EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive Pedal

Plumes has what amps crave: sweet, tube-like overdrive! Choose from three clipping modes to find your ideal tone and drive your amp to glory.

The EarthQuaker Devices Plumes is a unique, all-analog approach to a classic tube-like overdrive circuit offering 3 different clipping voices, loads of headroom and almost three-dimensional clarity that will push your amp over the edge. The reimagined tone control is finely tuned to sculpt low end, clear top end, and focus midrange with blooming sustain.

Plumes Controls

- 1. Level: This controls the output volume.
- 2. Gain: This controls the amount of drive.
- 3. Tone: More bass to the left, more middles in the middle and more treble to the right.
- 4. Clipping Modes (3-Way Toggle):
-- Symmetrical LED clipping - More Crunch and Compression.
-- No clipping - Wide open OpAmp drive for clean boost.
-- Asymmetrical silicon diode clipping - More transparency with a loose feel.

Check out our exclusive demo of the EarthQuaker Devices Plumes pedal:

Plumes is an overdrive based around that classically overdone tube-like circuit you all know, and amps crave. While this particular circuit has been done to death, we here at EarthQuaker Devices brand of special effects pedals think the Plumes offers an original take on the old, tired dead horse everyone loves to beat on. You can’t get enough of it, so we are giving you some more. Doctor’s orders and what not….

For starters, we’ve done away with the sacred 4558 IC and the classic BJT transistor buffers and replaced them with JFET operational amplifiers and raised the input impedance to nearly 10 megaohms! This offers lower read more noise, better signal integrity and more chime in the high end. We power this OpAmp by taking the 9v input and internally converting it to +/- 9v to give it more headroom. The end result is a more three-dimensional tone with added clarity that really pushes a nice tube amp over the edge. You might notice how those badass leads you’re always ripping will blast over those awful, no good cymbals your drummer is constantly bashing around on. It sounds like diamonds…a million f**king diamonds!

Listen to how a synth sounds through the Plumes in this video from EarthQuaker:

We’ve also added three different clipping options for your consideration. Mode 1 is symmetrical clipping utilizing a pair of light emitting diodes. This is the crunchiest setting the Plumes has to offer. When played through a clean amp, it’ll deliver a reasonable facsimile of that classic black and gold British valve amp tone. If you already set your amp dirty, using this mode will make it filthy. Mode 2 is clean boost mode. This eliminates the soft clipping diodes altogether and leaves you with straight OpAmp drive. This is perfect for pushing your clean tone out in front or driving the preamp of an already overdriven amp into tasteful breakup territory. Mode 3 is an asymmetrical silicon diode arrangement similar to the stock screamer but with more output and clean clarity; the tone some people describe as “transparent”. It’s almost as if your clean tone is blended in with a slightly less clean tone, ya know? Using this mode gives a warmer low-end response and lower output. It’s less hard on your amp and your ears. It’s a classic pleasant tone the whole band can enjoy.

Not enough for you? We’ve also improved the way the classic tone control operates while still leaving it familiar enough to keep you warm and comfortable. It’s still a safe space, no worries in here. It’s now useful through the whole range. The low end is big and clear, and the high end is bright and cutting without killing the mids. Just the right amount of tonal tickling to excite those ear drums yet still give that familiar mid-heavy drive.


This device features Flexi-Switch Technology! This relay-based, true bypass switching style allows you to simultaneously use momentary and latching style switching.

For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch once to activate the effect and then tap again to bypass.

For momentary operation, hold the footswitch down for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Once you release the switch the effect will be bypassed.

Since the switching is relay based, it requires power to pass signal.
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Power: This device takes a standard 9 volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. EarthQuaker Devices always recommends pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise. DO NOT RUN AT HIGHER VOLTAGES!

- Current Draw: 25 mA
- Input Impedance: 10 MOhm
- Output Impedance: 100 Ohm
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.73 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ERQ PLUMES

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 330-252-9220

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (6 ratings)
Submitted November 29, 2019 by Bradford Walsh in Middlesex, NJ


Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Just like the title, awesome and simple. I use this in front of a KSR Ceres Preamp to further color/boost the sound. This pedal adds a fatness and girth across all modes. Mode one really gives you a lot more gain and compression. The 2nd mode is one of the most transparent clean boosts I've ever encountered. And the 3rd mode is like a Maxon OD808 on steriods. You definitely get the tube screamer tone, but with a lot more balls and power. If you are looking for more sustain in your tone then this pedal is it. Used in a clean setting, it is sweet sounding too. Sounds very much like Cream or a super distored 70s Rock sound as well. Love and use it all the time! Haven't dealt with customer service, but they make killer pedals.

Musical Background:

Playing for 27 years and 20 years professionally. It's a disease....can't shake it lol.

Musical Style:

Rock/Metal, Progressive, ect....
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