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[review] Joyo Ironman JF-313 Old School - Overdrive (by rlm)

Will there ever come an end to the seemingly endlessly expanding Joyo Ironman series mini pedals range? There are currently 27 pedals available, from a tuner to overdrives, distortion pedals, boosters, to modulation and delay pedals. Joyo has every angle covered.

The majority of pedals are overdrives and distortions. Just like the next pedal I’ll be reviewing: the Old School distortion. The name says it all… This distortion pedal was designed to replicate old school classic rock tones. 

Like all the other pedals in the Iron Man series the Old School comes in a small black box which next to the pedal also includes a patch of velcro and a rubber strip that have been cut out to the size of the pedal. Once attached, the rubber strip will prevent the pedal from sliding all over the place when placed on the floor. The patch of velcro can be used if you want to put the pedal on your pedal board. The pedal itself has a black plastic cover to protect your settings while playing or moving the pedal. The logo will light up through the cover when the pedal is engage. And of course, this pedal is true bypass, just like the other pedals in the Ironman range. Since the pedal is quite small there is no room for a battery and a power supply is required. On the other hand, as it is so compact in size, it leaves space for more pedals on your board. 

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-314 Husky Drive - Overdrive (by rlm)

JOYO has been around for a while now and has become a rather well known manufacturer of effect pedals and many other accessories for the modern musician. This Chinese company is adored by many for the quality of the products they offer at reasonable pricing. Not that long ago, JOYO released a range of small effect pedals called the Ironman series. This series of mini pedals covers a whole range of overdrive, distortion, boost and modulation effects. One of their latest additions is the Husky Drive.

As is the case with the other pedals in the range, the Husky Drive takes little space on your pedal board. Since it's that small, there is no room for a battery and therefore a 9v power supply is required. Inside the box you'll find a patch of velcro and a rubber strip that have been cut out to the size of the pedal. Once attached, the rubber strip will prevent the pedal from sliding all over the place when placed on the floor. The patch of velcro can be used if you want to put the pedal on your pedal board. The pedal itself has a plastic cover to protect your settings while playing. The logo will light up on the cover when the pedal is active. And of course, this pedal is true bypass, just like the other pedals in the Ironman range.

[review] Accel DD-SS Digital Delay (by rlm)

California based company Accel specializes in pedal boards, cables, power supplies and effects. They have recently released three effect pedals in the “select series” range which are built in China. The company offers original equipment manufacturer pedals from selected manufactures that have been well proven out in tone, quality, price and sales. These pedals are actually made by another manufacturer and tweaked to Accel’s specifications. You can read more about the company’s philosophy on their website.

As with the rest of the pedals in their range, the DD-SS Digital Delay looks rather cheap and plain. Covered in a blue metal shell, it is however built to last. The pedal is either powered by a 9v adapter or a 9v battery. The battery cap on the back can be easily opened thanks to a very user friendly locking system similar to the one you’ll find on BOSS pedals. The LED on the pedal will dim when it’s low on battery power so you’ll know when it’s time to change the battery.

[review] T-Rex Vulture - Distortion (by rlm)

The Danish company T-Rex has been around for nearly twenty years, as it was founded in 1996. The company is renowned for their high quality pedals and accessories. Amongst their many users are guitar legends like David Gilmour, Pete Townshend and John Mayer, to name a few.

When buying a T-Rex pedal, you know what to expect. A high quality product with high standards in sound, built quality and reliability. In their line-up we come across some legendary products as the replica, roommate, mudhoney, moller and their fuel tank series.

T-Rex has recently extended their effects line up with a few new pedals. One of them is the Vulture. On their website, the Danes state that the Vulture is actually modified version of one of the first pedals they created back in the 90's which was a bit grungy in the low end. They started from that pedal to create a distortion pedal with a tighter, less fuzzy low end and with more gain. The Vulture has been born...

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-316 Future Chorus - Chorus (by rlm)

By now, JOYO is a rather well known manufacturer of effect pedals and many accessories for the modern musician. This Chinese company is adored by many due to the quality of the products they offer at reasonable pricing. Not that long ago, JOYO released a range of small effect pedals called the Ironman series. This series of mini pedals covers a whole range of overdrive, distortion, boost and modulation effects. One of their latest additions is the Future chorus.

As is the case with the other pedals in the range, the Future chorus takes little space on your pedal board. Since it's that small, there is no room for a battery and therefore a 9v power supply is required. Inside the box you'll find a patch of velcro and a rubber strip that have been cut out to the size of the pedal. Once attached, the rubber strip will prevent the pedal from sliding all over the place when placed on the floor. The patch of velcro can be used if you want to put the pedal on your pedal board. The pedal itself has a plastic cover to protect your settings while playing. The logo will light up on the cover when the pedal is active. And of course, this pedal is true bypass, just like the other pedals in the Ironman range.

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-309 Boogie Master (by rlm)

JOYO has increased their range of mini pedals with a series of amp simulator pedals which capture the distinctive tones of well-respected amplifier brands like Fender, Orange, Marshall, Vox and Mesa Boogie. These pedals feature a cab simulator which makes it very easy for recording.

The Boogie Master (to no surprise) tries to capture the famous Californian sound. Many adore the low, fat tones Mesa Boogie amplifiers produce. Now Joyo has come up with a neat little pedal of which they claim "brings you modern rock and metal sounds reminiscent of the leading company in the field. The sound is always fat and always huge." 

[review] Accel RV-SS Classic Reverbs (by rlm)

Accel is a California based company that specializes in pedal boards, cables, power supplies and effects. They have recently released three effect pedals in the “select series” range which are built in China. The company offers original equipment manufacturer pedals from selected manufacturers that have been well proven out in tone, quality, price and sales. These pedals are actually made by another manufacturer and tweaked to Accel's specifications. You can read more about the company's philosophy on their website

Accel claims to offer a quality product that won't drain your wallet. Does the rv-ss Classic Reverbs live up to that claim? 

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-301 Rated Boost - Clean Boost (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, WiJoyo Ironman Rated Boostreless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect pedals like the Ultimate Drive, AC Tone, California Sound and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This colorful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind a lid. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi of the lid. All pedals are also true bypass.

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-302 Wild Boost - Drive Boost (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

In this review I’ll be discussing the “Wild Boost”.

[review] Joyo Ironman JF-311 Blue Rain - Overdrive (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

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