Customer Review

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Average Compared To Others, 18 Feb 2012
I bought this alongside the Vintage Overdrive wanting a fuzz pedal to give me more mids than my Big Muff Pi. The appeal was the price, the reputation of other Joyo products and the Mid cut switch.

If I did not own the Big Muff, I think I would have really liked this pedal. However, the Big Muff is industry standard and it really takes some beating. The Joyo fuzz in comparison has more mids yes, but a less defined fuzz sound.

The dials are incredibly touchy and are just plain harsh past about 3pm - the fuzz sound is very harsh generally and to retain some of the bottom in the sound I had to keep the tone knob very low. The volume is also way too quiet meaning I couldn't use this alongside any other pedals live. The only time I would use this is when recording for a specific part and not as a basic sound as it is just not good enough for that.

One thing to mention is that the Joyo appears to have been copied from a bad schematic - there are caps that are wired incorrectly and some other changes had to be made to make this pedal more useable. Easy for someone used to circuit boards, but not the lay person.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this pedal, and for another £25 or so you can buy the industry standard Big Muff Pi which even with it's drawbacks is still the pedal to beat.

Don't let it put you off any of the other pedals though as Joyo are making some good stuff - their Vintage OD and Ultimate Drive are so good that I would recommend buying them regardless of what other gear you have and incorporating them into your set up (as I have done).
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