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EarthQuaker Devices Cloven Hoof V2 Fuzz Grinder


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The Cloven Hoof is a pedal for fuzz-lovers who wish their knobs never max out. This circuit is derived from the iconic Hoof Fuzz, but forgoes vintage nostalgia in favor of a more sinister voice from the future. Using all silicon transistors, the Cloven Hoof delivers a punishingly clear fuzz tone with more gain than ever and the same tone-shaping tools as the Hoof. This is a fuzz that you'll never confuse with overdrive or distortion, as it truly earns the name "Fuzz Grinder". While it certainly does rock guitar a great justice, it's ripe for emulating synth tones, ripping velcro and borderline digital glitch territory. The best part is the silicon transistors are super clean, so if you are using it on the cleaner side, you'll get pure unadulterated power with low noise. This also makes it primed for cross-platform usage with bass guitar, synths and keys. Never a one trick pony from EarthQuaker Devices, so do yourself a favor and check out their Cloven Hoof. 

Direct From Earthquaker Devices ...

The Cloven Hoof is the Hoof’s evil twin. It looks a lot like the Hoof, only more, um . . . Cloven.

We kept the tightness and clarity you loved about the Hoof, along with the wide range of fuzz sounds, and threw the rest away. NOS Germanium transistors? Nope! In their place, we installed a set of four specially selected Silicon transistors for cleaner cleans, higher gain, improved temperature stability, and a grittier, grindier, nastier fuzz tone with over 4x the gain of the original Hoof. We also replaced key resistors with NOS Carbon Comp components to sprinkle a little bit of vintage flavor into the Cloven Hoof’s searing fuzz fury. It’s like they always say, “In with the old, out with the new.”

The Tone and Shift controls remain intact, only now they’re re-voiced for a smoother sweep, and more precise control over the Cloven Hoof’s beefy low-end. Speaking of low-end, have you heard this thing on bass? Wow. Try the Cloven Hoof on a bass guitar. Seriously. Trust us. You can still cut or boost the mids, and there’s still a metric ton of output on tap, just do us a favor, and for the love of all that’s Cloven, play this pedal with a bass guitar.


1. Shift: This adjusts the mid content. Clockwise for scooped mids,
counterclockwise for boosted.

2. Tone: Bass to the left. Treble to the right

3. Level: Use this control to make the Cloven Hoof louder or quieter.

4. Fuzz: Clockwise for heavy, counterclockwise for light.


This device is true bypass and uses electronic relay-based switching. Audio will not pass without power.


This device can be powered by a 9v battery or a standard 9-volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. We always recommend 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!