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The folks at Quinnamp describe the new Dirt & Ernie distortion and clean-boost pedal as “akin to a 3 inch elephant playing an electric tuba.”

Hello, boys and girls: Today’s word is “heat.” The folks at Quinnamp describe the new Dirt & Ernie distortion and clean-boost pedal as “akin to a 3 inch elephant playing an electric tuba.” With illustrations on the pedal by graphic artist David Medel that are strikingly similar to Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie—except one is tattooed, pierced, and filthy while the other is squeaky-clean in the tub (rubber ducky included)—I didn’t know what to expect. But I couldn’t wait to find out.

Handmade by Quinnamp in Phoenix, Arizona, the Dirt & Ernie is an extremely simple pedal. Possessing a clean/dirty toggle, two knobs, a footswitch, and a jack for an optional DC adapter, it’s packed into a concise metal box with 4-screw access to the guts for battery changes. For the test, I used a Dean V79 with Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers through a Marshall MG100HDFX amp and a Line 6 Vetta II cab with a pair of 12" Celestians. The amp’s EQ was set mostly flat, with just a slight drop in the mid and a small increase in the high.

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