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EMPRESS GERM

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True to the tweed tube amps of the 50s, the germ drive delivers warm, harmonically rich overdrive that cleans up with a twist of your volume knob. Its tube-like break-up sounds extremely natural and will enhance your sound without masking the original tone of your instrument.

This true bypass overdrive offers gain control, two bands of EQ and output control to fully tweak your sound.

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True to the tweed tube amps of the 50s, the germ drive delivers warm, harmonically rich overdrive that cleans up with a twist of your volume knob. Its tube-like break-up sounds extremely natural and will enhance your sound without masking the original tone of your instrument.

This true bypass overdrive offers gain control, two bands of EQ and output control to fully tweak your sound.
All Analog Signal Path - no digitals in here!
Natural Break-up - Stays true to your original tone.
Cleans up well - Seamlessly clean up your sound by rolling back your volume knob.
Dynamic - Responds well to your dynamics like a tube preamp
Sustain - Good sustain with warm, tube-like overdrive
EQ - Hi shelf and low shelf EQs let you tweak your sound.
Bass - Works great on bass!
True Bypass - The Empress Germ Drive employs true bypass, so you can be sure that it's not affecting the signal when disengaged.
Small Size - The enclosure measures approximately 4.5" by 2.5" by 1.5", which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I;ve been using the pedal for about 2 years now, and it's my favorite drive. The Germ drive does have a good range of sounds so you can get a lot out of it, but I think it shines as a light treble booster- the whole "sparkle" thing that it does is just magical. Another plus is that empress is a solid company- I bothered to fill in the warranty card, and got an email from their owner a couple months down the line to check on my thoughts for the pedal, which i assumed was automated but when i asked some questions i got a response that day. Solid people- amazing build quality (I think its the only 5 I've ever given) and a great sound. I just wish the power input was on the top.
Posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2017
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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
This pedal really adds that punch to your sound. The controls are very sensitive to small adjustments so they can really tweak your sound. This pedal significantly boots your signal for a richer, fuller sound. Very similar to the Xotic RC Booster, the Germ Drive is focussed on replicating 50s tweed amp, and provides clean boost as well. And it's made in Canada. Highly recommended.
Posted by Robert on Jul 17, 2016
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