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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: NPD: EHX Crayon Reply with quote

A nice-sounding dirtbox that's not completely clean like my EP Booster but not as high gain as, um, everything else I own these days. Much like the Boss OD-3, it sounds more expensive than it is.

Rumour has it that it's a clone of the Xotic BB Preamp (which I haven't tried, so can't say from personal experience) with a couple of component changes. Kinda like a TS with twin parametric eq and no mid hump I guess (i.e. the good things about a TS with none of the bad). Very cool, especially for the price.

The funny thing is, I almost didn't buy it at all. I tried it out in the shop with an Epi Casino (I've wanted one of those for a while, so figured I may as well give on of those a demo too) on one of the new 20 watt Marshall DSLs and HATED it. The sound had this harsh spitty raspiness that I couldn't dial out. I apologetically told the guy "I love the guitar, but the pedal isn't doing it for me at all." I gave one of those TC Electronic Honey Pot fuzzes a go, and that had an annoying harshness too, so I figured it was the amp. I tried the Crayon on a little 7 watt Fender Bassbreaker that happened to be on the shop floor nearby, and it sounded much smoother. I got the pedal home, ran my Squier HH mustang through it into my Boogie F50, and it sounds fine on that too. There's a chance I'll take it back and use the store credit to offset the cost of the Casino, but chances are I'll keep it.

tl;dr - the EHX crayon is a good value for money OD/distortion but the new Marshalls can get tae fuck. Really disappointing. I'm still GASing for a Casino though. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it the 69 or 76 model?

What's the difference? I assume they are influenced by different era overdriven amplifiers.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fender amp? I'm not sure. They're a bit unusual because, as far as I could tell, it wasn't based on any one particular model from a certain era. It was kinda dark-sounding, but not in a bad way. A bit of a departure from what I've experienced with Fenders in the past, but a nice-sounding little amp. Maybe it's a hybrid of two or more circuits? Or a drastic re-imagining of, say, a tweed Bassman-style? It's worth giving a try if you happen to see one I think.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah the pedal. There's two versions apparently, you didn't say which one you bought. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
Nah the pedal. There's two versions apparently, you didn't say which one you bought. Smile


this is all i could find on the difference

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The difference between the 69 and the 76 pedals are the graphics. That's all.


The 69 is on the left, 76 on the right

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derp, my bad. I forgot they made this thing in two differently-decorated enclosures. Embarassed

Mine's the 69.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really interesting about the Marshall, was it the combo or head? I've got the new DSL20 head and it sounds awesome through my Orange cab. Not harsh at all, in fact I have to dial the bass and resonance right down. Odd.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thom wrote:
That's really interesting about the Marshall, was it the combo or head? I've got the new DSL20 head and it sounds awesome through my Orange cab. Not harsh at all, in fact I have to dial the bass and resonance right down. Odd.

It's the combo, which I believe has a Seventy Eighty as standard. My old DSL401 was pretty bright on the clean channel with the gain fairly low, but nowhere near as bad as the new 20 watter. Most Orange cabs come with V30s, so I guess there's a noticeable difference in the choice of speaker. The Seventy Eighties don't seem to be particularly well-liked from what I've read.
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