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

rlm is a Supersonic tone addict and plays in a melodic death metal band.

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.

Joyo Ironman Blue RainThe “Blue Rain” overdrive pedal is very user friendly. It’s easy to dial in a great tone using the drive, low, high and volume knobs. You can get quite a variety of tones out of this pedal. You can use it as a boost to push your amp in to overdrive as well. This pedal covers the range from a transparent overdrive, to a classic rock crunch, to a creamy warm overdrive. When setting the pedal to obtain the warm creamy overdrive I prefer a humbucker guitar, specially when playing lead guitar. This way you get a thick bluesy sound which is perfect for soloing. Single coils just don’t do it for me in this setting, it sounds very thin, even if you add some gain and low-end. On the other hand, while using the classic rock crunch settings, the single coils come to live for both rhythm and lead guitar. In this case I find the humbuckers (which are medium output) sounding too fat, but every one has his preferences and you know what they say, there’s no accounting for taste.

In overall, this little pedal has quite a wide range of usable tones whether you are looking for a good rhythm sound or a thick overdrive to make your guitar sing while playing some sweet creamy leads. It can be used for a few genres, but in my opinion this pedal feels best at home at a blues gig.

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