It's all you really need if I had to choose one pedal this would be it
Yes the American sound is very good. AMAZING CLEAN sound. The best clean among the joyos...
And if you turn the voice knob all the way up...my god it's filthy AF.
Here I try different settigs suggested by tech 21 for their Blonde pedal...Check it out!
+1The American sound is a pretty awesome pedal. I did a bunch of head to head comparison with the Sansamp Blonde. They are very close. I preferred the Joyo--the low end is looser and and it feels a little less stiff than the Blonde, a little more ampy. But it was a small difference
I like the California and the American a lot the Vox pedal gets a lot of love but I did not like it for some reason.I just got one of these. I've been sort of out of the guitar game for a while, just getting back into it.
I use this in front of a practice amp and also for goosing up and improving the sound quality of Amplitube Fender on my computer. It's absolutely perfect for that. The voice knob is so effective at changing the sound from kind of a glassy blackface to a more midrangy tweed sound. I find myself preferring that the Voice control at 2-3:00, with the gain down just to the point of breakup. Tweedy, but not over the top raunchy.
Amplitube Fender is pretty good, but this thing makes it come alive and sound real. This is such a steal at $30. The gain and tone structure are so great, not at all fizzy or ratty like so many solid state gain pedals. It really does sound natural.
I remember when I started playing guitar in the late 90s, $30 couldn't get you anything decent. This is a steal. Makes me want to try out the Vox and Marshall versions too.