I need a volume boost

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Joaquin, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Joaquin


    Nov 4, 2006
    I need just a quick volume boost once and while for solo's....nothing too fancy...just a slight bump.

    What do you suggest I buy or try? I have tried just tuning the knobs but sometimes I got to get right back into the main riff too fast for that.
  2. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    You may have to buy a booster pedal. I had to buy one for my rig. I kick it on for solos or when I turn on my envelope filter because it cuts volume. There are ton's of different boosters on the market you can choose from
  3. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    Another alternative is the Electro-Harmonix "signal pad" basically a reverse boost. It reduces your signal by a pre-set amount. So when the signal pad is OFF, that's your "solo" volume, when it's on is your "normal" volume.

    You could also use an EQ pedal for a solo boost.
  4. Musicman1901

    Musicman1901 Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Yeah thats a good point and an EQ pedal would be cheaper than a booster pedal would
  5. EHX lpb-1
  6. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I use a Fulltone Fat Boost with the VOL set at about 12db boost and the drive turned off. It works great. The pedal can adjust to approx 20db boost.
  7. i would say an eq just because they can be so versatile.
    i bought a used boss eq for $40
  8. I have Bassbone or that :)
  9. jmattis

    jmattis Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Washington DC
    Would you consider something like the Wren & Cuff Phat Phuk B? It's a really great pedal for this type of purpose, but does come with a tiny bit of grit/ break-up when you really dig in.
  10. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    I went through this search myself. I play passive p's and j's into ss amps. The best clean boost option IMO is what was already suggested, an EQ pedal. For my purposes, I wanted a little bit of dirt with my boost, so I found excellent results using either a BOSS ODB-3 or the Distortion channel on my MXR M80, both with the gain dialed almost completely off. Excellent made-for-bass boost.

    Various thoughts on other options:

    LPB-1: Way more volume built in than you could ever use, and I found it boosted treble while taking away some of the low end.

    The Mole: Sort of the reverse of the LPB-1. It boosts bass while taking away treble.

    Phat Phuk B: Really cool pedal made for bass, but made to overdrive a tube section. So unless you have a tube amp, it's a lot of money for a differently purposed pedal.

    MarkBass SuperBooster: Awesome pedal, has the much loved (or maligned depending on your POV) signature VLE and VPF filters, and even has a DI; but it is big and runs on a 12v power supply.

    The rest of the dedicated boost pedals that I researched (which was admittedly limited) fell into the same general category of being made for guitar and having some sort of coloration/bias toward guitar frequencies.
  11. p0k

    p0k I play the bass and design things.

    Feb 6, 2007
    Brockton, MA
    The Aguilar Tone Hammer makes a great Boost pedal too...if you keep the gain way back, you can use the AGS circuit as a boost. Plus it's a great DI and pre-amp.
  12. Another vote for the Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B... You can dial back the grit internally and just get a lovely warm phat boost. I couldn't do without mine, and I'm not running a full tube amp.