EarthQuaker Devices Hoof
EarthQuaker Devices owner Jamie Stillman with one of the earlier Hoofs.

If you don’t already have it on your pedalboard, you’ve definitely at least heard of the EarthQuaker Devices Hoof. The fuzz box is consistently rated among the best in class—in contemporary terms, at least—but it certainly wasn’t an overnight success. And a new mini-documentary from the company explains how it came to be.

It began with the green Russian Big Muff owned by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. EarthQuaker owner Jamie Stillman fell in love with the sound of that legendary pedal, and wanted to emulate its clean yet creamy tone. “So I just kinda took the circuit and just started building different versions of it […] until I found a combination that I liked a lot,” Stillman said. There’s even an oscilloscope segment that demonstrates how the pedal dramatically changes your guitar signal’s waveforms.

The rest is, of course, pedal history. The nine-minute clip also touches on the founding of EarthQuaker Devices—the Hoof started it all—and its evolution from a basement set-up to one of the hottest boutique pedal makers today. If you’re a stompbox nerd, you’ll lap every second of this up:

For more information, check out earthquakerdevices.com