Clean boost.

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  1. Grandfunkfan

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    Anybody know of a clean boost that comes close to the Fulltone fat v1? I need a new one and there going for $200.00 used now. Mainly want a boost that doesn't add a bunch of mids and doesn't drop the low end.
     
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    I'm not familiar with that pedal, but if you just want a completely clean and flat boost, the Spark Mini is one of the best and it's only $60.

    Edit: The full size Spark Booster has gain, EQ, and a 'fat' setting. It's $70.
     
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    Boss GE7.
     
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    I don't know anything about the Fulltone pedal, but I swear by the Electro Harmonix LPB-1.
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    It does what you say; no mid boost, doesn't kill your low end.

    I think it might just slightly roll off a little high end, but not in a bad way. It basically just gives you more of what's already there, without any drastic alteration. And only cost's about $40.

    Here's a quick demo I did a couple of years ago.

     
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    The one I liked best was Vertex Boost! Plus you can control it with an expression pedal.
     
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    I'll put it on my list. Hard to find a place that have a lot of pedals to test drive where I lived. Ordered a couple on line and they didn't work out.
     
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    My buddies been getting into making pedals, to some good some not so good. I checked out the link you sent seems pretty fool proof. Probably the way to go. Even if you screw a few of em up you're going to eventually dial em in and do your own thing.
     
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    Fully agreed! I use Spark Mini too and it is perfect and very cheap too.
     
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    The TC Electronic VPD-1 Vintage Pre Drive works great for me. No EQ change, just boost. Out of production, but can find them used for not too much. Also the Boss GE-7 Equalizer pedal. Set the EQ sliders flat, or tweak them for your precise sound and raise the level slider for great sounding boost. Also started using the TC Electronic Spark Booster (regular size, not mini) and so far it works well as a clean boost. Need more time with it though to fully get the feel of it.

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    TC-E Spark boost works great for me.

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    That's great! If you have a friend who has the necessary tools, that's even less you'd have to spend on startup cost. Borrow his soldering iron to see if you enjoy building pedals, along with some solder and wire. You can get hundreds of transistors, resistors, and capacitors on ebay for dollars, then you'd really just need input, ouptut, and power jacks, some strip/vero board, a 3pdt footswitch, an indicator led, a battery clip, and a 125b pedal enclosure. You can get all of that on a site like tubesandmore.com . Also make sure you have a drill or drill press, since you'll have to drill out the enclosure for the knobs and jacks.
     
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    I noticed your any box. That's next for me. Just gonna use it as a channel switcher for my 68 custom deluxe r.i. I'm assuming it does the job?
     
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    Will do. I like the idea of making my own. I'm not a big pedal guy. Just need something to boost my solos. The boost I have now is an always on, that's why I need an other one that isn't gonna change my time. Tried a tube screamer, didn't even sound like my guitar. I guess I'm one of the few that don't like it..
     
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    +1 MXR Microamp. Used one for 40 years.. but the TC Spark adds versatility and a bit of tone control as does the MXR Microamp+

    A graphic EQ is the clever option.

    Nice idea to make a boost
     
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    Occasionally use my DOD250 gain disabled, level maxed. It emphasises lower frequencies in that setting
    That’s what works to get a Strat sound out of my Tele neck or to boost the bridge into non-brittle overdrive.
    Opportunities are plenty-have fun
     
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    MXR CLEAN BOOST LINE DRIVER is the cleaner boost that I have stomp on
     
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    An EQ pedal skins many cats. Worth owning one anyway as they become the sort of tool you just reach for by instinct.

    If you want to goose the input of your amplifier, there are valve based boosters that operate on proper voltages internally. The Blackstar HT Boost is one such example. As it's a valve booster, it responds like V1 in your amplifier on the input side, ie, you -can- overdrive it with an overdrive pedal too. It can also give a boosted version of the input signal, with a few added harmonics blooming around initial attack.
    The downside is it's large, heavy and requires its own power supply.
     
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