Do those pedals look familiar?

Being in the pedal business, I encounter some pretty weird and funny stuff sometimes. But nothing quite tops the case of Freekish Blues Pedals that I heard about from a customer yesterday on the phone. In a nutshell, Freekish Blues was a brand of effect pedals that marketed themselves on the internet as being small independently designed effects. Some now poor (in both senses of the word) customers started opening up the pedals one day and discovered much to their surprise that the fancy $170 overdrive pedal they paid for was really a $40 Joyo with a new spiffy paint job! The paint job is pretty nice though. It better be. It's a $130 paint job!

So now we've REALLY REALLY come full circle.  Boutique pedals started out as modded clones of classic effects like the Tube Screamer. Joyos, BiyangsMooers are inexpensive clones of those boutique pedals. Now a professed boutique company took the Joyos and gave them a fancy face lift, marketed them like crazy, and quadrupled the price!

Wait there's more. There are even allegations of cover ups by well known guitar forums like GearPage to silence the revelations. After all hell breaking loose in the forums, the threads were frozen and any further discussion silenced. Sounds a lot like the Snowden NSA case in our little pedal universe!

This practice of rebranding pedals isn't totally new. Akai, the large music maker had been rebranding Biyang pedals as their own and selling them at a markup for awhile now. But the Freekish Blues case is really outrageous for sheer audacity and greed. So there ya go - another day, another reason to stick with the cheaper pedals.

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Written by Wolf . — July 28, 2013


GearPager Esq:

Thanks Ken

September 26 2013

Wheelie R.:

That was a real shame… But really breaking some psycho-acoustic myth…

April 24 2015

Gary Respess:

This does not surprise me Joyo pedals are one of my favorite discoveries I have compared the US Dream to Both actual Suhr Riot pedals and the Dream is my fave pedal. I sent both pedals back. I have mostly Joyo pedals on my board now with more to come. I wish Cheaper Pedal could get Caline pedals They are the only other pedal company that comes close to Joyo. Thanks CP for making my board and rig sound better. Gary

April 29 2016


“… another day, another reason to stick with the cheaper pedals.”

Or reputable pedal makers. Cheap rarely means good.

February 21 2017


With respect !!!

June 28 2021

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