Electro-Harmonix Crayon

Electro-harmonix have added to their healthy stable of pedals with something a bit more simplistic. This drive pedal is meant not to focus on the mid rage as many drive pedals do, but rather to have a more full tonal spectrum available to the user. While it does suffer from a dash of the common stuffiness of many drive pedals, this “full-range” stompbox does give you a nice selection of tonal colors.

External Control: None
Cost: $

HornFX Review

Interface:  3.5/5
A simple four knob setup for a drive pedal. The bass knob has a particularly good and nicely manipulable effect on the sound.

Versatility: 2.5/5
Not overly broad in its spectrum of tones, but it can easily achieve subtle drive to biting distortion with a few stops along the way.

Tonal Reproduction: 3.5/5
This pedal does quite well with your tone. As with many overdrive pedals, there can be an element of stuffiness, but with this pedal’s eq knobs, that can be avoided. There is some nice organic warmth to this pedal.

Complexity: Simple

Complexity: Simple

Live application: 3.5/5
Although it is not the best we have seen, this in a not a bad pedal to use in your effects setup. There is enough manipulability and warmth of tone to make it useful and a positive addition to your signal chain.

InterfaceVersatilityTonal ReproductionLive ApplicationTotal Score
3.5/52.5/53.5/53.5/513/20
 

Product Information

Full-range overdrive with a lush, rich, warm tone
- Independent Bass and Treble controls
- True Bypass for maximum signal path integrity
- Compact pedalboard-ready pedal
- Ships with a 9V battery and can use an optional 9VDC AC adapter like the EHX 9.6DC-200 psu
- Dimensions in inches: 2.75 (w) x 4.5 (l) x 2.1 (h)
- Dimensions in inches: 2.75 (w) x 4.5 (l) x 2.1 (h)

Product info from the EHX website.