Zeke Clark, Edward Van Halen's longtime renowned guitar tech played through a Pinnacle and this is what he had to say: "I've played tons of pedals that promised that 'Brown Sound'... this pedal NAILS it better than anything I've ever heard or played."
From Wampler: Sometimes you need extreme gain, sometimes you need mild overdrive...this pedal does that with an awesome “Brown Sound”! It has an extremely tweakable EQ - from scooped mids to tons of warm mids, all with the turn of 2 knobs.
This pedal has 4 knobs -- two separate tone controls that act as a sort of parametric EQ, gain and volume. It also has a 'bright' switch that adds a ton of variety and is very handy when playing a dark sounding amp, as well as another toggle switch that will give you high gain “Brown Sound” tones.
Pinnacle vs. Pinnacle Deluxe:
The Pinnacle and
Pinnacle Deluxe share the same great tone. The difference comes in the form of a couple special features found on the
Pinnacle Deluxe version that make it more involved for us to make, but which add some extra versatility for you. While the standard Pinnacle has a toggle switch to control its Gain Boost, the
Pinnacle Deluxe has that same functionality on a foot switch, so you can kick it in without having to bend down in the middle of a song. The only other difference is that the
Pinnacle Deluxe has an additional, internal volume adjustment (just in case you need to go to “11” on the output volume). Because of the added switch, the
Pinnacle Deluxe is a little bit larger than the standard Pinnacle, something to keep in mind if you're running a packed pedal board. Which Pinnacle is right for you isn't a question of tone, because they both nail that coveted “Brown Sound”..! It just comes down to whether you need the special features found on the
Pinnacle Deluxe, or prefer the smaller footprint of the standard Pinnacle.
High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
Completely true bypass
Battery connection and 9v DC negative-center power jack
Boost toggle-switch alters gain structure to take it from overdrive to distortion.
High gain, crunchy and dynamic pedal
Extremely tweakable EQ
Can do scooped mids to 'honky' mids to lo-fi
High boost switch for using with amps that are not very bright and sparkly clean
Ultra-bright LED's for ease of use
2.5" x 4.5"
Powder coated durable finish
Designed to get the best EVH "brown sound" possible within a pedal design