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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / MI Audio Crunch Box

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Apr 16th, 2008 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I can tweak it in and I also have Gain 2 to play with.

It's a hard amp to tweak in the first time though. That preamp volume along with the active tone controls makes things tricky. It took me a few minutes to find my tones, but when I did I was in love.



May 25th, 2008 02:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

OK I just borrowed a crunchbox for last nights gig. WHOA! Seriously it's all that and a bag a chips. I'm buying one ASAP.

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Sep 12th, 2008 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just picked up a Crunch Box recently. But, so far I've only been able to use it at low volume through my little SS Kustom practice amp.

Right now I can say that it does sound like a Marshall in a box. The distorted tone sounds thicker and smoother than my Jeckyll & Hyde's distortion. The Crunch Box has more gain available, but the Hyde does a better job of cleaning up when you lower the guitar's volume control. And, the Hyde has more string definition when playing chords. On Sunday I'll see how it sounds through my Classic 30 at band practice.

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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Sep 12th, 2008 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm thinking of getting one of these myself. Not that I need one. I've got two Tonebones (Am Classic and Hot British) and my new beloved OCD. I'm absolutely ecstatic about all 3 of these pedals!

I've also got several backup dirt boxes: Reverend Drivetrain II, FD2, ProCo Rat, Korg 104-ds

But while I was looking into purchasing the OCD, I came across the Crunch Box and my search eventually boiled down to those 2 pedals. I love the OCD and it was absolutely the right pedal choice for the tone I needed. But I'll tell ya, that Crunch Box has stuck in my brain ever since I first heard it. I really don't need another distortion pedal, but I just know I'm going to end up buying one those little red suckers! I think I need help...

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Sep 14th, 2008 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really need the pedal to clean up fairly well when I roll down the guitar volume, but the CB always has a certain amount of dirt present. I do love the tone though, and it's great at what it does.

IMO, it's a one-trick-pony, but it could be useful for some material. The fact that it's a small pedal and won't take up much room on a pedalboard is nice. Between the CB and the J&H I can have OD and 2 kinds of distortion available.

(This message was last edited by Think Floyd at 06:23 AM, Sep 18th, 2008)

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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Sep 23rd, 2008 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm in!

Well as I thought I might.........I nabbed a Crunch Box on ebay. Just got it yesterday and I've been playing it pretty much all day today. I love it. It's one of the best sounding high gain distortion pedals I've ever heard.

I set up both of my pedal boards and compared it to the sounds of my OCD, Tone Bone Am Classic, and Tone Bone Hot Brit. It's got way more distortion than the OCD - which will work perfectly for me on my pedal board. When I compared the CB to the Tonebones I was shocked to see how similar the 3 of them sounded. I was able to dial in all 3 pedals to pretty much the same tone and level of distortion. After playing for a while I stopped and came back to it a few hrs later and did the comparison again - using my Strat thru my Hot Rod DeVille 2x12. Bottom line is that the CB is neck and neck with the Tonebone Am Classic.....the Am Classic is definitely more versatile and can be set for low, medium or high gain tones and they all sound good. The CB is to me a one trick pony but it's an awesome sounding trick! High gain rhythm and lead tones are what this thing does phenomenally well. The CB sounded pretty close in tone to my Hot Brit as well.....but it was fairly clear after a while that the CB had a sweetness and smoothness to it that the Hot Brit just doesn't have. So the odd man out is the Hot Brit. Can't believe I'm thinking of selling that pedal, but I think I will since the CB is pretty much replacing it.

Another comment about the CB. Right off the bat the pedal reminded me of another pedal that I've always loved for lead work but don't use much cuz the low end isn't tight enough for crunch rhythm work and power chords....and that's my ProCo Rat. I love the Rat but the farty low end keeps it in a box on my shelf. The CB has a similar type of sweet, smooth, musical distortion that works great for leads BUT the CB also has a pretty tight low end which makes it useful for rhythm too. Cool!

Question for all you guys that own CB's... did you ever experiment by adjusting the internal presence knob? Just wondering what your results were. I understand from the MI Audio website that you can set the pedal's voicing/character to be darker or brighter. Anyone?



Sep 28th, 2008 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I messed with the internal pot when I had mine. My sweet spot was centered. It is worthwhile to open up the pedal and try it.

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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Sep 29th, 2008 09:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool thanks Leftee. I'll prolly open it open and have a look at some point.

To be honest with you though, it sounds so good right where it is, I can't imagine it could sound any better. Worth a look and a listen though.

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Dee Moinz

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is
Oct 4th, 2008 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought a scratch-'n-dent one.

Sounds fantastic over my old MXR Doubleshot; much more transparent. Haven't fussed with the internal pot yet, but so far, me likey.


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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Oct 5th, 2008 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought the MXR Doubleshot when it first came out. Sounded ok in the store, but at home it just really sounded like crap to me. Very muddy and unfocused with a loose bottom end. I returned it the next day. Huge disappointment.


Akron, Ohio

"Just livin' the dream"
Nov 22nd, 2008 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

More Crunch Box love here. I am running mine through a '59 Bassman LTD. Absolutely awesome sound. It feels like I'm running a full JCM800 stack. Remarkable clarity and crunch even at high gain and high volume. I will never sell it.

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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Nov 28th, 2008 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still can't believe the little Crunch Box knocked my Hot Brit off my board...but it did.

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better living

through chemistry!
Mar 6th, 2011 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

A little hot with my SD JB through there... almost prefer a tubescreamer ype pedal for that.

Sure sounds like Marshall in a box for the single coils, though.


Get it? Got it!

Apr 1st, 2011 03:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Crunch Box for dirty dirt, Maxon OD808 for clean dirt; it's ALL good!



Nov 10th, 2012 07:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I heard the CB circuit is based on the original Marshall Guv'nor pedal circuit. I can't understand why, if it was so good, Marshall went and changed it to the Guv'nor II circuit? Guv'nor II maybe is cheaper to manufacture, but if MI can turn a profit with CB, why can't Marshall profit on their own design? I found a local pedal builder who said he could hand-build me a vintage Guv'nor clone using top quality components. I think I might take him up on this. Either that or a Marshll Shred Master...many people like those even better than the original Guv'nor. If I was handier with a solder gun and had more time, I would do it myself. Those schematics are relatively easy to find on the web.

(This message was last edited by Ricey at 07:16 PM, Nov 10th, 2012)



Nov 11th, 2012 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm pretty sure that BYOC or GGG make clone kits of these.

And they are probably just minor variants of either a TS or a Rat or a DS1 or a Dist+ anyway.



Nov 22nd, 2012 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

It sounds like the CB is what I am looking for, but nobody carries them in my area, so I would have to order one on-line without actually hearing it. The closest I can find locally is the Lovepedal Superlead. It is a GC exclusive. Like the recent GC Exclusive MXR Classic Distortion and Classic Overdrive, which were budget versions of existing MXR pedals, it appears to be a bit more cheaply constructed than the standard Lovepedal offerings. The case feels kind of cheap and lightweight, but it sounds pretty good. Like the CB, the Superlead is also supposed to be based on a vintage Marshall Guv'nor circuit. I found one on clearance at my local GC for $89 and they are normally $129, so it seems like a good deal. Has anybody ever had an opportunity to compare the CB to the Superlead?



Nov 22nd, 2012 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Has anyone tried the Mooer Cruncher, said to be a clone of the MIA Audio Crunch Box, and can compare the two?

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Dec 2nd, 2012 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Order a CB from a vendor that has a generous return policy. If you're not satisfied--send it back for a refund.

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Buckeye Country, USA

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Dec 2nd, 2012 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've compared a Plimsoul to a Superlead and it was no contest. The SL was 'okay' but much thinner with less clarity.

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