Clip of the Crunchbox into my cheap 'n nasty Solid State amp

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by PJH, Jan 18, 2008.


  1. PJH

    PJH Member

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    A lot of people have asked me what the Crunchbox sounds like through a solid state amp. I use a solid state amp for live work. It’s more convenient, lighter and more reliable. It also saves my tube Marshall from being battered and bruised.

    I use a Marshall MGFX100 head and the small 4 X 12 cab. It was cheap and nasty but with a bit of fiddling and the right pedal (for me that is) I get a very similar tone to my tube amp.

    The recording was made with the MGFX100 at a very low volume. The reason I did it at low volume was to try and show that if you’re playing through a solid state amp and driving it with a pedal, the level of the amp doesn’t have to be very high at all.

    The amp in this recording was at a level that you could record in a bedroom. It’s the crunchbox that’s doing all the work.

    Guitar was a Gibson Les Paul Std. Mic was an SM57.

    The track's called "Riffing". Hope you enjoy.

    Cheers,

    Peter.

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  2. Speed_Racer71

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    aww look at that cute lil pedal board :)

    what type board is that??
     
  3. SunnyRollins

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    nicely done, great touch!
    you can't go wrong with those MI audios.
    i have a blues pro and it smokes!!! (i even dig the fuzz feature)
     
  4. Phil M

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    Further proof that a Crunchbox in the right hands rules. I think the heavy tone you're getting out of the pedal into the MG sounds better than the Rivera Fandango's distortion tones (a few clips down).
     
  5. Kapo_Polenton

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    Agreed.. I also like this more than the Fandango. G12t-75's in there eh?
     
  6. Gigbag

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    As stated above, nice touch and great tone.
     
  7. Londoncalling

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    Good! Very Good!

    What were the settings on the crunchbox?

    Nice playing
     
  8. PJH

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    Thanks guys,

    Speed Racer, the pedalboard is home made.

    Kapo if you're talking about the MG there are 30 watt Celestions in there. The Fandango has a G12-75 in it.

    London Calling, here are the settings.

    Cheers,

    Peter.

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  9. Sixa

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    WOW!!! :eek:

    PJH another GREAT recording, love it, just love it.
    You're really making me want this pedal in a bad way. :drool
     
  10. alivegy

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    Yup, that's the crunchbox. Love the pedal. It does what it does so well.
     
  11. Kapo_Polenton

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    With this one and your TSL, do you run it completely clean or do you dial in some preamp gain? I found it sounded fuller with some preamp jam... on my low channel on the JCM it was thinner.

    Thanks for posting the settings by the way. I think I will run my JCM + OD panned left and run this guy panned right. Will be a nice contrast of sounds when i start recording.
     
  12. Kapo_Polenton

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    What do you think that MArshall cab 30 watters are based on? v30's? Sometimes the cheapest stuff works the best. My g12T 100 watt celestions in my valvestate were nice and smooth.
     
  13. PJH

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    Kapo, I run both my amps completely clean. I found the opposite of what you've found. If I run my CB into a slightly distorted preamp the sound is very mushy and not tight with very little definition.

    I set up my amps for a nice fat clean tone. The Crunchbox does the rest.

    If you're doubling gtr tracks back off on the gain. It'll sound even fatter.
     
  14. PJH

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    Sorry, I had already posted. Didn't see your second question.

    I don't know what Celestions are in the MG's cab. I have opened the cab and they just have the Celestion badge on them. No model number. They're probably really cheap Celestions but they work.
    Obviously the higher the power rating of the speaker the more volume you're gonna need to crank into it to make it work.

    Remember the amp's volume was set to bedroom volume on this recording.

    Cheers.
     
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    Wow that sounds nice!! Can someone tell me the factory setting of the internal control of the crunchbox?
     
  16. Kapo_Polenton

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    I can see this crunch Box as being the Dod 250 or elusive TS-9 of the year 2018 when it becomes the most sought after vintage pedal out there. You should be sending these soundclips to MI-Audio. their pedal does not sound this good on the site.
     
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    +1 on that.

    Of course, I have the Crunch Box...I can't make it sound anywhere near that....I think it's the player....:(
     
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    Not to hijack the thread...Is the DOD 250 highly sought after? I passed on one a while back that was cheap....I didn't have any experience with or knowledge of it.

    Good info on the Crunchbox!!!

    Thanks,

    Johnny
     
  20. PJH

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    I haven't ever checked that internal pot. The factory setting was spot on for me.
     

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