Stupidly simple booster is a magical tone masseuse.


With all that EarthQuaker has done to expand and mutate the guitar soundscape, it’s almost weird to behold this beautifully uncomplicated little unit. But this all-discrete booster is balm for any soul seeking simplicity in a pedal rig or quick fixes for a clean boost jones.

The Arrows works seamlessly with amps of every kind. And while it doesn’t explicitly claim to be a “clean” boost, it’s one of the cleanest I’ve heard, magically exciting the mid- and high-mid range from single-coils and humbuckers without adding any real dirt until you reach the highest 25-30% of its range. And I love what the Arrows does after a fuzz. If you want to add fire to a chorus or outro, but don’t want to mangle the harmonic nuances of your fuzz, the Arrows adds presence and a major kick in the pants. This pedal showed up at a time when I’m enjoying economy in my set up. Nice timing, because boost solutions don’t get much more elegant, easy, or effective.

Test Gear: Fender Jaguar and Telecaster, ’70s Ibanez Les Paul copy, ’64 Fender Tremolux, ’60s Gibson Mariner, ’70s Music Man Sixty Five, Tonebender Mk. 1 and Mk. II copies, Sovtek Big Muff.

Ratings

Pros:
Adds warm presence and big, clean volume boost. Natural and mild overdrive tones at high settings.

Cons:
None.

Street:
$99

Company
earthquakerdevices.com

Tones:

Ease of Use:

Build/Design:

Value:

An overachieving overdrive that gets way bigger than its name suggests.

Sweet balanced crunch tones. Dynamic. Sparkling, full, and clean at attenuated guitar volume. High-quality build.

Pretty expensive.

$249

Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive
greateasternfx.com

5
4.5
4.5
4

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