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December 27, 2017
For the money spent, this pedal is nice. I will start by saying, however, that is is not a total digital delay. In a digital delay, there is no decay of notes played- it keeps repeating perfect copies of the note played. With analogue, there is more decay with each repeat (a copy of a copy of a copy, etc). Analogue delay is great and the pedal sounds good, but as a matter of technicality the title is a bit of a misnomer. The construction is solid and I have no complaints about durability. It is (as advertised) true bypass and does not color your tone. The sound is good- other than the fact that it is actually analogue it sounds good. It is reasonably versatile and can get a decent range of delay tones. Maybe not ideal for the 800MM "Edge" sounds, but it can give anything from slap-back to Floyd-esque sounds. the pedal is good on it's own, but I feel it works best stacked with other pedals on your board for extra delay, ambiance or texture. Not amazing, but a very good, usable pedal at an affordable price.
By The Existential Christian
December 17, 2017
I bought this pedal recently after seeing the reviews here, and others elsewhere. I've been looking for a pedal to replace my much loved, but unreliable TubeWorks Real Tube. I've tried quite a few pedals in this price range, and above, including a Cool Cat Distortion, a modified DS-1, modded TS-9, and a Visual Sound Jekyl and Hyde. All of these listed failed to approach the crunchiness and squishy mids of the Real Tube. This pedal, however comes the closest. The mids are a little more pronounced than I would like, but it's within the range of what I can easily dial out with my amp's EQ. There's tons of gain on tap; I've read several reviews stating otherwise, and I cannot agree with them. Into a mostly clean amp, I have the gain set to roughly 10 o'clock, and I have enough gain to play Van Halen and the like. Above 12 o'clock, the gain gets kinda mushy. There is plenty of volume on tap. Unity is around 9 o'clock, 11-12 o'clock provides a nice boost. Above that it will overdrive your amp's preamp pretty hard. The pedal cleans up when I roll the volume back, and it is a very defined distortion. There's plenty of clarity here (and I have not yet messed with the internal trim pot). So far I am very happy with it.
By C J.
December 14, 2017
This is an excellent sounding pedal. great high gain distortion/overdrive for cheap. For the price you won't find better. I own about 8 joyo pedals. some are the older style and some the newer style such as this one. although I love the sound of this pedal I question the quality of these newer pedals. they do not appear as solid as the older style pedals and in particular the switch seems of a lesser quality. That being said it functions perfectly and sounds great. lots of great tone can be found in this baby. I just hope it holds up over time. check out the older style joyo crunch. about the same price with a more solid switch. sound is similar although the deluxe crunch is more tonally versatile
By James B.
December 13, 2017
I have not used a compressor before, but have been wanting to try one for a long time, and didn’t want to spend too much since I wasn’t certain I would continue to use it. So far, I found that it works nicely to even out my mediocre playing for a bit more polished sound. Importantly, if set right, I still feel like I have dynamic control over my amp (Blues Jr.). The output is somehow lively though “compressed”. I expect I will generally just leave it on in the chain and enjoy the polished and sustained sounds. As for build quality, I think it is satisfactory. The knobs feel great, the jacks feel solid. If you plan on using it with a battery, I recommend installing some small chunks of foam or something to keep the battery from banging around. The battery compartment has a plastic snap-in cover, which makes battery changes easy, but the durability of this area is perhaps not as good as the old method of unscrewing the bottom plate. My plan is to install the Velcro and use it on a pedal board with a power supply so I don’t see this to be an issue for me. The paint quality is good, though perhaps not as durable as higher priced pedals. The power jack is inset slightly with a large clearance hole, which has a less-than-top-quality look to it. But I am being picky – and for the price the quality is terrific. This is not a junky pedal.
December 11, 2017
This is a very good, usable pedal. Not the most brilliant and not the most characteristic compressors out there, but I like how subtle and noiseless this unit is. Really it does not color or bias the tone, it does not impose anything on the signal except for adding a little sustain and compression. The attack knob is very subtle, I wasn't even sure that it was working when I first tested the unit with a single coil guitar. Then I plugged in a humbucker axe and the effect of the attack knob became clearly audible. There is an extra pot on the hard to access side of the circuit inside that controls the attack, once can drill a hole on the front panel to get easier access to it - I have not tried it yet, but I will. All in all, this is a keeper and I can recommend if you want subtle organic compression. If you want heavy, tone coloring compression, go for the red box (dyna comp).
December 4, 2017
This pedal makes for a great little "amp" for studio recording. Everything from sparkly/crispy cleans to boomy/midrange distortions. Of course, you can't realistically compare the sound you get out of this pedal to a genuine Vox amp, but you'll definitely get something in that ballpark (to use an American term haha). Very useful tool with versatile tones and responsive controls. The pedal itself seems to be quite sturdy and durable and is made with quality parts. This is the second Joyo pedal I've bought (also their dynacomp) and and I really, really like them. I'll definitely be adding to my Joyo collection in the near future!
November 29, 2017
I've probably got too many distortions, overdrives and dirtboxes. Right now, I've got my trusty MXR script Logo, a BOSS OS-2, a Boss FZ-5, a home-made distortion based on the shredmaster, and now, this little number. I got this one because i heard the hype about it, and about the OCD that it supposedly rips off, and well, yes, it's a really good distortion pedal. It does have some overdrive character, but it's got more of the hard clipping distortion. A TS9, this is not. In that respect, it's definitely able to do the "Marshall in a box' thing that people like. But, by bringing the gain down, setting it on the high switch, and bringing the level knob past noon, it's a really solid Boost pedal. By bringing up the gain ( and bringing down the level) you can get some really saturated distortion- but it does get a bit fizzy on the really high gain settings. I've only had it a few hours, so I've not yet dialed in the settings I'll stick with, but they are definitely there. It can get a bit boomy with a neck humbucking pick up, but, on the bridge humbucker, and on the neck with a single coil, it pretty much instantly goes for a great mid range voiced distortion. It's worth the 30 or so dollars, at least.
By J. K. Godard
November 26, 2017
If you're looking for that vintage TS tone, this is a solid buy. This is the second Joyo I've bought (also have the tremolo). In general, they deliver as promised at a very nice price point. You'll find that the range in variation for the knob settings tends to be a little quirky on the Joyos -- for instance, the tone knob will not do much for several ticks and then suddenly the sound will change significantly. Same with drive and volume. But with just a little patience, I'm still able to nail down good settings. I use this for both my strat and my weissenborn lap slide, going into a '62 Fender champ. I suspect any good tube amp will get along well with this pedal. The distortion sound is mild, mid-rangy and smooth, pretty much the TS profile. Don't get this if you want heavy distortion or fuzz -- there are other pedals for that. This pedal can give you a nice tube-y sounding boost with a smooth breakup on power chords. For soloing on higher strings it's mainly a boost with a little sustain. Doesn't kill your tone, but it does have a mid-rangy EQ profile, so you're not going to get a big bass boost with it. Build quality seems solid, but I haven't gigged with this guy yet. Huge value for the money.
October 24, 2017
For this price, it would be stupid for me not to have purchased it. If you play in churches or just go direct with your band, this is a great backup to an amp. It has a wide variety of tones and thickness to use. It doesn't get super heavy, even with a metal distortion without sounding pretty bad, but if you stay away from metal, this thing can be your ace in the hole. Here's an example where it saved me. I played at an event that would be hard to describe so I'm going to simplify it to this: There were a lot of musicians that jumped in and out for various songs and we quickly ran out of XLR spots and that all they had for me was a quarter inch aux jack. What this meant was that they told me that I could not use my usual rig of an Orange Micro Terror amp (20W tube preamp) into a direct box with cab emulation. The headphone out sounded terrible so I was pretty much without an amp. So I went to my bag, took the Joyo JF-16 British amp simulator out and plugged my pedal board into it and then the mixer. I dialed in a decent tone and saved the day. Of course, an actual amp is better, but in a tough situation or for practice, this pedal is great. Just don't expect it to revolutionize your tone like I did when I got this before I got my orange micro terror.
July 12, 2017
First off, I have heard and played an OCD pedal, but never owned one. I bought this pedal instead, after hearing of its unique Marshall amp big mid to low darkness. I play a fender HRD with an matching extension, and have used this pedal with a Tele Thinline, A Gibson LP and an Epiphone 335 pro. This is not a subtle overdrive pedal. this is huge and dark and big and will color your sound and beef up the bottom end. The build and controls are good, and the high end/low end switch is dramatically different in tone, but make no mistake- this is a distortion pedal- for big, 90's style wicked bottom end. It's not super versatile, and is the furthest thing from a transparent overdrive- but if that's what you want, you cannot go wrong. ***Remember- this is a mid range to low end booster. You want to use this with a scooped amp with a lot of head room, the same way you would use a tube screamer(except for the extreme distortion)- so if you play a Fender style amp great, if you play a Marshall style mid-hump amp, be aware, its overkill mid boost wise- it might not sound terrific.
By KING KUEL~RJW
July 6, 2017
Was a little skeptical about purchasing this pedal, reading all the reviews it really sounded like a great pedal for the money tho... I had to buy a number of pedals to complete my pedal board: EQ, Patch chords for 8 pedals, Compressor (2- bought 1 comp for my guitar player buddy also)and Bought the Fuzz Moo (which I returned cus it was noisy). To my surprise didnt send me my purchased compressors (2), instead sent 1 compressor/1 Ultimate Overdrive by mistake! Well i was gunna return it with the fuzz, (annoyed i didnt get my compressor) but after hearing it, I kept it. Its options, sound, and quality was a nice surprise. I still have to get a compressor, but if your on the fence about this and need or cld have a 2nd distortion/OD (this is a great smooth to aggressive quality distortion, '70s to Mod distortions) get this for the money its a home run period. Ive been playing for yrs,
May 1, 2017
I love this pedal. It is clean and clear. I've not noticed any hiss or distortion from this peal being in my effects chain. This is most certainly not the worlds number 1 digital delay, but for the price it can't be beat. Though this does not have a port for an expression pedal, the Joyo digital delay is great for adding some delay to any mix. Personal I use this along side my tcelectronic flashback and use it to add some ambiance. I would like to have seen a expression port for adding the option to have tap tempo, though this would raise the price. When toggling the pedal on and off, there is an evident click (the same as all other Joyo pedals). This makes it easy to feel (and hear) when the pedal has been toggled. Its personal preference but I prefer smooth non-clicking switches like those found in tcelectronics pedals. All in all, I am very satisfied and would recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a budget friendly digital delay.
By John Kasinecz
April 23, 2017
When opening the box I pulled the pedal out it well exceeded the quality I expected from a 35 dollar pedal. The knobs turn well, the casing is heavy, It just felt good. The switch is definitely cheap. you can hear an audible click when it turns on but replacing the switch isn't a huge deal and since it's just a lighter overdrive, you likely aren't going to be turning it on and off. Now, The plugged in details... The Overdrive is very expressive. as you turn the volume up, it gets louder but doesn't really change the sound. The drive knob has plenty of functionality. It sort of caps out the grit around 12 o'clock but the rest of the pot really shapes the tone. I kept mine pretty low and really dug the tones. The tone Knob has a wide spectrum but the treble end of it is pretty unusable and the bass and is not very bassy. I set it pretty low and it was a very clear and defined tone. You're not going to get any bass-ey tones out of it but it definitely thickens up your sound... As for the treble, you can crank it all the way over and it's going to sound like a chicken' picken' players dream, but to the rest of us it's going to sound very harsh. I run a Walrus audio mayflower on my main board and I AB'd them together. You're obviously going to see a noticeable difference in quality between the two in an isolated environment but I think most of the differences would be lost when you got it up to gig volumes. Overall, Great pedal, Can't believe how much value you get for the price.
By P.R. Greywich
April 20, 2017
I'm a bassist... I can play guitar, keyboards, a handful of other instruments too, but I'm mostly a bassist. Low notes tend to sound kinda questionable bumping into each other, so I'm not going to use this often-- especially live. That being said, I like chords ringing out a little longer during chord melody pieces on my 7 string. How often am I asked to do that instead of hitting eighth notes? Not often. So... I didn't want to spend much on a very simple pedal. 30 bucks was great... so I went for it. There's three knobs here. Do you need more? I didn't. The level worked smoothly, the time is a bit inexact (click against muted strings for a quick glimpse of your effect tempo when you have to), and the repeat can give you a wave of static feedback at faster delay times if you need or want it. I needed dotted quarter notes, mostly, with the level about three-quarters up, repeat count low... works like a charm. Two complaints. The 9V battery that came with the pedal died within twenty minutes of putting it in. I figured this would happen, though. I could disregard that and only complain once here, sure... except that: The battery compartment is quite tight. So tight in fact that I have a little bite taken out of my right hand's middle knuckle from wiggling the battery out. I might be bitter about the personal injury, but I'm deducting a star for that-- and warning the next potential buyer. If all of Joyo's pedals have this cramped a battery space, I would be aware but not really wary of it. Just something to consider... or get a power supply. I won't be using the pedal that often, but it is superb at the simple task it does.
By From Detroit
April 16, 2017
I needed a phaser, and saw that the Joyo Vintage Phaser was rated well, and super cheap, so I bought it. I was EXTREMELY impressed with it, and did some further research into their pedals. This was one of their top-rated pedals, so I figured I'd give it a go. I have to say that I am fairy impressed! I get a wide range of tones coming out of this little box - anything from a light fuzz to a vintage-style high gain. You won't get a modern metal crunch from it, so if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. If you want a nice distortion to replicate stuff from the 70's and 80's, then this is a great bet. This pedal is currently plugged in, and I suspect that I'll keep it as part of my rig (unless I happen to get rich and find a nicer, boutique pedal, or get around to modding my other pedals.) As a reference: I own several Boss distortion/over drive pedals (Japanese DS-1, SD-1, OD-3 and MT-2.) I The Joyo JF-02 and OD-3 are the two drive pedals that I have hooked up, since they are by far the best sounding and most versatile drive pedals that I currently own. A side-note for the tone-freaks: The peddle does seem to be a bit muddy. It's great for jamming out power chords, but not so articulate when you're arpeggiating chords. (Still noticeable when you back off the gain on the pedal but crank the volume on the amp.)
April 10, 2017
I'm not a professional musician by any stretch of the term, but I do know quality when I play it. I picked up the Joyo comp pedal just to try out...it's price is low enough to try out just for he heck of it...I thought a 2nd comp pedal might be handy. As a comparison to this pedal, my other comp pedal is '74 Dyna Comp...'73 pots, from the first run of their production. The Joyo isn't better or worse, but it's just as useful and provides a very smooth tone. Owning them I can tell the difference, but I doubt anyone elsem could if I A/B'd them for them. The Joyo is slightly quieter than the Dyna Comp, if you've never used a compression pedal...you will hear some noise, it's just the way they work. I play a 57AVRI Strat w/ Fender CS 54 pups and a 62AVRI Strat with stock pups thru a Hot Rod Deluxe. I'm VERY impressed with the Joyo comp pedal. Now here's the downside. Sound wise this is to my ears a 5 star product, build wise it's a 3 star. These pedals are not as well made as the other pedals I own, it's not build like a tank. I had also bought the Joyo Sweet Baby OD pedal, and it didn't work. Thankfully Amazon's return policy is great. Don't expect a top tier make, but the pedal's sound is great. If you're looking for a pedal to play around with, it's worth it. If you're on a budget or are new to playing this pedal is a good buy. My first comp pedal was a BOSS CS-3 and it was an awful sounding pedal compared to the Joyo.
March 12, 2017
I bought this based on price first and then reviews. This was intended for playing around at home and not professional use. I usually read through the 3 star reviews and just tally the 5 star and 1 stars because the 2-4 stars stand a better chance of being honest (in my opinion). Anyway, for the price there wasn't much chance of becoming enraged should it turn out to be junk. After ordering the JF-08 I saw another unit that looked promising as well so I went back and did a closer scrutiny of the reviews to determine if I should try to cancel the order and order the other unit. On this closer scrutiny I noticed that almost none of the reviews for the JF-08 were applicable to the JF-08. They were for compressors, distortion, reverb...everything except a Delay (which is what I am writing about!). What the heck is that all about? I was getting torqued just because of that, but I realized I must share the blame for not reading close enough to see that. Anyway, the unit arrived the next day . I unpacked it, plugged it in and it worked great. I was a bit concerned at the lack of a Mix control because I was looking for some subtle slapback, not a rambling echo.echo.echo... As it turns out, the Level control is not really a gain compensation but it actually controls the wet/dry mix so that made me happy too. As far as induced noise, I didn't notice any at all, and I used a 9V transformer instead of batteries. Yay again. I was able to dial in the exact effect I was looking for so what's not to like. For the price, this was a winner for me.
August 28, 2016
This pedal can be useful, especially if you want a really old school early 80s crunch and have an amp that is lightly distorted. If you want a more modern or thrashy sound, I think the Digitech Bad monkey does that better. I think the Bad monkey is better at tightening up high gain amps and playing mid scooped old school metal. If you just want to boost a JCM800 or something, then the Joyo might work better because its more transparent with better gain. If your amp is not tight at all, very flabby, terrible sound on the low E, get the joyo Ultimate Drive instead. It has a lot more high end available and can turn the muddiest amp into a tight mid-range heavy metal monster. The distortion on its own is decent, possibly better than the Digitech. I tend to run these pedals at gain 0, volume unity, tone as close to transparent as possible. The reality is these pedals fatten up the mids. Echoing what someone else said, Joyo sounds better recorded than the Digitech. Get the joyo if you're thinking Iron Maiden, Saxon, Scorpions, etc Get the bad monkey if you want to do modern metal or get the Ride the Lightening tone.
By seth patton
June 1, 2016
I was a bit skeptical at first because of the price and the fact it's from China but it's working out even better than expected. First off, I run an Am. Strat through a 40watt boutique tube amp (ChromeDome) so I'm very conscious of tone loss when things are added to the signal chain. Tube screamers and the like (digital pedals with no real bypass) are literally useless when you have a high-end amp; why invest $1500+ on an amp and then choke the signal with a digital pedal? This JOYO pedal has TRUE BYPASS that means when the pedal is off the signal is pretty close to what it would be if you plugged straight in to the amp. This is why I can say this pedal beats the Tube Screamer hands down. This cheap knock off pedal actually works better with higher-end amps than a Tube Screamer but on the flip side, if you have an entry level amp save your money for a Tube Screamer. If you have a good amp and a good sound you'll want the JOYO because of it pretty much just 'boosts' what is already there. If you have an entry level amp you'll want a true Tube Screamer because you don't want more of your amp's sound you want to disguise it. The JOYO's gain is minimal but it's extremely useful if you already have the sound you want and just need a little more juice.
By Gabriel R. Barteck
May 29, 2015
I have tried many Joyo pedals and they all seem to be amazing values for any level of player. I think this does a good job of the metal distortion tone, especially with the mid tone knob for scooping mids just to the degree you want. I tend not to overdo the ultra heavy scoop tone, but you can. It also can behave at lower gain values like a more traditional distortion. It would never be my only dirt pedal, but it is perfect for the heaviest songs in my playlist. One gripe though is that it is not true bypass as stated in the long description. (This becomes obvious if you experiment and try to play through it "off" without any pedal power... no signal at all...which means that this pedal is never completely out of the circuit when "off" as true bypass implies). Many Joyo pedals are true bypass. Then I noticed that Joyo may be hinting at this with the pedal graphics... if you look it actually says "bypass" and not "true bypass" like several of their other pedals. (For example, I verified the vintage overdrive and crunch distortion are true bypass and they say this next to the button, but the ultimate drive is not, and it just say says "bypass" like this pedal.) Anyway, it is not a deal breaker for a decent pedal (many great pedals are not true bypass), but you should be aware they are not the same. Joyo button labeling may be more telling of the bypass wiring than the description if this is important to you.
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