Preamp and boost with tone.
The Arrows is an all-discrete tone-sculpting preamp booster. It was designed with the intention of adding an additional channel of gain to all your dirt pedals as well as brightening up neck pickups. It boosts midran...
On the Earthquaker Devices page the following quote is utilised in his rig rundown. 'Speaker Cranker is a desert island pedal for me ... it's essential for every board I use. I run it before a fuzz for some extra dirt and clarity during solos. It adds distortion but still cuts through a mix like nothing I've heard before. The Bit Commander, Dispatch Master and Arrows also make it onto my pedalboard depending on the set. In the studio I've also used the Rainbow Machine and Hoof Reaper.'more
The translated text of this tweet is as follows: "Today, the BD-2 is a Waza! The [Earthquaker] Arrows and the Centaur are already my go-tos. The [Earthquaker] Plumes is cranked! I'm not good at stepping on switches, so I use Providence loop routing boxes. Since I want to step on the CE-2 and the RE-3 at the same time, I use the loop routing boxes. The RE-6 is for those extra long delays!" In addition to the two Providence P-4TB routing boxes, this photos shows a BOSS Waza Craft BD-2, BOSS RV-3, RV-6 and CE-2, two Earthquaker pedals (Plumes overdrive, Arrows boost), and a vintage Klon Centaur.more
Preamp and boost with tone.
The Arrows is an all-discrete tone-sculpting preamp booster. It was designed with the intention of adding an additional channel of gain to all your dirt pedals as well as brightening up neck pickups. It boosts midrange, tightens up the low end and makes the top end shine while adding some push to drive your dirt into blooming sustain with excellent harmonics. Its simple interface is no nonsense; a single control that will either boost or cut you signal. Use the Arrows to remove the muck from bass heavy fuzz pedals, push light overdrives into higher gains than you thought possible or even on its own to make your signal really pop with more pizazz. All analog, true bypass and handmade one at a time in the weird pit of Akron, Ohio.
Imagine your favourite amp. What is it? A JCM800, a Bassman, a Mesa, it could be anything. Now imagine giving your favourite amp a new channel. It would sound smoother, lend more presence, even give a bit of a clean boost, but it would still sound very natural and mild. This is very hard to achieve, because you either get an underpowered od (tube screamers and their clones) with mids through the roof, or a sterile abnormal sound that takes away from your amp's natural characteristics. The Arrows doesn't claim to be either, and it does it's job spectacularly. Whether adding a nice sparkly dirt to a clean sound, or an extra kick for solos, the Earthquaker doesn't really have any cons. It also sounds amazing after fuzzes, but that's a whole new story.
Overall: Get this if you want to keep your amp's sound, but with more juice. You might want to skip if you play heavier distorted sounds, as it won't be as noticeable.