Video: Echopark Instruments FQ12 Dual Range-Bastard

The Echopark Instruments FQ12 Dual Range-Bastard is a harmonic boost that first took shape in 2016, after the company got input from guitarists like Josh Homme, Dweezil Zappa, and Joe Perry to "create something that helped the guitar exist in its own sonic spectrum."

To create the pedal's multi-selection notch filter, Echopark uses six capacitors at select values established by the design and engineering staff at RCA Victor in the early 1950s. The six-way knob allows you to choose between the capacitor values, which run from low to high. The signal then runs through a passive inductor coil, which can be set at half-coil in the switch’s up position or full-coil in the down position. In all, there are 12 tones to choose from.

The boost section lives on the right-side of the pedal, and contains an independent footswitch and gain knob. Echopark has used unity tones to ensure that the boost won’t affect the original tone of your amp or pedal. While the boost at lower and middle settings can be clean, you can also raise it for powerful preamp-style drive, adding harmonic richness that Echopark says will give "anything from a Revolver-era Vox tone to Brian May tone."

As Joe says in the demo above, "One of the strengths of this pedal and what these artists and Echhopark wanted to go after here was to be able to create something where these players wouldn’t have to be changing guitars or amps, and they could be able to find the notch that suited them, no matter what their combination was."

Be sure to check out the full video above. And click here to buy your own FQ12 Dual Range-Bastard on Reverb today.


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