Distortus Maximus review by Krank

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.3 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.8 (14 votes)
Krank: Distortus Maximus

Price paid: $ 96

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 5
The sound was pretty unimpressive. I'm playing on a V100h Crate Tube, with a Dean Razorback V. My main problem with this thing is the distortion. It adds barely any distortion. If anything it's just a tone shaper. You can boost your treble and bass a good amount, but the distortion doesn't help your amp. The tone sounds nothing like Krank amps, don't buy into their scheme. It's basically an overpriced tone shaping box. The tone is warm, and decent, but hardly Krank, or even metal. If your looking for Dimes distortion look elsewhere.

Overall Impression — 5
This pedal is just not worth the $150 there asking for. It's not a distortion box, but more of an overdrive pedal. If your look to add lots of distortion look elsewhere (MXR DD-11 is what you need, or Metal Muff). The only possible way I would recommend this to someone is if you could get it for a really cheap price. Other than that there are no features you can't get from a cheaper pedal, if anything, this has less sound quality than cheaper pedals.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Well it's a metal box with some circuitry, I'm not sure how it couldn't be dependable. it's got a true bypass in case you run out of batteries on stage. It's a well designed pedal, with an intelligent design. But then again, it's just a metal box. Not really impressive.

Ease of Use — 7
This pedal is very easy to use. It's just a box with knobs and a button. Anyone can figure it out, but getting the right tone, let alone any good tone is difficult. there's a manual printed on the bottom of the pedal, but it doesn't explain much.

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    you guys ever try to use it on the clean channel? ... I don't understand... NEVER can I find a good detailed review! that's okay though, cuz my new amp has all of the distortion I will ever need!
    ^ i only used it on the clean channel the amp dist was a pile of fuzz at any setting
    an overdrive pedal more of a distortion pedal? are u sure??? jus wanna confirm cos initially wanted to get this
    How loud was your amp set when you were playing it? I've got one, and it does sound fairly shit with the amp at low volumes, but at 5-6, it's a monster. Sounds so tight.
    Thats so true, there arent any good reviews to be found here or anywhere else. So many things could go wrong, anything from buying a broken pedal on ebay to not knowin jack about guitar gear haha
    I guess we should ask Mr Jeff Loomis of Nevermore why he uses it. Maybe it attributes to that 7-string wall of sound he keeps producing. But i've seen so many bad reviews of it that i don't understand anymore. :/
    i have it, and i have an mxr wylde overdrive, shecter syn's special and fender deville 410....max and wylde are great. though different...of course.....pump the volume
    I'm looking for something really well for a good price, i know synyster gates uses this pedal, so this should be good, i hope so anyways.
    Rex Inclitus
    I found this pedal to be very reliable and extremely well built, when used properly you can make a shite amp sound great, I do agree it is more of a tone shaper but it does other things well that most distortion pedals don't. If you want over the top distortion where your notes are indistinguishable this is not the right one, as the clarity of the distortion is well defined. If you want awesome high gain sound just save a get a Krank head or spend a bit more than the $100+ for this and get a Wampler Triple Wreck if you can afford it.