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BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal

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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 bruta...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Includes AC power supply

Order today and crush the opposition.

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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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(2 of 3 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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good High-Gain Pedal

By Kayd Mon

from South Florida

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Rock Distortion

By Old Rocker--gAd3

from LA

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crushes the competition!

By MarshallArts Dude

from Seattle

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Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

Wow! I bought this mainly because of BBE's reputation. I also liked the overbuilt look of the pedal. When I got it home, I was not disappointed. The controls are functional ... and they really *do* alter the tone. I can get anything from a mild overdrive to all-out raucus fuzz. And everything in between. Is it a fuzz? An overdrive? A kick-ass boost? It seems to get these and more, and for a quite reasonable price.Effect pedal makers could take a page from the BBE book and include a power supply with their pedals. BBE did this, even though the unit runs just fine on a 9 volt battery. I'm very satisfied and can't wait to buy my next BBE unit.

 
4.0

I have a crush on the crusher

By Nitsuei

from germantown, WI

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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

     
    3.0

    Great for a dirty to nasty boost

    By Levi J

    from Always in a State of Missiouri

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

       
      4.0

      Good quality '70-'80s Distortion Pedal

      By CLG

      from Melbourne, Australia

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      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.

       
      2.0

      Garbagio

      By the seed awakening

      from Canada

      See all my reviews

      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.

       
      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.

       
      5.0

      Crank It Up

      By Bucky Been

      from Encinitas, CA

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      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      While my Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde pedal was out for repair, I took a flyer on this little unit, and I'm very glad I did. You can dial in tones of different levels of crunch, and it is built like a tank. My Jekyll and Hyde has been repaired, but this little beauty still sits in its place on my pedal board.

       
      5.0

      PERFECT

      By steve-5NjvD

      from chester, NJ

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      This is by far the most flawless and efficiant pedal i have ever owned. the sounds you can achieve will blow your mind! also compared to my brothers Boss Metal Zone it reighns supream. now you might be asking your self "how could this be better than a Boss"? it is sipmly because it is better made, easier to controle, and has better hard-wiring. not to mentoin the the sound!it is so clear on every note and absolutely dose not give you any feed back. also you can manipulate it to take on any brand of distotion. however, because it is geared towrds metal you can easily acheive that aswell. so all in all this is hands dow the perfect distortion/the only one you'll ever need

       
      4.0

      Why does everything have to have a title line?!?

      By that one guy from that one band...

      from N.C.

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      Let's follow along with the star rating system. Features are good on this little guy. The EQ system lets you get a lot of quality versatility in your crunch and the gain is sensitive enough to be really versatile. It pulls a good balance of versatility and simplicity.The quality has been my one gripe so far. I really hope my amazing local music store got a dud batch, but the first one I tried in store had horribly sticky knobs, the one I took home died within two weeks (RIP) and the one I have now has the same sticky knob problem on a smaller scale. Other than those small issues, the sound quality is stellar and everything feels strongly built. It seems like a pretty good pedal for the cashOverall, I would recommend it over a lot of other pedals, provided my current one doesn't die.

       
      2.0

      not a very good pedal

      By U.S.D.M.

      from oklahoma

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      First of all it's advertised as a balls to the wall metal pedal! This is simply not the case! it is not much different than a boss DS-1. if you play metal and you want a great pedal that you can scoop the mids to the point of insanity I highly recomend a boss metal zone!! even the boss metalcore or the digitech metal master are far better pedals for playing metal in my opinion!

       
      5.0

      THE BEST DISTORTION

      By arkaid_guitar@yahoo.com

      from Roanoke, Va.

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      I just got this pedal today,and it was worth it. It was my first (BBE) Pedal,so I did not know alot a about them. I've been playing a Boss Metal Zone for about seven years now and I wish I know about this one sooner. It has great tone,you can turn back the Gain for a slight more muddy sound witch is great for blues or rock. But turn it up and you have a balls out Tone for Metal..It has a great price tag for a Distortion pedal and the fact that it comes with the AC Adaptor, will save you a few bucks as well. I say buy this Pedal right now!!!

       
      5.0

      Solid And Right On

      By Bucky Been

      from Encinitas, CA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      After another MXR Distortion+ pedal died, I took a flyer on this one. What a great little pedal! It is built like a tank, and you can dial in just about any sound you want. The hardwire bypass is a big plus too.

       
      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

       
      5.0

      Review

      By LesPaul432

      from Beckley WV

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      First off this pedal is a good wholesome full distortion, it has a better tone than most boss and digitech distortion. It can be both a warm soothing sound or a raw heavy face melting sound. I would buy this if I where you

      (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.

       
      5.0

      BBE Crusher

      By Nick-ilcTK

      from Tulsa, OK

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      When I first got this pedal, I was a little skeptical of the sound... what I had wanted was a solid hard rock sound as opposed to a metal sound, that's in between overdrive and distortion. Within the first week, playing around with the EQ knobs and the gain eventually led to finding the perfect guitar tone for me, and now I'm beginning to wonder how I ever survived without it! I have a little Marshall amp that I use to record at home, and this pedal improved my guitar tone x10. It records with such fullness and clarity, and I was very satisfied with the result. I'd also like to mention that at one point, I played a short gig with some friends of mine and plugged into a decently big amp that the venue provided. The sound was completely different, but unbelievably good. All my friends are asking about my tone these days, and I'm just like, "It's all this little BBE pedal! I love it!" So there you go.

       
      5.0

      Crusher review

      By GimmeIndieRock

      from Highland, Michigan

      Comments about BBE Crusher Distortion Effect Pedal:

      Since nobody has reviewed this pedal besides the site, I thought i'd offer some knowledge to the people who are thinking about it.Features: I gave this a 10 because of how much you can customize your sound with all the knobs. This one pedal is like a new gain channel on your amp with a better sound than you'll ever find on an amp worth less than Quadruple the price.Quality- Also a 10 because I have used BBE products and this is built just to their standard. Incredible sound, completely functional, and seems very durable, like all their pedals.Value- Another 10, because usually people spend like 500 dollars on a head with a good gain channel. The just as good (if not better) alternative is to get a cheap head with a good loud clean sound and use this.Overall this is probably the best pedal I have used. I suggest getting the Sonic Maximizer and putting it in your pedal chain after this. That combination is like cake and ice cream. (If it is of interest, I used this pedal in conjunction with a Standard Fender Stratocaster with Noiseless pickups, a bbe sonic maximizer, and a MXR dyna compressor into a Fender FM100 amp. This gear is relatively low-end on the price range but with the right choice in pedals (this one) I achieve a studio-level sound).

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