Lazy J Cruiser & Cruiser Deuce
Handmade with quality components, these pedals feature the ultimate
way to overdrive a tube amp. Each one is a Booster/Overdrive pedal in one, or, depending on
the settings, something in between.
I had the basic idea for these pedals in the mid 90s, and designed the first Cruiser back then.
The idea was to get the biggest, most dynamic lead tone from my amp without getting too loud.
The Drive circuit in the Cruiser has evolved a bit over the years, but the basic design has never
Used as a Booster, the Cruiser takes the signal from your guitar and amplifies it without changing its tone and dynamics. The signal at the output is exactly like the signal at the input, but bigger. This bigger signal has the ability to drive your amp much harder, resulting in really rich tube distortion with all the tone and dynamics retained. This means that it won’t sound squashed and compressed like many other overdrive pedals. What’s more, it can be fully controlled by your guitar’s volume control - back it off, and it’ll clean right up!!
From here you can engage the DRIVE circuit, which is completely bypassed when turned all the way down.
It works in conjunction with the SAT control and between them they can take your signal from a clean boost into serious drive. The character of the drive, i.e. Compression/Dynamics can be tailored with the SAT control.
The Cruiser retains a warm and transparent sound at all times. Whether you boost or overdrive, it always feels like an extension of your guitar and amp, and at no time does it ever become thin.
As both functions are built into this pedal, they can be combined for a wide variety of sounds.
These pedals use a True Bypass, so when it’s switched off the circuit is completely disconnected
from the straight-through signal. Your guitar then goes straight to your amp, without any signal-loss
Lazy J Cruiser & Cruiser Deuce users include:
Gwyn Garfield Davies
Mark Griffiths (The Shadows)
Gary Hooker (Brad Paisley)
Mark Karan (Bob Weir & RatDog)
Matt Scannel (Vertical Horizon)
Dan Smith (The Noisettes)
The ToneQuest Report - Jan/Feb 2013 (Including Jesse Hoff interview)
"The story behind Jesse Hoff’s Lazy J Projects and how his modified
tweed Deluxe from a pawn shop in Conley, South Carolina changed his life forever...."
Guitar Planet - March 2012
"It’s an ultra-sweet and totally organic-sounding overdrive, very
much in the tradition of the legendary Klon Centaur – and if Hoff stops making these things tomorrow
they could end up being worshipped in the same way."
Guitar & Bass - June 2011
"The cruiser is a deliciously addictive pedal which delivers on all
counts. If you like having everything from massive cleans through to filthy fuzz all in one pedal,
then you’ll love it..."
Guitar Buyer - December 2010
"The pedal is completely unique, sounds incredible and deserves nothing less
than full marks. ..."
Lazy J Cruiser
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Lazy J Cruiser Deuce
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Download the pedal guide PDFs here:
Lazy J Cruiser PDF
Lazy J Cruiser Deuce PDF