Each musical instrument tone box is designed, built, and
painted by Richard Flickinger in Raleigh, NC.
Cranky Atom Features:
True-bypass switching with heavy-duty 3PDT push button switch and LED
Hand-painted durable aluminum enclosure
Metal film resistors for low noise operation
Quality Switchcraft 1/4" jacks
9v AC adapter jack with reverse polarity protection
Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass and Volume controls
No Op-Amp chips, all JFET and MOSFET transitors for more musical gain.
The Cranky Atom Tone Box is a JFET overdrive with a three band
tone-stack. The Atom simulates the sound of an overdriven dual
triode. The drive control adjusts from a clean boost all the way
to sound of a 15W tweed amp pushed to an inch of its life.
This controls the overall output volume of your Cranky Atom. Be
aware, this device is capable of a very large volume boost to your
signal. Make sure not to overload other effects or your
The Atom’s tone-stack is a three band passive EQ that is
interactive. In order to get the results you want, keep in mind
that the controls only subtract from the signal. The Middle control will assume more of the high
and low frequencies as you reduce the Treble and Bass controls.
Decide which frequencies you want to add, and reduce the other
Halcyon – clean to slightly pushed
Caustic – classic overdrive sounds
Bedlam – don’t try this with your actual vintage tweed amp!
Your Crank Atom can use a standard 9V battery. Also, the jack on
the rear accepts a standard 2.1mm (BOSS type) AC adapter. Make
sure the center pin is negative. Using the wrong polarity will
not harm the pedal, however it will not function.