Earthquaker Devices are arguably the most well known boutique effects pedal maker in the world, with a selection of pedals that is hugely diverse and encompasses both functionality and insanity in equal measure. All of their pedals are lovingly handmade in Akron, Ohio.
The Earthquaker Devices Bellows is an excellent drive pedal that covers a huge range of tones. Not based on any drive circuit or amp in particular, the Bellows seeks to emulate the kind of natural drive-bordering-on-fuzz sound that you get from fully cranking a vintage non-master volume and pushing it as far as it will go. The 'Drive' control of the Bellows is extremely responsive and covers a huge range of tones. Turned further counter clockwise, the Bellows gives a more natural, low gain drive similar to driven tube amp, whereas fully clockwise gives a full fuzz tone that sits right on the edge of fuzz and high gain distortion.
Th Earthquaker Devices Bellows is a great gain pedal capable of a variety of tones, and it can be comfortably paired with any amp to great effect.
- Level: Adjusts the output level by setting the bias voltage of the transistor. A small amount of noise while dialing this in is perfectly normal.
- Drive: Controls the input gain of the device for different levels of dirt. You’ll find that it is thinner and more clean counter clockwise and thicker with more growl clockwise.
- Powered by any standard 9V DC centre negative power supply