EarthQuaker Devices Monarch Pedal Kit

EarthQuaker Devices Monarch Pedal Kit

Earthquaker Devices Monarch Pedal Kit

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EarthQuaker Devices Monarch Pedal Kit

About This Item

Rare · Vintage · Hard to Get
When you can't buy it, BUILD IT

StewMac has partnered with boutique pedal maker EarthQuaker Devices to create a line of DIY kits—replicas of discontinued pedals that have been out of production for some time, but now you can build your own!

We provide the top quality components and illustrated instructions, now you make all the connections and personalize the enclosure for your one-of-a-kind look.

  • Genuine EarthQuaker Devices circuits and components
  • Easy StewMac instructions and tech support

The Monarch Overdrive is an all discrete, FET-based dirt machine. It's designed around the input stage of a vintage amp but configured to produce higher gains that sound very open and free of unnatural compression.

The Monarch gives big bottom end with a snappy, bright top at all gain ranges with some careful tuning of the treble and bass controls. The treble and bass controls function as frequency boosters, not the traditional roll off filters in most overdrives. They are located in the preamp section and have a large impact on the over all tone, nature and distortion characteristics. If you are looking for an overdrive for big fat chords with excellent low end retention, this is it!

  • FET-based, discrete circuitry components
  • True Bypass so signal chain is unaffected when pedal is off
  • Well-suited for stacking in the pedal chain

Controls
Treble - adds high end
Bass - adds low end
Gain - adjusts the amount of drive
Level - adjusts the output level

Our DIY kit includes:
Metal pedal enclosure
Circuit board
Control knobs
Potentiometers
Stomp switch
Input/Output jacks
Capacitors
Resistors
Diodes
Transistors
Rectifiers
Op-amp and socket
LED + LED mounting bezel
DC power connector
Ribbon cable and wire

This pedal requires a standard 9V DC center-negative power supply (not included) and consumes less than 100mA. There's no battery option.


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Great afternoon project seriously loud overdrive

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I consider myself still in the novice area of pedal building as someone that really benefits from a kit rather than from scratch building. This is my 6th kit build, first from StewMac+EQd. Great and easy instructions took me about an afternoon with taking breaks. The layout is great and easy to work inside with the final wires. I really really like that the pots solder directly too the board as I tend to cut my wires long to make it easier to work which results in a cramped build but this build is the easiest I have built so far because of the layout on the inside combined with solder to board pots. My biggest problem I have now is figuring out how to decorate it and balance the volume so i dont annoy my neighbors. The manual mentions at the end that this pedal is loud, I was like ok yeah its an overdrive so its going to add a lot of gain and volume. I would like to add that disclaimer at the end of the instructions is no joke this pedal is LOUD but sounds great. For pedals this one is more enjoyable because it adds dirt to my tone that my first DIY overdrive from BYOC does not have.