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

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

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.

Joyo Husky DriveThe pedal features a gain, tone and volume knob and a high and low switch. This looks an awfully lot like another famous overdrive... Replace gain with drive and high and low by HP and LP. Indeed, it's another OCD clone. And it's a good one. 

The Original OCD was designed to create the sound of a tube amp pushed to the edge. 

The Husky Drives delivers those same dynamics, transparency, sustain and wide range of tonal possibilities as the original. JOYO's clone is however a bit clearer than Fulltone's renowned pedal and delivers a slightly more crispy overdrive. 

Like the original, the difference between the low and high setting is remarkable, although I would rather prefer they ditch the switch and just leave it on the high setting. The low setting makes it a bit too fat to my liking. The tones are still very usable, perfect for a blues player, but just not my cup of tea as I prefer tight and clear tones. 

In conclusion, the Husky Drive is a very good OCD clone. This JOYO pedal is even a bit clearer than its original counterpart while it still keeps its fat character and sustain. If you are looking for a good OCD pedal which doesn't cost an arm or a leg, or if you are looking for a clearer alternative to the original, the JOYO Jusky Drive might be an interesting choice for you.

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