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Quirky Boost Shoot Off?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SpankyPants, Mar 16, 2008.


  1. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've been kind of wondering how the Submarine would compare to the Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso or the Varioboost. What are some other pedals like these? (i.e. A boost that should affect your tone rather than just being a clean/dirty boost.)

    I may try to get Brad from Tonefactor to lone me some again...

    Just something I've been chewing on lately.

    So far we've got:
    ElectroniX Submarine
    Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso
    Catalinbread Varioboost
    Fulltone Fat Boost
    Devi Ever Dark Boost
    Gynecology
    Nick Greer Pork N' Beans (Which is the Sonic Boom with extra tone controls)
    Xotic RC Booster
    Keeley Java Boost
    Throback EQ Boost
    MI Audio Boost'n'Buff
    EHX LPB-1

    Of course, I may not be able to get one of all of these to test, but we'll see.

    If I can't get all of these and you have one, I would appreciate it if I could borrow it just for the shootout.

    I may not get to do this for a week or two; I'm going out of town. It won't be long, though...
     
  2. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Fulltone Fat Boost? Devi Ever Dark Boost?
     
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Do the shootout already! Speculation only counts in gynecology. :ninja:
     
  4. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey-O!
     
  5. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm actually trying to think of possible boosts, though. Any more ideas?
     
  6. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Looks like the Pork N' Beans Booster and the Xotic RC Booster might be fun, too.

    I think that'd be enough....
     
  7. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    keeley java boost, ehx Nano LPB-1, nick green sonic boom, greer amps pork and beans boost
     
  8. Mudfuzz

    Mudfuzz

    Apr 3, 2004
    OlyWA...
    HAO rustboost is a cool one, but it isn't a clean boost, turn the boost knob past 3 o'clock and you get a this cool crumply OD. I have two of the things, and picked the last one up on el-bay for like $40.
     
  9. assboglin

    assboglin Banned

    Jul 13, 2007
    MXR Micro Amp is another cheap one.
     
  10. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    The LPB-1 isn't anything but a clean boost. Micro Amp isn't anything but a dirty boost - as is the Rustboost. I'm looking for things that are supposed to add some beneficial characteristic to your tone.

    Not a clean or dirty boost... unless they're supposed to do something cool.
     
  11. assboglin

    assboglin Banned

    Jul 13, 2007
    Ok gotcha. So would the Z. Vex Super Hard On qualify for you? This is taken from the Z. Vex website:

    "Most vintage guitars suffer from steadily deteriorating magnets in their pickups, since permanent magnets aren't really forever. The Super Hard-On's input impedance is so high (>5 Meg) that it refuses any current flow from your pickup... maintaining the most magnetic field around each string, so you can hear exactly what your pickup sounded like the day it came off the winder."

    I don't think a high input impedence is as interesting as he makes it out to be, but whatever. There's also a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster, but I think it's extra functions are more guitar oriented.
     
  12. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yeah, the Seymour Duncan didn't really tickle my fancy.

    And I'll let you be in charge of giving me a Hard On. They're far too expensive for me to play with in my shoot out. :ninja:
     
  13. assboglin

    assboglin Banned

    Jul 13, 2007
    Maybe the Behringer Preamp Booster will fit your price range better?

    But seriously now that I think of it I do own Boxes of Rock and the boost on that is based on the Super Hard On (although apparently less glassy) and it doesn't do anything quirky on bass as you'd say anyway so you're not missing anything.
     
  14. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Cool :) Thanks for the info.

    MoreYouKnow.
     
  15. assboglin

    assboglin Banned

    Jul 13, 2007
    Also I think the boost section on the HBE Hematoma is worth a mention. It doesn't do a whole lot of boost but it does change your tone significantly.
     
  16. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    hmm i thought the lpb-1 was dark sounding when cranked.
     
  17. A Big Muff is a reeeeeealllly dirty boost if you turn the volume up :D
     
  18. The Nick Greer sonic boom is basically LPB-1s that cost $100 more.

    It would seem that most clean boosts are variations on the Jack Orman Mosfet boost and Mini-booster, the Micro Amp and the LPB-1 so it might be worth getting the originals as a sort of control.
     
  19. Higgie

    Higgie

    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    I have the Catalinbread mini Boost pedal, if you'd like it for part of your shootout. PM me if you want to arrange something. :cool:
     
  20. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    MI Audio Boost'n'Buff
     

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