EarthQuaker Devices

Description

The Special Cranker Overdrive pedal from Earthquaker Devices is an all-discrete analog distortion stompbox designed to give your signal extra grit and boost without drastically altering your tone. Think of it as sticking an extra preamp tube in your amplifier for more saturation. Single notes will blossom and bloom with rich harmonics and power chords will sound thicker and crunchier, a little more ragged around the edges. Complex chords will remain distinct and complex, as the Special Cranker is designed to preserve your tone’s integrity without muddying up the low-end or smearing the midrange.

The Special Cranker picks up where the Speaker Cranker left off. It has the same spongy, dynamic, and touch-sensitive character of the original but with more gain, double the output volume (now with a user-friendly Level control), an added Tone control to shape your signal and a diode selector switch featuring the original asymmetrical Silicon diodes as well as a Germanium diode option.
Features
  • Two distinct clipping modes that are both exceptionally responsive to playing dynamics: Germanium and Silicon
  • Germanium mode delivers a softer, more rounded response with tamed highs and lower output
  • Silicon mode delivers a brighter, more modern response with higher output
  • At maximum gain, the Special Cranker can achieve explosive overbiased tones depending on the output of your pickups
  • Flexible Tone control delivers full command over the treble frequencies for excellent tone shaping and clarity
  • All-analog signal path
  • True bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching with Flexi-Switch Technology
Specifications
  • Current Draw: 15 mA
  • Input Impedance: ≈5 mohm
  • Output Impedance: 25 kohm