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By Obi Wan Kenodi
January 17, 2018
First off, the cost of this pedal is super cheap. Secondly, the sound is great. You can get really thick distorted tones for metal and heavier music or just a nice crunch tone for anything from punk to progressive music. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this to anyone considering a cheap distortion pedal. Especially if you are going for a Boss DS-1. Those pedals are classic but I think the Joyo Crunch Distortion gives it a run for it's money. The only reason I did not give this item 5 stars is that there are definitely better distortion pedals available. Typically, they are much more expensive brand new.
By seth patton
January 15, 2018
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.
January 14, 2018
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.
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 11, 2018
Great pedal. Quiet. I put it in the effects loop of my Fender Studio Lead (50 watt, solid state) amp on the clean channel, and I can dial in the Vox AC-30 coolness, the hollow mids and that distinctive crunchy gain sound. My new and improved tone made me so excited to play again that I couldn't tear myself away from the front of my amp. I wanted to give this pedal 5 stars, and yes, I love this pedal. I got lucky with this one. But, I have issues overall with Joyo quality control. I have two other Joyo pedals that I like but have noise issues, and one that arrived dead in the box (but was replaced easily and promptly by the seller). So as not to over rate Joyo I thought a 4-star rating would be more fair. That being said, if this pedal were lost or stolen, I'd order another one immediately, despite Joyo's quality control problem.
December 22, 2017
This is a clone of an MI Audio CrunchBox Distortion. It is not a high gain pedal, although it has plenty of gain on tap. I use it set at about 10:00, so I'm not using all it's gain, but it provides a smooth, and harmonically rich distortion that kicks up above the mix when needed. I am using it primarily as a dirty boost, as I am primarily an overdrive guy. The volume knob is very sensitive, but once you get it set, it is fine. For $30, you just can't beat it. I have several other Joyo pedals, all of which are very good, especially for the money. As a reference point, I have many high-end boutique pedals, playing through a TopHat Club Royale tube amp. I have had it in chains with a Tim pedal, OCD, Ibanez TS808, Humphrey Mods Badder Monkey, Visual Sound Open Road, Barber Small Fry. I really like this pedal.
By Gabriel R. Barteck
December 21, 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 todd fraser
September 20, 2017
I think this would make a great first time fuzz pedal for anyone. I just replaced my Russian Big Muff Pi with a Fulltone '70 BC Fuzz and had I not bought the Fulltone this would stay on my pedal board. I would think side by side you'll notice the difference between the two. The Fulltone being a little better sound and full but I could easily swap this in and most people would probably not be able to tell the difference. The Octave portion is what I wanted and it's ok but I've only heard them before and never used them so maybe it just isn't for me. I haven't spent a lost of time with. I don't feel slighted in the least with the price. I've spent $150 on pedals that I hated so there it is. If you have good tone between just your amp and guitar then everything else should just enhance it and this will do just that. Now we'll see how long it lasts.
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.
April 13, 2017
Pretty cool knock-off of the Schaller trem or Diaz Tremodillo. This is my 2nd or 3rd Joyo pedal, and my favorite thus far. I don't care for the cheap jacks, but you get what you pay for, and I can always replace them if they break (I work on pedals all the time). I've got a scratchbuilt improved EA Trem (with two footswitchable speeds) and a cheap little Danelectro Tuna Melt. Other than the crummy bypass and plastic construction, the Tuna Melt is my favorite since it has the hard/soft switch. The improved EA has a great preamp for guaranteed unity gain (or more), and the footswitchable speeds that I added gives it extra flexibility. But I think the Joyo trumps it by just a little bit in that the core trem sound is a nice blend of the Tuna Melt's hard and soft settings. So part of this is really a subjective take on this flavor of trem, but suffice it to say if you've tried a few, this one will probably satisfy you at least a bit. No unity gain issues, and the speed and depth have a good sweep throughout their ranges. And it's just a niggle, but how hard would it be to get the word "tremolo" silkscreened so that it's centered on the box? At least there's no skull and flames like on the High Gain Distortion.
By Ryan Rister
August 8, 2016
Love this pedal! FYI- there is a ton of volume on tap, so start out low. Read all the other reviews for tone. I just want to tell you about the inside's of this pedal. Great build quality on the PCB. Two red 5mm led's for clipping. true bypass switch is just fine. Jacks are pcb mounted, but they are pretty solid. 9V jack is about the same as Boss pedals...just fine. Now for the bad......the ribbon connector going from the pcb to the true bypass switch is HORRIBLE. I recommend replacing this asap. The ribbon connector's wires are super thin and break VERY easily. I removed it and soldered six 22awg wires in place of it. Much stronger, and I swear it sounds better. This soldering job is not for the novice...you need a very fine tip on your soldering iron and quick soldering skills. These Joyo PCB's are good...but not so good that you can really heat them up....the pads will lift. I used a 40w soldering iron and was quick with my connections. I am attaching a pic of the PCB for all you DIY geeks out there. Notice the broken ribbon connector at the bottom of the pic! Other than the ribbon connector, I love this pedal! Well worth the money....been using it live for a year now. Cuts through the mix nicely. Also has a presence control trimpot on the solder side of the PCB to tweak the mid's to your liking, if need be.
By Ryan P. Long
July 23, 2016
I needed something to take my rock amplifier into metal territory. The first thing I tried was an MXR Prime Distortion, but it didn't have enough oomph. The next thing I tried was the MXR Fullbore Metal, and that was good, but I felt like it took complete control of my tone. I lost the sound of my amp. It was also had a high end that was difficult to tame. So I thought I'd try an OD pedal instead. I don't dig Tube Screamers, and all the reviews said this was an OCD clone. I don't actually know - I've never played an OCD pedal. Too rich for my blood. I tried this one because it was cheap and true bypass. Well, the tone is perfect. Combined with my amp's tone, it's enough to push my tone from hard rock into metal, but without losing the core elements of my tone that are so important to me. I don't use it for solos or boosting or any of that. I use it strictly to thicken up my rhythm tone for my heaviest songs. It's perfect for that. In fact, I'm surprised that an overdrive pedal - one that sounds pretty "overdrivey" when the amp is clean - has the capability of taking me into metal territory. But this does the trick. Saved me from having to get a new amplifier. Truth be told, it is a little noisier than I expected. It is probably less noisy when the amp's gain is lower, so I'll assume most of the noise is due to my own rig's settings. I can live with the noise. When the whole band is playing, you don't notice it. Overall, just a great overdrive. Not too trebly, not too gainy, not thin. Worth twice what I paid for it. Well done, Joyo.
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 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 Kell Baker
May 21, 2016
It's not a Maxon or an Ibanez, but for thirty clams, it's probably the best clone out there as far as tone, quality and construction. Solid aluminum housing, nice build quality, and clean interior. Quiet switch. Looks and reacts like true bypass to me. No noise unless the knobs are dimed out and even then it's mostly feedback, which doesn't bother me. If you've ever owned the real deal, you realize right away that this pedal comes pretty close to matching a lot of the same tones of an 808 or a TS9. (Includes the JRC4588 chip that tubes creamers are renowned for.) The drive and volume knobs provide good variation and work together well. The tone knob gets about a 12 o'clock setting and everything to the right of that was way too bright and thin for my liking. This is the point of separation between this well done clone and the real deal. I dropped it on my main pedal board rig between the EQ and distortion pedals... plays real nice with the Pro Co RAT at low distortion levels... jumped between driving blues and AC/DC riffs nicely, which is straight up how I measure a good overdrive. Sounded great through my Blackstar head (clean channel) through Celestion V30s. Put it alone on my modded Ampeg R212R and drove it into pretty sweet blues territory. Gets real dirty if you amp up the drive and volume. Sensitive tone dial is going to take some time to get used to. Bottom line. It's a quality cheap fix for replacing a TS. It doesn't stop me gassing hard for a Maxon OD 808, but it will serve as a great back up and a standalone for my second rig. I'm happy in between tube screamers, let's see how long it lasts.
By Bob P.
May 5, 2016
When I first fired this pedal up and started turning the knobs I hated it. Then I found the presence pot inside and also started using some unconventional settings. Most distortion pedals I own sound best with their volume knobs past 2 'clock, tone around noon and distortion 3' oclock. Not this one folks. At least not for me. The magic really happened for me when I dialed the presence pot back a little bit, turned the tone knob all the way up, volume around 9'oclock and gain way down around 7'oclock and MAGIC!! Excellent AC/DC type rhythm sounds (but it does have it's own thing too kind of) and outstanding lead tones when engaging the gain channel on my amp. Bump the volume on the pedal up a little if you want a volume boost for leads but make sure to compensate with the clean channel amp volume. I paid under 30 dollars for this pedal brand new and it's better than some of my pedals costing double or more. My only gripe with it is the audible "pop" it makes when engaging it but I am keeping my rating at 4 stars because it's going to be an "always on" pedal for me. So if you buy this pedal be sure to take the back cover off and adjust the presence pot to your liking. Me I liked it dialed back some, you may like it turned up some. As I said at first I thought this pedal sucked until I started to dial it in with some unusual settings. now it's going to be a mainstay on my board and will be my main rhythm crunch. I'm even going to buy another one as a backup. Great job on this one Joyo!!
By KING KUEL~RJW
April 24, 2016
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 AMAZON 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,
April 13, 2016
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.
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