Electro-Harmonix Crayon 69 Full-range Overdrive Pedal

Dirty Boost/Overdrive Guitar Pedal with Bass and Treble Controls
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Controllable Color for Your Guitar Tone

Take control of your dirty boost tone with the Electro-Harmonix Crayon overdrive pedal. This modern take on a classic dirty boost puts independent control over bass and treble bands in your hands, allowing you to contour your overdrive tone. Need a cutting midrange boost? Sure the Crayon can provide that, but it's also great for beefing up your bottom end or adding air to your highs. What's more, the Crayon can be all the distortion you need, but when the guitarists here at Sweetwater checked it out, we were even more impressed by how it sounds when you couple this dirty boost with an already distorted tube amp.

Electro-Harmonix Crayon Dirty Boost/Overdrive Pedal Features:
  • A versatile overdrive with powerful tone-shaping potential
  • Independent Bass and Treble let you define your sound
  • Crank up the gain for rich distortion and overdrive
  • Use less gain as a dirty boost with tube guitars for killer lead tone
  • True bypass ensures signal path integrity
Color your tone with an Electro-Harmonix Crayon pedal!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.1"
Width 2.75"
Depth 4.5"
Power Supply Included Requires 9V DC power supply
Manufacturer Part Number Crayon 69

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic low-gain pedal - GET YOURS!

I bought this on a whim since it wasn't very expensive. And, I have more than enough OD/Dist/Dirt boxes.. but man oh man was I pleasantly surprised by this great little box! I use a pretty high gain pre-amp into my tube amp for most stuff, but I've been on the hunt for a good LOW gain box I can easily stomp on when the need arises, instead of needing to reach down to my board and crank down the gain.. this is the solution.. It has a great cranked tube amp tone with smooth break up even at the 10 o'clock position.. it's perfect for early Zeppelin, or 70's Joe Walsh type tone.. and it works perfectly for boosting the front end of my tube amp... this is NOT another Tube Screamer clone.. there is no honky mid-range.. unless you want it.. this cant be beat for 60 bucks.. I like it even better than the Soul Food... get one now!
Music background: Pro musicin 30+ years

Sweet Overdrive

I was looking for a pedal to beef up the tone on my Stratocasters and this is exactly what I got. A sweet full tone, not extreme but enough to carry you to the border of break up, and it'll give you a full deep throated tone. Gone is the twang. Now is just a deep sweet full tone without losing the natural characteristic tone of your guitar. Extreme articulate and transparent. One of my favorite pedals, together with the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone you'll fall in love all over again with the sweet sound of the 6 string.
Music background: Novice

Can't beat the deal

I'll give it a 4.5. The pedal just pours out the tone and the active eq attributes are a definite enhancement. For the money I don't see another dirt pedal beating this one. The Mooer Rumble comes closest. This pedal can clean up and become a boost but it's a touchy spot. It sounds awesome pushing other dirt pedals or an overdrive amp.

EC Crayon

Great addition to my existing lineup. This pedal rocks.

This is now my main overdrive/distortion

Big fan of the OCD and MXR Distortion II but the Crayon has now taken over as #1. This pedal's overdrive isn't bright but isn't too dark. It is similar sounding to the OCD but better. More definition and grit in my opinion. Sounds like a tube amp overdrive/distortion with more presence. Definitely has a enough gain to crank for hard rock. I am very happy with it and for the price it's a must buy. There is no better pedal in this class or price point. Well done Electro-Harmonix!
Music background: Musician, Songwriter, Engineer
See also: Distortion Pedals, Electro-Harmonix, Electro-Harmonix Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz