies. Thankfully, it does come with an EQ knob that can be tweaked to taste.


If you're looking for old school compression with grit then check out the JHS Pulp 'N' Peel V4.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Guitar Compressor Pedals.

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