The boutique guitar pedal builder introduces a versatile new overdrive pedal.
If you’re looking for a versatile new overdrive pedal to push your tube amp into new tonal territories, you’ll want to take a look at the new Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator from Akron, Ohio based boutique pedal builder, Earthquaker Devices.
The new all-analog Westwood is designed with low-wattage combo guitar amps in mind and is ideal for on-the-edge rhythm tones singing lead tones, and everything in between. With a powerful active EQ section, which offers up to 20dB of cut and/or boost at the low end and mid-highs, you’ll have no problem dialing in a great tone.
At lower gain settings the Westwood delivers a fairly transparent boost, ideal for when you need just a little more, without getting overly aggressive. When you’re looking for a bit more oomph, turn up the gain and you’ll have plenty of harmonic-rich tone, perfect for arpeggios, cutting rhythm and, when pushed even harder, searing leads. Like any good piece of gear, subtle changes in your guitar’s volume and tone pots will elicit a dynamic response. Put simply, Earthquaker’s Westwood is no one-trick pony.
As mentioned, Westwood has a powerful active EQ on-board, letting you dial in the perfect sound to cut through the mix, whether on-stage or in the studio. Each pot has a center-detent so as you turn the knob to a “flat” setting, you’ll feel a click.
On the Bass side, you’ll see the majority of impact around the 80Hz area. Cutting in this area will result in a tightened-up low end, which is helpful for opening up some space for your bass guitarist, keyboardist or drummer to sit in. Adding a bit of a boost in this section can fatten up your sound, especially helpful for rhythm parts. On the Treble side, most of your impact will be in the 2kHz range. This area is great for taming single-coils or, conversely, adding a bit of air to humbuckers.
Other specs include Silent relay-based switching and a True Bypass circuit design, ensuring no tonal impact when the pedal is switched off, and making it a perfect fit for your pedalboard. While you shouldn’t anticipate any issues, Westwood is backed by Earthquaker’s lifetime guarantee. If you’re looking for a great sounding, versatile OD pedal for your guitar or bass signal chain, order yours today.
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