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350 West Bowery Street
Akron, OH, 44307
United States

(330) 252-9220

Official website for EarthQuaker Devices. We build guitar effects by hand in the quaint landlocked city of Akron, Ohio.

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EarthQuaker Session: Kaitlin Wolfberg - "Lazy Bones"

Aaron Rogers

Kaitlin Wolfberg’s violin transcends time and space. The prominent Los Angeles-based musican (whose recording credits include spots on albums by Dweezil Zappa and The dB’s) was kind enough to dazzle us with this performance of her tune “Lazy Bones,” recorded live at Juan Alderete’s 5 Starr Sound Labs...

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Board to Death: Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age)

Aaron Rogers

Finding a guitar sound that sits well in the mix is vital for Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita. He takes flight on the (now discontinued, sadly) Monarch overdrive, using its active Treble and Bass controls to cut and boost his way into the dense three-guitar conversation without speaking out of turn, so to speak...

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EarthQuaker Session: RYAT - "Resonation After the Earthquake Improv"

Aaron Rogers

When we visited RYAT in Los Angeles, she treated us to this somber improvisation titled, “Resonation After the Earthquake Improv.” Here McGheehan’s dreamy vocal floats among subtle reverb-laden Fender Rhodes chords, courtesy of the Afterneath, while the Rainbow Machine (with all knobs set to noon) acts as a tasteful double tracking effect...

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Yob’s Mike Scheidt Has Ninja Powers

Anna Blumenthal

I don’t think Mike Scheidt is going to like that we’re calling his interview “Ninja Powers”, because he is pretty much the most humble person I’ve ever met in my life. He’ll never utter a bad word about any person, band, or piece of gear, bristles when anyone says Yob is better than any other band, and even assured me at one point that he knows “exactly jack and shit...”

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Board to Death: Michael Schuman (Queens of the Stone Age, Mini Mansions)

Aaron Rogers

“That Bias knob is everything,” says Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Schuman, pointing at his Dirt Transmitter. Since discovering the Dirt Transmitter as a suitable stompbox replacement for the timeless sound of the Ampex 351 preamp, it has earned a place in his rig in with both QOTSA and his band Mini Mansions...

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Playlist: Dean Wareham (Luna, Dean and Britta) - 20 Guitar Solos He Loves

Anna Blumenthal

Luna's Dean Wareham sent us a playlist of his top 20 guitar solos! And we love them too! And we love Luna. It's one big lovefest over here! By the way, have you checked out Luna's new album, A Sentimental Education, and the new EP, A Place of Greater Safety? You really should!

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Show Us Your Junk! - Custom Vintage Keys feat. Lisa Bella Donna

Aaron Rogers

Luke Jones’ Custom Vintage Keys sits inside a nondescript industrial building just off the 5 in North Hollywood. A pinkish eggshell door reads, “CVKEYS,” in the kind of stick-on letters you might see on rusted out mailboxes dotted along rural Ohio roads. There’s no other signage. “This is my crazy shop of keyboard horrors,” Jones says, laughing. From where we’re standing, it looks more like the bottom of the rabbit hole and Jones is the Mad Hatter of vintage keyboards...

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Board To Death: Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Gone is Gone)

Aaron Rogers

The Evil has landed. We caught up with Queens of the Stone Age guitarist and lap steel player Troy Van Leeuwen to take a look at his multi-amp setup combining the best of modern signal routing with the immediacy of old-school, “pedals on the floor” plug-and-play rock and roll raunchiness...

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Spooky, Scary... EQD Halloween 2017 Playlist

Aaron Rogers

We take Halloween seriously so you don’t have to! Here’s 118 songs / 7 hours of creepy tunes from this year’s Halloween party for your listening terror. These are in no particular order - hit “shuffle” and have a scary good time! Keep reading for the gory details about a few of my favorites!

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Show Us Your Junk! - "Evil" Joe Barresi

Aaron Rogers

“You want people to be comfortable, which is why my studio looks like my bedroom when I was seventeen,” says Joe Barresi.

Despite having nearly every piece of gear under the sun, there is little room for child’s play at Joe’s House of Compression. It’s strictly business. Even the fart mic. We’ll let “Evil” Joe explain...

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“Mistakes Are Great!” - George Pajon, Jr. (Cairo Knife Fight, the Black Eyed Peas) on His Musical Evolution

Aaron Rogers

You know George Pajon, Jr. Whether he’s co-writing platinum hits with the Black Eyed Peas, producing, writing, or playing guitar for artists as varied as Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Sérgio Mendez, or “Weird” Al Yankovic; touring the world with Fergie, or bringing down the house with his new hard rock band Cairo Knife Fight, you’ve heard his music...

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Whitney Petty: Grabbin' 'Em by the Thunderpussy

Anna Blumenthal

Whitney Petty, guitarist extraordinaire of Seattle’s Thunderpussy, is the first musician we’ve interviewed whose livelihood has been threatened by the Supreme Court, who counts Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready as a super fan, whose first stint playing was with Deerhunter – not too shabby for a first band – and who not only absolutely shreds on guitar but also kills it on bass and drums...

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EarthQuaker Session: Earthless - "Violence of the Red Sea"

Aaron Rogers

What a trip. We invited San Diego instrumental riff worshipers Earthless to EQD HQ to tear through this ripping performance of “Violence of the Red Sea” off their album From the Ages, and the sound was monumental...

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Nick Reinhart Guitar Clinic - EarthQuaker Day 2017

Aaron Rogers

There’s no doubt about it: Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos, Big Walnuts Yonder) is one of the most innovative guitarists working today, able to pull a dazzling array of never-before-heard sounds and dizzying glitch-inspired textures from his instrument, tap dancing away at a pedalboard while playing finger-twisting punk/prog riffs in odd time signatures like a mutant hybrid of Adrian Belew, Tom Morello, and Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James...

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Show Us Your Junk! - Eric Palmquist (CHON, Thrice, the Mars Volta)

Aaron Rogers

Palmquist Studios is a treasure trove of vintage gear. “When I collect gear . . . I collect very slowly,” he says. “I like to build up pieces that I know are gonna last and be the sounds that I want and sounds that make my job easier. . . The Warden gets used on a lot of records,” he says. “[On] clean guitars, it keeps them punchy and articulate . . . [and] a little bit of the Grand Orbiter always gives that sense of space . . . [it’s] a nice little bit of je ne sais quoi..."

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