A back-to-basics, transistor-based dirt device, the Bellows is a two-knob wonder that has a whole lot of character for such a simple, unassuming pedal. It straddles the line between amp-like grit and fuzzy saturation to create a remarkably vintage, tweed-type tone.
EarthQuaker Devices Bellows Fuzz Driver Pedal Controls
- Level: Adjusts the output level by setting the bias voltage of the transistor. A small amount of noise while dialing this in is perfectly normal.
- Drive: Controls the input gain of the device for different levels of dirt. You’ll find that it is thinner and more clean counter clockwise and thicker with more growl clockwise.
Similar to the volume control of a “non master” amp, the Drive determines how hard the signal hits the input. At lower drive levels it’s a little wider and grittier. Resist the usual urge to dime it and keep the Drive low for mellow, amp-like break up. Slowly bring up the Drive and you’ll eventually end up in blown out fuzz land, having passed a bunch of useful distorted places in between. It’s pretty much every era of rock n’ roll in a box.
While designed for guitar, Bellows also handles bass extremely well at growling low and scorching high levels. And if you’re a guitar player that fancies themselves a bass player- then forget it, this is your favorite dirt pedal. Each and every bellows is made by a bunch of bearded dudes and a couple ladies in the comedic drama section of Akron, Ohio.