Overdrive Pedal

Review: Joyo Vintage Overdrive

Classic Overdrive Sound on a Budget!

If you are looking for a pedal that:

  • Takes your amp from breakup to overdrive
  • Pushes your overdriven amp over the edge
  • The pedal can be used as a boost

Then the Vintage Overdrive pedal from Joyo is for you!

A clone?

There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to this pedal from Joyo. It is indeed a clone of the famous Ibanez Tube screamer but it does an incredible job of getting close to that tube screamer sound.

To be more precise the Vintage Overdrive is a clone of the Ibanez TS808 which is most famous for boosting the mids of your tone.

How does it differ to the Original?

  • Many guitarists prefer the Joyo over the Ibanez as it has slightly more gain than the TS
  • With the Joyo you czn hear the notes more clearly.
  • The Joyo is like half the price!

Where does the Vintage Overdrive fall short?

This pedal really doesn’t fall short especially when you consider the price but if I were to knit-pick i’d say the Joyo overdrive pedal falls short being used as a clean boost. Even with all the gain rolled off I feel it still gives a muddy sound.

However, having said that the Joyo Vintage Overdrive works exceptionally well as a gain boost in front of another drive pedal.

It should be noted that the Vintage overdrive will not do itself justice by being used as a stand alone drive pedal on a clean amp. The pedal should either be used in conjunction with another pedal or to push a broken up/overdrive amp.

The Best Things About this Pedal

  1. The pedal is true bypass so when it is not being used, your precious signal is being preserved.
  2. The Joyo vintage overdrive can be used with 9v powersupply or a 9v battery.
  3. The chassis of the pedal is made out of aluminum so it is sturdy and will take a beating.

The Guitar Tone Verdict

We love this pedal. if you are thinking about buying a simple yet good sounding overdriove pedal then the Joyo will servfe you well.

It has been on my board since the day I got it and I still use it instead of my ooriginal TS.

Ibanez Tubescreamer vs. Joyo Vintage Overdrive – Head to Head

We thought why try and explain the difference between the Ibanez and the Joyo when we could just show you. So now you can hear and see the difference between the two pedals for yourself.

Check out the video below and see what you think.