Code: EQD-SPEC

Earthquaker Devices Special Cranker Overdrive

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SPECIAL CRANKER – An Overdrive You Can Trust
An all-discrete analogue distortion enhancement device designed to give your signal some extra grit
and boost without drastically altering your tone and retaining all of the natural nuances and character
of your amp. Think of it as sticking an extra preamp tube in your amplifier for more saturation.

The Special Cranker picks up where our beloved 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 hot, new Germanium diode option.

  • Gives your signal extra grit and boost without drastically altering your tone and retains all of the natural nuances and character of your amplifier.
  • 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 over-biased tones depending on the output of your pickups.
  • Flexible Tone control to give the user full command over the treble frequencies for excellent tone shaping and clarity.
  • All-analogue signal path, true bypass, silent relay-based switching with Flexi-Switch Technology
  • Lifetime warranty

BOOST YOUR SIGNAL WITHOUT ALTERING YOUR TONE
Single notes will blossom and bloom with rich harmonics and singing sustain with responsive, tube-like sag.
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.

ACHIEVE EXPLOSIVE OVERBIASED TONES AT MAXIMUM GAIN
The More control goes from nearly clean to a medium gain overdrive when at maximum.
This control adjusts the bias of the transistor, so you may hear a little noise as you turn the control. Don’t freak out; it’s totally fine.

TWO DISTINCT AND RESPONSIVE CLIPPING MODES
The gain characteristics are dependent on which diodes are chosen.
When the Germanium diodes are selected, the Special Cranker delivers a softer, more rounded response with tamed highs and lower output,
while the Silicon diodes add a brighter, more modern edge and higher output. Both are exceptionally responsive to playing dynamics and have excellent clarity.

TONE SHAPING AND CLARITY WITH THE FLEXIBLE TONE CONTROL
The Tone control gives the user full command over treble frequencies, cutting the highs when anti-clockwise and adding a slight high-frequency boost when turned clockwise.
The Level control adjusts the output from nothing to nearly double at maximum.

Flexi-Switch Technology

  • This device features Flexi-Switch Technology! This relay-based, true bypass switching style allows you to simultaneously use momentary and latching style switching.
  • For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch once to activate the effect and then tap again to bypass.
  • For momentary operation, hold the footswitch down for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Once you release the switch the effect will be bypassed.
  • Since the switching is relay based, it requires power to pass signal.

Power
This device should be powered a standard 9-volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative centre barrel. We always recommend pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise.

The Special Cranker can be safely operated from 9-18 volts.

Dimensions: 4.75 x 2.50 x 2.25 in. (121 x 64 x 57 mm) with knobs
Current Draw: 15 mA
Input Impedance: ≈5 MΩ
Output Impedance: <25 kΩ
Analog / Digital: Analog
Effect Type: Overdrive
MIDI: No
Stereo: No
True Bypass: Yes
XLR Input: No
XLR Out: No

This product is covered by a limited lifetime manufacturer warranty.

Although we are not authorised to determine if any repair is covered under warranty, if the item was purchased through World of Music, then we are often the best people to facilitate the claim for you and will do so as timely as possible. Warranty does not apply to cosmetic damage or faults that are a result of user neglect. Although your mate is really handy with a soldering iron, any product modification or home repair will also result in a void warranty.

Quite often, something perceived as a fault is as simple as a faulty cable or power issue so we always suggest checking over Frequently Asked Questions on the manufacturer website first. It can be a helpful approach to getting to the bottom of a problem and save you a lot of time in getting your gear back up and running!

This item ships via courier; fully insured for your peace of mind. Orders require a signature on delivery and we suggest using an address where someone will be present for the speediest delivery time. For delivery attempts with no one present to sign, your order will be taken to the courier depot and a card will be left for you to organise redelivery.

 

Product Description
SPECIAL CRANKER - An Overdrive You Can Trust An all-discrete analogue distortion enhancement device designed to give your signal some extra grit and boost without drastically altering your tone and retaining all of the natural nuances and character of your amp. Think of it as sticking an extra preamp tube in your amplifier for more saturation. The Special Cranker picks up where our beloved 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 hot, new Germanium diode option.
  • Gives your signal extra grit and boost without drastically altering your tone and retains all of the natural nuances and character of your amplifier.
  • 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 over-biased tones depending on the output of your pickups.
  • Flexible Tone control to give the user full command over the treble frequencies for excellent tone shaping and clarity.
  • All-analogue signal path, true bypass, silent relay-based switching with Flexi-Switch Technology
  • Lifetime warranty
BOOST YOUR SIGNAL WITHOUT ALTERING YOUR TONE Single notes will blossom and bloom with rich harmonics and singing sustain with responsive, tube-like sag. 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. ACHIEVE EXPLOSIVE OVERBIASED TONES AT MAXIMUM GAIN The More control goes from nearly clean to a medium gain overdrive when at maximum. This control adjusts the bias of the transistor, so you may hear a little noise as you turn the control. Don’t freak out; it’s totally fine. TWO DISTINCT AND RESPONSIVE CLIPPING MODES The gain characteristics are dependent on which diodes are chosen. When the Germanium diodes are selected, the Special Cranker delivers a softer, more rounded response with tamed highs and lower output, while the Silicon diodes add a brighter, more modern edge and higher output. Both are exceptionally responsive to playing dynamics and have excellent clarity. TONE SHAPING AND CLARITY WITH THE FLEXIBLE TONE CONTROL The Tone control gives the user full command over treble frequencies, cutting the highs when anti-clockwise and adding a slight high-frequency boost when turned clockwise. The Level control adjusts the output from nothing to nearly double at maximum.
Specifications

Flexi-Switch Technology

  • This device features Flexi-Switch Technology! This relay-based, true bypass switching style allows you to simultaneously use momentary and latching style switching.
  • For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch once to activate the effect and then tap again to bypass.
  • For momentary operation, hold the footswitch down for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Once you release the switch the effect will be bypassed.
  • Since the switching is relay based, it requires power to pass signal.

Power
This device should be powered a standard 9-volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative centre barrel. We always recommend pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise.

The Special Cranker can be safely operated from 9-18 volts.

Dimensions: 4.75 x 2.50 x 2.25 in. (121 x 64 x 57 mm) with knobs
Current Draw: 15 mA
Input Impedance: ≈5 MΩ
Output Impedance: <25 kΩ
Analog / Digital: Analog
Effect Type: Overdrive
MIDI: No
Stereo: No
True Bypass: Yes
XLR Input: No
XLR Out: No

Warranty

This product is covered by a limited lifetime manufacturer warranty.

Although we are not authorised to determine if any repair is covered under warranty, if the item was purchased through World of Music, then we are often the best people to facilitate the claim for you and will do so as timely as possible. Warranty does not apply to cosmetic damage or faults that are a result of user neglect. Although your mate is really handy with a soldering iron, any product modification or home repair will also result in a void warranty.

Quite often, something perceived as a fault is as simple as a faulty cable or power issue so we always suggest checking over Frequently Asked Questions on the manufacturer website first. It can be a helpful approach to getting to the bottom of a problem and save you a lot of time in getting your gear back up and running!

Shipping

This item ships via courier; fully insured for your peace of mind. Orders require a signature on delivery and we suggest using an address where someone will be present for the speediest delivery time. For delivery attempts with no one present to sign, your order will be taken to the courier depot and a card will be left for you to organise redelivery.

 

Special Cranker All Discrete Analog Distortion Enhancement Device Demo "An Overdrive You Can Trust"