Queen. Brian May. Tie your pedal down - you may wish to do that, once you've tried it! A huge range of tones, most evocative of a certain wild haired gentleman still rocking out at the present time. In order to have the full gamut, you'll need a 'Red Special', a collection of sixpences and those particularly expressive fingers. However. If you want to get 90% of the way to certain sounds like the above - this pedal can get you there. It's quite amazing how one little pedal (which I've tried in British, California and AC variants) can do so much - and be tuned to such different amps. OK, so the circuitry is obviously different, but the whole idea of one little pedal that can do this is - just - the Biz. All you need is a clean amp (any one will do, but if you use a clean one, then it won't affect the tones output form this little Magic Box) and you have Stadium Rock in the comfort of your own living room, or the local pub/club. All for a pittance. You want these tones? It's a Must Buy.
Great pedal, gives an authentic AC30 sound. Very happy, this pedal is permanently on, and gives no unexpected 'hiss' -
Some reviewers complain about the 'hiss' on this pedal - the AC30 is a valve amp, turn up the gain, voice and treble on a valve amp or this pedal and you will have hiss. If you play at a low output level of the guitar - then turn down the gain and voice levels on the pedal, then the 'hiss' factor will not be there.
The overall tonal range and dynamics of this pedal are very good. Set at low gain and voice levels there is a tonal quality of 'chime' (U2) that the AC30 produces, and on this pedal it does that very well.
Set at the higher gain and voice levels then the overdriven sound kicks in with a singing tone that has grit without being over harsh.
The tone controls - low, mid, and high when set and 12' give the same tone as your guitar, turn up and its a boost effect, turn down and its reduction. Excellent tonal ranges are possible.
Level, is the level, it also acts as boost.
The overall action and dynamics of this pedal is directly related to the output setting on your guitar. When you first use this pedal set the pedal controls so its the same as bypass and when its on, then turn up the controls to get the sound you are after.
Do not consider any of the negative reviews of this pedal. The pedal is well built, the knobs are well made and strong. This pedal produces a quality AC30 sound.
Bypass switch is not too loud to press down, and signal remains clean.
At this price its worth collecting a few of these True Tones - quality of sound equal to pedals costing 3 or 4 times the amount this one costs. Of course it is a Joyo.
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