52 pedals, week 19—JOYO Gate of Kahn (Noise Gate)

If you’ve been sticking with me for this year’s series of 52, then you’ll have noticed a few things. Firstly, I’m often behind in my scheduled weekly posts. Secondly, I’ve been focusing a lot on overdrive and distortion pedals. I can’t help it. I love distortion and overdrive (in that order to be honest). But a good part of any overdriven sound is the silence in-between. That’s why today I’ve decided to cut all unnecessary noise by suggesting I’d like the JOYO Gate of Kahn (Noise Gate).

You can therefore expect this week’s article to be a lot shorter as well. Less noise and all.

The JOYO Gate of Kahn is from the recent Ironman series of pedals and they’re rather tiny. So there’s plenty of room for the pedal if you already have a lot of pedals on your board. The pedal itself is only 73mm in length and 43mm in width. Tiny!

The pedal itself does what you’d expect it to (assuming you understand what a noise gate does). It cuts all sound going from the pedal to the amp as soon as the audio levels fall to the threshold setting you’ve dialed into the pedal. If you didn’t understand what a noise gate pedal did, you now do.

So apart from being tiny, it’s simple. One dial (threshold) that you set to your liking and one stomp switch. Click on, or click off. Done.

One cool little feature with the Ironman series from JOYO is the little flip-lid that sits over the pedals’ knobs (knob in this pedal’s case). Now you can safely stomp away in a live setting knowing you are not about to accidentally shift the pedal settings.

I’m not sure if this pedal fits a battery (I’d be surprised if it did). I’m OK with that. I always use a standard BOSS style 9 volt adapter and this pedal will work fine with that. So, all we need to know now is can this pedal cut the distortion as soon as the playing stops or is muted? Video says yes.


Before I get to my usual disclaimer, I will say that I do own a few older JOYO pedals. I’m a big fan of those pedals. They were ridiculously cheap, but they are seriously good quality pedals. That’s why I want this pedal. I’m hoping it’s as affordable and as reliable as those pedals I already have.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

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