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

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

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." 

Joyo Boogie MasterThe Boogie Master 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. A power supply is required.

The Boogie Master has 4 controls: Tone, Volume, Drive and Voice. The tone knob adds or takes away treble while the voice knob acts as a mid boost. After plugging the Boogie Master in for the first time, I must admit that it does sound fat. The tone I got was muddy and inarticulate. As with some Mesa Boogie amplifiers, it can take a while to find a sweet spot. You’ll have to play with the voice and gain controls to get a useable tone. As mentioned above, the voice knob is actually a mid boost. When you increase the amount of boost, it adds gain as well, making the Boogie Master sound dirty, but unfortunately also muddy. It is also very sensitive towards the guitar you use. Dark sounding guitars with a lot of low end may not be the best choice when using the pedal since they add even more low end.Joyo Boogie Master

The manufacturer claims it can be used for metal, but I honestly disagree. When increasing the gain, you create a muddy undefined wall of chaos. Single notes can easily get lost in this undefined mush. That said, the pedal surely does have its charm. It’s perfect for achieving a dirty crunch or rhythm sound. When finding the right balance, the pedal is even capable of making your guitar sing in the high register. 

Although this review may sound a bit negative, it doesn’t mean that the Boogie Master is a bad pedal. The pedal is focused on a fat low end which is a bit too muddy to my liking and compared to its brothers and sisters in the Ironman Series, it’s harder to dial in to get the tone you want. I wouldn’t recommend it to metal players, but dirty rockers will dig this little black box.

It might take some time and effort, but you will definitely discover some good tones the Boogie Master hides inside... 

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