What’s in a guitar pedal? We all look for different things. Is it dirty enough, clean enough, big enough, tight enough? These are all the questions that go through our minds as we stress over our next piece of gear. Lucky enough, EarthQuaker Devices loves making pedals so much that they have built a vast arsenal of effects for us to choose from. Their most recent (at the time of this publication) is the Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator. A guitar pedal worthy of the name. I had a chance to play a demo model and put together a video for you. So, let’s have a look and learn all we need to know about the Westwood!

EarthQuaker Devices Westwood Demo

Impressions:

 

The Westwood is an all purpose drive for sure. Whether you are into singing leads, or tube like breakup, this pedal has you covered. I love how “clean” the drive sounds when you roll the dial back and play some rhythm chords. But of course, you can dial it all the way up and wail!

This pedal is really nuanced. You can dial in so many colors and tones. The level meter goes from soft to loud very quickly. On top of that, the bass and treble knobs are some of the most exaggerated I’ve ever seen on a pedal. When I turn the bass all the way up, it shook the room…on an electric guitar! And you can roll down the bass and crank the treble to thin out the sound and stand out over a full band mix. It’s really versatile, and it helps compliment YOU as a guitar player. All of the nuance of your tone and playing will be pronounced in this pedal.

You make the pedal, it doesn’t make you.

The Features:

  • Translucent Overdrive Manipulator with two-band active EQ
  • Drive control to set your gain level
  • Treble affects the area around 2kHz
  • Bass control operates around 80Hz
  • Good for electric and bass guitar
  • True bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching
  • All-analog signal path
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Weight: 9.95 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8” x 2.6” x 2.3”
  • Every Westwood is hand built by the EarthQuaker team in the Foothills of Akron, Ohio, USA.

Conclusion:

Thanks for checking out the Westwood by EarthQuaker Devices. Translucent Drive Manipulator for a modern nuanced guitar player.

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.