Review: Boss TU-3 Tuner Pedal

At first I thought this seemed like a pointless review to do but the more I have pondered this pedal the more I realise the importance of reviewing such a piece of gear.

I am indeed referring to the Tuner pedal. In this review we will be going over the industry standard Boss TU-3

But first..

What is a Tuner pedal?

It’s a pedal just like any other stomp box on the market only this one provides you with a tuning interface right at the tip of your toes.

For a gig, this is the perfect way to stay in tune and look cool at the same time. Let’s be honest, we don’t want to tune but we have as it is a necessary part of guitar playing. That is why the tuner pedal is so necessary

Why The Boss Tuner Specifically?

The Boss tuner pedal is the tried and tested tuner in the music industry around the world. Almost every single guitar player you can think of has owned and used one of these.

The reason for this is because they are absolutely indestructible and just carry on working.

I’ve had other brands before and they keep failing on me. I’ve yet to hear of anyone having their Boss tuner pedal fail them.

Features of the Boss TU-3

One would think that tuner pedals have one function however the Boss TU-3 proves this wrong.

The TU-3 has the following features:

  • Power supply out (to daisy chain the rest of your pedals
  • 9v battery or 9v power supply
  • When engaged can be used as a signal kill.
  • Various settings and tuning frequencies to mess around with if you so wish.

Conclusion on the Boss TU-3 from Guitar Tone SA:

If you’re going to buy a tuner pedal then rather put in the extra money for the boss pedal. It will last you a lifetime and will never die on you.

It is tried and tested and you can’t go wrong with this pedal.


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.