[review] Joyo Ironman JF-302 Wild Boost - Drive Boost (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.

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

Joyo Ironman Wild BoostLike the other pedals in the Ironman series range, the Wild Boost is very straightforward with a high and low eq, an adjustable volume and drive. The name mentions “Boost”, but that doesn’t seem to be the correct description of the true nature of this pedal. Although it can be used as a boost, it is actually more of a fuzzy overdrive. When used as a boost, the pedal adds grain to your overdriven amp. The real fun actually starts when using the pedal as a fuzzy overdrive. Take out a humbucker equipped guitar, activate the wild boost and start ripping out some 70’s rock or stoner riffs. This pedal spews out thick dirty fuzzy tones, without getting muddy. It clears up quite well when you turn down the volume of your guitar. It’s great for rhythm guitar. The Wild Boost can be used for solos, but there are other pedals which do it better in my opinion.

I wasn’t too impressed with this pedal while using a guitar with single coils. It sounded thin and oversaturated. Backing up on gain takes away the fun in this pedal, so I just stick to humbuckers with this one. Is it a worthy replacement for the fuzz on your pedalboard? No, it’s “fuzzlike”, but it doesn’t go all the way to the fizzy cranked goodness a real fuzz delivers.

In conclusion, this pedal is best used as a fuzzy overdrive with a humbucker guitar to get a rocking rhythm guitar sound. You can easily dial in some wild tones. If you are into thick 70’s rocktones, you might consider getting the Wild Boost.

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