Dr. Z Releases Z-Drive Overdrive Pedal Designed by Earthquaker Devices

Published 6 years ago on August 27, 2015

By Jonathan Graham

(PRESS RELEASE): Dr. Z has been eager to add a new pedal to its product range for some time. The goal was to release a killer overdrive that adheres to the brand’s quality, craftsmanship and tone. EarthQuaker Devices is just a stone’s throw away from Dr. Z, so the company enlisted the talents of Jamie Stillman to create the new Z-Drive overdrive pedal.

The Z-Drive starts with an active global EQ and offers a choice between two distinct-sounding preamp channels (via the channel footswitch). The Germanium channel uses NOS germanium diodes and is a lighter- more open-sounding overdrive. The Mosfet channel is a more compressed, higher-gain overdrive. Both gain stages use hi-fi OPA 2134 op amps. Because the signal goes through the EQ first turning the EQ controls clockwise can increase overall gain/distortion.

The Z-Drive is essentially two pedals in one. You can use one channel as a cleaner boost and the second channel for full overdrive, or dial in overdrive sounds to bring out the different characteristics of each channel. Between the two channels and the full EQ, the Z-Drive will open up a world of possibilities while complementing an amp’s tone.

For more information on Dr Z's Z-Drive Overdrive Pedal


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