Ampeg Subblaster; Is there a good clone on the market?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cnltb, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Title says it all, really;I am quite sure that the sub blaster is my favourite octave.
    I also am aware that it is no longer being made and super heavy, so not all too practical, in case one would find one.

    My question; is there a clone of this pedal on the market( maybe with sensible improvements made -I hear, for example that on the original, the octave does not even reach unit gain...?)?

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    Ampeg only made about 1000 of them & i had an original back in the day. i liked it a lot, but like you said, it had a hard time just getting up to unity gain, so i built myself a clone of it with a 10db boost on the output.

    here's the schematic for it if you'd like to build one for yourself or have someone build one for you:

    Sublaster schematic .jpg
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019