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This is the first Joyo pedal I've bought and I'm glad that I didn't let it deter me from getting my hands on other products. By no means this is a sub-par distortion pedal, but it does not stick out particularly well as one of Joyo's proud presentations either.
A note to be taken is that this is, unlike the majority of Joyo pedals, NOT a true bypass pedal, as eloquently written on its case the word "bypass". Some players would refrain from these, but I do not find it affecting my tone remarkably.
Notably, the pedal has mid-high adjustment knobs instead of a single tone knob, and such a feature sets it from the conventional drive pedal. With the mid knob, the pedal can turn from a crunchy, full sound to the hollow mid-scoop as perfectly demonstrated on Metallica's "Riding the Lightning". This pedal is definitely capable of recreating that classic metal sound, which is not entirely to my taste but some may prefer. With the high turned up, the pedal gets very "screechy" and icy.
While very saturated and full with a boost in front (a la tube screamer), the pedal could sound a little weak without one. The touching is not entirely sensitive to the touch and there is a certain "metallic" and inorganic quality to the sound. Perhaps players of early metal may find it preferable, but the
This pedal can be used to play earlier metal like Sabbath, Metallica, Death and even AC/DC with the gain dialed back. It has a certain amp distortion quality to it that some may like.
All in all this pedal is for the classic metal rhythm players who want that "oomph" in their rhythm tone.