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Old February 13th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any cool Boost ideas?

Hey All,

After my frustration with non-boutique overdrives sounded too distorted, muddy, and lo-fi I've decided to attempt a first time boost pedal. I was over at Mammoth Electronics and saw you can get pretty much any size box you want. I'd like this box to be a much clearer and wide clean range Tubescreamer with one knob if possible. Just a nice mid-bump with some grit but clarity and just slight compression. Any ideas?

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Old February 14th, 2013, 12:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the mid boost on the germanium side of my byoc triboost all day long
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Old February 14th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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EP Booster?

After everything I've been reading here lately, it seems like the Xotic EP Booster is the one to get. Of course I can't tell you anything about it personally, but I'm sure there will be a few that chime in. It is going to be my next pedal, but I just bought my first tele last month, so I'll have to wait awhile.
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I can think of 3 that are worth looking into and all 3 schematics can be found here:

http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.ca/

1. Peppermill - Its basically a clean boost but fully cranked it can give just a very little bit of grit. Its a good one if you want to get a little more out of your amp.

2. Kalamazoo - Its another transparent OD that can either give you more of a rock tone or clean up so that it puts a bit of hair on it when you dig in. I have been GASN over this pedal for a bit now.

3. EM-Drive - Its best used as a boost but it will get dirty. I have not heard a whole lot of love for the real dirty settings.

I have a peppermill that has a couple other dirt stages added to it. Its a really great sounding pedal and its ALWAYS on.

I plan on building an Em-Drive in a few weeks. Its such a simple build, 5 components, two knobs and a switch.
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Here are the links to the pedals Lunchie recommends :

1: http://runoffgroove.com/peppermill.html
2:http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.se/2...kalamazoo.html
3:http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.se/2...-em-drive.html
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Hey All,

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. I had a gift card so went to GC tonight to try out different stuff. Ended up taking a T-Rex Yellow Drive home! What a surprise; this pedal has a wide range of tones. A big issue I found with a lot of pedals was the lack of range on the drive and tone knobs and lack of clarity. The distortion character doesn't tend to run-away like other pedals too, there's a nice decay to it. It sounds very similar to a cranked tweed albeit more lo-fi sounding. This pedal isn't perfectly transparent but has a nice chunky spank to it too. And the bonus; two channels! I'm still planning on building a boost but have satisfied my hunger at the moment :)
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Hey All,

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. I had a gift card so went to GC tonight to try out different stuff. Ended up taking a T-Rex Yellow Drive home! What a surprise; this pedal has a wide range of tones. A big issue I found with a lot of pedals was the lack of range on the drive and tone knobs and lack of clarity. The distortion character doesn't tend to run-away like other pedals too, there's a nice decay to it. It sounds very similar to a cranked tweed albeit more lo-fi sounding. This pedal isn't perfectly transparent but has a nice chunky spank to it too. And the bonus; two channels! I'm still planning on building a boost but have satisfied my hunger at the moment :)
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