Earthquaker Devices are experts in modern fuzz. From pedals like the Hizumitas and the Erruptor to more standard distortions like the Acapulco Gold, this company have well and truly proven themselves across the entire range of overdrive-like effects.
The Hoof V2 is another entry in this incredible portfolio, and like all of Earthquaker Devices’ pedals, it brings something special to the table.
Amongst pedal enthusiasts, there are few debates with as much staying power as silicon vs germanium. Germanium transistors offer a smooth, vintage-inspired tone while silicon transistors are known for their greater transparency and harsher, brighter fuzz sound.
Which is better?
Well, the answer here is that they both have their own advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day, different use cases favour different pedals.
Of course, if you want both you’ll need a pedal that can seamlessly blend the two. If only there was a pedal that did exactly that…
The Hoof V2 is a hybrid, blending both transistor types to deliver a smooth, natural and harmonically rich sustain. The Level, Fuzz and Tone controls operate in the usual way while the Shift knob lets you adjust the mid content- from classic scooped mids to more modern cutting mid-range frequencies.
In terms of price the Hoof V2 varies a lot between sellers but tends to come in between $160 and $220. While that’s certainly not cheap, at the same time you probably won’t find anyone else making quite this kind of pedal. It really is the best solution to the transistor debate.
Then again, your tastes may vary. Ultimately, the best way to know if this pedal has the sound you’re looking for is to try it out, which you can do right here on Tonepedia. So give it a go, and see for yourself if the Hoof V2 is the fuzz pedal for you.
|Jacks mounted on||Top|
|Weight (in kg)||0.27|
|Based on famous model?||Green Russian Big Muff|
|Width (in cm)||6.4|
|Height (in cm)||5.7|
|Depth (in cm)||11.7|