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January 20, 2018
Great pedal and was veryyyy pleasantly surprised. I also tried a high end $200 AC30 pedal and for what I was looking for - clean sparkly AC30 spank a la beatles and Edge and Petty sounds it is great. It can get a bit muddy at the very high end gain settings but most of the time with this pedal (and any distortion really) I am somewhere between 9-1 o clock on settings and its very much in the sweet spot there. I also like it as a slight boost/pre into my amp or other overdrives too. Kudos and phenomenal value at this price. Even if it only does half the gain range as the expensive boutique guys this is a must buy from a pricing standpoint. I will be looking at more joyo gear ....
January 19, 2018
I don't know if it lives up to all the hype and mystical powers of the all-mighty vintage tube screamers of Ibanez, but it is an exact clone including the same component values, potentiometers, ICs (JRC), etc. For proof that it is exactly the same, I was able to modify it for different frequency response (corner frequency), and add asymmetrical clipping with the exact same components in exactly the same spot in the circuit as seen in TS9 mods. Of course the board is layed out a little differently. The only reason I gave it 4 (really 4.5) stars was because it does produce some noticeable noise (hiss) at higher gains, but this is expected given the boosting stage acts like a high pass filter (this gives it the characteristic mid-range boost). It can be cut with the tone control, but it also may have been due to a poorly shielded amplifier, and or a one-spot power adapter.
By P.R. Greywich
January 12, 2018
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.
January 12, 2018
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 M. Sever
December 22, 2017
Truly great tones if you are going for that Marshall sound. You can use this with an amp, but it is most useful as an amplifier emulator going direct. I was at a music store and A/B'd this against 5 other pedals (each that were over $80 used), and the only one I liked better was the Box of Rock that I ended up picking up. But then I got home and the Box of Rock did not sound as good with my Tele as this one did so now I am regretting getting rid of this. The only problem is that it is NOISY when you crank up the gain (the BOR is definitely quieter). Lots of hiss. So I could only turn the gain up about halfway (with the voice control at about 3:00) to make the noise tolerable but I was still able to get some really good crunchy sounds out of it at that level. And if you want light grit this does that very well too. Took a little tweaking with the Voice control to get it where I wanted it, but was really happy with the result once I got it there. So for the price I don't think you can do much better. I cannot confirm how much of a tone sucker this is as I had two Joyos and had either one of them on all the time so I wouldn't really know the impact on my clean signal.
December 22, 2017
I'm very happy with this pedal. I mainly bought it to use directly into the PA system at band rehearsals. It sounds very good going directly into the PA. It can get a little noisy when the gain and voice are turned up all the way, but this isn't any different from an amp with the gain turned up high. I really like the sound of this pedal. It's feels like a pre-amp in a pedal. The EQ knobs make a huge difference in the sound of the pedal. It's easy to dial in great sounds with the level/voice/gain knobs. The sound through our PA is very good. It sounds even better through the clean channel of my practice amp (Bugera V22). I put this at the end of my pedal chain and it seems to play very nicely with my other pedals: Blues Driver, Joyo Chorus, Joyo Delay, Cry Baby. It's very easy to get a Hendrix sound with this pedal and the Cry Baby :) I'm surprised by the quality of the pedal build. It has a very sturdy metal enclosure that seems very solid. The knobs all rotate easily but have a little resistance so they aren't accidentally changed. I like to Velcro my pedals to my board but this pedal has a rubber back. The Velcro tape doesn't stick to the rubber very well. It will hold for a while, but any time the pedal is removed from the board, the Velcro peals off the pedal.
By J. K. Godard
December 15, 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.
By Raymond J. Gentry
December 15, 2017
I bought this to replace the Boss compression pedal I had. I don't do a lot of metal and wanted a pedal that would tighten the sound weather I was using my electric or acoustic and the Boss just made too much noise. I really like this pedal and run my acoustic through it pretty often. It helps to bring a little more sustain through even when using my feedback buster and if I really get at it while I'm playing it adds a little crunch and sharpens the acoustic sound. It also works great with when I'm playing electric and evens the sound across my other effects combinations. Best of all, there's no extra noise when it's sustaining or when I'm playing lightly. It's a great pedal and I'm very happy with it!
July 23, 2017
I bought this pedal a while back, maybe a couple of months... I waited to write a review about it because i didnt want to leave some hyped up garbage and have it fail miserably after a short while... Im happy to say that after a few months im still very impressed with this pedal. The hp lp switch makes it very versatile and it doesn't lose the bottom end the way my other overdrive pedals do(Boss Blues Driver, and BBE Green Screamer). It keeps the bass frequencies right where they should be and just overdrives your signal in a sweet way... Im not ususally a person to write reviews but this pedal inspired me to do so. The one thing i will say about the pedal thats a little different for me, is the volume is very high to start with... i keep mine about half and half on the volume and gain... It has a lot more headroom but im not really up for blowing people away with my mind melting solos. Overall the build quality is really impressive. I looked at the Fulltone OCD and compared the idea of spending another hundred bucks for it but ultimately decided to pass. If your in the market for a cheap pedal that performs and you aren't overly concerned with a "Brand Namer" Then this is probably the pedal for You... Im very happy with mine.
June 25, 2017
I don't use all that many pedals, and the ones I do use are fairly proven/reliable standards for the most part: ISP Decimator II Boss Chorus Ensemble Morley Vai 2 Wah Boss DD-3 Delay and or Boss DD-7 Delay (each on different settings rather than changing one back and forth) Hardwire reverb Tuner pedal And for occasional use some other thing might jump in for a project, a flanger or whatever. Now while I can get by with what's on my amp, I wanted to re-add an OD to the board. I've had decent enough results with TubeScreamers, Blues Driver & Super OD sin the past and could use any of those for my purposes and make it work, but for what this cost I figured I'd take a shot based on reviews. I have a Joyo Tremolo set aside as one of my sometimes pedal and like that well enough. To get down to it I think this is a fine-sounding pedal. It's definitely a vintage OD style as advertised, used as a boost in front to push the signal with some drive. I know we guitar folks tend to split hairs about every piece of gear but I would say this is as good as the other options I mentioned. I do like the Boss-Hardwire-ISP style footswitch mechanism better but other than that there's no reason a good player couldn't go to work with this one, assuming everything else is straight on the guitar and amp ends of the chain. The shop had a few other Joyos I tried out that I didn't care for. I thought this and the red-and-black OD were great, and I mentioned the tremolo, but not so much luck with their modulation effects. Unfortunately they were trying to get 50 bucks for them and I saw this first.
May 30, 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.
May 6, 2017
Good: Plenty of gain on hand. Lots of sustain! This thing can get really loud. It gives your inexpensive tube amp that Marshall crunch. Built well, it's casing is made out of metal, not plastic. Inexpensive but performs and sounds just as well as boutique boxes costing 3 times as much. If you're looking for your first cheap distortion pedal, forget the Boss DS-1 and get this one! Well worth the money. Bad: Adds a little noise & hiss specially to single coils (strats & teles). You might need to use a noise gate to tame the noise. Quieter with humbuckers but hums when I use it with my Xotic EP Booster which I always keep on. It doesn't happen when I boost my overdrives (OCD & Hardwire CM-2). If you move farther away from your amp, the hum disappears but you can still hear some noise. I guess this is typical for distortion boxes. No need to boost it though, it already has that thick & big sound to start with. It didn't come with a 9V battery as shipped, not a big deal 'cause I use a power adapter anyway.
February 13, 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.
August 17, 2016
I bought the Joyo Ultimate OD mainly because it was cheap and I wanted something to stack with my Bad Monkey, which would have a little more drive. Very pleased. Now for a deeper look. I keep the mini toggle on LOW as it compresses the signal and creates a bluesy tone. The HIGH position is looser and louder-not bad at all, just not my style. Most folks will probably prefer HIGH over LOW. Build quality is as good as anything else. Not sure what's under the hood, but the pots and switches are good quality as are the jacks and 9V connection. The pots all have easily discoverable sweet spots. I had it dialed in to my preferences in minutes. It IS gain-y. With the drive at 10 o'clock it provides what I'm looking for. Higher gain settings are nice, too. I use the Bad Monkey to push the U OD, setting the Monkey's gain very low and the level up to push the volume and clarity of the U OD for solo work. Great results with Fender tube amps, a red stripe Peavey Bandit and an assortment of tube and SS modelers. If you are looking for that "in between drive" tone straddling OD and Distortion...this will make you happy. Plays well with stacked pedals and is tube and SS amp friendly. Downside....? That hideous devil face graphic. It's embarrassing! Woulda got a 5 without the devil face...LOL.
By M. Hall
July 19, 2016
Honestly, I just bought this a throw-in to bump an order up to get some small items shipped, but for the price, I was surprised... I had heard that the Joyo stuff was great value, but I didn't think I'd be as in love with this little thing as I am! As you can tell from the name and the colors, this is essentially a budget clone of the venerable Ibanez Tube Screamer (it even uses the same chip as the orginal.) It's got three controls like the original (Drive, Volume, and Tone.) The bright yellow knobs are easy to see, even in a darkened room. It claims true bypass on the pedal... now I've heard varying accounts as to if the Joyo Pedals actually are true bypass (some things I've read say they use Millenium Bypass, and I haven't cracked this open and ogled the board) but what I can say is that this pedal seems pretty transparent when it's off. It can be powered by 9V batteries or a 9V DC center negative adapter. It seems very solidly built, despite being stupid cheap. As for tone: it's classic moderate-gain Tube Screamer stuff, with the mid-hump that the originals were known for. Sounds great to give a clean amp a little bit of dirt (using a strat with the neck pickup on a clean tube amp gives a very nice SRV-type tone) or for driving an already crunchy amp further. Even with the tone knob dimed, it's fairly mellow in sound, not shrill or grating at all. It's not an incredibly versatile pedal -if you're looking for super-hi gain or Big Muff type tones, this won't be your bag- but what it does it does well. There is a slight bit of noise, but nothing out of line for a gain-based effect. I've heard much worse. You can't go too wrong with this pedal for the price, really.
July 13, 2016
It's a good OD pedal. I set it up with OD at zero and level at 9. The boost certainly did an excellent job of pushing my amp into some thick overdrive. It doesn't take much from the OD knob to get the breakup you want. Using it past 6 or 7 would suit some, but it gets a little fuzzy for anything I'll need. Pushing the level knob up to 9 did create some noise when the pedal was engaged, but it was less than I expected. Bringing it back down to 6 negated much of that anyway. Pulling back on the level to 6 and increasing the OD to 3 seems like the right spot...for me. It gives me just enough boost and added overdrive to get the hard rock that I like. Of course, we all want something different, and your settings will be different. But the pedal has a wide enough range in each knob that you should be able to get what you want. It's not a distortion pedal, but it does get pretty aggressive. Not sure how it will sound as a standalone gain tool for a solid state amp, but it certainly does an excellent job of driving tubes. The paint job...that's my one dislike. Not that it matters to me all that much, but I think it can affect expectations of people considering it. It LOOKS like a heavy distortion pedal. But it's not. As for hints...I've seen a review from three years ago where the switch wasn't activating, and the red light was staying on. I bought mine "used" through . When I got it, it was doing the same thing. Maybe it's the same pedal, but I doubt it. All that needed to be done was to tighten the nut on the switch. It was a little loose and was allowing the switch to sag into the pedal. Tightened it up and all was well. As for other complaints about definition and clarity in chords...I can't speak for them, and they may have different ears than mine. For me, everything sounded very clear and defined. It's always possible that tweaking settings between the guitar, amp and pedal can make some difference there. It's also possible that this pedal is being compared to a considerably higher end option. I don't know other than to say that all situations are different. Bottom line is that there seems to be widespread love for this pedal, and the price point is amazing. I'd take this easily over the Boss Super Overdrive, Bad Monkey, Screamin' Blues and many others in its price range. To be honest, for me personally and what I like to hear...ill take it over a TubeScreamer too.
By Michelle A. Puziss
July 9, 2016
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 Brian in AZ
June 16, 2016
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 tommy rehbein
June 11, 2016
This is a solid economy delay pedal. For $40 you're getting a great deal: It sounds good, comes in a heavy duty enclosure, and is made with higher quality components that other pedals at this price-point. I work for a company that makes boutique effect pedals, so naturally, I have a habit of taking everything apart to see under the hood. I was expecting to find a bunch of crap but was surprised to see metal film resistors (much better than carbon film resistors), good jacks, and a 3PDT true bypass foot switch. Another person made the comment, "there's no way this pedal is true-bypass," because of alleged noise. I can assure you from taking it apart, it is. That other individual may have something else mucking up his/her signal path. Another thing that I like about this pedal is all the components are through-hole instead of surface mounted, so it's very easy to mod. I added a "Slam" switch to mine and did other minor tweaks. So if you're a modder, check this one out. As with any delay, I would recommend running the pedal off a power supply because delays and chip-based pedals (chorus, loopers, etc) tend to eat batteries like a hungry Pac-Man. In fact, I would recommend using an isolated power supply (Voodoo labs, etc) because daisy chaining will give you noisy and sometimes unstable results depending on how much other stuff you're running off the chain. I only stated that because that is usually the noise culprit people complain about, not the pedal itself. Totally a good enough pedal to use on your board, but 100% a fantastic back-up to keep in your backpack in case something goes awry, or if you don't want to fly with your expensive gear (we all know how terrifying that can be). Bravo.
By Ronald Light
March 1, 2016
This is an edit of an earlier more negative review where, it seems, my third-party power supply introduced considerable unwanted noise into the overall effect. That problem's now been remedied with a new pedal power adapter, and the Joyo chorus effect is indeed a joy. This pedal performs best as a mid-depth chorus effect and not for the deeper underwater effect of other big-name pedals. The Joyo seems well suited to this more moderate purpose and does not add excessive treble to the signal, either. I still hold that there's no easy way to access the battery compartment and, I swear, the back screws were tightened to the point I was unable to remove them. Maybe some units ship with an easily removable back panel, but certainly not mine. Recently I purchased the Joyo American Sound amp emulating box and the Joyo Tremolo pedal, both of which have an easy opening rear plastic hatch. Why not the Analog Chorus? Anyway, I'm now enjoying this pedal and appreciate the hole it fills in between the high-depth and low-depth positions of the name-brand small clone chorus. Thanks, Joyo.
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