New EQD Special Cranker (Son of Speaker Cranker)

steve v

Tele-Holic
Joined
Jun 18, 2009
Posts
711
Location
Albany, NY
I sold some gear over the weekend and decided to pick one up, I really like it. Not dissimilar to a couple other overdrives I have, but there’s something “just right” about this one
 

Hoodster

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Feb 3, 2007
Posts
2,644
Location
Oregon
I sold some gear over the weekend and decided to pick one up, I really like it. Not dissimilar to a couple other overdrives I have, but there’s something “just right” about this one
Thanks for the report. I’m curious which other drives you feel that it sounds similar to. I used the original more as a fat, bold boost, because of course it had no volume control, so I don’t really remember what the gainier sounds were like.
 

nic'o'caster

Tele-Afflicted
Joined
Apr 10, 2004
Posts
1,604
Location
Middle Earth
I owned and sold the Speaker Cranker because I could never get what I needed. This one seems way more usable and it sounds really good on the vids !
 

steve v

Tele-Holic
Joined
Jun 18, 2009
Posts
711
Location
Albany, NY
Thanks for the report. I’m curious which other drives you feel that it sounds similar to. I used the original more as a fat, bold boost, because of course it had no volume control, so I don’t really remember what the gainier sounds were like.

To me, it sounds like someone crossed a Timmy or some other transparent overdrive with a fuzz circuit. At lower gain, it really thickens up things nicely and adds a little grit. As you dial it up, there’s more compression, maybe even a bit of a midrange bump, bot not excessive. It actually sounds a lot like my Bearfoot Silver Bee, but less bassy. As I said, everything just seems right on this one
 

Lies&Distortion

Tele-Afflicted
Joined
May 27, 2014
Posts
1,614
Location
SE Michigan
The demos sound like something in the OD250 family with the bias tweaked like on some Fuzz Face based pedals. To my ears. I have no idea.
 

Jack Clayton

Tele-Holic
Joined
Oct 1, 2017
Posts
710
Age
37
Location
Phoenix, AZ
Mine came today. So far I've tested it with my tele and my Epiphone casino. At the risk of being dramatic, it's already my all-time favorite drive. I've played a Timmy, a Westwood, a klon, a JHS morning glory.... This one blows the rest away. For some reason it gives me a tone that very specifically reminds me of Keith Richards. I wanna play the Brown Sugar riff every time.
 

teleforumnoob

Friend of Leo's
Joined
May 25, 2010
Posts
2,638
Age
65
Location
your mom
Fired it up this morning. 1st impressions.
This is a good all rounder for light/med gain into the Carr @ 2 1/2-3 vol, so super clean Fender setting. Theres no radical eq curve or nose, just adds grit pretty evenly across the range. Its def does the "ragged but right" dimed amp kinda tones when you give it "More". But if you're looking for something more refined its probably not for you. It gets flubby and dark the higher you go on the gain and past noon I had to turn the tone on the pedal almost all the way to the treble. But I was playing the SG, might not be so much so with single coils. Also I had six unbuffered pedals on the board and 20' cable, so Idk it may be a diff story with a buffer in the mix. With the pedal's gain at round 9 o'clock it was just enough hair, still very responsive to dynamics, and a good "edge of breakup" place to be, and stacked well with the mini FF.
I like it so far. It works for an "always on" at low gain or a dimed amp sound without busting your eardrums.
Havnt tried it yet into a low headroom amp situation but my instincts tell me it would be overkill. It operates more as a OD than a boost, so with an already dirty amp tone it would prob just add mud.
Last edited: 12 minutes ago
 

THX1123

Tele-Holic
Joined
Aug 24, 2006
Posts
951
Location
Gibsonville
Mine arrived this week. I was drawn quickly to the lower gain Silicon sounds. I need to try a couple different guitar/amp combinations before I make a definitive assessment. I should add that I intended to use it mostly for bass, still have to see how that works out.

As some folks have commented above, it does kinda feel like a fuzz with the guitar volume rolled down (Except the guitar volume isn't rolled down, if that makes sense).
 

Ben Harmless

Poster Extraordinaire
Joined
Mar 10, 2003
Posts
5,130
Location
Salem, Mass
NPD for me. Actually, a few days ago. I've gotten a chance to mess around with it.

For transparency, my applications are typically recording-oriented. I don't use OD live. My interest is in getting varied tones and generally making differing noises. My full, long-winded review:

On guitar, I love this pedal. I have about a 1.4 billion ODs, including an EQD Plumes. This is in the top three. I've heard Mr. Stillman state that his original Speaker Cranker was an effort to add some tube-like behavior to the front of monstrous clean, solid-state amps. I can see how it worked well for that. It's relatively full-range, so it just passes a pleasantly-juiced version of your guitar on to the amp. I cringe when I hear "retains lows" because I associate that with "flubbly," but this is actually still very nice and suits my current music more than my old palm-mutey punk rock stuff. I do suspect (I could be wrong) that there's still a high-pass filter that hits the lower-bass-guitar frequencies (rather than being truly flat-response) but not nearly as much as say, a Boss pedal, and it does what it says - it retains lows. The clipping is lovely, and there really, genuinely, isn't a bad setting on the "More" knob. The tone control is very straightforward, and sits in a useful range as well without getting way too dull or way too bright. The Si/Ge switch is fine. Ge does have a slightly softer crunch to it, but it's not night-and-day, and the slight volume drop may be fooling my ears a little. I appreciate the switch, because it suits my anxiety about the temperature-sensitivity of Germanium. It's worth saying that vs. the Plumes, this is less aggressive, though there is overlap, and the tone control is less weird. The Plumes was clearly designed to let some highs bleed through when set low, and I've seen Mr. Stillman comment that his personal favorite setting is the same as mine - mostly rolled off.

Now, OTHER applications: One of the reasons I buy pedals is to throw them in a reamp loop and use them as mix effects. I love distorting things. Everything, actually. This pedal works for that. I've found that no OD works for every source, and this is no exception. That said, I used it to crush a mono drum overhead, and it handled the full frequency range very well. This mic had a lot of kick in it, and the Special Cranker was remarkable in that it managed to keep a lot of the lows while not having them completely dominate the mix. On vocals, like many ODs, it couldn't quite nail the fattening-before-grit sweet spot that you can get by pushing a tube stage, and for grit, I tend to favor more mid-focused ODs. It sounded very cool on a vocal delay return though. For combo-organ sounds, it added some audio pepper in a nice way, but also makes me realize that for those tones, I lean toward fuzzes. I may not have tried it with "full-More" though, so I might revisit this. I didn't go too far with bass guitar, but I found it somewhat neutral on a punchy-midrange tone. On mix sources, I wanted this pedal to offer more fattening and less grit. It does that vs. many other pedals, but it's not going to replace my go-to, tube-based methods, or even some of my plugins. I DO think that it'll have a place on drums, which IMHO is very cool.
 

backporchmusic

Poster Extraordinaire
Joined
Nov 28, 2006
Posts
5,532
Location
USA
Great pedal, made even more so by the price and the GE/SI switch. I have three OD or Fuzz pedals on my board, so I appreciate the versatility in GE/SI which rolls down the line to the others, giving me more options.

Easy to use, easy to dial in great sounds all across the bite/dirt spectrum. A definite winner.
 

cousinpaul

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Jun 19, 2009
Posts
4,038
Location
Nashville TN
I played one today. It's different enough that I think I can make room for it. Wow, I haven't bought an OD in years...
 

cousinpaul

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Jun 19, 2009
Posts
4,038
Location
Nashville TN
NPD today! I flipped a couple of pedals that weren't getting much play and brought one home. I've only spent a half hour with it but am really impressed. The dynamics on this box are insane. I play mostly blues and americana and was a little put off by the online demos which lean more towards Radiohead, etc. So glad I took the time to try one out... I'm hoping to play it up loud later in the week. Thanks all for the in-depth reviews.
 




Top