Posted by
Paolo De Gregorio
Nov 25, 2020

McGregor Pedals Crunch Plus

Vancouver’s McGregor Pedals recently unveiled an “upscale” version of their Crunch Transparent Overdrive, the Crunch Plus. This circuit adds a third gain stage and a second clipping stage to the original circuit, giving you the transparent tones of its cousin a low gain but taking things to a new level of saturation at higher gain levels.

A trim pot on the side of the pedal allows you to tone down the brightness of the LED.

Here are the videos of the McGregor Pedals Crunch Plus

Controls:

  • Gain: This controls the amount of gain driving the pedal’s hard clipping. Minimum setting is similar to the Crunch Transparent Overdrive on 3/4 gain with a bit of an edge. The Crunch Plus pedal never loses that edge, it builds on it as you bring up the gain.
  • Tone: A mid-range control that works very much like the tone control on most guitars.
  • Vol: This Attenuates the amplified and clipped signal after it leaves the tone filter.
  • Trimpot on side of pedal (unmarked) LED Brightness:
    As someone who plays daytime outdoor shows, I wanted a super bright LED; however, this made it horrible to use in any other situation. So, I added a trimpot to that allows you to vary the LED Brightness from dark stage to bright sun. Please make the adjustment gently using a jeweler’s screwdriver.

Technical:

  • Type: Medium-Gain Overdrive Pedal
  • Hand soldered in Vancouver, Canada
  • High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
  • True bypass with soft-click switch
  • Three topside controls – Volume, Tone, Gain
  • LED Brightness controlled by side-mounted variable resistor (trim pot)
  • Low power draw: 9 – 13mA (9v) depending on LED setting
  • Audio Jacks and Power Connection located at the top end to help with packed pedal boards
  • 2.6? x 4.8? x 1.5? (66.5mm x 122mm x 38mm) – height excludes knobs and switches