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Any ideas for a boost pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by syciprider, Aug 21, 2005.


  1. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I need a stomp that does nothing but boost the signal.

    I've looked at a few:

    Pro Tone Low Gear Thruster

    MXR Micro Amp

    Hao Rust Booster

    Effector 13 Punch Love

    The Pro Tone, EF13 and the MXR are very simple, one knob affairs. The Hao has two knobs and can also function as an OD.

    Does anybody have any recommendations? Let's keep it below $150! That's the threshold of pedal geekery for me :p

    TY
     
  2. Barber "Launch Pad" $125
    Very clean, high headroom boost and doubles as a DI.

    BEAR
     
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    DOD 250. They are like 40 bucks. Keep the gain down and turn the volume up. If you decide you want overdrive; it's got that in spades.
     
  4. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I love my Effector 13 Torn's Peaker so I would recommend the Punch Love unheard :D

    Some other choices (all prices new, not used):

    Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive. It is a mild to medium OD pedal. But with the clean all the way up, it is a clean boost. About $120 US I believe.

    The Ibanez PhatHed can be a clean boost although the pedal itself is a bit noisy. About $50 US or so.

    ART Tube MP. This is a tube microphone preamp/DI that works great with bass. It is a little flimsy for gigging. $80 US.

    Fulltone Fat Boost, but I think it will be $150 US.
     
  5. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Boss ODB-3.

    When you put the blend control all-the-way to dry-side (CCW), the pedal functions as clean-boost (or cut, or unity) with a bass and treble control that are also each boost or cut.

    At any rate: it WILL function as a pure clean-boost - for like US$80.

    Joe
     
  6. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    any other comments on the low-gear thruster? ive been eyeing that off for a while.
     
  7. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I thought it was billed more as a bass boost than simply a clean boost.

    Maybe I misread it's description.
     
  8. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I've never tried the low-gear thruster, but I have built an Electro Harmonix Hogs Foot clone. I would not consider the Hogs Foot a clean boost. It is a bass boost, i.e. it emphasises the bass frequencies.
     
  9. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Here I was thinking that the Low Gear is a booster optimized for bass and not a bass booster.
     
  10. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I have never tried it, but the Toadworks Meat is supposed to be good for 20Hz to 20kHz. $100 US or so.
     
  11. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    gotchya.

    another pedal worth considering is the catalinbread boost:

    http://www.catalinbread.com/poblano.html
     
  12. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Hey, we're onto something with this Meat. It seems to work like a Sparkle Drive. Different knobs for clean and dirty. Hmm...
     
  13. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
  14. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    i speak to the guy who runs catalinbread fairly regularly and can vouch for the quality of his pedals, if that is of any assistance.
     
  15. +1

    I have this one for more than a year now and I must say that it works more than excellent. Especially with tube amps. The gain and tone knob lets you taylor your sound as well.
     
  16. Seymour Duncan PickUp Booster.

    From memory, 20db+ of clean boost, I think. :) :)
     
  17. xan

    xan

    Sep 10, 2004
    Perth, Australia
    catalinbread does ~35dB boost ... should be loud enough :)
     
  18. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    +1 on this pedal
    30db of clean boost and it has a "passive" tone control on it as well. Great for active basses that don't have that option.
    I love it.
     
  19. Jackbass

    Jackbass

    Dec 19, 2003
    Paris (FRANCE)
    If you are searching for a clean boost, you can check the different pedal equalizer on the market.
     
  20. +1 as well. EQ pedals are nice boosters, plus added value of extra EQ.