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Looking for more classic growl in a simple, contemporary overdrive? CopperSound’s Alex Guaraldi explains how to swap the clipping LEDS in an ultra-affordable EarthQuaker Devices Plumes for germanium diodes, in nine easy steps.

Pedals offer a lot of opportunities for DIY projects. One of the coolest and easiest is removing the LED clipping diodes in a modern overdrive pedal and replacing them with old-school-sounding germanium ones. The result will be a more raw, aggressive tone. For this project, I used the popular and affordable EarthQuaker Devices Plumes ($99 street). Whether your version is the original with through-hole-type components or the current model with surface-mount components, you’ll easily be able to perform this mod because both versions contain through-hole-type LEDs.

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