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Gold Standard Eau Claire Thunder

Gold Standard Eau Claire Thunder

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For over a decade Dwarfcraft had been producing their flagship distortion device, the Eau Claire Thunder. As 2018 drew to a close, Dwarfcraft’s Supreme Commander Louise had a brilliant idea for a 2019 Thunder. A smaller, streamlined enclosure and control interface for a slick modern exterior, with germanium diodes and NOS Fairchild 2n5133 transistors for a vintage Muff vibe. Because of the choice of transistors, only 65 of these beauties will be built.

The pedal includes the modifications most often requested by touring musicians: a smaller enclosure, top mounted jacks, and no feedback circuit. As always, the Timewarp toggle controls a clipping diode and the Toneblast switch bypasses the Tone control for more volume and a fuller frequency response. The use of NOS transistors also decreased the gain, making this version of the circuit warmer, a little more “wooly,” and somewhat more versatile than the balls-out OG Thunder.

The Gold Standard Thunder will retail for $229 and will be available for purchase at select retailers May 1.

You can see it in action here: https://youtu.be/koI02GOH6rw

Zealously commanded by Ben and Louise Hinz, Dwarfcraft Devices has been fighting the good fight since 2007. They are on an endless quest for new sounds, good beer, and hugs.

https://www.dwarfcraft.com/

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