Joyo Analog Chorus review

  • £39
In spite of its bargain basement price, the Joyo Analog Chorus is solidly constructed and packs authentic analog chorus sounds.

MusicRadar Verdict

An inexpensive pedal to provide some '80s-style chorus flavour, especially if you like your effects to cut through when you kick them in.

Pros

  • +

    Compact size; authentic analog chorus.

Cons

  • -

    Four-screw battery access; sound change from bypassed to active won't suit everybody.

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Chinese company Joyo is tempting all of us cash-strapped, effects pedal-loving guitar players with a range of inexpensive stompboxes.

All are a compact size and of a solid metal construction that belies the fact they cost less than £40. The Analog Chorus is the first example we've tried, and does exactly what it says on the tin, being powered by a BBD chip.

The JF37 delivers recognisable analogue chorus sound, and very nice it is too - much like a BOSS CE-2, but there's also a perceptible lift in stridency with a slight volume increase and a touch more treble.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.