EarthQuaker Special Cranker

A medium-high-gain overdrive that gives you room to move between fat boost tones and fuzzier fare.

A powerfully heavy but also surprisingly subtle and versatile distortion pedal. Great dynamics and articulation.

Some noise at higher gain settings.

$129

EarthQuaker Devices Zoar
earthquakerdevices.com

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What’s in a name? In dubbing their latest “Zoar,” maybe the pedal pushers from Akron, Ohio, are referencing the falcon from Masters of the Universe. More likely, they are referring to the communal village in Ohio named for the Biblical hamlet spared during the Old Testament razing of Sodom and Gomorrah. Maybe it’s just EarthQuaker Devices’ idea of the kind of ominous name a chunky medium-high-gain distortion should have. The latter scenario isn’t out of the question. It becomes clear pretty quickly that the name totally suits this teal, hammer-finished machine. Yet the Zoar is more than a tool for aggression. It’s a dynamic device that straddles both sides of the distortion/fuzz fence and achieves great touch sensitivity via a discrete transistor-based circuit.

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Smooth, articulate germanium and silicon overdrive that respects your tone and style—and your budget.

Smooth, articulate overdrive that respects the character of your tone and playing. Germanium and silicon options, with nice surprises on the silicon side. Great price!

Fans of higher-gain germanium circuits may be disappointed in quiet germanium side. No setting for blending the germanium and silicon diodes.

$99

Earthquaker Devices Special Cranker
earthquakerdevices.com

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