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BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal  

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    High-gain madness for the most extreme distortion around.

    The Crusher distortion pedal employs a passive 3-band EQ to shape the massive high-gain output to your pleasure. Anything from a mild crunch to brutal, in-your-face distortion is possible.

    The Crusher is built to last and features hardwire bypass, high-gain distortion circuit, LED operation indicator, non-slip rubber bottom, and an easy-access 9V battery compartment. Includes AC power supply!

    Features
    • 3-band EQ
    • Hardwired bypass
    • High gain distortion circuit
    • LED operation indicator
    • Non-slip rubber bottom
    • Easy-access 9V battery compartment

    Order today and crush the opposition.

     

    Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal Specifications:

    • Input Impedance: 1 MOhms
    • Output Impedance: 1 kOhms
    • Hardwire Bypass: Yes
    • Power Requirements:
    • DC inlet: +9VDC min. 200ma
    • Battery: 9VDC
    • Battery Life: 300 hours
    • Dimensions: 3-7/10"W x 1-4/5"H x 4-7/10"D
    • Shipping Weight: 3 lbs.
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    BBECrusher Distortion Effect Pedal
     
    4.1

    (based on 20 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good quality '70-'80s Distortion Pedal

    Too much treble? I have the treble no greater than the 8 o'clock position with the mids up around 4 o'clock, bass at noon and gain 4 o'clock. So my treble is almost...Read complete review

    Too much treble? I have the treble no greater than the 8 o'clock position with the mids up around 4 o'clock, bass at noon and gain 4 o'clock. So my treble is almost rolled right off and the gain is almost up full to get it sounding like a smooth lead tone. Now this is with an ES335 or a Les Paul both with '57 classic pickups. I can then roll off some tone control on the guitars for different shades of tone. Basically I think the pedal has far too much treble to begin with but you can at least roll it off with the treble control. Also the gain is not that high, it's like the amount of gain an MXR Distortion III has. One thing is the circuit for this was developed in the mid 80's and it was tuned to the sounds of hair metal bands of the day that used to come into the workshop (Warrant, Ratt for example). Now if you've every played with a Boss Heavy Metal pedal which is about that era then you'll know they also have that huge treble. If you're more of blues rock kind of guy dropping the treble off is probably the first thing you'll need to do. This BBE can at least do things like a type of overdrive, to various types of metal. I believe it suits using it into an already overdriven amp really well like the old MXR Distortion+. It's not despite it's black color a metal pedal. I think if they made it red a lot less people would expect it to be some sort of detuned doom metal sludge pedal. It's not, it's a Distortion and a pretty good one. I also have the Green Screamer and the two pedals stack well together so IF you do need to push for that ultra fluid lead sound you just have the Green Screamer running into the Crusher. At that point you can put the gain control of the Crusher nearer to 2 o'clock and if you back your guitar volume off to 2/10 you still get a smooth lead tone. That gives you two overdrive sounds one from the Crusher, one from the screamer and a big lead tone with them both on. So in conclussion the Crusher is good on it's own, or as a building block with other pedals like compressors or overdrives and with both clean or overdriven amp settings.

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    Great for a dirty to nasty boost

    I got this to use stacked with the BBE green screamer. I just wanted something to use as a boost for times when i wanted my leads to be really out there. it doesn't...Read complete review

    I got this to use stacked with the BBE green screamer. I just wanted something to use as a boost for times when i wanted my leads to be really out there. it doesn't disappoint.Along with the standard gain and volume, it has a mid/bass/treble which is rare and welcome in a pedal. set at center dial it's a bit trebely for my taste but like i said, it has knobs for that.

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    4.0

    I have a crush on the crusher

    By Nitsuei

    from germantown, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • 3 Band Eq
    • Well Built

    Cons

    • A Bit Fuzzy

    Best Uses

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      this is a great pedal BBE makes some of the best stuff on the planet

      with a 3 band EQ the crusher is extremely versatile only the metalmuff is comparable to this hi-gain box

      the only thing about it is that the higher frequencies make it sound shrill and fuzzy

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      3.0

      Great for a dirty to nasty boost

      By Levi J

      from Always in a State of Missiouri

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        I got this to use stacked with the BBE green screamer. I just wanted something to use as a boost for times when i wanted my leads to be really out there. it doesn't disappoint.Along with the standard gain and volume, it has a mid/bass/treble which is rare and welcome in a pedal. set at center dial it's a bit trebely for my taste but like i said, it has knobs for that.

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        4.0

        Good quality '70-'80s Distortion Pedal

        By CLG

        from Melbourne, Australia

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • 3 Band Eq Not Just Tone

        Cons

        • Too Much Treble

        Best Uses

        • As A Classic Distortion

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        Too much treble? I have the treble no greater than the 8 o'clock position with the mids up around 4 o'clock, bass at noon and gain 4 o'clock. So my treble is almost rolled right off and the gain is almost up full to get it sounding like a smooth lead tone. Now this is with an ES335 or a Les Paul both with '57 classic pickups. I can then roll off some tone control on the guitars for different shades of tone. Basically I think the pedal has far too much treble to begin with but you can at least roll it off with the treble control. Also the gain is not that high, it's like the amount of gain an MXR Distortion III has. One thing is the circuit for this was developed in the mid 80's and it was tuned to the sounds of hair metal bands of the day that used to come into the workshop (Warrant, Ratt for example). Now if you've every played with a Boss Heavy Metal pedal which is about that era then you'll know they also have that huge treble. If you're more of blues rock kind of guy dropping the treble off is probably the first thing you'll need to do. This BBE can at least do things like a type of overdrive, to various types of metal. I believe it suits using it into an already overdriven amp really well like the old MXR Distortion+. It's not despite it's black color a metal pedal. I think if they made it red a lot less people would expect it to be some sort of detuned doom metal sludge pedal. It's not, it's a Distortion and a pretty good one. I also have the Green Screamer and the two pedals stack well together so IF you do need to push for that ultra fluid lead sound you just have the Green Screamer running into the Crusher. At that point you can put the gain control of the Crusher nearer to 2 o'clock and if you back your guitar volume off to 2/10 you still get a smooth lead tone. That gives you two overdrive sounds one from the Crusher, one from the screamer and a big lead tone with them both on. So in conclussion the Crusher is good on it's own, or as a building block with other pedals like compressors or overdrives and with both clean or overdriven amp settings.

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Thumbs Down

        By David Harvey

        from Shingle Springs, Ca.

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        I like a fluid guitar tone for soloing like Holdsworth . My Boss SD-1 gives a nice crunch that I can
        dial back with my guitar's volume and get a clean sound that responds to my attack . Like most musicians I will always be in search of the perfect sound . I really respect Mike Landau's prowess
        in that regard in all his studio and live performances.
        I bought the Sonic Stomp as was blown away ! My Vox Amp never sounded so good. I felt whomever designed that understands tone so well that their distortion pedal would also be exemplary . For 2 days I tried but could not get the Crusher pedal to create any good sounds at all.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's not a metal stompbox idiots, it's DISTORTION

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        I'm tired of all these reviews putting this pedal down. It's not a freaking metal pedal, nor is it advertised as such. This thing is great for clean driven sound like a Tube Screamer or for heavier stuff, but NOT for something like thrash metal.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Rock Distortion

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        Great pedal and is perfect for rock and classic rock distortion sounds. A very full, saturated tone. I run this into the clean channel of my Fender or Marshall amp and it's like getting another distortion channel out of the amp. The distortion has a lot more gain and saturation than an OD pedal but it doesn't sound as overly distorted or fizzy as so many of those metal distortion pedals. Most of those are so thick with scooped mids that you can't get a solo thru the mix but the Crusher is great for Satch or classic rock or metal solos. Having the 3 tone controls gives lots of adjustments so you can get just the right distortion regardless of your guitar or amp and you can get that scooped sound if you want it. It's very solidly built and even comes with the power supply. True bypass switch and very smooth, high quality knobs too. Its a great value and better than a lot of the pedals that I tried that cost well over $100.

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        2.0

        Garbagio

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        I have had this pedal for a long time now and still haven't found any use for it, I have ran it through many amps incl, Peavy Valve King, Marshall mgd50, Peavy 5150 2x12 combo, Laney and crate amps. For metal this thing is usless the tones are flat and boring with virtually no low end response it barely has any gain so if your looking for a good metal distortion I recommend a Metal Muff by Electro Harmonix or the Landmine.

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        3.0

        meh

        By ayyyohhh

        from Henryville, IN

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        i bought this pedal while i was in a band and wanting something with more "ooomph" for hard rock and metal. it wasnt worth it. it has a weak tone for metal. dont buy it unless you play classic rock. its just meh

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        4.0

        If the glove fits......

        By AdamHardrock

        from Myrtle Beach, SC

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        I am a classic rock-blues player. For many years I used an MXR distortion +. After trying out many distortion pedals over the years then I came across the BBE crusher. I dont know about you but I like simple easy to control stuff. This pedal is ideal for specifically classic or blues playing-built solid and a good value at the price.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good High-Gain Pedal

        By Kayd Mon

        from South Florida

        Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

        This is a good flavor of distortion to have. BBE makes quality products - most of their pedals are worth checking out. The 3-band EQ is a nice feature, but the treble control can get a little fizzy. The bass and mids are nice, though. It's a heavier distortion, but it's not over the top- it's actually usable. I use this mostly with low-wattage tube amps (Fender and Vox), and in those applications, it works nicely for lead tones and very chunky rhythm. It has a Marshall-like tone. I've used it for recording, and I've gotten good results. You could probably play metal with it if you're pushing a 4x12 cab, but it won't make a little 15-watt solid state bedroom amp sound like a metal-chugging stack. It's just not designed for that sort of nonsense. As for me, it's a good option, but not my main distortion pedal.

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