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MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The MI Audio Crunch Box Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal brings you high-gain British amp distortion in a stompbox. MI Audio did a careful study of th...Read More

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Captures the huge crunch of a British stack on steroids.

The MI Audio Crunch Box Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal brings you high-gain British amp distortion in a stompbox. MI Audio did a careful study of the way that modern British style amps get their overdrive and found that there was a very big concentration of the frequency information in the midrange. The Crunch Box distortion pedal captures the huge crunch of a Marshall amp on steroids and has become one of MI Effects most popular pedals. The Crunch Box is of the fastest selling boutique distortion pedals in the world.

Simple and straightforward, with just gain, tone, volume and an internal presence control, the Crunch Box is based on a multiple clipping architecture (the signal is clipped 3 times. In the lower gain range, the pedal's tone is very punchy and throaty. There are some great classic rock rhythm sounds to be found in there. As the gain is wound up, the Crunch Box develops a beautiful singing lead tone. Pinch harmonics are a breeze. The tone control has a wide sweep with a lot of top end. I have put in there more gain than anyone should need, but due to the way I handled the pre-overdrive tone shaping, the pedal always stays tight and each pickup retains its character, including single coils. The Crunch Box has a lot of volume up its sleeve. You will find though that 12 O'clock is close to 'neutral'.

An Internal Presence Control helps control the 'shape' of the pedal. By winding up the presence control, the lows won't feel as powerful, which some people might find to be a bit too much. Also, this creates the effect of giving the pedal even more top end. So with the new Crunch Box, there is no chance that the pedal will be too dark. The Internal Presence Control is very useful if you wish to match the Crunch Box to your amp because some amps can be a lot brighter/darker than others.

FEATURES
  • High Gain British Distortion at its best
  • 3 external and one internal control
  • Gain – from the lightest breakup to insane high gain scream
  • Tone – custom taper control which adjusts the high end cut of the pedal.
  • Volume – tapered for a more gradual and controlled volume sweep.
  • Internal Presence control - for adjusting the 'shape' of the Crunch Box's sonic footprint.
  • Professionally powder-coated and silk-screened enclosure, measuring only 4.3" * 2.2"
  • Heavy Duty 3PDT footswitch with True Bypass
  • 9V Battery or DC power supply with up to 25V headroom

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MI AudioCrunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

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  • Excellent sound quality (4)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Hot rodded Marshall in a little red box......

      This is a good quality "marshall in a box" -albeit a super-charged one.I'm still glad I bought it,it is NOT a fuzz pedal,nor is it for "death...Read complete review

      This is a good quality "marshall in a box" -albeit a super-charged one.I'm still glad I bought it,it is NOT a fuzz pedal,nor is it for "death metal",although, with a good equalizer to boost the low end,you may come close.Some would say this pedal is a "one trick pony",but the one trick that it does is pretty impressive: Make the clean channel of your Fender Twin sound like a roaring Marshall Plexi.And if you're standing if front of that,you better play well,or believe me,the audience will know.
      I'll give it an 8 for features because really,there are only 3 knobs:volume-tone-gain.There is a internal trim pot under the back plate also.How you adjust this makes a HUGE difference.People who give this pedal a bad review without adjusting it to your ears and amp,are the same people who don't even know what the tone controls on thier amplifier are for.The trim pot not only adjusts the high frequency but also the gain structure and bias.I have mine set a little above the lowest setting and it sounds awsome.This is a high gain Rock and Roll distortion/overdrive-not for the meek.If you're in band that plays mostly James Taylor or Grateful Dead covers you'll want to pass on this one.AC/DC?Van Halen?Zeppelin?Now that's what this little beast was made for.
      Looks like it's built like a tank,with high quality components/electronics.I sure hope it holds up because it's made in Australia ,and I sure wouldn't want to ship it there for repair.The sound quality is amazing,you just have to know how to set this thing.The 3 knobs all work,espescially the GAIN.The clarity or your notes and chords is crystal clear.If you make a mistake everyone will hear it.On the other hand,if you play well,everyone will hear it.You will,by default,become a better guitar player.
      If you look at the price of boutique overdrive/plexi type pedals,this one is relatively cheap.I give it a 9,because it could always be more affordable.These type of pedals in general are usually a little more costly then other effects because of their presumed importance on your pedalboard.

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      Happy user for many years now

      VERY happy with it. I have tried several other distortion pedals over the years and nothing has been able to kick the Crunch Box from my board. It's a very bright pedal. I...Read complete review

      VERY happy with it. I have tried several other distortion pedals over the years and nothing has been able to kick the Crunch Box from my board. It's a very bright pedal. I play lead guitar in a loud rock band and the Crunch Box really shines playing leads in a band mix. It has a ton of gain, I generally keep it around noon. Putting a Tubescreamer (volume full, gain and tone off) before it in your pedal chain and running them together results in huge sounding leads and chords with a ton of sustain. (kind of like running a Tubescreamer into a Marshall . . . hmm . . .)

      If there's one area where this pedal lacks, it's low gain. I picked up an 80s Rat for lower-gain work because it was a bit more versatile with my guitar's volume knob. However, this is not a product flaw because the Crunch Box wasn't DESIGNED to clean up with the volume knob, it was designed to melt faces and make loins tremble.
      Not much to brag up feature-wise, just Volume, Tone, and Gain. The internal Presence trimmer is absolutely crucial to matching the pedal with your amp.
      Had one for a year, had to sell it, wanted another, so I got the one I have now and have been using it for almost two years. Switch and knobs sturdy. Build job super clean on the inside.

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      5.0

      Perfect Distortion for a Clean Amp

      By Clairvoyix

      from Las Vegas, NV

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

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        Best Uses

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

        Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Plugged into my Fender Pro Junior and I have the sound I would expect from a very expensive amp. Purchased based on the reviews and an interview of Elliot Easton, must say I am very happy with the pedal!

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        5.0

        I Love This Pedal!

        By nealmay

        from Woodbury, MN

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        • Excellent Sound Quality

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            Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I play through a Fender Blues Jr III, and this distortion is perfect. The amount of distortion varies significantly and sounds incredible. I couldn't recommend it more.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Marshall in a stompbox

            By nYdGeo

            from New Orleans, LA

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Rediculously High Gain
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Fender To Marshall
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The Crunchbox is one of several high-end, boutique, 'Marshall-in-a-stompbox' pedals on the market, but is the most over-the-top of them all. The ultimate pedal to use with your sweet, buttery clean Fender Blues Deville, Twin, Deluxe, etc. Step on the Crunchbox, and instantly your Fender is a screaming Marshall.

            Super quiet all the way up to heavy, hard rock gain/distortion. Move up to serious metal gain/distortion and its still very quiet. Turn the gain knob that last 15-20% at the top (to '10') and its still quiet considering the rediculous, death-metal gain/distortion level its producing.

            I don't particularly like it when used with an amp with a particularly defined high-gain tone, such as most actual Marshall amps, most Boogies, etc. But with a Fender, a Vox, a Boogie Blue Angel, or similar amp, nothing screams "MARSHALL!" like the Crunchbox. And its scream is a thing of bone-shattering beauty!

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            5.0

            Red Hot and Raw!!

            By B-Dog21

            from Vermont

            About Me Professional Musician

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            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

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                Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Plugged this into my Pro Jr. grabbed my Les Paul Jr. (lotsa juniors here,ha) and lawdy mama this thing kicks butt. It's red because it's one molten little pedal. Marshall in a box indeed. Sustain when you want it or just back off your guitars volume and it cleans up just like a real Marshall does. Tried and owned lots of OD/distortion pedals but this one is in a class by itself.

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                5.0

                Best Pedal Out There

                By NEO

                from Chapel Hill, NC

                About Me Professional Musician

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                      Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      GREAT pedal.....tried them all, RAT, Fulltone, Boss, MXR. All good in their own way...but....this is the one. Great, creamy sound on bridge and neck pickups....truly unique. Cool design and great tone......the best.

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                      5.0

                      Still the Best!

                      By EM

                      from Central California

                      Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This pedal fills my needs for high-gain distortion. It has enough gain on tap to use as a stand alone box and is thick and fluid, even with my Strat. I wouldn't call it versatile, but it does one thing very well. I like the simplicity, I can quickly dial in my tone and get on with playing - no need for excessive tweaking. It works well with my vintage Deluxe Reverb, which is usually hard to use with distortion pedals. It also sounds good on my Boogie's clean channel. It also works well with my Deja Vibe for over the top swampy tones. Again, I think it's all in how you use it. If you want high gain, give it a try. Don't try it and expect it to clean up well or give convincing low-gain tones, other pedals are better suited for those sounds. Don't be misled by the price either, it is boutique quality both in tone and construction. Considering the price and quality, I think it's a fantastic value.
                      My experience with the Crunch Box goes back several years, so I decided to finally write a review. I have owned the second version and currently own the newest version (version 3). Sonically, I have found both versions to be the same - only differences are with construction and cosmetics. The Crunch Box has been a staple on my board for high-gain tones, and I have tried many times to replace it with something "better" or "more refined". I have also tried stacking pedals to get my high gain tones, but nothing sounds as good to me as the Crunch Box. Every time I try something "new" I end up realizing just how good the Crunch Box is for straight-up rock tones. I use it with a Malmsteen Signature Strat and vintage Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean - and I get good tones with both. I have used the pedal live and find that it cuts through very well in a band mix - it has a strong mid-presence that lends itself well to leads and crunchy rock riffs. As good as it is it's not perfect - I don't like it with the gain below 12:00, I don't like it as a booster, it doesn't stack well, and it doesn't clean up well. However, it excels at medium to high-gain tones and I use it for that purpose. It's simple, small, and turns my clean channel into a high-gain beast. I have tried many others and always come back to the Crunch Box. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to cover 70's and 80's rock or hard rock.
                      Build quality is superb. Thick pcb, precise soldering, sturdy box. Never had an issue with mine, don't expect to either.
                      The pedal sounds great and is very well built, that alone warrants a high score. However, when you consider the price it's a no-brainer. Comparable units go for around $200.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Distortion Pedal

                      By derekslam

                      from Cape Canaveral, Florida

                      Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I have made my living as a professional guitar player for 30 years. I am involved in many different bands and projects I have to play every style of music. I play a Telecaster through a modded Deluxe Reverb because I really like the twang for country. I have never been able to get a distorted sound that I was really happy with on the tele. What I really wanted was the sound that Angus Young gets. Of course, Angus gets that tone by cranking the piss out of a Marshall stack. (Not an option for me) I have tried: Boss DS1, Boss DS1 with Keeley Mods, TC Helicon Nova System, Wampler Pinnacle, Pro Co Rat with various disappointing results. I read some encouraging reviews about your Audio Crunch Box and decided to give it a try. Out of the box it blew away all the other pedals I had tried. I opened it up and tweaked the presence for my Tele and voila...ANGUS IN A BOX! Stunning tone across the neck, bridge pickup, neck pickup, both pickups. It sounds fantastic in any configuration. I can shut it off and still get my super twang without adjusting the amp. I used it at my gig the first night I had it and was ecstatic the whole gig. After I was done I brought the pedal to my friend who was playing a later gig across town and let him try it on his strat. He ordered one the next day

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent!

                      Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Reasonable
                      Excellent +++
                      shipping quicklly and careful packing!
                      Thank you!

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Pretty good but not what I was looking for

                      By DT-VHhr4

                      from Atlanta

                      Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I owned a DS1 before buying this. The Crunch Box sounds esentially like a DS-1 but without the annoying boss highs that bug me so much. When I got it, it sounded great for heavy things, but didn't clean up when I rolled back on my volume knob. That was the biggest problem for me, because I like to have a little grit on my clean sound. I realized then that I had bought the wrong type of pedal, and what I was looking for was an always on low gain pedal, and a decent boost. So I ended up buying a box of rock and a micro amp and it sounds so much nicer. I ended up giving my crunch box away to one of my friends, and even though it wouldn't be my primary distortion I do miss it.
                      Very mid heavy no matter what the tone knob is set on. That bugged me a little but the internal trim pot can help a little with that. Sounds a little better at higher voltages.
                      Built really well. Acually too well, it took me forever to get the screws off the back to get to the internal presence control. Looks really nice too, good paint job.

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                      5.0

                      crunch box rocks!

                      By Fred Gruber

                      from Apex NC

                      Comments about MI Audio Crunch Box v.3 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      A great addition to my pedal board.
                      I was in the hunt for a, marshall in a box. distortion to give my small bedroom amp that big stack sound. I demoed many distortion pedal before getting the Crunch Box. Not only does it give your amp that marshall sound but it matches up nicely with different amps, with the internal trimpot.
                      It seems to be well built,
                      For the price, it's a great pedal

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