Joyo Vintage Phase Pedal Review
Under: Guitar Gear Reviews
The Joyo JF-06 Vintage Phase Guitar Pedal is a simple one knob phaser effect stompbox reportedly based on the MXR Phase 90. There’s not much to do but boy does it sound good!
You will have heard the iconic MXR Phase 90 on a ton of records, including The O’Jays song For The Love of Money. As well as on countless Eddie Van Halen and David Gilmore records.
Whether you buy the JOYO or Harley Benton [a Thomann re-brand], the Vintage Phase is a faithful reproduction of this classic pedal, just at a fraction of the usual price.
While many might see this as a subtle effect, the Joyo Vintage Phase goes from shallow swoosh to a faux vibe or fast Leslie cabinet type sound.
Build Quality: 8/10
The pedal is fairly well built with both jack sockets being fixed to the case and not mounted to the PCB. Using this type of jack socket means JOYO have really thought about longevity.
However, The power socket isn’t fixed to the case and is instead PCB mounted. Thankfully, it’s at the top of the pedal which makes it easy to add to any pedalboard.
The LED placement is a little weird but it’s bright and I’m sure you won’t miss seeing whether it’s on or off – regardless of how dark the stage is.
On the bottom, the battery compartment is easy to access and uses a plastic door. A nice touch.
Controls and Features: 6/10
The first thing to mention, this pedal is true bypass which will ensure you have a cleaner signal path and that the phaser doesn’t color your tone when switched off.
In terms of control, we’ve only got a speed knob!
Tones and Sounds: 7/10
With the speed of the Joyo Vintage Phase on low, you get a long swoosh sound which neatly sits underneath the guitar’s sound adding depth.
As you turn the speed control up, the phase sound becomes more pronounced. With the control set at 12, you get that classic sound which is usable for just about every song!
If you keep moving the speed up you start to get into faux uni-vibe sounds or even faux Leslie cabinet sounds.
Both sounds are really usable and could help you to save pedalboard space as you only need one pedal to cover a lot of ground.
Overall: Joyo Vintage Phase Guitar Pedal
If you’ve been reading my blog for the last few years, and you have! You’ll see that I really love this pedal. I’ve used it in sessions, video shoots and on gigs.
A few years ago, I had, I believe a late 70s MXR Phase 90, which distorted fairly easily. I didn’t like it and therefore stayed in the pedal draw and didn’t see much use.
This Joyo Vintage Phase, on the other hand, sounds great regardless of where the speed control is set and is really usable. I recommend this pedal!