Originally Posted by soulgeezer
Actually, they're exactly what they sound like. "Through hole" means that the components have electrical leads (wires) that go through holes in the PCB and are soldered on the reverse side. SMD, which means "surface mounted design" (or, SMT, for "surface mounted technology") utilizes components that are mounted and soldered on one side of the board.
Through hole PCBs are easier to modify, because it's easy to desolder, remove, and change components. Surface mounted parts can be be changed out, too, but it's quite a bit more difficult.
By the way, here are some pics of the board inside a Joyo Ultimate Octave:
See the little ends from the components on the front of the board sticking through the back? That's an example of through hole board construction.
Thanks for the pic, so the Joyo pedals are through-hole construction, not SMD as I had been told. That makes me feel better about their pedals, if they all are made that way.
BBE got back to me right away on my email question, and it is true that they are designed in the U.S. and made in a Chinese factory. Which one, who knows?.