EarthQuaker Devices Unveils the Blumes Low Signal Bass Overdrive

An all-analog tri-mode soft clipping bass overdrive that carries the torch of the classic screamer circuit but has a voice all its own

EarthQuaker Devices Unveils the Blumes Low Signal Bass Overdrive

An all-analog tri-mode soft clipping bass overdrive that carries the torch of the classic screamer circuit but has a voice all its own

EarthQuaker Devices’ Blumes® is an all-analog tri-mode soft clipping bass overdrive that carries the torch of the classic screamer circuit but has a voice all its own. While embodying most of the characteristics and features of our beloved Plumes® Small Signal Shredder, this modified circuit has double the gain and a deeper bass response to retain all the low end. It utilizes internal bipolar power, which gives you more dynamics and all the headroom you could ever desire. The end result is a three-dimensional tone with added clarity that really pushes a nice tube amp over the edge.

As a bass player, we understand that you often feel neglected within the hierarchy of band constructs, despite the fact that you hold down the rhythmic foundation and make everyone sound better. So that’s why this marvelous yellow box was created specifically for you. But fear not, 6-stringers, this is also the perfect pedal for all of your deep overdrive needs, especially you drop-tuned masters. We see you.

This all-analog tri-mode overdrive with soft clipping carries the torch of the classic screamer circuit but has a voice all its own. And thanks to its bipolar power, you’ll get more dynamics, clarity, and all the headroom you could ever desire. The end result is a more three-dimensional tone with added clarity that really pushes a nice tube amp over the edge.

And much like the Plumes, this pedal offers three different clipping options for your desired low end face melting needs.

Mode 1 is symmetrical LED clipping that utilizes a pair of light emitting diodes. This is the crunchiest setting the Blumes has to offer. This signal is less compressed and way more open with tons of output for when you really want to go wild.

Mode 2 is a clean pure OpAmp gain boost mode. This eliminates the soft clipping diodes altogether and leaves you with straight OpAmp drive. This will be the loudest output with the fullest frequency response, and can be used as a clean boost when the Gain control is set below 11 o’clock.

Mode 3 is an asymmetrical silicon diode arrangement similar to the stock screamer but with more output and clean clarity, which provides more transparent tone. Using this mode gives a warmer low-end response and lower output. It’s fuzzier with half the output and is the most compressed. If you like the fuzzy ends of distortion with a clean undertone, you’ll love this setting. We guarantee it.

  • Bass overdrive based on a modified Plumes
  • Deep bass response
  • Twice as much gain as the Plumes
  • Features 3 different clipping options: symmetrical LED, asymmetrical silicon, and no diode OpAmp drive
  • Operates on internal bipolar power for more headroom and signal integrity
  • All-analog signal path
  • True bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching with Flexi-Switch Technology
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Current Draw: 25 mA
  • Input Impedance: 10 MΩ
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ω
  • Price: $99.00

Each Blumes pedal is forged in the deepest, lowest caverns of Akron, Ohio, USA, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

For more information, please visit earthquakerdevices.com.

Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria