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I've been wary of amp sims as many of them cheapen the overall sound and feel horrible to play; but for this price point it was worth a go.
I was not expecting it to be this good! Great value, especially when you think how much the real thing costs.
It took a while to dial in a tone with enough headroom; but after 40 mins of getting used to how much variance there is between settings, that was it.
It will go from a bluesy overdrive (Tone: 0, Drive: 10, Voice: 0) to the thick, highly saturated boutique sound that Boogie have become famous for (Voice: 10, Drive and tone where you like them).
Do keep in mind this is an amp sim, not a cabinet sim.
Only time will tell on this one. I have Hot Plexi and its built like a tank so I doubt this will be different. One thing, it is absolutely tiny! Given it will essentially be turned on a left, this is ideal. The flap which comes over the dials is a great idea, although you'd do well to boot any of your settings anyway.
I bought I-Plug for playing guitar in the evening without disturb my family members. It's very small and easy to use simply plug in the guitar and the headset cable then adjust the volume and the gain so you can play clean or rock. It works with 2 AAA batteries both Iphone and Android phones.
My first Joyo pedal...Came well boxed. It's a well made pedal feels heavy for such a very small unit. Controls feel sturdy. I Like the flip top. Through my mains power supply could hear a hiss when all controls fully up. Switched to my usb battery and I couldn't really hear much of a hiss. got some really good tones from such a small pedal. Is it as good as a fender tube amp? Not really...but at this price point you get a lot of great tone that should keep most people happy. I'm rearranging my pedalboard for this and I'm even going to try a few more.
This might be the best value piece of gear I own. It's incredible - plugging it directly into an audio interface to record is a gamechanger. I was considering a strymon iridium at almost 10x the price and thought I'd try this first due the positive reviews. Sounds better than my mic'd up fender hot rod deluxe, much less hassle and doesn't annoy the neighbours! Bought an AC Tone as well which is on the way :)
Good bit of kit with great tome control, can give humbucker guitars a lift to a single coil (ish), only down side it creates slight interference/noise when off in a pedal chain but I leave it on all the time! I am so used to it that everything sounds a bit dark/muddy without it.
This really is a fantastic little amp. The one thing I like about it, is that it lets the character of your instrument shine through. So unlike many amps where basically no matter what guitar you put in the front, the sound is basically the same, with this you can explore a huge variety of tones. The Clean channel can be overdriven and can give some excellent tones all on its own. The overdrive channel has a nice saturations to it. Its well made and is probbaly a lot louder than you assume it will be. When I stuck it on full through my 4 x 8" cab I was amazed how loud it was! I'd have no worries using this for a pub type gig. So whether I put my strat ot tele through it or my custom resonator, the tones that come out are nice.
Based on this amp, if I had the money I'd buy the entire range, I'm THAT impressed by it.
I did a full video review of it on my channel that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XOBjVmEwOo&ab_channel=SkintMusicianReviews
I usually don't write reviews, 'cause I always keep it short an simple. Bit this time I will do a quick one;)
With the VIVO I finally found what I was looking for. I searched for a small, powerfull amp with lots of gain and a classic 'Van Halen - Sound'. Also you can use it for lots of other stuff.
I ordered it from here because the ViVO is really hard to get in Germany. I'm very lucky with that. I love it.
Special thanks to Dave, who supported me very well due to shipping problems with DPD.
So if you looking for an classic 80's/90's rock sound, the VIVO will give it to you.
. I would say that it's exactly what I was looking for but it's actually a bit more. I wanted dual function in wah and volume and this pedal performs brilliantly in both. There is no noticeable residual noise and it's true bypass so it's great for recording as well as live playing.The frequency range control is a godsend in fact the controls for both volume and wah far exceed my expectations. The size of the pedal is perfect and takes up minimal space which was something I was concerned about given my big size 12 walloping feet. The build quality is absolutely outstanding, very sturdy. The price point is amazing and it sounds amazing. Free and fast delivery and impressive customer service. So there is your review to cut and paste...it's a full 10 out of 10 from me. This is my first Joyo pedal but won't be my last.
Needed a decent overdrive on a fairly tight budget. Thought Id give the joyo zip amp a try after seeing demo on youtube. My first joyo pedal and I'm really pleased. Very versatile, looks great and sounds great and is well built. Used with an old Orange combo (Fender twin copy) and a Strat gives me all the sounds I was looking for. Also a great service from the seller. Thanks.
Brilliant pedal and hard to believe it's so cheap but the sound and build quality are excellent. I'm using this over a far more expensive pedal. Very happy with it and I highly recommend it. Brilliant customer service too.
This Joyo cab box is absolutely brilliant and it has made a massive improvement to my guitar tone, in fact I would never leave home without it. It is a major part of my rig. Thank you once again to everyone at Joyo. Please let me know when you have the Joyo pre amp house in stock. Many thanks
Absolutely delighted with my purchase, it has surpassed my expectations. Delivery was earlier than expected & I was kept informed about its progress. Great customer service from Joyo UK from start to finish of my purchase
9 reverbs and modulation control plus an added bonus of a tone control on a solid metal pedal for less than £80 !!!!!
Value for money this is bye far the best reverb out there in the price range, great if you need a variety of different sounds or if you are just getting into reverb and want to try out a few different sounds.
Great vintage sounding delay pedal, nice solid construction and options with the led lighting.
I'm really impressed with how good this pedal sounds, it reminds me a lot of the mxr carbon copy delay pedal.
Joyo have upped their game with the R Series of pedals.
Purchased this power supply recently as a back up but I'm switching to using this one as my main one now.
Solid construction, doesn't take up much room and silent when in use.
This is by far the best power supply out there in this price range and stands up well to ones that are more than twice the price.
Thank you so much everyone at Joyo for an amazing product for my pedal board. It sounds really great. My next purchase is going to be the Joyo cab box. Once again thank you everyone at Joyo for making my guitar sound good. Bless you all.
The joyo phaser pedal does exactly what it says on the box. Not noisy or cheap sounding in any way A great pedal for a Bargain basement price. Order processed and delivered promptly with no drama by joyo Uk. Thanks guys! I’ll be back for more
IT'S A METAL MUFF!
And 1/3 of the price! Goes beyond "Black Sabbath" territory, into the realm of "Lamb of God", and then some.
BUT: just like the MM, there will be noise with everything up full-blast - although you should not need to turn this beast up to 11 to achieve a brutal tone. Many high gain pedals tend to either fizzy and tinny - or wooly and farty, at the other extreme, but the JOYO has a good basic texture before the versatile EQ is brought into play. The EQ section is razor sharp, so metallers will easily be able to dial in the sound they seek, be this scooped or boosted mids, etc - and the top/mid boost section opens the pedal up into new frontiers. My only complaint would be the noise at high settings (well, it IS based on a fuzz, after all!) but with the money you saved by opting for JOYO's take on the Metal Muff, you can buy a (*ahem* JOYO!) noise gate (something all high-gain players need, IMHO) and still have change left over!
Bought in 2012, new for £27.99, going through a Fender Champion 25 solid state amp. I already had the JOYO "OCD" clone and "Classic Flanger" at this point. I had no experience with the Suhr "Riot" this is based upon, but online A/B demos showed virtually no difference at all (apart from the Suhr costing £100 more). If I had to say what makes this pedal different from all the other drive pedals I have owned, I'd say that the clarity and note separation - even when maxed out - make this one truly special. Your tone will never disappear into a muddy haze of distortion, and you will always be heard in the mix. Plenty of gain to be had, too! This pedal will make you sound like Steve Stevens, Joe Satriani, Steve Via and suchlike, regardless of what kind of pickups you are using.
I loaned it to an associate, who was so impressed he did not want to give it back!
I bought this for £20.00 new in 2012. I was using a solid-state amp back then (Fender Champion 25) and needed something that had more drive than my Digitech Bad Monkey and my Danelectro V1 Transparent Overdrive. The JOYO "OCD" was a good choice and it fitted my needs perfectly. I have no experience using the Fulltone OCD which this is based on, but I do not regret buying the JOYO at all.
It is quiet, works well with drive pedals before it, is also good when used before higher gain pedals (I was using it with a Palmer Sold Metal), it is true bypass, and robustly made.
The sound is rich and full, and had my Fender amp roaring away like a mighty Marshall! Flipping the drive switch on LOW is comparable to the Bad Monkey at full-tilt, and the "OCD" gets better from there as you add more gain. This pedal WON'T do extreme high-gain, though - but it would still interest metal fans because it is versatile and has a great sound.
A FUTURE CLASSIC.
This is the first JOYO pedal I bought, for the princely sum of £20.00, back in 2012. Now, I tend to compare any flanger I use with the Ibanez FL9 as a benchmark - so I can safely say that the JOYO "Classic Flanger" is like a true bypass FL9 on steroids!
Soundwise, I was impressed by the ability of the unit to self-oscillate when the REGEN is maxed out (this could only be done on an FL9 if you adjust the internal trimpots), as well the pedals ability to deliver more subtle/traditional sounds, like chorusing. It works well with guitar, bass, and synthesizers. The pedal is robustly made, and is true bypass into the bargain.
You will not regret making this superb and versatile beast a part of your pedalboard, and the powerful REGEN makes it a good choice for experimental sounds, synths, drones, or what have you. I would not be surprised if the original "karate" version of this pedal becomes a collectors classic!
Great piece of kit at a very budget price. It has got a range of very convincing Fenderish tones. I'm using it during lockdown with JamKazam for online jamming with friends. It is all analogue so does not add any latency to the signal.
Recently bought this and am enjoying experimenting with it. Pedal itself is solid, well built and has a definite quality feel. The myriad effects are a ton of fun and the level of control and blend is pretty extensive. You've basically got 18 effects in one box with the ability to use 2 at once. The chorus and phase effects are very good. Don't have much experience of ring mod, low bit or rotary effects so would don't feel qualified to make any real comment, but part if the reason I bought this pedal was to dip my toe and this seems a good way to do it,. Only real criticism is that there seems to be a significant volume drop in some effects when others pedals are activated, A change of patch cable helped, but I guess some pedals just don't get along. In all I replaced a chorus pedal on my board and am perfectly happy with the 3 I got in exchange, plus the choice of adding a further effect from a large palette in the same space. Great value as well and is definitely recommend.
I purchased this on the say so of a friend that plays the same music as me ( The Shadows ) I had my doubts but WOW WOW WOW what a difference its made all the different tone's , I had to twiddle each dial to get the right sound ( Trial and error ) but got there in the end, I don't play heavy metal stuff but for anyone who does this is the one to buy. Well impressed I personally would recommend this pedal.
P.S. I got lucky as I think I bought the last one in stock lucky me lol
This 80s-90s higain monster sure sends me back to the good old times when metal and rock conquered the world.
More gain than i could ever use, a real good and responsive tone control and face melting volume in a lunchbox size.
Dave made sure the package arrived in time in germany. Here its extremely hard to get the VIVO.
But thanks to Dave and the Joyo UK team everything went smooth.
I tested the amp with several guitars. Solidbody, semi-hollowbody, modern higain and vintage lowgain humbuckers and the VIVO always sounded pretty good. Also on a 112 open back with EVM 12L and a 412 with different Eminence speakers.
8 Ohm are perfect.
At a live situation with a loud drummer just mic the box.
It mimics and old school wiring so its a bit on the hissy side. If you dont like that better use a noisegate or search for another product at Joyo. The other higain amps like the zombi are much more quiet. But thats the charm of the VIVO like its idol ;)
I think this is a very handy effects box , very well built and stereo in and out using quarter inch jack. the effects themselves are great too and with an almost inexhaustible variety of ways to mix them, plus rate and mix amount. I am very pleased with it , I am using a variety of keyboards through it then through another stereo delay pedal. some very interesting sounds indeed. I think that for the money you are getting a great little box of tricks that has been well built and designed.
I wanted a full-sounding overdrive pedal which would work with an array of guitars and be sufficiently different from other pedals that I could justify its place. I also didn't want it to break the bank in case it didn't deliver on the previously mentioned criteria! Luckily, the Taichi does the job extremely well. There is a decent scope of sounds available whilst retaining its basic tonal flavour, which is useful for getting optimum results from single coils vs humbuckers, for example. What is especially pleasing is that it always sounds good but you can tweak it to sound even better! The build quality seems more than fine and you cannot argue with the price. Finally, having bought directly from Joyo UK, I can tell you that the customer service is top-notch. Treat yourself if you haven't already!
I have a peavy valve king which is technically classed as a “budget” valve amp. It suits its purpose for what I need it for but I can’t use it at home. I got the zombie and bought a single cab with a vintage 30 in it for me to use during isolation. The combination of the two is just brilliant. These days I don’t turn the gain all the way up and you really don’t need to with this amp anyway. You can keep it at about 12-1 o’clock and it’s plenty. I do thicken it up with a TS9. Sweeping through the mids with the tone knob is great. Again, set it to about 1 o’clock and you get a good top snap with a tight bottom end. For such a small amp it goes a long way. I have already recommended it to all of my guitar player friends and can’t wait for them to try it out when we can all hang out together again. Works great with a cab sim out of the FX send to use in the studio too. I couldn’t be happier.
A very useful little pedal. I wanted the Fender sound without the price tag and this definitely comes close. A very diverse range of sounds to explore. Each tweak of the Voice control leads me on to explore loads of new settings. I've heard people say its noisy but mine is silent on isolated power. The only downside is that you have to add a little gain to get the best from it, which means you don't totally capture thise clean tones. Still some very good sounds in it though
Wasn't really sure what to expect, just plugged in my bass guitar and away I went. Absolutely astounding little amp, sufficiently loud enough for home practice and for recording with a mic. Worth every penny and doesn't break your back when moving it around.
I have the pxl pro and can honestly say its made my life 100% easier I did have all my pedals which are mostly boss running into each other and as I under stand it there not ture bypass and wasn't happy with the sound I found them very muddy when running them into each other since putting the plx pro onto my pedalboard it has cleared that problem up .... and I now have a much better tone ...im so pleased with it iv ordered a maximum mosfet overdrive and if that turns out to be just as good I will most definitely be ordering more ...has far as the plx pro goes I would recommend it to anyone its just brilliant ..and the sales team are very nice and friendly too
This is an amazing pedal, knocked everything off my board. Zendrive, light speed, BBpre etc. takes my warm sounding Cornell Romany and turns it into Fender Blackface Amp ( sort of ), Thanks also to David for helping with tracking my pedal.
This really is a classic flanger. It does one job, well. I use it with a bass, it's a vastly denser effect than my chorus and phaser pedals and best used in moderation. Think Sunday Afternoon, Itchycoo Park, think Hawkwind. Think freak out your bandmates by rending the very fabric of space and time.
Be warned if you dial everything (especially regen) it will self oscillate which means groovy sounds but they keep going if you stop playings.
Great pedal if you want that flanged sound, but use with discretion its not an 'on all the time' pedal.
This is pretty much a classic fuzz. I use it with bass and the mid-cut control really helps make sure I'm not battling with the guitars for a space in the mix. Generally I leave fuzz at about 9 o'clock, tone about 12 and level at about 1 o'clock. Wind the fuzz down and it becomes almost an overdrive in character.
The sort of bass tones I've got from this are 'Space Trucking' with the lower notes and octave off, I put the octave on and play higher up for Kasabian's Club Foot. It doesn't have that awful 'fizzy' quality that plagues the distortion channel of many modern bass amps.
It's very different in sound from my HM2 pedal, which is much thicker and darker.
Some people have criticised the octave effect for not being very strong; it's quite subtle but definitely does change the tone to a more 'modern' one. It ONLY works in conjunction with fuzz.
Blew me socks off.
For bass octave up and down is ideal. Suboctave gives a good 'classic octaver' sound. Tracking is immaculate. Octave up for rich sounds with a touch of 'mwah'. Get the levels right and get rock, funk or reggae sounds. Add distortion for 'Royal Blood' effects.
Works brilliantly on sliding harmonics on a fretless. It polyphonic; you can play chords, even polyphonic harmonics.
The modulation control adds a medium speed chorus-like effect, the first half increases the effect, dialled further it adds an envelope effect. You move to Theremin, choir then Mellotron. Add effects like chorus, distortion or delay and things go from gutsy to wild to totally surreal.
I found a spot on 'Dr Who' theme sound and the sounds at the start of Kasabian's Club Foot.
Two criticisms are it would benefit from a modulation rate control and it needs an external PSU.
An affordable alternative to a polyphonic synth pedal that responds well to different playing styles and added effects.
I've been using a Nascar analog delay for around 6 weeks now, have tried it with various guitar/amplifier set-ups and am really impressed. In use the pedal is easily set up, has a robust feel and a positive switching action. Initial set-up is simple, even if you've never used a delay pedal before you'll soon find the right combination of delay and feedback.
This device uses a bucket brigade delay which produces beautifully soft, warm delays reminiscent of tape echo. You won't quite get the same sound you'd expect from a Copycat, but you'll certainly achieve sounds similar to the Memory Man we all used back in the day. You might even describe the quality of sound as organic. If you're looking for an all singing all dancing digital echo, this is not the device for you. If you're looking for a warm, generous tape-like echo then give the Nascar Delay Analog pedal a go, you won't be disappointed!
This thing couldn't have been made to work to work any better with a Line 6 Powercab.....perfect way to get into Line 6 speaker modelling without having to hook up a full size modeller.....then just place your effects in front or in the loop. Great sounding amp models would give any expensive amp a run for its money.......