EarthQuaker Devices may be known as a small, boutique pedal manufacturer but their stompboxes – along with their unique sound and signature designs – are anything but! In the last half decade, the little Akron, Ohio, company —started by former Black Keys road manger Jamie Stillman — and its modest line of killer fuzz and distortion boxes has transformed into a one of the most hyped pedal manufacturers today – and for good reason! As bonafide stompbox freaks ourselves, it’s hard not to be impressed by the creative explosion and mass variety of colorful pedals being produced by these guys. The Hummingbird is no exception; Behind it's awesome design, there's an equally awesome tremolo pedal!
About the Hummingbird v3 Repeat Percussion Tremolo
The Hummingbird is a choppy, sawtooth tremolo modeled on the vintage “repeat percussion” unit and similar to those found in old Valco and Vox amplifiers. It is capable of producing everything from classic “50’s style” shimmering tremolo to a synthy, delay-like chop that turns your signal into a burst of short pings and on through to near ring modulation speeds.
Simply choosing between modes 1 (slow), 2 (mid-tempo) or 3 (fast) and adjusting the rate and depth controls will unlock a whole new world of amplitude modulation at your feet. The Rate is also expression pedal accessible to allow instant changes on the fly. Using an expression pedal opens up the possibility of true random amplitude modulation!
In addition to the modulation, the Hummingbird has plenty of clean gain on-tap allowing you to either boost or cut the signal using the level control. If the Depth is turned to zero, the pedal becomes a JFET clean boost! The Hummingbird is all analog, true bypass and handmade one at a time in Akron, Ohio.
Let our friends at EarthQuaker Devices tell you all about the Hummingbird in this video demo: