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looking for an 'always on' tone enhancer

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by crguti, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    I need a simple 'always on' tone enhancer, but instead of pushing all the frequencies up, I need just a slight treble boost.
    What do you recommend? cheers.
  2. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Dod fx10 has a sweepable tone pot and volume. A real special sauce pedal.
    Also might be worth looking for a clone of the boss fet pre. I have the valeton fp10. Great tones to be found there.
    I’ve also had some decent results with the xvive tone enhancer.
    some of these are quite tough to find, but well worth it once you do
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  3. NigeJ


    Jul 23, 2019
    Boss GEB7
  4. If you are looking for more of an eq and clean boost then the geb7 would be good...
    if you want something more of an overdrive I’d say cog mini 66 or a darkglass bk3 would get that
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  5. Matthijs

    Matthijs Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    I have the artec se-peq single band parametric as a cheap option. I use it for a specific bass boost. Good build quality and a usable range of control, also for a high boost. It is a bit noisy, not transparent and on the warm side and cuts quite a lot of highs in the higher regions. For me not a problem when used live on a classic sounding rig. I would not use it for a hifi sound, slap or recording.
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  6. keatz


    Jan 19, 2011
    Empress Bass Compressor with tone toggle switched to high mid attack.
    BunchyMutt, devnulljp, Raman and 5 others like this.
  7. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    Does the MXR Micro Amp push the treble more than the bass?
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You mentioned "tone enhancer" so I'd lean more towards a Tech 21 product of choice as opposed to the simpler EQ pedal.

    woodyng2, Raman, Playbyear and 6 others like this.
  9. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    MXR Sugar Drive? It's a tweaked klone so the drive control is also a clean blend. Adds a good bit of treble, cuts off subs, and has a tubescreamery mid boost if you turn up the gain/blend.
    ObsessiveArcher and crguti like this.
  10. sawzalot

    sawzalot Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Look at a sadowsky SBP-1 or SBP-2. Same circuit in both, one just has an XLR out, a tuner out, and a mute switch for tuning.
    Bolsyo, Lava and crguti like this.
  11. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    If you want transparent, look at the MXR M80+ or M80. Something with more character, you can’t go wrong with the Sansamp options.
  12. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    No. It’s pretty flat across the spectrum.

    If you want clean boost with some EQ then the TCE Spark might work better for you. It’s comparably priced to the MXR Micro Amp.


    If you really want to fine tune your sound I’d recommend the SA Programmable EQ or EQ2. (I have the earlier less expensive version.)

    For absolute surgical precision tone sculpting beyond a graphic EQ you’re talking parametric type equalization. That will allow you to precisely dial in your boost/cut level, zero in on a specific center frequency, and adjust the Q. But that’s probably overkill for your requirements.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2021
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  13. Xotic ep booster.
    It has dip switches inside for treble boost, and a ton of gain if needed.
    Sounds pretty good on guitar or bass.
    packhowitzer, cusar5, Jxff and 5 others like this.
  14. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Durham Sex Drive w/ just a touch of gain and 2 o clock on the tone
    Rayjay likes this.
  15. allanmac00

    allanmac00 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2006

    I use one of these with a P bass and a Markbass mini-stack as an 'always on' tone shaper. It gets me in the ballpark of those old school Ampeg tones.
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  16. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    John East BTB 01.

    Yeah, I know it’s an onboard unit. You could mount it in a box though.
    Killing Floor likes this.
  17. wncBass


    Jan 2, 2015
    North Carolina
    diamond compressor
  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    It’s TB so someone has to say New Bass and amp.
    But I think most preamps onboard or pedal would get you there.
    gebass6, JonathanSV and mikewalker like this.
  19. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    I like the TC Spectracomp...On the Nathan East preset. Just set it to taste and it really makes everything sound full and rich..
  20. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    Got enough opinions yet? :roflmao:
    Kubicki Fan, Auspuff, 707GK and 6 others like this.
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