EarthQuaker Devices promises "an overdrive you can trust" with the Special Cranker

EarthQuaker Devices Special Cranker
(Image credit: EarthQuaker Devices)

EarthQuaker Devices has retooled and expanded its Speaker Cranker design into a new overdrive pedal, the Special Cranker. The firm is billing it as “an overdrive you can trust.”

Like its predecessor, the Special Cranker offers a discrete, all-analog distortion circuit, which is designed to boost and roughen up the edges of your signal, while retaining its core characteristics and tonal definition. 

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.