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I’ve been buying expensive guitar effects pedals for years. Fulltone, Visual Sound, TC Electronics, Voodo, Boss, DOD – and I’ve always steered away from cheap pedals (like Axion, Yamaha, Danelectro, etc.).

So I’m surfing ebay earlier this year for new pedals, and I come across this pedal company called “Joyo” out of China I’ve never heard of and it caught my eye because it had a JRC4588 chip like the old TS808 Ibanez Tube Screamers (AND I was looking to replace my old Yngvie Overdrive by DOD).

I did some googling, and a half dozen videos and reviews later I had ordered the “Joyo Vintage Overdrive” for a paltry $38 + shipping (new). I figured if it sucks, for that money – I can’t go wrong. In the reviews I liked the tone, it was solid construction, with true bypass – and every review was stellar.

Even though it pisses me off (as an American) – I have to give it to those bastards in China, this GD pedal is every bit as good as any vintage Tubescreamer I’ve ever tried. The construction is every bit as good (if not BETTER) than the old MXR pedals from the 80’s – the thing is just quality.

So I plug this thing in on my pedalboard, and I use mainly my Visual Sound Route 66 for distortion, and then the Joyo Vintage Overdrive over it for leads. It just sings, and (in my opinion) it’s so much better than the Yngwie preamp overdrive was I’d had for years.

I also use it a LOT on it’s own. Say you want the stones dirty clean sound, run this pedal by itself with the volume rolled back a bit and your Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Woman all day long!

You can View the Joyo Company website here

Here’s a Video review of the Joyo Vintage Overdrive with a Strat and an Orange amp:

Here’s a video of a Gibson SG Standard and the Joyo Vintage overdrive (excellent video!)

Best place to find the Joyo Vintage Overdrive is on eBay (just like I did). Just know that because there are a lot of people wanting these now some people are overcharging. Beware buying directly from Hong Kong and China – you might get burned. There’s a guy I buy from San Diego called “Slide Meister” who’s the cheapest and in the US. If you’re international, there’s a buy in Australia who sells them for great prices, and always bundles free stuff with them.

JOYO JF 01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal Classic Sound True Bypass 9V

USD 32.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-19 16:09:01

Genuine Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass Green New

USD 17.19 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-20 01:14:21

Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal w/ True Bypass Bluesy Tone

USD 29.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-23 21:18:14

Army Green JOYO JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Effects Pedal Drive Tone Volume Controls

USD 19.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-23 18:20:31

Joyo Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with True Bypass 9v Battery included

USD 54.71 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-23 06:48:28

JOYO Vintage Overdrive Pedal

USD / 20.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-20 05:20:08

Joyo Vintage Overdrive (Used) DG700

USD 20.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-22 18:50:58

Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with True Bypass

USD 54.93 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-23 16:34:27

Joyo JF 01 Vintage Classic Sound Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal Aluminum Alloy

USD 0.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-21 01:48:08

Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Single Effects Pedal True Bypass Bluesy Tone

USD 32.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-03-23 02:59:07