Time to get lethal with your tone! Today’s pedal review is of the Earthquaker Devices Sound Shank! I will say right now that the Sound Shank is razor sharp in its focus and brutal in its gain textures. I wanted to do a video on this pedal merely because its name got my attention, and the graphics are tough. Now I am here to testify that it is a real killer.
This germanium fuzz is based off the Buzzaround fuzz that was made in England by Baldwin-Burns Ltd. roughly between 1966-1968. I am a big fan of this version because it has the top end of a sushi knife…sharp with insane cutting ability. I mean this in the sense that this fuzz cuts the mix and has just such a wicked throaty grind to it. I imagine the Sound Shank will sound great with a Travis Bean or a guitar or bass by Electrical Guitar Company.
I have a wide variety of taste when using fuzzes and this Sound Shank is very aggressive when using it with quick stops, the crunch is undeniably great. I also love how quiet this pedal is for such an onslaught of fuzz.
The Sound Shank had an earlier version/build and this version happened to be a limited run but I am betting that if enough of us write to Earthquaker Devices, they might make it a mainstay in their pedal line. As always, stay tuned to PedalsAndEffects for more pedal reviews!