EarthQuaker Devices Palisades Overdrive Pedal

Description

So everyone and the relatives now has a tubescreamer or a clone of it in their collection. There are so many on the market that it is hard to know which one is best or which one will work for you. If that is a question you have asked yourself this is the pedal you need. The EarthQuaker Devices Palisades is one of the more versatile 808 style pedals available today.

808 Classic Tone

There is a reason that there are so many 808 style pedals on the market. Their ability to easily cut through a mix, give your guitar a strong midrange boost and really bring out the best of the attack out of your guitar. That is what Earth Quaker wanted to give you with this pedal but it was hard to nail that down to just a few knobs and a single switch.

So what they did was give you pretty much every component choice possible through the bandwidth and voice controls that all have the characteristic of a classic 808 but with slight tweaks to suit any kind of player.

Two Channels, Lots Of Tone

So looking at the front of this pedal it is pretty easy to get confused. You have 2 channels and a boost mode as well as 5 different input capacitors to choose via the Bandwidth control, 6 different voices as well as a few other voicing switches giving you over 400 switchable options. That is before you even really start digging in to the regular Tone, Volume and Gain controls that are also on the front of the pedal.

Here's what EarthQuaker Devices say bout the Palisades Overdrive

The Palisades is something we said we would never do… an overdrive based on the legendary TS808! Gasp! The horror! Another tubes creamer-- In 2014-- Really-- After loads of requests we finally buckled. We ran tests with every popular clone on the market as well as several vintage originals, compared, contrasted and took loads of notes. It was exhausting but informative. In the end, we threw it all away, used our ears and came up with what we feel is the most versatile relative of the 808 available today.

With 6 different clipping voices, 5 bandwidth settings and 2 gain channels you will be hard-pressed to not find a setting that will wipe every mid-boosting overdrive off your board. The clipping voices determine how transparent and open or tight and crunchy the distortion is. They will vary drastically depending on where the gain is set, what channel is active and how much bandwidth is being used. The bandwidth sets the frequency response of the distortion and goes from thin, light and clean through fat heavy and crunchy. It may very well be the single most important control the palisades has and what really sets it apart.

Gain A is a lower gain channel with a wider range of grit that is great for strumming open chords. Gain B is a higher gain channel with a tighter range that is great for palm muting and/or shredding solos. The Palisades also has a foot switchable volume boost with adjustable level to take it over the top when you want to throw your foot up on the monitor and rip your sweet leads… or maybe just push the front end of you amp a little harder. Not enough- How about a normal/bright switch to mix and match the overall tone to different amps and guitars. Still not enough- OK then, how about a buffer on/off switch to tighten up the tone and make it sparkle when set to "ON" or warm it up and make it sag when set to "OFF".

The Palisades is a versatile dude that will give you years of loving companionship. Each Palisades is hand made one at a time in the tiny tree house community of Akron, Ohio.

Specifications

Controls

  • Boost: Sets the level of the output boost.
  • Volume: Sets the output level.
  • Tone: Brighter clockwise, warmer counter clockwise.
  • Gain A: Sets the gain for the Channel A (lower gain)
  • Gain B: Sets the gain for Channel B (higher gain)

Foot Switches

  • Activate: True bypass switch
  • Gain B: Activates Gain Channel B
  • Boost: Activates the output level boost

Toggle Switches

  • Normal/Bright: Normal is a warm full tone, Bright is livelier tone with more chime.
  • Buffer: Turns the input buffer on or off. ON is a tighter and brighter tone while OFF is a warmer tone with more sag. The buffer is part of the drive circuit & is only available when the Palisades is activated.

Rotary Switches

  • Bandwidth: This sets the overall tone and gain structure of the Palisades. 1 is the thinnest setting with the least amount of gain and 5 is the fattest setting with the heaviest gain. Everything else is in between. This control has a major effect on all the settings of the Palisades, especially the gain and voice controls.
  • Voice: This sets the nature of the Palisades distortion by changing the clipping diodes. 1- No diodes: The most open and least distorted. 2- LED clipping: light clipping with a lot of volume. 3- Mosfet clipping: light gain OD with great harmonics. 4- Asymmetrical Silicon clipping: Tighter light gain OD closest to stock 808. 5- Symmetrical silicon clipping: tighter distorted tone. 6- Schottky Diode clipping: Looser fuzzy tone.

Measures

5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 with knobs.

Power

Our pedals take a standard 9 volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. We always recommend pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise. Do not run at higher voltages! Current draw is 30 mA.

 

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