CrunchTone review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (9 votes)
Line 6: CrunchTone

Purchased from: Music Unlimited

Sound — 8
I use this pedal with a Marshall JCM 800 amp, and an Ibanez X-series Destroyer. You can get three different types of sounds out of this, using the Switch that changes from blues/pop/crunch. It works best for blues, but I don't like the "pop" setting so much. The "crunch" setting gives a good distorted sound and can give you those screeching highs, but I wouldn't recommend this for any type of heavier music such as rock or metal. However, even with the noise gate on, it sometimes gives an insane amount of feedback that can shatter your ear drums. This pedal can give of quite a lot of unwanted noise.

Overall Impression — 8
Overall, I think this is a good pedal. I would highly recommend it to blues players, and if it were lost of stolen, I would probably get another one. If you do buy this pedal, I would very highly recommend buying an AC adapter for it, unless you plan on emptying your wallet in order to buy enough 9-volt batteries to keep it alive, and spending a long time changing them. It gives a lot of feedback and unwanted noise, but if you can balance it, you can get some awesome sounds out of this.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It's built pretty well and is very durable and can take quite a beating. However, it uses battery power extremely fast. I wouldn't rely on this at any gig unless I had an AC adapter, because the battery would more than likely die and it's quite the hassle getting it in and out of this pedal.

Ease of Use — 9
Fairly easy to use. It has four knobs (level, bass, treble, drive), and it has two switches, one that changes from blues/pop/crunch, and one that controls the gate. It's fairly easy to get a good sound out of, but sometimes takes a while trying to balance them out to get rid of the unwanted noise. The only thing you might have trouble with is trying to figure out how to get the battery in.

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    On it's own this is a good pedal, offers a decent amount of overdrive amongst the three settings however once used with other pedals (even in it's own family) this pedal gives tons of attitude by way of noise. Again, alone some of the noise can be tamed by balancing gain with the on-board noise gate but as part of a chain this becomes much more difficult if not nearly impossible since killing the noise from this pedal also destroyed sustain. Try it for yourself but I would not recommend unless this being used in a series of gain stages as a boost but not for anything with high levels of gain.