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Crescent (Legacy)

Based On
MI Audio® Crunch Box
Effect Type
Overdrive / Distortion
Build Difficulty

Legacy PCB

Designed for the 1590B enclosure with side-mounted jacks, which some builders prefer. Bypass PCB (optional) sold separately.


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Updated Version

The same circuit, but updated for the 125B enclosure format for a more streamlined build. The bypass switch PCB is integrated.


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Project description

The Crescent Distortion is inspired by the MI Audio Crunch Box, itself a heavily tweaked variant of the Marshall Bluesbreaker with some inspiration from the Fulltone OCD. It’s solidly in the family of Marshall-like pedals and is lauded for its high-gain “stack of amps” tone. It was originally released in 2006 and has seen four major versions since that time, with the most recent being named the Super Crunch Box.

The Crescent is not a direct clone or copy of any of these versions. It is most similar to version 4, but with an added option for 18V operation using a charge pump as well as an external “Presence” control.

The Crunch Box was the inspiration for another well-known high gain pedal, the Suhr Riot. An Aion FX adaptation of the Riot is available called the Fusion Distortion.


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