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Peach Guitars | EarthQuaker Devices Sunn O))) Life Pedal
27 Jul 2023

Peach Guitars | EarthQuaker Devices Sunn O))) Life Pedal

27 Jul 2023

EarthQuaker Devices are one of our favourite pedal manufacturers, their flair for the obscure and the consistent high quality of their builds have propelled them to the elite level.

From their facility in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Akron, Ohio, Earthquaker Devices craft some of the most unique and revered pedals around, finding favour with players as varied as The Black Keys, Jonny Greenwood, Paul Simon and Sunn O))).

And it’s Sunn O))) that we want to orbit around right now! 

Sunn O))) are one of the most elusive, yet illustrious, underground bands around. Championing a collection of lesser heard genres and subgenres, including Dark Ambient, Drone Metal and Noise Rock, Sunn O))) are the perfect foil for a brand as unique as EarthQuaker.

Peach Guitars | EarthQuaker Devices Sunn O))) Life Pedal

The Life Pedal V3 is a collaborative effort and the latest edition, the V3 has been meticulously tweaked from the original, seeking to squeeze every last drop of heavy tone available. 

The Life Pedal V3 is first and foremost a distortion, but with a delicious blendable analog octave up, and a booster combined in one compact package. The 'Amplitude' side is modelled after the classic 'White Face' distortion unit, and relies on modern, reliable components to last a lifetime. 

Peach Guitars | EarthQuaker Devices Sunn O))) Life Pedal

The Octave in Life Pedal is an all-discrete, analog full-wave rectifier based on a classic vintage design. Located at the input of the circuit, the Octave control slowly blends in the octave effects as you turn it clockwise. This feature can also be used via expression control allowing for wild, hands-free octave swells mid-riff or using the footswitch for immediate octave fuzz destruction. 

Because this is an analog octave effect, it is monophonic and works best playing single notes above the twelfth fret while using the neck pickup. Playing chords with the analog octave will sound clanging and chaotic. Using the bridge pickup and playing below the twelfth fret will produce a very subtle octave effect. Going full Octave transforms Life Pedal from a simple distortion device into a swelling, raging fuzz similar to the classic Super Fuzz!

The 'Magnitude' section of Life Pedal is a simple all-discrete MOSFET booster designed to blast your preamp valves and drive them wild. It is a 100% clean, no-nonsense, high impedance booster that adds very little colour to your tone. It does not add distortion on its own but has plenty of output to push your amp into saturation.

If you want to take a deep dive into the abyss and are looking for a versatile effects pedal that will really open up new sonic plains, then the Life Pedal V3 is definitely the one for you!

As always, you can buy with confidence from Peach Guitars. From meticulously inspecting each piece of equipment, professionally setting up each guitar, tracking every package, and delivering the best after-sales customer service, our team will do our best to make you feel welcome and offer genuine, professional advice.