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Boost pedals, which one do you play?

MeHereNow

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Aug 13, 2009
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I'm considering a dedicated boost pedal to add on my board.
I use a RYRA Klone now as a boost, but realised i like it better as a low gain OD.
Had or used: MXR/CAE mc 401, MXR Micro amp, Timmy at boost setting, OCD 1.4 as a "dirty" boost (which is great for!).
So i wonder what you guys use as a "just louder not gainier" boost, and if possible pro's & cons and type of amp you use it for.
I play an '82 Marshall 50w MV vertical input into the Low input mostly with the preamp dimed (or eleventh)
Thnx in advance! :salude
 

fakejake

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Sep 3, 2010
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I use either the Exotic EP boost, or the Source Audio EQ pedal. Both are great.
The EP boost is really small and simple. Not many options, but it always sounds great. I leave in on all the time.

The Source Audio I use with my Fenders, in order to both increase to volume to the levels my Gibsons are, and to add some mids. It has several saveable presets which is great.
I use them in from of small Fender amps (Vibroluxe, Deluxe, Princeton).
:salude


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I'm not a pedal guy but the only one I use is the Xotic EP booster...........does what I want so well.
 

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Which "ONE"? on my big board, I use three..... An Xotic RC Booster is the first pedal my guitar signal goes into. it adds a subtle effect similar to pressing the "loudness" button on your stereo. It's on all the time. Then, into a more recent Timmy pedal for mild crunch. Then, on into a second (earlier) Timmy for when going nuclear is called for. Finally, on to a Moen looper/switcher and through myriad time based effects. These days, my pedal board is larger and considerably heavier than the amplifier. Somehow, I find this a source of embarrassment, not sure why.

Gotta admit, however, for a pick-up jam, I'm just as happy with an LP or Tele and cord straight into a tweed deluxe.
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Edit : Oops, overlooked the "louder, not gainier" part. I'd think the EP booster would be swell there. In my setup, if the guitar's not dimed, the first Timmy never really goes into gainy distortion. I'm happy with the small amount of grit it adds with the boost.
 
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MXR Micro Amp.

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I don't use it much.

But its nice to have around.
 

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These days I use an MJM Dallas boost, back in the '80's I used a Boss GE7 graphic equalizer for a boost when soloing.
 
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I'm considering a dedicated boost pedal to add on my board.
I use a RYRA Klone now as a boost, but realised i like it better as a low gain OD.
Had or used: MXR/CAE mc 401, MXR Micro amp, Timmy at boost setting, OCD 1.4 as a "dirty" boost (which is great for!).
So i wonder what you guys use as a "just louder not gainier" boost, and if possible pro's & cons and type of amp you use it for.
I play an '82 Marshall 50w MV vertical input into the Low input mostly with the preamp dimed (or eleventh)
Thnx in advance! :salude

Do you play solo or with a band? Is the objective to have louder volume for solos and cut through the mix? If so, I would simply use and EQ pedal. It won’t be louder but your parts will jump out and be heard. A boost will simply amplify an already dirty sound and not work. If you’re just jamming alone then maybe a boost type pedal would sound good, as the EQ will sound harsh.

hope this helps!
 

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As your playing with your preamp gain maxed out your signal will be very compressed. Lifting your volume from here may best be done by selecting the frequencies that cut through the mix. A 7 band eq can do this, as already mentioned. A Treble Booster is another option I'd suggest as they work so well with an already high gain sound.

If your not into the treble booster tone, and your Marshall has an effects loop you could use any of the great pedals suggested by other posters and bypass your preamp completely and go into the effects return and lift your volume from there.
 

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I use a Klon Centaur (with the gain all the way off) or an Analogman Beano Boost. :jim

I wonder why Mike calls it a "Beano Boost" since there wasn't a Rangemaster used on that record. It was all amp & Les Paul. Before they passed I talked to a couple of guys who were in the studio when that album was being recorded. Their answers were always "No pedals" in Clapton's rig.. it was Guitar, cable & Amp period!
 
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I wonder why Mike calls it a "Beano Boost" since there wasn't a Rangemaster used on that record. It was all amp & Les Paul. Before they passed I talked to a couple of guys who were in the studio when that album was being recorded. Their answers were always "No pedals" in Clapton's rig.. it was Guitar, cable & Amp period!


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I wonder why Mike calls it a "Beano Boost" since there wasn't a Rangemaster used on that record. It was all amp & Les Paul. Before they passed I talked to a couple of guys who were in the studio when that album was being recorded. Their answers were always "No pedals" in Clapton's rig.. it was Guitar, cable & Amp period!

I think Mikes been making these for like 20 years back in the infancy of the internet etc. Back when little to no information was available.
He probably heard in a guitar magazine or from hearsay from a customer and just acted on it.
Prob never thought he’d be making more than a few at the time.
Once production picked up the pedal had prob established itself and to re-name it... he prob thought wasn’t worth it. Whether used or not ( and I agree with you )I’ve heard some people think it can help achieve that sound at lower volume levels. I’ve got one and .. well I don’t think so. Great pedal though

nice to see you on here TM1! Haven’t visited the Roadhouse for a while I’ll have to pop on over and see Surf and Al etc
 
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Love my Timmy, it's been on my board for 15 years. I typically use pretty responsive tube amps that have a great dirty sound on their own. Typically set them where they'll breakup a bit if I hit the strings hard. I set the Timmy for big boost and very little overdrive. To me it's like having someone turn the amp up a notch or two ... just gives you more of what the amp does on its own.
 

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Maxon OD-820 has been more on than off my board for 10 years, but I dig the Klon and clones, too. Maxon is just cheaper and does a very similar thing. It stacks well and I like the clean transparency of it, at least how I use it with gain at 9, tone at noon, and volume around 1. It's also a nice drive pedal but I use a Zendrive for that.
 
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I don't use it much.

But its nice to have around.
That's what I use for just moderate boost. Simple, works.
 

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Thnx for chiming in everybody :salude

I tried a lot and played a diy Orman amz boost a while, but i've settled it:
A ThorpyFx peacekeeper is what i use now, and i'll keep using it
Amazing pedal which i can tailor exactly to my amp with the EQ section of the pedal and altough a low gain overdrive, it has plenty of clean headroom.
It really kicks the preamp up a fair bit and can be "transparant" but also can colour if you want depending on your settings.
Controls are gain/volume/treble/bass and mid.
I use it as a pure volume boost.
Stacks really well and is very low noise.
 

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Boss EQ pedal works as well, and you can shape it into a fat mid-boost or a hundred other things.
 

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JHS -Modded Electro-Harmonix Soul Food (basically a Klon Centaur copy) with Gain at 9 o'clock. It gives you a texture that's hard to beat.
 
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