Earthquaker Devices Speaker Cranker - My Favorite Pedal of 2011!

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  1. effcee

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    I now present for you a brilliant video review of My Favorite Pedal of 2011: the EQD Speaker Cranker! :love:

    JustNick is my favorite gear reviewer. He doesn't kill time just aimlessly noodling away (plenty of other people do that.) His reviews are brainy and descriptive, and I always learn lots from his posts. So I was delighted to find his latest review of the EQD Speaker Cranker (a pedal which I tipped him off to, btw.) So check out the link below. If that doesn't make you wanna own one, well, then... you're hopeless. LOL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rCQG5NDe-4&feature=g-all-u&context=G28e068bFAAAAAAAAIAA
     
  2. effcee

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    I bring you gold, people. Absolute GOLD! lol
     
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    About time people talk about this pedal! I got mine in December and have rarely turned it off since! I have it second in the chain after my micro pog pushing other dirt and it's fantastic on its own. It's super cheap, sounds pretty much like your amp but pushed (as little or as much as you'd like) and it's built like a tank. It's a sleeper for sure so don't sleep on it.
     
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    I'm using it a lot: as a boost into some overdrives, into an amp already cooking on its own, and with my Gretsch Setzer Hot Rod into a clean-ish Louis Deluxe Buster for a cool vintage tone!
     
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    Yeah, I gots to get one of these Speaker Crankers. Every demo I have seen of it has sounded good. And I'm a sucker for 1 knob pedals. If it's voiced right, that's all you need.

    Nick's demos are great. You can tell he spends some time with the pedals he is demoing before he shoots. He just "gets it". He always does a good run through of the features, tasteful playing that shows off the pedal, and commentary that it informative and entertaining.
     
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    "I'm a sucker for 1 knob pedals."

    Me too, Blunder. Actually, I have kind of a fetish for them, I think! One-knobbers are pretty much irresistible to me. I think it's because they represent an alternative to something which is prevalent for many in today's world: options anxiety! IMHO, simplicity rules, plain and simple.

    And I'm glad you like Nick, too. The guy really makes sure he has something interesting to say before he starts rolling. He has some serious knowledge about recording and live performance, in general, and he's able to shine a light on the actual usefulness of the gear he reviews -- rather than assuming that we can make well informed decisions based on crappy computer speakers and YouTube videos alone.
     
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    holy crap. i must have that pedal NOW. Why did I ever come to this place? :bonk:D
     
  8. effcee

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    And since we swayed into 'one knobber' territory...

    My Creepy Fingers Fuzzbud (another pedal which so impressed me that I purchased a second one), and my Lovepedal Amp50 (my obsessive nature is calling me to get another one of those, too) both bring me great, great joy!

    Attention pedal manufacturers: more single knobbers, please! :)
     
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    Wow, I'm sitting here digging the sound of two stacked Speaker Crankers, and it's just glorious! (Oh yea, did I mention that one SC just wasn't enough?) Great clarity, openness, and string separation, on top of a perfect kind of grit, and just the right amount of compression. I'm equally happy using it with my Tele, my Les Paul or my P-90 equipped Reverend Manta Ray.

    Out of a boatload of expensive boutique pedals, the $100 single knobber ends up ruling the roost. Ain't that just the way... ? LOL
     
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    I just got a brand new one, at it sounds like bacon sizzling on a grill when I turn it on. Guess I'll contact the maker for suggestions, glad I have a 30 day return period. My other two dirt pedals no not produce this kind of noise.

    Please see my later post for an update.
     
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    It's an overdrive, not a booster.
     
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    I replied to your email a couple minutes ago.
     
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    After trouble shooting this problem and exchanging emails with Jamie from Earthquaker, I now believe that the noise is being introduced by my one-spot power supply. The pedal works fine with a battery. There have been no other complaints about he pedal being noisy.

    So, I now agree with others, this is a really useful pedal. I think I will be leaving it on all the time. I like simple pedals and prefer to control things with the guitar volume and tone controls. This pedal gives me a broader range of sounds using my volume control.

    Thanks to Jamie for good customer service.
     
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    I have this pedal now and love it!

    Question: How does the Speaker Cranker compare to the Tim/Timmy? I've never had a Tim/Timmy and Paul C discouraged me from ordering one because I'm running my Strat into a Fender BF amp, and he felt like the lack of mids would not work well with his pedals. But I've been curious what the Tim/Timmy does that people like so much. It seems like the Speaker Cranker might do something similar.
     
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    No, they're very different. The Tim/Timmy is an uncompressed light to medium overdrive. The Speaker Cranker always adds compression, and it has less overdrive available.
     
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    Just got a chance to try this one out today. Very cool pedal. Used it with a Two Rock and it sounded great. Video coming soon.
     
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    Just got mine... what a great and useful pedal!

    Light od, boost, ad very natural sounding. I can't wait to play it with the band.
     
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    What exactly is this? Sounds like a boost and a compressor?

    And why would you need two of them???
     

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