Lo-Fi Loop Junky review by Zvex

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.5 (6 votes)
Zvex: Lo-Fi Loop Junky
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Sound — 10
I'm using this pedal with a Diezel VH4S halfstack and primarily two Gibson Les Paul Customs. This pedal is really, really strange. The effect is Lo-Fi (low fidelity), meaning that there is pretty much no high end to speak of at all. Zach set out to design a looper that made your loop sound different than you just playing it again, and he succeeded here. After the loop is recorded, it is played back with a slight lo-fi distortion, hiss, and scratchiness. Zachary Vex has captured a sound with this pedal that people have been trying to do for years, and that is it makes your guitar sound like it was recorded on an old 45 vinyl. Its very warm and organic sounding, but doesn't sound like a conventional digital looper at all. Its extremely unique sounding, like running your guitar through a tape Machine that hasn't been cleaned in a really long time. It can also make it sound like a toybox, or some creepy organ. It's a wonderful sound that I love, especially when you play over it! The pedal also has a built-in Super Hard On circuit that affects only the direct signal, the guitar that you'll play over the loop. The contrast of your crisp, Super Hard On-affected guitar over the warbly, moaning loop is really cool. There is also another feature: vibrato. The Depth and Speed controls control a vibrato effect that only affects the loop itself. Really, it makes your loop sound like a warped 45. Its really, really eerie sounding. I love it.

Overall Impression — 10
The Lo-Fi Loop Junky is one of the coolest pedals that I've ever used. The sound fat, unique and warm, and hopefully replaceable if it ever got stolen from me. It's an expensive pedal, but I think it's well worth it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Zachary Vex has lifetime warranties on all of his products, even if they're used. If something goes wrong, he's there to fix it and have it back to you ASAP. He has great customer support and really will go the extra mile for you.

Ease of Use — 10
This is probably Zach's riskiest pedal, the one that some people are too scared to drop the serious cash that it takes to get one. This is one of the weirdest, coolest effects that I've ever come across, and its definetly different. Anyway, the pedal has six controls: volume (volume of the loop being played back), tone (tone of the loop being played back, as in more highs or softer highs), rec (the input volume of the loop being recorded. Set this to taste, depending on how hot your pickups are, or if you want to distort the loop.), depth (the depth of the vibrato effect), speed (the speed of the vibrato effect), and a little switch marked "Safe", which when flipped keeps you from accidently erasing the loop. Some of the older Junky's required you to first turn on the pedal (by stomping on the leftmost switch) before you could start recording (stomping on the rightmost switch). The newer ones have a mod that allows you to stomp on the rightmost switch at any time, whenever you want to record. The Lo-Fi Loop Junky comes with: 20 seconds of real-clocked analog recording. Will remember your loop for up to 99 years, even if you remove the battery and unplug it. True Bypass switching. Extremely low battery draw, for extremely long battery life. Lifetime warranty, even if the unit is used.

3 comments sorted by best / new / date

    f1sk
    I think you pretty much nailed it with the first paragraph. I have been wanting one but the price is somewhat of a problem. Other than that it looks like an awesome pedal to just jam with and just have fun. It would have been cool if you could play the loop backwards.
    pinheadslts75
    I love how this pedal is pretty much advertised as,"Will sound like crap, but it's cool cause it's analog and 'lo-fi' man."
    luis.angel
    It doesn't sound like crap... Like most zvex's pedals it's for more experimental oriented players... If you want a clean tone or an orthodox sound... You wont get it... This is a very fun pedal to record loops make them sound like 45 samples and mess with it live... Definitely worth the money... Hook the fuzz factory after it... And unleash mayheam