Indyguitarist CrankedAC: quick review

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  1. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    Ok, got the CrankedAC in the mail today (thanks Brian!) and wanted to post some quick initial impressions. Using my Ibanez Artist into my Super Reverb RI:
    - It has a nice range of gain, from 'overdrivey' to full-on distortion (not metal)
    - The gain is very tube-like in nature, but is a little compressed-sounding over almost all of the gain range
    - low-noise; I maxed out the gain and it got just a wee bit of background noise
    - SUPER bright green LED, a purple-sparkle finish that Prince would be proud of
    - The CrankedAC has a lot of volume to it; can't stand a pedal that I have to turn the volume up to 12 o'clock or higher just to reach unity. Not so with the CAC
    - Bass and mids are full (not flabby at all) and warm; the CAC almost just sounds like a great Marshall distortion
    - BIGGEST COMPLAINT: it is quite a dark pedal, or rather, the tone control just doesn't get bright enough. Not sure if it is using dual-LPFs like the BSIAB II and some ROG circuits, but it feels like it.

    Overall, it might be a keeper; it is a high-quality build and has a great sound. The sustain and 'growl' is there for a choice rhythm pedal, but has the mids and gain to do nice lead work. If it were brighter, I could see backing off on the gain and getting some jangle going. I agree with previous reviewers, there is no Tom Petty or Peter Buck in sight, but for a great British-inspired distortion, this is a nice addition to the fold.
     
  2. jazzandmetal?

    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

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    I recently listened to some youtube clips of that pedal and they sounded great! Where did you get it from? The youtube clips sounded more like a marshall to me than a vox.
     
  3. BrianWampler

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    Thanks Buck - it has a series of low pass filters sort of similar to what ROG does on the end, just different frequencies. I have thought about adding a 'bright' switch to it. I've also thought about doing a bass/treble 'top boost' type eq on the end. The only thing with that is that it scoops the mids a bit.
    bw
     
  4. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    jazzandmetal,
    I got it direct from Indyguitarist.com (straight from Brian W).

    Brian,
    Another thing: the tone control doesn't seem to do much after the first 1/3 of the turn (going clockwise); is that about accurate?

    Also, is there anything that can be done to brighten it up a little? Different cap values in the LPFs?

    Thanks again,
    Buck
     
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    I think it depends on how dark your tone is - for brighter amps, you can here the range much better throughout the taper.

    to mod it, shoot me an email and I'll send you a mod you can do if you want.
    bw
     
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    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks Brian.
    E-mail sent to the support address.
     

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