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Rocktron Big Crush Compressor Pedal  

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A compressor stompbox engineered for low noise and super long sustain, the Big Crush will not compromise your tone. Controls include Level (to adjust...Click To Read More About This Product

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Pulverize inconsistencies and signal decay.

A compressor stompbox engineered for low noise and super long sustain, the Big Crush will not compromise your tone. Controls include Level (to adjust the output), Attack (to adjust the amount of delay before compression occurs), and Sustain (for adjusting the parameters of the dynamic range).

The Big Crush features a super-bright blue LED for power indication and comes in a very tough extruded aluminum housing. An easy-access battery compartment makes changing batteries a breeze.

FEATURES
  • Low noise operation
  • Long sustain
  • Level, Attack, and Sustain controls
  • Blue LED for power indication
  • Rugged extruded aluminum housing
  • Easy-access battery compartment
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4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good sustainer

I bought one and it lasted a day. I e-mailed rocktron that night and by 9:00 am the next morning I got a reply. I told them it quit and they sent me...Read complete review

I bought one and it lasted a day. I e-mailed rocktron that night and by 9:00 am the next morning I got a reply. I told them it quit and they sent me a new one immediatly and told me to keep the old one. I do electronic repair and I will keep it for spare parts..... Anyway, this thing I beleive, is a great design. It does not Squash. It boosts, then as the chord starts to fade it keeps it level without noticable attenuation. There is no tone loss. There maybe some quality control problems with componets and such, but the theory behind it is excellent. The aluminum box I like. It is a great looking and usable design. There is room in the unit to do repair and mods if a guy wanted to. Inside the box is one board that contains everything but the switch which mounts to the chassis. Cool. Pots can be replaced fairly easy along with resistors. The switch detaches from the board by way of connector.The jacks are board mounted. Great design.

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Stay away

Tried this pedal for a few days. Right out of the box had a strong electrical smell unplugged. Plugged in the smell was worse. Compression was okay when it worked,...Read complete review

Tried this pedal for a few days. Right out of the box had a strong electrical smell unplugged. Plugged in the smell was worse. Compression was okay when it worked, but....... Only worked with guitar or bass volume wide open. Several times, the sound completely disappeared then mysteriously reappeared moments later. VERY flukey. Sent it back.

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5.0

Good sustainer

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought one and it lasted a day. I e-mailed rocktron that night and by 9:00 am the next morning I got a reply. I told them it quit and they sent me a new one immediatly and told me to keep the old one. I do electronic repair and I will keep it for spare parts..... Anyway, this thing I beleive, is a great design. It does not Squash. It boosts, then as the chord starts to fade it keeps it level without noticable attenuation. There is no tone loss. There maybe some quality control problems with componets and such, but the theory behind it is excellent. The aluminum box I like. It is a great looking and usable design. There is room in the unit to do repair and mods if a guy wanted to. Inside the box is one board that contains everything but the switch which mounts to the chassis. Cool. Pots can be replaced fairly easy along with resistors. The switch detaches from the board by way of connector.The jacks are board mounted. Great design.

 
5.0

Awesome Pedal

By Petey204

from Buffalo,NY

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This pedal has greatly improved the tone that I get from my Peavey Bandit. It provides endless sustain and makes solos so much smoother and chords so much fatter. The only downside is that when used with heavy distortion, it creates a lot of background noise, so I would recommended a noise gate if you are going heavy.

 
5.0

Excellent Addition

By dprib

from Austin, TX

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Playing on this effect for 4 hours straight, I can't get enough of its mild crunch and smooth sustain. I also have a Rocktron Delay pedal that I ran with this and also a Boss OS-2 on overdrive, and man my tone exploded. Incredible pedal, smart investment.

 
5.0

Great Compression Pedal

By GoAlterBridge

from Mechanic Falls, ME

This compressor is amazing. I got it today, and it does everything I want it to. The knobs are easy to use, and the pedal has great tone. I can't hear to much of a difference between the attack fast or slow, but it does add some punchiness when you have it down; something I like. I rated it 4.5 because 5 is absolutely perfect. No flaws. Nothing is perfect, but this is about as close as it gets. There is some slight noise when you have a little overdrive or distortion and you turn the sustain up, but it's minor. Overall, this is a wonderful pedal, and you should buy it.

 
5.0

The Best

By Danimal-VcpS-

from Woonsocket, RI

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This is the most transparent compressor that I have ever owned. I was impressed from my first notes how clean and noise free my signal sounded though this compressor. While there really AREN'T many knobs to adjust, I still gave the features a rating of ten for how great everything works. The sustain feature is REALLY impressive. With just a little vibrato on my part I can keep the sustain going almost indefinitely. I usually play a Fernandes sustainer, so the feature to me it is SO important to get sustain when I need to use a back up guitar and this pedal gets the sustain I love. And it doesn't affect the sound, but that BIG BLUE LED LIGHT can light up the DARKEST room!!!! It's very cool on dark stages. I highly recommend this pedal, and it has become a STAPLE of my live rig. Kudos to ROCKTRON.

 
5.0

Nice Pedal

By Ed

from Az.

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Cool pedal. For less noise when using a heavy distortion pedal I plug this pedal in first ahead of all other pedals so their signal doesn't go thru it. If not its going to get noisy. Good Toy for you stop box collection.

 
5.0

best i've ever played

By Beast-BWsjf

from Fayetteville, NC

Of every single compressor pedal I've ever used this is the best. I bought it on a leap of faith and I wasn't disappointed. Perfect for many styles and applications. Doesn't matter if you play electric, acoustic, or bass. I even tryed it on a keyboard and again sounded awsome. A great buy at any price.

 
5.0

Does EXACTLY as advertised on Rocktron Website.

By RanMatt

from Coeburn, VA

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Pros = How refreshing to receive a product that does EXACTLY AS ADVERTISED. Sustain,compression,even string volume. etc.con= little noisey with SINGLE COIL pick-ups at EXTREME settings.Im very well pleased quality, performance, user friendliness etc etc.Best compressor type gadget Ive tried including DynaComp/SuperComp etc.

 
5.0

Best I've Used

By Wayne-3wWAF

from St. Louis, MO

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I like this pedal more than even the MXR Dyna Comp. With the Dyna-Comp, you get a really nice jangle, but there's no way to manage the "attack." This provides that control. Worth every penny, and by far my favorite compressor I've used in almost 20 years of playing.

 
4.0

After using this pedal...

By Strat Rocks!

from FIndlay, OH

Well, I wanted to get some kind of sustainer, so I was looking around to find some cheap but good pedal. The review for this pedal was good and price was very good so I decided to get that.After how many days I waited, I've got this pedal and plugged it into my 75-W Spider II. I loved it! It did sustain notes and gave cool tone..BUT there was a major problem!This pedal killed my amp volume and tone when it was not in use. In other words, if this pedal is connected with amp but not used, it seriously damages your tone, and that was not acceptable to me.

 
5.0

Sick Pedal

By The Title's Taken

from Troy, NY

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I actually have two of these but I think I am going to sell one. It is a beast pedal. The tone is absolutely sweet. Stock pickups sound great through this thing. I play this through distortion pedals and stuff but also a CE-5 by boss. The CE-5/Big Crush combo is unbelievable: completely "Under the Bridge" tone. Get this pedal for your wallet and your tone. The attack feature is really great and completely outdoes the MXR compressor.

 
5.0

GREAT SUSTAIN

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was also a little hestitant at first when I got this pedal, I thought at first It would be no use to me,BUT...once I got a sound dialed in that I liked, this thing hooked me!- It make's notes on your clean channel seem like they ring-out forever, will tighten and fatten everything - It's a real professional sounding effect once you get what the pedal does...very neat.

 
5.0

Excellent Compressor!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I used an MXR Dyna-Comp for years, which I bought about 25 years ago. I loved that little box, but lost it while moving a few years ago. While reading current reviews of the MXR, I noticed several reviewers who wrote that the Dyna-Comp was not the same box it was when I purchased mine. I liked what I read about the Big Crush, so I ordered one through this website. I am very, very pleased with its performance. It gives me great sustain when I play clean or with gain. It enhances the gain on my Hartke GT60 tube amp, giving me a beautiful creamy sound with endless sustain. The extra punch the Big Crush adds may not be quite what I got from the Dyna-Comp, but it is very good nonetheless. I've had no problems with this box and have had it over a year (and the little blue light still works). Great compressor at an equally great price.

 
5.0

Rocktron Big Crush

By Vividarium Studio

from Everywhere

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Buying this made me realize that everyone is a beginner, no matter how long you have been playing.It took me about fifteen minutes to figure this little guy out. I was scared at first, thought I might have wasted my money. But after I figured it all out, I realized that I can use this to my advantage. It evens out the string balance, "cleans up" a bit. allthough it can add some gain to your sound as well. Overall I have accepted this compressor as a nice addiction to my bag of tricks.

 
3.0

Hissssssss

By Acousticly electric

from NY

When OFF - sucks your sound out badly - unusable.When ON - Hiss, hiss, hiss, but excellent compression, beefs up your sound with plenty of punch and warmth.Couldn't use it on accoustic-electric - too much hiss, even at the lowest settings. Didn't even try it on the electric after hearing the hiss.

 
2.0

Review

By J.Jay

from Burlingame, CA

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Pedal seems to add gain and alter attack regardless of the "attack" setting dial. Produced a harsh sustain and I could not dial back the edgy attack even with the Attack dial all the way down. Quality was questionable, The "superbright" light stopped operating within a week of use.

 
2.0

Tone sucker!

By Pietro

from Cincinnati, OH

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It sounds okay when on, but when off it totally robs you of tone and presence. This makes it totally unusable unless you are going to engage it all the time. I also found that it did a worse job on guitar than my old one knob compressor.

 
1.0

Stay away

By JeffG

from atlanta

Tried this pedal for a few days. Right out of the box had a strong electrical smell unplugged. Plugged in the smell was worse. Compression was okay when it worked, but....... Only worked with guitar or bass volume wide open. Several times, the sound completely disappeared then mysteriously reappeared moments later. VERY flukey. Sent it back.

 
5.0

Does what it says...

By Axel Foley

from Boston, MA

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I'm relatively new to pedals and effects, so I can't say anything too in depth about this product, but here's my impressions: I was never happy with my clean sound. This certainly made a difference. I noticed the notes rang out longer. My bass used to seem to overpower when I strummed a chord, even with my amp's bass turned down. This fixed this, it made all the notes ring out more evenly. I've been able to get a great clean sound, especially when paired with my chorus pedal. I've had a little trouble finding the tones with my overdrive (it still sounds good though) I want, but I just got this yesterday and I'm sure it will take a little more fiddling. It definately adds volume, but I didn't notice any extra gain on the clean. Overall a good product for the price in my opinion.

 
5.0

Sustain For Days

By LiveWire#1

from Hilton Head Island, SC

This pedal doesn't add any unwanted tone to your overall sound, but will add a sweet overdrive if levels are turned up. Excellent sustain as advertised. My only complaint is that the knobs are a little too loose. Overall the best compression pedal for the money.

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