I have a Sweet Baby Overdrive I'm real happy with. Exactly what the doctor ordered.
Just stumbled across these on Amazon. They have a decent selection and all around 40 bucks with true bypass. Anyone try these out? Are they crap?
Oh it says something alright, but not about the pedals themselves. People are still the same; it's right out of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain knew what he was telling.Well it might say something about the quality that over at the TGP someone started buying one of their models, modded it ever so slightly, gooped up the insides, repainted the enclosures, and sold them for a few hundred dollars each and many of the tone snobs over there were reacting like these pedals were the new Klon Centaur or something. Many tone snobs had egg on their faces when the truth came out.
I find the resistor leads a litle on the thin side, too. On the other hand, when I end up breaking the last carbide bit I have for "standard" sized leads, a thin lead turns into a blessing, just as it is when I perf something and need to wrap a resistor lead around an IC pin. One man's meat, I guess. I have PT2399s of several; different fonts, and have not experienced any issues.RE the enclosures. They are not Hammonds and knock-off enclosure quality varies wildly. Joyo ones are not even hammond copies; decent enuf I suppose. Diff size and thinner.
Same with chips and resistors actually. Boutique builders do not get their resistors from Tayda ( for example; I suspect Joyo does, as do many hobbyists/DIYers, but no serious builder); those resistors are noticeably different ( e.g. very thin leads). Tayda's caps seem to be fine; used them here and there (box film types; not tired their electros).
As regards chips, there are knock offs, large lots of QC rejects resold , as well as various companies making their own version of some standards (e.g. The ubiquitous TL dual of amps).
The build community has seen a lot of issues with cheap sourced PT delay chips a while back for example. Either counterfeit or QC rejects; I'm not sure.
There are things I will buy from Tayda or bargain basement eBay stores, and then things I wont.
I bought an Ultimate Drive before the Sweet Baby, and I couldn't turn it down enough to get in the mild overdrive territory I was looking for. I have a DS-1 that I modded a bit (took out two ... something, I don't remember what ... resistors ?) and it cut the high shrill associated to the pedal. Good mod, but it's still a DS1. So after looking and looking I saw the Sweet Baby and went for it. It is a VERY mild OD and what I mostly like about it, it doesn't color my tone at all. Very similar to early tube breakup. Piled over the Tube Screamer, it is also really ... Sweet. It's here to stay.I have wanted to try that pedal for a little while. I just bought a new amp and most reports say that it doesn't need pedals so I might never try the Sweet Baby.
I have a Joyo Ultimate Drive, an EHX Soul Food, a Boss SD-1, and a Maxon OD-9. I somehow suspect that I will sell the Joyo on, will return the Soul Food to L&M, and will just keep the Boss and the Maxon. I now have a vintage sounding Marshall and those two pedals are classic pedals for pushing Marshalls so it makes sense to stick with them.