'sup fellas, I got a new pedal in today - a JOYO Tai Chi overdrive. I've got some pics here, some demos yada yada. It's discontinued, and was a signature pedal for JiBin, I don't know who that is. It doesn't sound like any other OD I've had or played before, it's voiced smooth and manages to get some sweet sustain happening, you can get it to be a bit more spiky and trebly and a little more brash however. The tone knob does loads, very big sweep, but it's unusual.. I think it matches the natural guitar tone at around about 7-8, which means you have a little room for going brighter, but a lot of room for going darker, which is great and what I think the pedal is all about - it's a great sounding darker overdrive. I've got a SSS Stratocaster, I'd imagine it'd get muddy with humbuckers but with my Strats single coils, man, I really dig it, a lot. It's unique. It's packing quite a bit of extra volume.. not as ridiculous as the JOYO Ultimate Drive, but a great amount, and it sounds awesome when used as a boost. It's packing a fair amount of gain, but it's sorta weird how it works. With the DRIVE maxed out, but the TONE knob at 0 - it's a really smooth, inoffensive, darker sounding OD - as you raise the TONE knob, it gets louder and brighter, and once it goes over 8 it gets really bright and trebly.. sounds great, IMO. I don't understand why the TONE knob would increase the volume. Here's some pics, it's a great looking pedal imo, dig the art: So yeah, very nice to look at. Anyways. Here's a couple of demos, nothing special just trying to show some sounds.. This first demo is over a backing track, and is all a Strat neck pickup - so when you hear it go trebly, or darker, etc.. I'm not changing the pickup selector. You can clearly hear it gets really trebly when I up the tone knob, and you can also hear it's a darker voiced smooth OD for the most part. The higher the tone knob, the more gritty and dirty it gets. The playing here isn't great, and it's restrained, because I was playing on the couch and my partner was kinda wincing the whole time I was playing.. eh.. anyway, check it out, I think it sounds great. It's mostly the same few little licks and what not, and altering the pedals knobs with my hand in between. Just trying to show some of the toanz you can get from it! Not trying to show anyone how I'm heaps sick! Setup is Strat > TAI CHI > S-Gear 2. This one here was recorded through a Zoom H1 set up not far from my Peavey Classic 30, a little pickup selector fiddling.. this one Strat > TAI CHI > Peavey Classic 30 on clean channel. The Peavey is on 1. For real. The H1 also picks up birds and **** outside but whatever, that's cool with me. Peavey reverb is on 0. Hope someone enjoys it, it's a killer pedal, cheap as ****, and even though it's voiced darker than most ODs - it is really easy to fit into a mix, which is great, imo. I think it sounds great pretty much every setting, I like how it sounds as a boost, I like how it sounds with the drive way too high and the volume lowered, I like how it sounds with the tone knob down which makes it smoother and more sustain-y, and I like how it sounds with the tone knob up which makes it more trebly and almost gives it a static-white-noise kinda sound. All good stuff. Really unique OD, to me, that might not come through in those recordings but it doesn't really sound like anything else I've played. I can't ****ing wait until Saturday night, I'm gonna jam it out at rehearsal, which I'll record, and upload something in here to try show it off in a trio/band format, and my playing will be less restricted (not necessarily any better). I think it'll sound amazing at higher volumes.