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Two Notes Le Crunch review

Best of British. From France.

  • £219
  • €295
  • $350

MusicRadar Verdict

If the overall concept of these pedals appeals, try this one for some British rock sounds.

Pros

  • +

    Versatile.

Cons

  • -

    Gainier sounds are a little brittle.

The French cop a bit of Brit style with Le Crunch - their intention being 'M' flavour.

Channel A can deliver some of the glassy clean tones you'd get from Marshalls, while channel B ups the raunch factor for a more cranked-stack vibe.

In front of an amp to our ears, though, the gainier sounds are overly brittle with a top-end fizz that needs sorting by keeping the treble knob really low. However, careful EQ and lower gain settings deliver usable crunch tones.

If you're just looking for a Marshall-in-a-box pedal for in front of your amp, there are more practical options, but its ability to undertake a range of tasks may make it worth your while, not least that these pedals can be gig savers - you may wish to use them as boost/overdrive/ distortion pedals in your chain, but that XLR output can send speaker-simulated amp-like sounds to FOH if your amp breaks down.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.