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EHX LPB-1 overdriven??

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by insect, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. insect


    Apr 8, 2013

    I have an Ashdown LittleGiant 1000 which has a well-known poor preamp. I have read about that many people using a boost pedal before the amp to compensate the weak sensitivity.

    So I obtained an Electro Harmonix LPB-1. Everyone had good opinion about it, no colorization, no noise, whatsoever etc...

    I plugged my Stingray 4 into it and about noon (or even about 9) it produced a characteristic overdriven sound out of the box... If I boost the preamp eq, it became more and more aggressive (but not so nice... like clicking and so)...

    If I reduce the volume on the bass, the "overdrive" disappears, even on full boost on the pedal. This way I can only achieve a slight boost, about 10dB, or less...

    Is this normal, or is it a faulty unit?
  2. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Normal. You're overdriving the pedal from your bass' input.
  3. insect


    Apr 8, 2013
    Every clean booster is like that?
  4. Most every clean boost will break up if you send a hot signal through it. Stingrays are active and pretty hot. There are boosts that might work better with your Ray, but keep in mind the LPB-1 is a "classic" in that it is a very early, fairly unsophisticated design. It was designed primarily to get a hotter signal out of passive single coil guitars. I don't agree that it is noiseless, though it performs well for such an early design.

    Honestly, I think a Stingray should have a hot enough output that you don't need a boost before that amp.
  5. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Yep. It's tricky to match any gain-based effect (boost, overdrive, fuzz, etc.) with active basses. It's a lot easier if you get a booster that has separate gain and volume controls.
  6. insect


    Apr 8, 2013
    thanks guys!
  7. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Effects Forum Resident Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    Lausanne, Switzerland
    I found the LPB-1 to be pretty crappy and overdrive past 9 o'clock even with passive basses. I'm using an sfx microboost, most transparent boost you can find. I use it to compensate the difference in volume between my passive Ripper and 18v Bongo.