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I watched all the YouTube hype about this little monster so I thought why not! I hooked it up to my 2 x 12 Zilla oversized cab with Celestion V30's and boom, instant Metallica Kill em all & ride the lightning tone with soooo much power and enough gain on tap I couldn't believe it. I put an eq in the loop and can shape any metal tone out of this thing. It's tiny but pack so much punch, never dialed it above half volume as it would probably be heard by people streets away.
I normally use a Boss Katana MKII 100w head or a Bugera G20 but they have not been switched on since buying this. The sound is exactly what I was looking for.
I was so impressed I went and bought the Jackman II as well. And that has the perfect Marshall sound, less buzzy than the DSL40 I used to own.
Keep it up Joyo, I really want the Vivo next but it will have to wait.
I have owned a JOYO JMT01 for quite some time. When I was looking to buy a capo and saw a stupid price package of stuff including an 8th anniversary tuner, just had to be done. But like wow! Quicker, clearer just superb. Amazing performance from something so small and inexpensive.
I have bought a number of products from the Joyo range, including effects pedals, and have been pleased with both quality and price.
I recently experienced a problem with a preamp unit (still within Warranty) and Dave Grant couldn't have been more helpful. He rushed a
new replacement unit to me in time for me to fit it before a live gig last weekend.
This is the first power supply that I've bought, so I can't compare it to any others.
What I can tell you is that it is currently powering 6 pedals on my board without any issues and I'm very pleased with it. I love how portable my effects are now and it doesn't take up another power socket or leave cables running across the floor. But if I have forgotten to charge it for a while I can plug it in and use it like any other power supply. I don't know why more power supplies aren't designed like this?
The only problem I can potentially see is that the on/off switch is on the opposite side to the outputs, so if you have it under your board, butted up against a strut, you might have difficulty turning it on and off. This isn't an issue for me, but might be something to think about.
At this price it's a no-brainer. I find it super useful and convenient, and I was burning through 9v batteries, so this will pay for itself in no time : )
Gotta a B-stock arrived perfect mint complete condition, be warned this is a loud little monster.
I have paired it with an 8"-8ohm small speaker cab, tested out the headphone out all seems good won't reach full potential unless you turn up the volume for metal, clean channel is clean enough love it
Bought a B-stock FireBrand arrived in perfect mint condition
Very loud, paired with an 8ohm small speaker Cab defo loud enough for practice session miked small gig, headphones work well what a little monster.
As previously noted, it does have a nice shape to it and does stack up very well against the product it is quite obviously 'based on'. Just one complaint, the other product, which I seem to have mislaid somewhere along the line, hence the purchase of this one. did come with a nice little carry pouch............. ;-)
This is a great little pedal if you want to record without the hassle of having to mic up your amp, I have it permanently wired into my mixer ready to record. Am surprised how versatile this pedal is as it's easy to sculpt different tones, personally I use it mostly clean and have an old fuzz pedal in-front for when I want to get crazy.
Ok so if you plug directly into your soundcard/PA, yes, it gives you fender-like amp tones. Great. (Go watch the youtube reviews to see how close they are - spoiler...pretty damn close. How? No idea. Witchcraft maybe.)
BUT the best part...if you play it into an actual amp (we did this with a fender champ100 set on clean so YMMV) it acts like a very versatile distortion/overdrive box, giving you everything from silky clean tones to edge of breakup, subtle overdrive to melt-your-face-overdrive, crunch to ultra-dirt fuzz. Just play with the level, voice and gain along with the low/mid/high controls and you can coax an absolutely huge array of sounds from it. We also tried an EHX boost in front of it which added another variety of sounds. And it actually sounds GOOD too...not cheap.
I would recommend this even at a much much higher price, so for the price it actually is, it's a no brainer.
I'll certainly be looking at what some of the other pedals in the series have to offer.
This is a great little practice amp. It is very light and portable so I can carry it around the house and work with it next to my desktop PC. Not very loud but perfect for my requirements. Great value for money. Very prompt delivery.
My nice Red JaCkMan II 2 XL Edition has just arrived. Plugged in the Power adapter and footswitch. In goes my headphones (be used as a practice Amp till I get a Cabinet). Plugged in the PRS SE Paul's Guitar. On with the Power. Clean Channel first. Absolutely great. Just the sound I wished for. Foot switch operated and switched to the OD Channel. Not overblown. I am sure when I plug the pedal board in it will be just great. I wanted to decide what sounds to have and therefore a nice simple Amp with just Gain, Tone and Volume is just perfect. Having separate controls for each channel means I can leave the pots in the position I choose. Hope to do more business with Joyo in the future.
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.
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
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.