Joyo JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive Review (2021)

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Today we have the great privilege of bringing you our JOYO JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive pedal review. This pedal claims to recreate the sound of a late 70’s overdriven tube-amp. In this review we will be checking out everything you need to know about the JF-02, so you’ll know if this is the right pedal for your needs.

Joyo is a company that has gained massive popularity for their great sounding clones of more expensive pedals. The JOYO JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive pedal is no exception to this. It’s an obvious clone of the Fulltone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive). Our JOYO Guitar Pedal Clone List gives a more detailed look into the clones of their product line.

Joyo JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive Pedal Review

SPECIFICATIONS

Input Impendence

1 MΩ

Output Impendence

1 KΩ

Running Current

6 ma

Power

6F22 9V Battery / DC 9V Adaptor

Dimensions

120(L) x 72(W) x 55(H) mm

Weight

290g

The JOYO JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive instruction manual can be found here.

FUNCTIONS

The JF-02 is another simplistic guitar effects pedal produced by the guys over at JOYO. It has a very user-friendly design, featuring only three knobs and a toggle-switch. The knobs correspond to: gain, tone, and level.

GAIN: Adjusts the degree of distortion

TONE: Adjusts the degree of the tone

LEVEL: Adjusts the volume of the tone

MODE (HIGH/LOW): High mode has a higher frequency than low mode

The high/low toggle switch gives you the option to keep the tone low and smooth or bright and high.

FEATURES

A bright red LED located on the front of the pedal indicates whether the pedal is turned on or off. The unit comes with a 9V battery, and can either be powered using a battery or an AC adaptor. If you plan on using an AC adaptor to power the JF-02 then consider purchasing one elsewhere as it is not included with the product.

Another important feature of the JF-02 is that it has been wired for true-bypass. Meaning you can have that transparent tone we all know and love at the press of a button.

The JF-02 features standard IN and OUT jacks located on either side of the pedal for use with your 1/4” cables. Just the standard stuff you’d expect.

JOYO JF-02 ULTIMATE OVERDRIVE VS. FULLTONE OCD

As we mentioned previously the JF-02 is a clone of the Fulltone OCD, which sells for around $150. People online have done comparisons on the two pedals and have mentioned that the pedals have a distinct sound that separates them apart. Using the exact same settings on both pedals it becomes inherently clear that the Fulltone sounds a lot brighter. In saying that though, the JF-02 provides you with more mids and bass, and the tone knob can help you produce brightness without losing your bottom-end.

Here is a video comparing the JOYO JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive and the Fulltone OCD:

Overall they are both very good sounding pedals. I’ll let you be the judge of that which one you think sounds better.

SOUND

The JF-02 nails the sounds of the classic rock era. I’m talking bands such as Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, and AC/DC. The diversity you can get from the pedal is nothing to scoff at, especially at such a low price tag. I’d go so far to even say that the JF-02 is one of their stand-out pedals in the whole JOYO range.

As usual, personal preference comes into play when assessing how good a guitar pedal sounds. In my opinion, the JF-02 is not designed to be used as a pedal for metal. It’s designed more for hard-hitting overdrives and smooth grunge sounds.

DURABILITY

This little beast is sturdy and is sure to last for many years to come. It features a sturdy aluminum alloy casing and is comprised of high-quality components. Whether you plan to use it at home or on the road then the JF-02 is a sure thing.

FINAL VERDICT

Even if you can’t afford a $150+ overdrive stomp box then don’t worry. The JOYO JF-02 Ultimate Overdrive has you covered. It looks awesome, and the graphic on the front looks amazing. The bottom line is that the JF-02 is a fantastic pedal. JOYO have really hit home with this stomp box.

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