EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel Overdrive Pedal

2-channel Overdrive/Distortion Pedal
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A Pair of Classic Overdrives in a Single Chassis

Double up on overdrive with the EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel overdrive pedal. It boasts two channels of hard-clipping overdrive, with three clipping modes for each. The Green channel lets you choose from Silicon diodes, Germanium diodes, or no diodes. The Red channel offers LED diodes, Mosfet diodes, and also a no-diode mode. With a wide range of clipping styles, you'll be able to dial up everything from clean boosts to warm saturation all the way to biting, loud distortion. Sweetwater guitarists love the versatility of the EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel overdrive pedal.

From the pedal gurus at EarthQuaker Devices

EarthQuaker Devices is a boutique pedal company based out of Akron, Ohio. They put all of their focus on building tools for musicians to find their own tone. Their designs range from enhanced classics to pedals that have never been seen or heard before. Company founder Jamie Stillman was working with rock band the Black Keys when he came upon a design that kick-started the company's success. EarthQuaker Devices is committed to helping you find your tone with high-quality products at great prices.

EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel Overdrive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • 2-channel overdrive/distortion pedal for electric
  • 5 different types of clipping diodes for a wide range of tones
  • Green channel offers Silicon, Germanium, and No Diode modes
  • Red channel offers LED, Mosfet and No Diode modes
Find your ideal distortion tone in the EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel pedal.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V DC power supply, negative center (sold separately)
Batteries 1 x 9V optional
Manufacturer Part Number EQDGRAY

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For lovers of the DOD 250! Great for bass.

If you love the DOD 250, want to double down on your pedal board, take up the same space as one pedal with some added clipping benefits, this is your option! Build quality is great as is my experience with all other Earthquaker pedals I've owned and used. The switching is great. The large knobs are slightly off center and a little wobbly. You don't really notice that too much since knob turning isn't that frequent nor is it a speed contest. A way to stack the two circuits would've been nice, as well as some sort of brightness/tone control or switching. However, some further modification would allow that. Also, that wasn't the builder's original goal. What made the Gray Channel most appealing was solving a problem of wanting to change between two different boosted sounds at a certain point in my signal path. Also, there was the memory of an old 250 pedal I once had. I remember really liking the tone. In the late '90's and early '00's when pedal mod houses were popping up everywhere, I modified the 250 with the popular "diode multi-switch"--I have a solid electronics background and frequented the forums at that time. I also removed some caps. I fiddled with the circuit to get a little more treble out of it. Then, I sold it. After using the Gray Channel for a while, I realized my only "problems" are with 250 circuit itself. I remembered in [my experience] longer, complicated pedal chains with multiple gain stages and possibly buffers, the 250 was a little low in volume stock. Changing the clipping diodes solves that. I only use the LED and NO clipping diode settings. Silicon, germanium and FETs are cool options, but they were never as useful to me as LEDs or removing the clippers. They also reduce the volume in the 250 circuit. Also, it's every bit as dark as my old 250. For some reason, that detail slipped my mind. In recent years I've moved towards brighter, OD's on guitar. However, on bass the Gray Channel is incredibly useful. I think this would be a good choice for someone with 1) a short, concise effects chain, 2) a bright guitar and amp, and/or 3) looking for a bass overdrive/distortion combo.
See also: Distortion Pedals, EarthQuaker Devices, EarthQuaker Devices Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz