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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / GFS Greenie

Juice Maloose

'Stallis, WI

Welcome to the Machine...
Aug 15th, 2014 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty killer pedal for $50, part of GFS' chinese-made line of budget FX pedals (essentially re-labeled Biyang units). It's a Tubescreamer clone with some mild enhancements.

The most obvious is a three-way toggle to choose between Classic, Fat, and Tight settings. Classic is roughly your basic Tubescreamer, big mids, big volume, slight bass cut. Fat pushes even more volume and additional bass. Tight chops the low-end and possibly a little volume.

I personally keep it on classic all the time. My amp (Blackstar HT-5RS Mini Stack) already pushes a out a thick, somewhat dark sound, so the Fat setting is too much for my needs. I could see it being helpful for someone with a thinner sounding guitar or if you really want to wallop that pre-amp with a huge signal. Tight might be good for metal players using extended range instruments or if you have a particularly low-end heavy rig. It's my least favorite setting personally.

The other change from a typical TS is that the tone knob adds upper mids along with highs during the highest 15% of the sweep. I usually keep the tone knob at around noon, but this tweak does make the full sweep a little more useful IMO.

Like most TS types, there is minimal distortion on tap from the pedal. If you are looking to use this with a clean amp and are wanting more than some mild hair added to your tone, I recommend something like a Fulltone OCD, or perhaps a full-on distortion unit. Nonetheless, the Greenie can be useful for punching up a lackluster clean sound.

It's much more at home pushing an already driven amp. In my case, I'm dealing with mostly pre-amp gain given that I use my Blackstar in an apartment, but even there the Greenie does a fabulous job as a lead/gain boost.

I typically keep the Volume and Gain knobs at about 10 o'clock and the Tone to noon as mentioned above. (that said, I've yet to find a truly bad setting with this thing). This setting delivers a nice mild drive boost that kicks things up a notch or two without going over the top.

I've used a Strat, a Les Paul, and a Tele, and they all sound smooth and fat through the Greenie on single pickup settings. I get great cut with my bridge pickups and liquid sustain on the neck pickups. Middle or notch settings sound fine too, but I do lose some of the clarity and quack/chime with the pedal on. Not a huge issue for me but could be a concern for those looking to preserve the high-end clarity of the notch positions on their guitars.

Build quality is good for the price. It's all-metal with a foot switch that feels very solid. Its form-factor is large-ish; that could be an issue for those with cramped pedal-boards. There is no battery cover - battery swaps require unscrewing the four screws holding the back plate on. Kind of a pain, but I use a 9V daisy chain adapter, so not an issue for me.

Note: I actually am on my second Greenie; the first one arrived with a disintegrated mini-toggle and a loose knob that kept falling off. GFS was quick to send a replacement; the second unit has no discernible flaws.

Overall, if you are looking for a TS type drive on a budget, (or perhaps as a backup to a more expensive drive pedal) this is a solid alternative to the Bad Monkey and SD-1 at the same price point.



Aug 26th, 2014 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some of these pedals are little gems. I own a bunch of Joyo pedals and they work and sound great. You should try out the Joyo American Sound, British Sound, ACTone pedals too. They sound great. I have a Biyang MadDriver which is nice too. Similar to the Greenie pedal you are describing.

My only dud so far has been the Joyo Delay pedal. Bought one and it failed in minutes. Bought another and it never worked at all. All my other Joyo pedals...Tremolo, Ultimate Drive, Vintage Overdrive and Biyang Mad Driver as well as the others above work great. I bought most of them for $40 a piece.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 27th, 2014 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Greenie is a Tube Screamer circuit without the input and output buffers.

Steve Dallman
Contributing Member

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 27th, 2014 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry, I jumped too quick. I had the BBE Green Screamer on my mind. THAT's the one that is a TS without the buffers.

The GFS effects are marketed under other names, such as Akai.

Juice Maloose

'Stallis, WI

Welcome to the Machine...
Aug 28th, 2014 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

telegib, I've been curious about the Joyo Sweet Baby OD. $31 on Amazon; supposedly a clone of the Klon KTR. I'm not in a hurry for another OD, but those Joyo pedals are just so dang inexpensive that it's hard not to pull the trigger!

Which Joyo delay did you try? I have the Joyo D-Seed and it's been great. The foot-switches and AC adapter jack could be a little more robust, but it's worked fine for me and sounds awesome in all modes. It's easily the best bang for your buck around as far as delay pedals are concerned.

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