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Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal  

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    KrankDistortus Maximus Distortion Pedal
     
    4.2

    (based on 35 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not Just a heavy metal Pedal, Great for Blues and Country Too!

    Overall, it is a great pedal so often and wrongly overlooked by players that just need a good drive pedal. Krank did themselves an injustice when marketing this pedal only to...Read complete review

    Overall, it is a great pedal so often and wrongly overlooked by players that just need a good drive pedal. Krank did themselves an injustice when marketing this pedal only to Metalheads..... Although is serves the Metalheads well too. The pedal really shines with a compressor infront of the Krank in the signal chain. I recommend Compressor, Overdrive to boost and then Krank. It is a great setup.... Remember to start low on the drive and work your way up. Don't start at 10 and counter the highs and mids. Good Luck
    The low to mid drive settings are quite nice. Cranking the Mids and dropping the highs give a nice Tube Screamer tone with the ability to pump up the gain higher than a Tubescreamer..... Scooping the Mids and increasing the highs gives a 80s Metal sound if your into that. My advice is to always counter the highs and mids. for example: Increase the Highs and DECREASE the mids or Increase Mids and Decrease the Highs. Otherwise it can get flubby and Buzzy sounding. Remember that advice when dialing in the settings....... I have also used this pedal with the gain on 1 then increased the Volume, It works nice to boost a tube amp. With the 3 EQ dials you can change the EQ for a solo as well.... Very cool pedal once you learn how to use it. It does NOT sound good through a Solid State Amp....
    Built very well, but sometimes the nut holding the pots get loose and needs a little tightening up. Not a big deal at all.

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    Lousy Quality For The Price

    I play out with my band a couple weekends a month and thought I found all the answers with this pedal but it ended up having a poor quality sound and wasn't very good quality...Read complete review

    I play out with my band a couple weekends a month and thought I found all the answers with this pedal but it ended up having a poor quality sound and wasn't very good quality of parts. Two of the knobs fell off after a couple gigs. I don't beat the hell out of my gear and expect it to last a long time. They just popped off during gigs. Whoever their assembly line people are don't know how to use a flathead. I didn't have a small enough one to put them back on at the time and the sound quality was so awful I didn't even bother putting them back on. I usually play with at least two different distortion/overdrive pedals because I like a variety of different kinds. This one just didn't live up to its badder than bad rep. I've had much better luck with the MXR Custom '78 Distortion, the Line 6 Uber Metal Distortion(much more diverse than this one and better sounding) and even the Boss Blues Driver, as well as an MXR knockoff distortion. This thing is not worth the price. They should have paid me to take it off their hands or at least sold it with a free bar of soap. I thought about checking out their amps at one point but after buying this pile I won't being doing that either. If you're going to drop some coin steer clear of this one. I wish I had.

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    1.0

    Lousy Quality For The Price

    By Michael Anthony Otero

    from Hell, Ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      I play out with my band a couple weekends a month and thought I found all the answers with this pedal but it ended up having a poor quality sound and wasn't very good quality of parts. Two of the knobs fell off after a couple gigs. I don't beat the hell out of my gear and expect it to last a long time. They just popped off during gigs. Whoever their assembly line people are don't know how to use a flathead. I didn't have a small enough one to put them back on at the time and the sound quality was so awful I didn't even bother putting them back on. I usually play with at least two different distortion/overdrive pedals because I like a variety of different kinds. This one just didn't live up to its badder than bad rep. I've had much better luck with the MXR Custom '78 Distortion, the Line 6 Uber Metal Distortion(much more diverse than this one and better sounding) and even the Boss Blues Driver, as well as an MXR knockoff distortion. This thing is not worth the price. They should have paid me to take it off their hands or at least sold it with a free bar of soap. I thought about checking out their amps at one point but after buying this pile I won't being doing that either. If you're going to drop some coin steer clear of this one. I wish I had.

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      4.0

      good stuff

      By jaja666

      from toulouse france.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      this pedal is good.but the knobs are black and it is not easy to see the "mark" with low light or on stage...

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not Just a heavy metal Pedal, Great for Blues and Country Too!

      By UnskinnyBop

      from Phoenix, AZ

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      Overall, it is a great pedal so often and wrongly overlooked by players that just need a good drive pedal. Krank did themselves an injustice when marketing this pedal only to Metalheads..... Although is serves the Metalheads well too. The pedal really shines with a compressor infront of the Krank in the signal chain. I recommend Compressor, Overdrive to boost and then Krank. It is a great setup.... Remember to start low on the drive and work your way up. Don't start at 10 and counter the highs and mids. Good Luck
      The low to mid drive settings are quite nice. Cranking the Mids and dropping the highs give a nice Tube Screamer tone with the ability to pump up the gain higher than a Tubescreamer..... Scooping the Mids and increasing the highs gives a 80s Metal sound if your into that. My advice is to always counter the highs and mids. for example: Increase the Highs and DECREASE the mids or Increase Mids and Decrease the Highs. Otherwise it can get flubby and Buzzy sounding. Remember that advice when dialing in the settings....... I have also used this pedal with the gain on 1 then increased the Volume, It works nice to boost a tube amp. With the 3 EQ dials you can change the EQ for a solo as well.... Very cool pedal once you learn how to use it. It does NOT sound good through a Solid State Amp....
      Built very well, but sometimes the nut holding the pots get loose and needs a little tightening up. Not a big deal at all.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      louder than love!!!

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      i am very glad i decided to put this monster into my line...its loud, awesome eq, enough gain for whatever you need...

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      5.0

      Just Rediscovered This...

      By Phoenix Guitar Dude

      from Phoenix, AZ

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      I bought the Krank DM five years ago when it first came out. Recently, I re-introduced it to my pedal board and I'm so glad I did. For those of you who are not happy with amount of gain your getting from it, I believe you don't have it set up correctly with your rig. The Distortus Maximus sounds much more like the lead channel of an amp than a distortion pedal. And God Bless Krank for designing it that way! Here's a tip to try before you decide to chuck it:a. Plug into the clean channel of your amp.b. Turn the Distortion all the way up on the DM.c. Set Treble, Mid and Bass to noon.d. Set the Master at about 2 to start, 'cause that sucker is loud!e. Use an overdrive, like Boss SD-1, Tube Screamer, or a Graphic EQ in front of it and melt some faces!If you try this method of using the Distortus Maximus, I think you will find it be a fantastic pedal. To my ears, it's much more organic, dynamic and natural sounding than any Boss Metal Core or Metal Zone could ever hope to be.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Don't waste your hard earned money

      By Brutus5

      from Texas

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      I bought one of these pedals thinking it's made by Krank the quality must be good! Man was I wrong..two months after buying it the volume & tone knobs started coming loose I called Krank many, many times before they responded..I had only used it five times when this happened.Then after about 7months the junk just quit altogether and I can't get any response from Krank..The best distortion that is worth the money is a Blackstar ht distx it's outstanding with it's sound...

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      5.0

      IT'S A BEAST!!!!!!

      By METAL MONSTER-3ZDDC

      from Arlington, TX THE HOME OF DIMEBAG DARRELL R.I.P

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      This pedal is a beast hands down. I play a lot of SLAYER!!!, TESTAMENT, MEGADETH, PANTERA and this pedal gives me that sound. It has a natural heavy metal tone, its crisp, tough construction,chugs like no other.Ive used boss,digitech,mxr doubleshot and a lot others but they lack that warm natural sound and believe me im really picky when it comes to my gear. People say it doesnt have enough gain... they are wrong it has more than enough cuz when I can get sounds out of it that sound like SLAYER. If you want more gain than that then you obviously dont know nothing about true Metal tone. Its not about insane amounts of gain. So if want to start a war or shred everybodies faces off then you should get this BRUTAL pedal.

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      5.0

      Best Distortion Pedal EVER

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      This is the best distortion (stomp box) pedal I've ever had. I've tried a lot of the Boss, Digitech...etc and they all have a sort of hissy-fizz sound (especially the metalzone). The Krank pedal has the crunchier "chug" sound I've been look'n for. I dialed in a great sound right away but then I added an MXR-108 10-band EQ behind it and BLAMO, perfection. A good reference of bands you could come really close to sounding like are: Soilwork, Killswitch Engage & Children of Bodom. Drop-tune to B and, with the right pick-up/AMP set-up you got Amon Amarth. With so many of our fans(local bar goers) requesting Lamb of God songs, this finally made it possible (well, close enough; I'm still saving up for a MESA/Boogie). It DOES take a 9V battery and my best advise to you, for that much-needed depth and endless tone possibilities, is to add the MXR-108 10-band EQ. Oh...It's not just for tube amps. The Krank and the MXR EQ are the perfect compliments to any valve/solidstate amp.

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      5.0

      Delicious!

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      I got a lot of praises from my band mates with the sound coming out of this pedal. The distortion levels are good. Unlike other distortion pedals that I used, this pedal is clear and won?t compromise your overall tone even on high gains. My strumming is crunchy and my solos are screaming! The pedal is made of tough metal construction - I still have to break it (or maybe not). My complaints: the input jacks are like made out of plastic, you need to access the battery by unscrewing the back (which I never used because I'm running this with AC adapter), it doesn?t come with a printed user's manual - the small instruction is actually printed at the back of the pedal. My equipment: I'm using an American Strat, Ibanez, a few pedals, and a VOX amp on clean boutique setting with a little delay. I highly recommend this pedal!

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      5.0

      Very Nice

      By Chuck-SG4Lv

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      Comments about Krank Distortus Maximus Distortion Pedal:

      I bought this anyway after reading all the reviews saying that its pretty weak on distortion. Honestly i dont see why, it has plenty enough for me and i play death metal black metal stuff. It makes these really tiny no name crappy amps we have here in iraq sound really killer. I totally love this thing and would definitly recommend it. Its built like a tank and almost the size of one. The only problem was i didnt find out until i opened the box that it doesnt take 9 volt batteries so i had to wait another 3 weeks for a boss power supply to get here before i could try it out.

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