Designed to push your low-wattage combo amp into the most tasty of overdrive tones, this is the new Westwood Transluscent Drive Manipulator pedal from Earthquaker Devices. The Westwood has singing lead tones available, as well as edge-of-breakup rhythm tones. Not limited to combos, the Westwood is also great for heads, just make sure you watch the volume knob, because this pedal gets loud! The Westwood’s Drive control sets the level of gain for a near-clean boost at lower settings, to rich, bell-like jangle and chime, all the way to soaring lead tones that are cutting and distinct, but never harsh. The Westwood responds to changes in guitar volume at any setting, and varying the intensity of your pick attack reveals the subtle nuances of your technique and tone. Your choir director will love it. The powerful active EQ section has controls for Treble and Bass with up to 20 dB of cut and/or boost. Center-detent pots indicate the “flat” setting. When you feel a click, there is neither cut nor boost, and your tone remains unaltered, but with extra gain. Treble affects the area around 2kHz and is handy for taming icepick-y single coils, or giving humbuckers a lift to add an open and airy top end sparkle.
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