JHS Crayon Overdrive Pedal

All-analog British Console Distortion/Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
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Affordable British Console Distortion and Drive

Ever since the Colour Box first came out, customers have been coming to Sweetwater asking how they can get that same iconic console distortion but in a more affordable pedal that's built just for guitar. That's why we're so excited to offer the JHS Crayon. The Crayon beautifully emulates the distressed sound of a classic British recording console pushed to the limit. Between the Master volume control and the Pre drive control, you can dial in anything from a touch of warmth to fuzzy and chaotic overdrive. And while the JHS Crayon doesn't have the full 3-band EQ of the Colour Box, its switchable highpass filter tilt EQ control lets you shift the balance between highs and lows in a way that delivers exceptional tone shaping.

JHS Crayon Console Distortion Pedal Features:
  • The same amazing distortion of the Colour Box, but in a more affordable guitar pedal
  • 100% analog signal path, based on the design of classic Neve mixing consoles
  • Dual gain stages deliver everything from subtle sweetening to full-on distortion
  • Re-creates the classic sound of plugging a guitar directly into a mic preamp
  • Shape your tone with a switchable highpass filter (internally selectable) and a tilt EQ
Get the British console distortion your guitar needs with the JHS Crayon!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Power Source 9V DC power supply required (sold separately)
Height 1.5"
Width 2.2"
Depth 4.3"
Manufacturer Part Number Crayon

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I didn't buy this from Sweetwater (sorry, James) but I got it as part of a trade. I have a few points to make. First, the reviews for this pedal don't do it justice. They sounds pretty bad compared to real life. Before anybody buys this pedal, they really should understand what it is. It's a preamp, not a drive. It can drive, but I don't think it's meant to be a main drive. Once that's understood, this pedal takes on a whole new character. It can sound really, really good. I use it to give some umph to my guitar, or to tighten up the bass, and sometimes add some gain. It can be a pretty cool fuzz pedal too. Another thing I noticed is that it sounds better through Vox amps than through Fenders. I haven't tried it out on every Fender or Vox, but that has been the case with the ones I have tried it out on. Definitely a pedal to try and see if you like. Not for everyone, but can be very useful.
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See also: Distortion Pedals, JHS, JHS Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz