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By Gabriel R. Barteck
January 24, 2018
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. (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 22, 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.
By Obi Wan Kenodi
December 18, 2017
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 Bob P.
December 13, 2017
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!!
December 13, 2017
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 The Existential Christian
December 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.
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!
October 29, 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.
October 25, 2017
First off, I have heard and played an OCD pedal, but never owned one. I bought this pedal instead, after hearing of its unique Marshall amp big mid to low darkness. I play a fender HRD with an matching extension, and have used this pedal with a Tele Thinline, A Gibson LP and an Epiphone 335 pro. This is not a subtle overdrive pedal. this is huge and dark and big and will color your sound and beef up the bottom end. The build and controls are good, and the high end/low end switch is dramatically different in tone, but make no mistake- this is a distortion pedal- for big, 90's style wicked bottom end. It's not super versatile, and is the furthest thing from a transparent overdrive- but if that's what you want, you cannot go wrong. ***Remember- this is a mid range to low end booster. You want to use this with a scooped amp with a lot of head room, the same way you would use a tube screamer(except for the extreme distortion)- so if you play a Fender style amp great, if you play a Marshall style mid-hump amp, be aware, its overkill mid boost wise- it might not sound terrific.
By 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.
By Ryan Rister
October 20, 2017
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 Arthur Digby Sellers
October 17, 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 13, 2017
I wanted to experiment with one of these, read lots of reviews and settled on this one mostly due to price, and the fact that I've had good luck so far with Joyo pedals. If I was going to use this effect a lot, I might have gone with a more expensive pedal, but right now, I'm glad I didn't. The octave effect is strong if used properly; I am setting (Fuzz) it at 8 o'clock, using the neck pickup, and accepting the fact that any of these only have a strong effect on certain parts of the neck (around the 10th to 15th fret, listen to Blue on Black; he's playing it there). The fuzz is a little too over the top for my tastes, but I think all of this type effect has something similar. I wish you could turn on the octave with a little less (or no) fuzz; the fuzz button has to be on for the octave to work (I think they all work that way though). That's why I'm giving it a 4, along with the fact that it is a big pedal. Construction seems fine, bypass seems to work. Overall, a good buy for the money, fun to goof around with, and something I will probably use twice in a night.
By Monitoring Czar
October 11, 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.
By seth patton
October 10, 2017
I was a bit skeptical at first because of the price and the fact it's from China but it's working out even better than expected. First off, I run an Am. Strat through a 40watt boutique tube amp (ChromeDome) so I'm very conscious of tone loss when things are added to the signal chain. Tube screamers and the like (digital pedals with no real bypass) are literally useless when you have a high-end amp; why invest $1500+ on an amp and then choke the signal with a digital pedal? This JOYO pedal has TRUE BYPASS that means when the pedal is off the signal is pretty close to what it would be if you plugged straight in to the amp. This is why I can say this pedal beats the Tube Screamer hands down. This cheap knock off pedal actually works better with higher-end amps than a Tube Screamer but on the flip side, if you have an entry level amp save your money for a Tube Screamer. If you have a good amp and a good sound you'll want the JOYO because of it pretty much just 'boosts' what is already there. If you have an entry level amp you'll want a true Tube Screamer because you don't want more of your amp's sound you want to disguise it. The JOYO's gain is minimal but it's extremely useful if you already have the sound you want and just need a little more juice.
By 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.
September 22, 2017
I love this pedal. It is clean and clear. I've not noticed any hiss or distortion from this peal being in my effects chain. This is most certainly not the worlds number 1 digital delay, but for the price it can't be beat. Though this does not have a port for an expression pedal, the Joyo digital delay is great for adding some delay to any mix. Personal I use this along side my tcelectronic flashback and use it to add some ambiance. I would like to have seen a expression port for adding the option to have tap tempo, though this would raise the price. When toggling the pedal on and off, there is an evident click (the same as all other Joyo pedals). This makes it easy to feel (and hear) when the pedal has been toggled. Its personal preference but I prefer smooth non-clicking switches like those found in tcelectronics pedals. All in all, I am very satisfied and would recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a budget friendly digital delay.
September 20, 2017
I'm not a professional musician by any stretch of the term, but I do know quality when I play it. I picked up the Joyo comp pedal just to try out...it's price is low enough to try out just for he heck of it...I thought a 2nd comp pedal might be handy. As a comparison to this pedal, my other comp pedal is '74 Dyna Comp...'73 pots, from the first run of their production. The Joyo isn't better or worse, but it's just as useful and provides a very smooth tone. Owning them I can tell the difference, but I doubt anyone elsem could if I A/B'd them for them. The Joyo is slightly quieter than the Dyna Comp, if you've never used a compression pedal...you will hear some noise, it's just the way they work. I play a 57AVRI Strat w/ Fender CS 54 pups and a 62AVRI Strat with stock pups thru a Hot Rod Deluxe. I'm VERY impressed with the Joyo comp pedal. Now here's the downside. Sound wise this is to my ears a 5 star product, build wise it's a 3 star. These pedals are not as well made as the other pedals I own, it's not build like a tank. I had also bought the Joyo Sweet Baby OD pedal, and it didn't work. Thankfully Amazon's return policy is great. Don't expect a top tier make, but the pedal's sound is great. If you're looking for a pedal to play around with, it's worth it. If you're on a budget or are new to playing this pedal is a good buy. My first comp pedal was a BOSS CS-3 and it was an awful sounding pedal compared to the Joyo.
By Michelle A. Puziss
April 12, 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.
March 17, 2017
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.
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