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Clean Boost Advice

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 4StringsEnough, Jan 3, 2013.


  1. 4StringsEnough

    4StringsEnough

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for a really simple pedal. I know what I want but don't know who makes it. So I'm after your help! Here's my criteria:

    - No colouration of the sound
    - Ability to reduce volume as well as boost
    - Small footprint (no bigger than a MXR pedal)
    - Single knob design - level only, no tone controls
    - True bypass

    That's about it! Does anything fit these specs? It's not exactly a complicated design! :) Anyone who suggests I could build something like this very easily should know that the last time I picked up a soldering iron, I managed to solder my fingers! :-0

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. insomniac2295

    insomniac2295

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  3. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62

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    EHX LPB-1 (around 50 $ new and does a decent job)
    MXR Micro Amp (around 100 $ new)
    Custom Audio Electronics Boost/line driver (around 100 $ new)
     
  4. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

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    After owning several different boost pedals this one takes the prize hands down: Lizard Legs Blue Tail
     
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  6. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya

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    You want the MXR Micro Amp. It's probably one of the best pedals out there, IMHO. If you can find one used you won't be disappointed. I bought mine for $50.
     
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    IME, the LPB1 doesn't really leave your tone intact very well. IMO, the Zvex SHO is a lot better at it than the EH and I really like mine. as stated earlier, the mxr micro amp is also a good transparent booster.
     
  8. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

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    Most any eq pedal
    Wilson clean boost
    De lisle bear hug boost
    PaulC TIMMY
     
  9. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

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    this
     
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Dr Scientist the cleanness creation audio labs mk 4.23
     
  11. 4StringsEnough

    4StringsEnough

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    Thanks Guys! Unfortunately, I'm no further on....

    Went to my local shop to try the Micro Amp and the Custom Audio Electronics MC401. Neither of them will allow you to reduce the volume below unity.

    LPB-1 too coloured.

    Dr Scientist, 'Most any EQ pedal', Bear Hug, Timmy all have tone controls...

    Mk 4.23 too big.

    Wilson, Zvex, Lizard Legs as yet untried but all difficult to get hold of (well, maybe less so the Zvex) and a lot more expensive.

    Any other ideas? :p
     
  12. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

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    HBE Bajo Mos is the one I kept after testing 5 or 6 boosts side by side.
    Completely transparent pedal.
    Cool graphics too.
     
  13. 4StringsEnough

    4StringsEnough

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    Can it reduce volume too?
     
  14. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

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    *looks at his own graphic EQ pedal*

    *looks at 4StringsEnough*

    Say what? :confused:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. 4StringsEnough

    4StringsEnough

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    *looks at caeman*

    Say what? :confused::p:p
     
  16. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

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    :D

    Well, it has sliders. Not one single knob. No, nyah! ;)

    And the M108 is 18v, so it has a higher overhead.
     
  17. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    Perhaps the Xotic Bass RC Booster and remove the bass & treble knobs. :bag:
     
  18. comicbookguy95

    comicbookguy95

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    Never used it myself but the xotic EP booster? Small one knobber.
     
  19. christoph h.

    christoph h.

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  20. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

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    just because it HAS EQ controls doesn't mean you have to use them - even though you probably SHOULD if you want a boost that sounds "transparent" to your ears.

    Don't waste a ton of cash on a boutique "clean boost" when you can pick up an EQ pedal for under 50 bucks
     
  21. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

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