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By Monitoring Czar
December 20, 2017
I've had the Joyo JF-09 tremolo pedal for a few months and have sufficient time on it to provide a fair review. I'd give it 3.9 out of 5 stars. Pros: Simple, cheap, good battery life. Cons: Not quite as intense as a tremolo should be. A good, strong tremolo should penetrate much deeper than this one, to the point where your ears and body really feel it. If you've stood in front of a Fender Twin Reverb with the tremolo cranked you'll get the picture. Or listen to "How Soon Is Now" by the Smiths. I can't that level of thick, throbbing, pulsating sonic thrust that engorges the room from this tremolo. Overall, for the price it's not bad. I'd rather save the money for other effects because tremolo is pretty low on the effects chain. If your not a dedicated tremolo snob, then get this one, but don't expect earthshaking tremolo. There are videos and DIY mods for this unit. If I undertake it I'll post an update.
December 19, 2017
Nice, durable casing. The only issue I had with the pedal is that the plastic knobs are a bit sticky, and seems like they'll probably strip soon....but the metal posts in the knobs are fine. Nice fuzzy tone. It seems to be true bypass, which is a plus. May just be buffered, but it doesn't suck tone. The standard fuzz sound is a bit shrill to my ears, but with a little eq'ing of the tone knob you can make it work. The octave option is kind of an afterthought. If you are buying this because of the octave option, my advice is don't do it. It really makes little to no sonic difference to me, just adds a little fizzy metallic ring sound, like a dim ring mod, and really only cuts through on single notes or power chords, which is true of a lot of octave fuzz pedals. In my opinion, this pedal excells with the mid-cut engaged. It gives you that nice, fat, fuzzy sound that is great for big, fuzzy walls of sound when ran through some reverb, while leaving those mid tones open for lead guitars, vox, etc. It also is a warmer, fuller tone with the mid-cut on. Some people would disagree 100% with this, and tell you the mid cut sucks and the standard sound is fine. I suppose it depends on your sound and what you are going for. I bought this pedal for MBV/JAMC Shoegaze fuzz/wall of sound and it does the job. I only use fuzz on a couple of my songs, so I didn't want to spend more than I needed. All is in all, this pedal does what it is supposed to and does it well, and the price is right. I would suggest trying one out on your own prior to buying, but if you just can't wait then give it a whirl. I got mine for about $40 and it's well worth it.
By Brian in AZ
December 16, 2017
I've been playing guitar for about 30 years and have gone through many pedals, guitars and various types of gear. Currently I play a 2007 Les Paul through a THD Flexi-50 and a 2x12 Avatar cab. I've played a number of overdrive pedals in the last few years and I can say without reservation, the Joyo Vintage Overdrive would probably be the "go-to" pedal if I had to choose only one. What strikes me most about this pedal is the smoothness. Many of the "boutique" pedals, like the OCD, are harsh and brittle. This thing is as smooth as silk. It's also perfect if you want to turn the gain down to "zero" and just add a little "hair" to your sound. My only complaint with this pedal is that the tone knob isn't linear in sound. When you get up to the 3-6 o'clock position, it spikes sharply. Other than that, it seems built well enough. I don't currently gig out so I can't say how it would old up on the road. I have it on quality pedalboard and I take care of my gear.
By Michelle A. Puziss
December 15, 2017
This thing sounds amazing- except for one small problem: At higher gain settings it hisses like a mother. I'm not talking about extreme settings, just gain and "character" (thats what Tech 21calls it- forgot what Joyo calls it) at 3 o'clock. It has a beautiful WARM singing lead tone-better than any pedal that I have owned ( and that's probably 20-30 distortion/overdrive pedals) If only it didn't hiss so much it would be my main lead pedal. If you have a Rocktron Hush or other noise gate pedal, it is worth considering. The Joyo is an EXACT clone of the Tech 21British pedal, which costs $189 (?). I don't know it the tech 21 has the same hissing problem or not.
By Chris R
December 12, 2017
This pedal I find pretty darn good. I use it with gain at 12 o clock or less. It really cuts through the mix for me. It can go from mild to bombastic, and that was nice for my new board build that is only sporting two od/dist pedals. I like setting it for crunch rhythm than drive it with my joyo vintage overdrive pedal for soloing. Those two pedals works nicely together. Simple, tough design, good tone, great price! Time will tell how it lasts? Buy it through the Amazon vendor cheaperpedals.com. They test before shipping which is nice! Most the time their price is cheaper at Amazon than their own site. I've called them for questions, got a human and some good advice as well. Don't get them shipped from China, too long and you don't really save more than 2-5 bucks. I love all my joyos, biyangs and donners. Got a moen shaky jimi gen. 3 on the way, that one was a whopping 63 bucks, lol ,the gem of my board hopefully! I currently have 6 joyos, 2 biyangs, 1 donnor and a moen on the way. Yes I support the no tone snobbery way, but firmly support good tone!
December 9, 2017
Let me start off by saying I am an avid fuzz freak, I've owned and played many different fuzz pedals, currently on my board I have a Bass Big Muff, an Earthquaker Hoof, and this pedal. It holds its own against these pedals, which says a lot considering it's price. The octave effect is very subtle, this pedal is very obviously going for a Jimi Hendrix Octavia sound. The fuzz itself is very good, a little less organic sounding than some of the more expensive pedals. The octave effect is really useful for cutting through. The amount of fuzz and the type of tone are very flexible. I would recommend this pedal for anyone looking for a cheap way to get decent fuzz, the octave effect is just an added bonus.
By Gabriel R. Barteck
December 6, 2017
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 Tomtop 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.
By Aaron Ashley
December 2, 2017
I have played guitar for 20+ years. Used to play live weekly, but currently 10-12 times a year. Until recently I used a Live 6 POD HD 300 for club gigs for ease of switching between tones and plugging directly into a PA , but recently it developed a problem and I've decided to go another direction. I've decided to go back to floor stomps, but I don't want to break the bank on boutique pedals that are going to get some abuse on a stage. I have quite a few random pedals, but needed a phaser. The amp used is a Bogner Alchemist with a variety of guitars. I grabbed this because of the price point and the positive experience with another Joyo pedal, the Ultimate Drive. Is it an MXR Phase 90? No, but it isn't bad either. It's a fairly subtle phase and you can turn the knob quite a bit without a massive change in tone or sound. If you are looking for a phaser that dramatically changes your tone this may not be the one, but I'm actually quite pleased with it since I like my effects to be fairly plug and play and a subtler phase was what I was looking for. It does get close to the early EVH brown sound phase, but isn't quite as thick. Works well with other pedals, but not the quietest pedal when engaged which is to be expected with a phaser. Doesn't seem to overly suck tone or volume when bypassed as part of a chain. I can't speak to the durability yet since I have only had it for a week. The other Joyo product I have has worked fine for three months. The battery leads seem flimsy and I don't think any Joyo pedals would survive long term abuse and serious neglect, but I think this one would be just fine for causal live playing and bedroom use. The one I received didn't have the horse graphic, but is orange. Overall my two experiences with Joyo pedals have so far been positive. You might not impress tone purists with any Joyo pedals but value seeking guitarists will appreciate them and 99% of people listening to you won't notice any difference. If I needed a chorus or delay I would consider other Joyo pedals, but right now this pedal finishes my board.
November 25, 2017
I have an OCD in my large pedalboard that I use for gigs. It's next in line after the switcher, wireless, volume pedal and tuner, and goes before nine other pedals. In that setup, I primarly use it as a clean boost, sometimes dialing up a little attitude. I purchased the Joyo for half the price of a second OCD because I heard it was a clone and I needed one for my small rig that goes to jams and rehearsals. It is a clone, and in side by side comparisons, it's hard to tell the difference. I would say the OCD is smoother and does a better job as a clean boost, while the Joyo gets into the dirt a little quicker and is more agressive. Both are great for running into a second overdrive pedal. On the gig board, that's OCD to Soul Food. On my little jamming and pracitce board, it's Joyo to a Bad Monkey (another great low-cost pedal). So, while the OCD provides a better, more neutral clean boost and gentle overdrive, the Joyo is great choice to save money. And if I were to take one pedal to a blues jam, I'd probably take the Joyo, because I like it's distortion personality a little more than the OCD.
November 21, 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 Arthur Digby Sellers
November 14, 2017
Mine had the same drop some have mentioned...and if there is enough room on the 10k trimmer I could see how an increase could be a problem on some too...try adjusting the 10k trimmer to compensate (NOT THE 20K trimmer...that is used to bias the optoisolator!)...if you cant get enough sweep on the trimmer, swap the internal 10k trimmer out with a 100k trimmer and set it to unity gain...you can also mount the replacement trimmer so you can access it by removing the bottom plate...SUPER easy mod that makes this a completely passable cheap copy of the F*****e Supa-Trem ;) you can also add a hard/soft switch with a little work.... Also worth noting that the amount of volume/boost changes with the intensity control...less intensity, less volume drop...I found that using a dB meter on my phone was the quickest way to set this...dial the Intensity control into a range you are likely to use the most and set it for that. Just ordered a backup. As cheap as it is even 2 are cheaper than buying what it was copied from....the jacks are super cheap as is the switch and the wiring is not so hot, but for the price you cant really beat it...
October 27, 2017
This is a great pedal, especially for the price. I was expecting to receive plastic casing but it's thankfully more durable. The most important thing here is that dope ass dog on the pedal itself. Frankly, that's kind the reason I bought it. Not really but it helped my decision. Tremolo is obviously a simple effect designed for the one use. I needed this effect and didn't want to spend a ton of money. This pedal offers exactly that in comparison the the higher tier, higher price pedals. The only drawback is not being able to choose the waveform. It is what it is with this pedal and that's what you get. It wasn't designed for more contouring but it works well. As they say only a poor carpenter blames his tools. Though, I'd hope you aren't trying to cut wood with this pedal. That'd be dumb. Anyway, great pedal, and I look forward to using it.
By Utsav Gurung
October 26, 2017
This was my first guitar pedal ever. I was not able to afford an Ibanez at that time, and since people had a lot of good things to say about this pedal, I decided to give it a try. I was quite satisfied with the tone and did not care to get an ibanez. This is the pedal, that I spent countless hours practicing with my stratocaster for about a year. But then I got the $$ to spend on an Ibanez Ts808 and its an improvement over the joyo, but also costs 6 times more. The ts808 is smoother and less muddier. Apparently, the joyo is a ts808 clone but I think it sounds more like a ts9, with a little more gain and mids. If Ur on a budget, don't hesitate to get this one. You can't get a better bang for ur buck.
By Jake Smith
October 21, 2017
Guys, this is a really good sounding pedal. It has enough highs-lows-mids to make you smile. The sound is similar to pedals costing much more. Of course, everything is based on taste and the kind of music you play. This is not a super scooped metal pedal. It's best for strong overdrives and smooth grudge sounds. The big factor about this pedal compared to more expensive pedals is that it doesn't like HEAT. I had a gig in Detroit on a metal stage with a 100 degree PLUS day. The pedal didn't like it at all. My BOSS Blues driver was just fine. Of course the Blues Driver is a $100 pedal. It took the temps just fine. So, that is, in my opinion, the big difference between what you get with JOYO vs other, more expensive, pedals. Keep in mind, if you are not playing in 100 degree temperatures you have nothing to fear. So, rock on and enjoy your music!!
October 21, 2017
this is a great pedal I would suggest it to anyone looking to get a pedal that would do overdrive and distortion it is a little more on the gain side and has a fizzy characteristic not to fuzzy however imo. Its fairly responsive too and the eq is opposite of say a tube screamers pronounced mids so rather flat eq. Plenty of volume and is a clone of the fulltone OCD if you want overdrive that doesn't sound like a tube screamer than this is for you. And botique quality at paupers price.true bypass so no tone loss props to joyo. P.s. crunch distortion is also an awesome pedal by joyo which does plexi tones well and is very crunchy.
October 20, 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).
By A. Galiano
October 12, 2017
Sounds like a delay. My ear is not picky enough to care about the nuances between different makes and models, most of which are imaginary anyway. Uses the exact same chip as almost every other delay out there, has the usual 3 controls and true bypass 3PDT switching, although the switch is wired up strangely. Does what a delay is supposed to do - from one echo all the way to spaceship feedback noise, and the sort of reverby effect that I was really after. Build is solid. Actually, I gutted it and installed the circuit into a very cool little amplifier project. Works perfectly on the shared 12v power supply. Needed the cheapest delay I could find that did not use buffered switching, and this one was perfect.
October 12, 2017
I like this pedal enough to keep around. I don't really need a distortion right now since I have a two-channel amp (Egnater Rebel 30), but this sounds nice. It's similar sound to my amp's distortion but with a bit different EQ, which is a good thing as I like tube distortion not gainy grit. I try to run my power tubes hot (generally the EL84s on the Rebel) and just put a bit more breakup on top (if I want something different I throw on the fuzz). I never push the gain past noon as it gets plenty distorted by that point, and I prefer a little less gain nowadays (my death-metaller former self would never believe I'm saying this). When you do go higher than noon, it does get hissy. Below that it's adding noise of a different character than my amps gain channel, but no more or worse noise. Seems well made, but the hiss could be rather annoying for someone looking for high gain sounds. If I want high-gain sounds I'll break out the Mesa.
October 11, 2017
Very good pedal - While I don't believe it sounds exactly like a "Marshall" it has some of that character and it IS a GOOD sounding pedal - I use it for live performances along with a compressor and few effect pedals (rev, dely, mod) and it works really well. I don't like the heavy drive settings at all and it can get noisy at higher gain and/or with VOICE control (as you turn it clock wise) - I like it for adding charcater/punch to my live rig - the tone controls allow you to make quick changes just as if you had an amp and I can now just plug into a board and use monitors instead of lugging my amps. I also have the "American" model for which my review is identical to this one. They are BOTH very good pedals and great tone shaping tools. Great unit overall.
By The Existential Christian
September 7, 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.
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