Originally Posted by p0k
+1 you can't actually boost without having at least a touch of the effect signal in the mix
Not quite true, per the Darkglass megathread from about Page 27...
With the EQ's at noon, they are unity gain. Below straight up, they attenuate, but turned up from there, they boost.
There is a substantial amount of boost available just from the EQ, and the EQ is effective even with the Blend at 0.