Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Pedal Review – It Doesn’t Suck

Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive

A couple months ago I bought a Joyo Vintage Overdrive pedal for really cheap and it’s turned out to be a great pedal.

The Joyo JF-01 Overdrive is a classic tubescreamer clone that only costs about $30.

That’s a great price considering that similar pedals like the Ibanez TS808 and Maxon 808 sell for $150, which is just insane (I don’t know how people put up with such nonsense when they probably cost about $10 to make).

The Joyo JF-01 Overdrive pedal is proof that you don’t need to spend that much to get the exact same kind of sound and effect.

The Joyo pedal has a nice clean sound with true bypass and it’s very quiet and doesn’t add any noise to the signal like some pedals.

The build quality is surprisingly strong for the price. It’s made of metal and feels solid. The battery is easy to replace, and it doesn’t drain quickly like you might expect from a budget pedal. In fact I’ve been using the same battery since I got it a few months ago and it still has a lot of juice left according to the tongue test.

Apparently the Joyo Overdrive uses the same JRC4558 chip found in the more expensive models, even though some descriptions say JRC4588, but that seems to be a typo because it doesn’t make a lick of sense.

Mostly I use the pedal as a boost in front of a Mesa Boogie single rectifier to tighten up the low end and it works great for that, and it’s also really nice on the clean channel when used at a variety of settings.

It can get a nice bluesy sound, and the overdrive sounds excellent on its own without using the amp’s distortion. It’s quite versatile actually. I just wanted it to use as a boost but it works great as an actual overdrive pedal as well.

The only complaint I have about the pedal is that I’m not really a fan of the yellow knobs, but for $30 they could be florescent pink for all I care.

If you’re looking for a good tubescreamer or overdrive pedal for cheap I would definitely recommend trying a Joyo Vintage Overdrive pedal.

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One Response to “Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Pedal Review – It Doesn’t Suck”

  1. I bought several pedals about 2 years ago for my brand new guitar and this pedal was among them. For the price, its ability is incredible. I was impressed, it was the cheapest pedal that I purchased, the others were $100+. Well, half-a-year or so goes by and it starts getting finicky. No sound would pass through if the volume knob was below 50% and if it was above 50%, you’d have to fiddle with the connects and turn knobs back and forth until you managed to scratch through to the full signal. Of course then when you actually need to actively use it, pressing on it with your foot risks shorting out the sound again. So I got a taste of the bad end of quality control for budget price!

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