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By M. Sever
December 14, 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.
November 11, 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.
By M. R. Cagle
November 7, 2017
I bought this after reading numerous good reviews while looking for a good, affordable, true bypass overdrive pedal. The pedal I received does not say True bypass around the switch like the picture shows, it only says Bypass. I am not sure if this was old stock from before they updated the pedal circuit or an older graphics layout and I do not know how to tell by opening up the back of the pedal. The quality seem pretty good and the pots all have uniform movement. The when engaging the pedal there is a slight pop. The battery just BARELY fits in the compartment. There is a surprising amount of distortion available so I only have to turn the gain to about 9 or 10 to get where I want to be. Overall I am very please with the performance and quality of this pedal. When I do upgrade to a high quality pedal it will be perfect for my son!
By Patrick A. Foster
October 25, 2017
I bought this Compressor on a budget, hoping to give a better dynamic 'feel' to my playing. I was 'hoping' for a nearly endless sustain effect, as i had gotten with compressors in the past. The first setting i tried was with the level control about half, the attack control low, and the sustain nearly all the way up. It did NOT produce the 'tube-like' compression i was 'expecting.' i played around with several scales and chord shapes and i could definitely 'feel' something was different. it didn't seem to, at first, noticeably do MUCH though, until i switched it off and compared it to the 'clean' sound. as soon as the pedal was turned off the sound was very thin, as if muffled somehow. i checked all my cables, amp settings, (turned the master up a bit) and everything was fine. Playing with the clean sound a few moments made me realize just how thin my old telecaster's tone really is, and how much this compressor 'fattens' every note played, a much more 'THERE' dynamic feel, (How else to describe a guitar effect xD) it does add SOME sustain, though it wasn't the endless sustain i expected.
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.
By Kell Baker
October 21, 2017
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.
October 18, 2017
I did a lot of research and reviews of this pedal on YouTube and read reviews here before I made my purchase. This pedal has that nice warm mid range tone I was looking for without breaking the bank. I don't gig anymore but I play in a worship band at my church and with a a family and tight budget, these pedals sound great. I now have 4 effects plus the tuner and they perform amazingly. Guitar players are always saying it about the sound but sometimes we get wrapped up on if it is boutique or brand. I have not had a single issue with any of there pedals yet.
October 17, 2017
I would give this 5 stars, except I am not an expert and have not owned any other overdrive pedals. I bought this for the price. I use this pedal with a vintage Silvertone 1482 amp with a GreenBack speaker. I play guitars with passive and active pickups through this. I have been very happy with the sound I'm getting. I really like it. The pedal seems sturdy enough - perhaps not for a touring musician but if you are at that stage you are probably using a higher end pedal. Overall I am happy with this pedal. I'm sure I will try other pedals in the future but if you need something on a budget this one is great
By Jake Smith
October 15, 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 10, 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
October 8, 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 Nathan Christie
October 4, 2017
I normally don't write reviews, but I like this pedal. I does not sound exactly like a Marshall, but we all know that the only way to accomplish that is to buy a Marshall. I have never used the Tech 21 British pedal that this is a clone of so I can not say how close it comes to that, but I won't be dropping $170.00 anytime soon to find out either. I bought this to run on a VHT Special 6, which is a single ended tube amp. I am running Mullard re-issue 12ax7's and a NOS RCA 6V6GT. With that set up this pedal does a pretty good Marshall tone. Gets even closer if I swap the 6v6 for a EL84. In fact, it does the best $35 worth of Marshall tone I have ever bought for $35. The settings are very close to the Tech 21 setting guide, at least to my ear. I can get a fairly decent vintage Plexi out of it. The true bypass is also clean, unlike other clone "true bypass" pedals I have tried that were not actually true bypass and sucked the tube tone right out of my amp. It's not a high gain pedal, more of a boost and voicing/foundation pedal. I liked it better than my tube screamer clone as a boost so I don't even use that pedal now. It works good in my effects loop too which is actually touchy on that amp. The EQ is nice if you have a small tube amp that has a fixed tone stack like mine. This pedal also does not take away from tube amp responsiveness to touch and attack like my tube screamer clone does. It does get noisy like other reviewers have stated, especially when you start to crank the voice knob past 12:00 or dime the drive.That's why I only gave this pedal 4 stars. Otherwise, for value for the money I would have gave it a five. I'm impressed at what Joyo put into this for the price, and I will try their other pedals in the future now.
By From Detroit
October 2, 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.)
By P.R. Greywich
October 2, 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.
September 20, 2017
This is a nice pedal. I got it as an option for making my clean tones a little more interesting, and it does that very nicely. Sound: It can be a very subtle or very obvious effect, but I prefer the subtle side of it. Clean from a neck pickup with the rate at 9 o'clock and the depth at 3 o'clock sounds awesome. Add a little overdrive, and you can also get some cool sounds. If you put on distortion, I think the effect kind of gets lost, but I didn't buy it for that purpose, so no harm done. Build quality: Nice tough stompbox, except for two things. Like the other two Joyo pedals I have (the JF-01 Vintage Overdrive and the JF-17 Extreme Metal), the battery case is cheap plastic lameness. If you use a power supply, this is not a problem. The on/off switch on this disappointed pedal me, it seems less secure and kind of cheap as well. It works, but it doesn't inspire confidence in me as much as the nice switches on the other Joyo pedals. In my opinion, nice subtle sound, good for cleans and overdrive; not for distortion. Good quality for price.
September 9, 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.
August 24, 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 (with Amazon Prime 2 day...yay Amazon! Love you guys!). 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.
July 7, 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 P. Long
May 18, 2017
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.
March 16, 2017
I really like this little pedal. I tried it at my band's rehearsal and it sounded great. I've been playing guitar for 50 years and very familiar with all sorts of equipment. I was concerned about the toughness of the pedal and if it added any line noise when it was in bypass mode. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pedal at the price point. It will have to be seen if it holds up to the rigors of regular gigs. I couldn't detect any substantial change to line noise after I added the pedal. If you're looking for a quality pedal at a low price and want the old style tremolo sound I would recommend this product.
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