Review: EarthQuaker Devices Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator

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Transparent overdrive (A.K.A. clean boost) pedals have become the hottest item on the stomp box market ever since the legendary Klon Centaur was discontinued in 2009. Since then, it seems every pedal maker has offered an alternative—so many, in fact, that you’re probably flapping your hands above your ears, sticking out your tongue and yelling, “I’ve already got one!” like the obnoxious French knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.