Gear update:

The 'Fret King Black Label Corona JV Signature' my main guitar on stage and in the studio - my pride and joy!

Follow the link to see/hear one:

 I'm currently carrying 3 of these guitars for live shows, the original one which is stock, just as it came from the factory with the exception of the tuners - I've had a set of Sperzel locking tuners fitted courtesy of First Line Distribution. Next there is the Gold JV, which again has Sperzel tuners and has also been fitted with Bare Knuckle Trilogy Suite pickups - stunning! The final JV is the stock 2-colour sunburst, with Sperzels again, and a set of Bare Knuckle '62 veneer board pickups. This one has all nickel fittings instead of the stock gold fittings on the other two...

Each of these guitars has the signature JV sound, but with a slightly different flavour from each one. I love them all!

The core of my tone - Effectrode Blackbird.

I use two of these as a tube/valve front-end for everything I do. My amps are basicically set flat and the Blackbird does the rest - lovely cleans, and then my slightly overdriven/hot sound that cleans up nicely with the guitar volume control. Lovely!

See them here

Hear one on every electric track of the new JV album - 'BLUE TO MY SOUL'.

When I need to rock things up a little I turn to TwinStomp - these great pedals give me some grit when I need it with their S21 Overdrive, which has been a staple on my last 3 albums, especially when I'm using my JTM45 amp. Built in the UK by hand they are totally reliable and built to last - Check 'em out here:!twinstomp-s21overdrive/cdbz 

Current stage amp setup - JV Baby Beano with Supro Royal Reverb.

BB has 2x10" speakers made by Tayden in ENGLAND! The Supro has 2x10" U.S designed speakers. I use an identical BB cabinet for my JTM45 but this has a single Tayden 12" speaker.

Stage backline

A JV_BB Head with Tayden loaded 2 x 10" cab plus Supro Royal Reverb ...

Tayden - JVs loudspeaker of choice...

Paul at Tayden very kindly voiced some speakers especially for me following discussions we've had about what I'm looking for in speakers for my setup, and the results are spot-on.

I often like to use a combination of 10" and 12" speakers, but with a particular formula not always found in stock models.

Paul listened to what I had to say and came up with the perfect solution -

specially voiced versions of his 'True Brit' (10") and 'Brit 60' (12") drivers.

I'm proud to endorse these hand-made, in England, loudspeakers and would say to any guitarist out there looking to improve their setup - try some Taydens - you'll be impressed...

Tayden retail distribution is via 'Lean Business'

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My old friend, and of course JV Band drummer Bob Henrit has his amazingly entertaining memoir out now for all to enjoy...


A hugely entertaining memoir of the legendary British drummer whose unerring sense of timing and rhythmic flair provided the rock solid base for Adam Faith, The Roulettes, The Kinks, Argent, The Zombies, Don McLean, Richie Havens, Ringo Starr, Colin Blunstone, Unit 4 + 2,  Honeybus, Richard Anthony, Roger Daltrey, Leo Sayer and Ian Mathews.

Illustrated with a wealth of photos and personal recollections of Keith Moon, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, The Shadows, Queen, The Hollies, Sandy Shaw, Genesis and many more whose music will forever echo throughout the airwaves and digits of the world.

Born in 1944, Bob Henrit grew up in Hertfordshire and was educated at a Catholic college.

Having mastered the washboard by the age of twelve, within a short time he was playing drums for Adam Faith.

A founder member of Argent, he went on to play with (among others) Don McLean and Richie Havens, before joining Ray and Dave Davies in The Kinks. 

He’s had a diverse career in music as player, writer, film-maker, broadcaster, drumstore owner and inventor.

Happily married with three children and two granddaughters he lives with some of them in Enfield.

His time is spent writing, reading, public-speaking, travelling, indulging in various sports and, of course, drumming. 

Get it now on Amazon