EarthQuaker Devices Black Ash Fuzz Pedal (Limited Edition)

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EarthQuaker Devices Black Ash Fuzz Pedal (Limited Edition) (EQD-BLACK-ASH)
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EarthQuaker Devices Black Ash Fuzz Pedal (Limited Edition) (EQD-BLACK-ASH)

[Guild Note: No one can present EarthQuaker Devices better than the EQD Marketing Team themselves. What follows derives straight from either the manufacturer's website, or the product's instruction manual.] 

Welcome to your new EarthQuaker Devices Black Ash Endangered Fuzz!  This limited-run special edition fuzz unit is one of only one-thousand-five-hundred in existence. The Black Ash is a fuzz/overdrive that takes some cues from the vintage 3-knob Tone Bender. It uses a highly curated cache of rare and irreplaceable components including paper-in-oil capacitors and NOS half-watt carbon composition resistors from Jamie Stillman’s personal stash to light a fire under this classic fuzz/drive with an explosive-yet-detailed treble response, a sturdy midrange, and subterranean bass extension. 
The three controls on the surface of the Black Ash are for Level,  Fuzz, and Top. Level sets the output volume with unity gain around 10 o’clock. Fuzz adjusts the amount of gain from cooled-off amp-like breakup at lower levels to scorching fuzz tones when cranked. The control labeled Top works on frequencies between 2kHz and 10kHz to adjust how “forward” the guitar sits in the mix and helps pair the Black Ash with different pickup types. 

At lower Top settings, Black Ash takes on an organic, woody character that blankets the signal in warmth like an ol’ Kentucky hug. As the Top is increased, new harmonics appear, and the Black Ash gives a stiffer response with a sharper attack that can make hum-buckers chime and will make single-coils glisten like pearly dewdrops in the morning sun. We find the Top control to be most pronounced when used at lower Level and Fuzz settings with low-to-mid-output pickups and a reasonably clean or edge-of-breakup amplifier. 

Each Black Ash is built one-at-a-time, the hard way, by hand by amateur dendrologists in the arboretum of Akron, Ohio, USA. 


  • Level - Sets the output volume. Counterclockwise is quiet, clockwise is loud. 
  • Fuzz - Adjusts the amount of gain. Counterclockwise for less fuzz, clockwise for more fuzz. 
  • Top - Adjusts high frequencies between 2kHz - 10kHz and controls how “forward” the guitar sits in the mix. Counterclockwise for less top, clockwise for more top. 

Power Requirements 

  • Current Draw: 20ma 

This device takes 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. 


Tech Specs 

  • Input Impedance: 100K 
  • Output Impedance: 22K 


This Device has a limited lifetime warranty. If it breaks, we will fix it. Should you encounter any issues, please contact EarthQuaker Devices directly. They will be delighted to assist you loyally.

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