Boost pedal for acoustic solo gigs?

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  1. Del Pickup

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    I've got a few solo acoustic gigs lined up and have been practising with the PA set up. I'll be using a loop pedal so that I can play a few solos over the top of some of the songs but sometimes it seems like the solo guitar part gets a bit lost in the mix. My Martin doesn't have an onboard eq and volume control as I've got a Fishman Aura pre-amp which will sit on the floor at my feet.

    I've tried my Barber Tone Press and Hotcake but neither of these pedals work very well - the Hotcake just gives a very overdriven trebly tone even with the presence and gain dialled right back.

    Is there anything else I can try?
     
  2. GigsbyBoyUK

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    MXR / CAE MC401 Boost/Line Driver. The cleanest volume boost around.
     
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    I have one in my tonebone pre z, but, the Spark boost I have experimented with,
    and that adds in clean boost with no color...in center toggle position..
     
  5. FMA

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    I use the boost in my Radial Deluxe PZ. Works very well. Before, when I was using a Baggs Para-DI, I'd use my Boosta Grande and as long as you didn't get too overboard with it, it was nice and transparent and clean.
     
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    For A/E guitar and fiddle I use a Baggs Venue DI. It's expensive - $300 - but it's a preamp/DI/tuner/boost all in one.
     
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    I use a Fishman Venue DI and love it. You have all the good stuff - EQ, DI, Lead Boost and a good tuner : all running on a 9v battery (with battery checker LED's). A truly great piece of gear for the gigging acoustic guitarist!
     
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    Danelectro Fish n' Chips EQ. Cheap and easy. Set EQ sliders to flat, push the volume slider up to your target level. Works like a charm and it's cheap.
     
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    BBE Boosta Grande? Iit's cheap and super clean/transparent.
     
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    I use a Seymour Duncan pickup booster- versatile, works fine, and they're cheap.
     
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    I have the K&K pure western mini, plus volume knob, under sound hole.
    I just keep this dialed back for rhythms and a little, 1/8 turn and the volume(boost) comes right up to where you set it pre gig.

    I have it in 3 guitars..... nice and open sounding.

    I am looking for a combo amp and an acoustic effects pedal chain with delay and loop.

    In 2003 I had a Flextone III line 6 that I setup for some really good guitar amp acoustic tone for rhythms. I miss that 150$ amp.
    The PA I have is clear (Mackie 600 watt, 8 channels) but cumbersome to setup.

    I have a 10 channel MXR EQ that is pretty cool. i would sell it for 50$. it can be setup for a boost and EQ is extremely useful depending on the acoustics of the gig. Outdoors is hard to get a good tone especially if its loud and windy.
     
  15. Del Pickup

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    Thanks for these suggestions. I'll have a look for some of these pedals and see whether they might do what I need.
     
  16. Greg.Coal

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    I want to add my thoughts: I have the Dano Fish and Chips EQ, but I am already using it in the chain. I also have a BBE Orange Squash in the chain, but it is usually on, too. The compressor keeps the whole thing tamed somewhat.

    So, for a boost, I could switch the BBE compressor OFF and, if its volume is adjusted to be a little quieter than the line level, turning it off would unleash the guitar in a sense. Hope that makes sense.
     
  17. Vizcaster

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    Actually the LR Baggs Venue is competitively priced when you consider it's getting you up into the Tone Bone price range. The LR Baggs Venue has a true transformer-isolated DI function so that you can go into an onstage acoustic amp as a monitor and still go to a house PA without any ground loop issues. Five-band EQ (with sweepable/parametric low-mid and mid) and tuner functions and FX loop are also useful, but of course it's a lot to pay for just the boost function unless you're going to replace your Aura stomp box.

    Have you tried an MXR Micro Amp for a simple little clean buffer/boost? I bet there's one in your effects boneyard already.
     
  18. Vizcaster

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    FakeOCaster chimed in, so I'm still confused - Fishman doesn't call any of their products the "Venue" do they?
     
  19. Ted M

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    +1 I've used this and it works perfectly on an acoustic. You can set the amount of boost you want, and choose your desired EQ. Easy, simple, cheap, and I'm selling one in the classified section (hope mentioning this is not a violation of the rules).
     
  20. fakeocaster

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    Oops

    I meant LR Baggs. senior moment there
     
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