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Boost pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by HMZ, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Hi guys, I'm not an effects guy but I need a pedal that will boost my volume for solos or just when I need to be a bit louder. Any suggestions?
  2. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    volume pedal is great for clean boost, do not turn on your volume on the volume pedal all the way up. That way when you are boosting for solo you have a bit more volume to use. Other than i can only think of Spark Mini Booster by TC electronic, Mercy Phuck by wren and cuff, or Xotic bass rc booster.

    check out the link for all the booster: http://proguitarshop.com/effects/boost-pedals.html

    Than again most boost are made for guitar i believe there will be a slight tone change when using boost pedal for guitar.

    Just my 2cents
  3. I think the previous poster perhaps means the Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk. I can full recommend one. It just boosts and phattens the tone. Great pedal.


    Nov 13, 2009
    Mxr micro amp.
    Just built a clone from general guitar gadgets for one and it sounds awesome. No loss of low end and it just gives me more volume of me but doesn't add it's own eq
  5. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    Markbass Superbooster: Clean boost but you also get a DI and nice tone shaping capabilities out of it.
  6. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Check out the Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk for a really nice, a little dirty boost. If you want a straight clean boost, check out the EHX LPB1. I use one myself and for what you pay for it, its a great pedal IMO. Love that little pedal. I picked mine up used here on TB or like $20. The W&C is quite a bit more expensive but from what I hear, its worth it. I want to get one eventually myself. Do some research, there is a lot of them out there that do different things besides just boosting your signal. But there are very clean and transparent ones as well of course.
  7. nshuman

    nshuman Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Montreal, Qc, Canada
    +1 On the LPB-1. Some people say there is low end loss but it sounds fine to me. And it is real cheap.

    If you want something smaller, there is also the SFX Micro Boost and the JHS Mini Bomb Boost.

    Another option is the Empress Para EQ that has a boost that you can engage when you need it. It might be a good option if you were also looking for an EQ.
  8. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Thanks guys I have some homework to do.
  9. neuman


    Mar 24, 2009
    Denver, CO 'burbs
    If you're handy you can build a boost into a tiny enclosure too. Search schematics for EHX Mole, EHX LPB-1.
  10. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    I'm one of those people. In simple terms, the EHX boosts will give +20db volume with different tone results. The LPB-1 is like rolling your tone knob all the way up (which could be the low end loss perception), and the Mole is like rolling the tone all the way off, more of a boost to the subs. Depends on your desired tone if either of these are a good route. Wasn't for me.

    One thing to keep in mind is that most boost pedals are designed/intended to push a tube amp's front end. That's one reason I think they don't always work well for a bass through a solid state amp (event the W&C phuk pedals). If you have a tube amp (or a Genz Streamliner), those boost pedals work great. For SS amps, I find that a preamp-type pedal can give much better results. The previously mentioned TC Spark Booster and Xotic RC booster fall into this category. If one likes a more "classic" Fender-through-Ampeg type of tone, a Flipster or Ginger would be great for a boost or overdrive.
  11. MXR Micro Amp
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  13. fishtx

    fishtx Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Genzler Amplification/Spector Basses/Mojo Hand FX
    +1...nice little boost pedal and you can find them cheap...
  14. MXR Micro Amp is very low coloration. The xotic EP Booster has slightly more coloration. The only clean boost I've tried that I felt had zero coloration was the Zvex Super Hard On, but it is very expensive. I think the Box Of Rock gives you one along with a distortion, so that might be more value.

    The TC Electronic one is worth checking out, especially the small form factor, and others here have posted it's praises. I have both the MXR and the xotic I mentioned, and I think I prefer the MXR. If you try the xotic EP booster, run it at 18 volts, it's much better that way.
  15. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    I think I'm going to get the markbass mini boost. Thanks again guy
    your best!
  16. nshuman

    nshuman Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Montreal, Qc, Canada
    Jumblemind made a lot of good points, but I will add one more. For amps with a tube preamp, whether they are hybrids or full tube, any boost will act as a pre-gain and are likely to colour the tone, so your mileage may vary as usual. The ideal setup for solos and similar situations would be an amp with two input channels and a foot switch, but that does not answer the original question.
  17. BooshBass


    Sep 2, 2013
    Chicago, IL
  18. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    I'm a fan of the Xotic EP Boost.
  19. DirtyDuke

    DirtyDuke Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 13, 2012
    guelph ontario
    Partner Southampton Pedals, Partner CCP
    Darkglass Harmonic Booster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have tried the LPB1, good pedal, cheap. I liked it

    I tried the TC Spark Booster, great pedal, can change the floavor of the boost and add some dirt.

    But the Darkglass gave me control not just the boost but the presence of the solo or passage I want to stand out. The are discontinued and expensive but worth it

    If I were you, I would start with the LPB1, about $40, and go from there.

    The Duke

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