Please help me find a SIMPLE boost? Thanks!

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  1. richedie

    richedie Tele-Meister

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    Hi guys!

    Can I ask a question around this pedal? I use my amps' gain for everything, I don't use OD pedals and have no desire to fuss with them. For all flavors of gain, I use my amps - Bogner Shiva, PWE Event Horizon and modified Dual Rectifier.

    Now, for some songs, I have my amp gain barely opened up, so rather clean. For example, we play a Matthew Sweet song, Sick of Myself. On this song, I have the gain at like 9:00! When I go into the leads (lots of solos on this tune) my built in amp solo boost only adds volume. I want to add thickness, gain, sustain and maybe mids for the solos.

    For this I like simplicity and not too expensive. Transparency is also key. What about any of these? Others? Keep in mind transparency is over rated. A pedal will always color the tone, it is the nature of the beast, but lets face it, some sound way more natural and blend with various amps than others.

    Keeley Katana or Java Boost, Xotic EP, Love Pedal Amp 50, Electro Harmonix LPB-1, or others?

    Simple is key! I don't want to be fussing with knobs. :)

    Must be analog. Not digital.

    Thanks! :)
     
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  2. waparker4

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    I recommend the BBE Boosta Grande. EHX LPB-1 and MXR Micro Amp will work too. I don't see a reason to break the bank on this, IMO and YMMV.

    The TC Spark Boost looks very cool imo.

    The Dingotone HZD Boost looks cool too imo.

    Those last two have multiple knobs. BBE only has one knob.

    There is a recent thread in the Stomp Box, with many suggestions http://www.tdpri.com/forum/stomp-box/404966-recommend-clean-boost-true-bypass.html


    Also, this
    sounds like you are describing a tube screamer. Again, ymmv
     
  3. richedie

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    Thanks, must be analog and sound very natural. I don't want it to sound and feel like I kicked on a pedal. For example, my Sonic Edge J&J Overdrive feels like an extension of my amp. Maybe I just use that?
     
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    Or use your guitar's volume control. Or a volume pedal.
     
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    Sorry, but transparent? Really? You want a pedal that doesnt sound like anything? Use your guitars volume knob! Hehe, only joking.
    I am happy with my lpb1, but its not "transparent" it sounds like you kicked on a pedal, it adds some bottom and grit. Works perfectly for me for what you asked for
     
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    BBE Boosta Grande is like that

    My reference is strats and teles into DRRI. boosta makes it sound like LOUDER STRATS AND TELES INTO DRRI
     
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    I thought about that and have done it that way, but never works as well as I like. I prefer a pedal for the boost.
     
  8. richedie

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    Keep in mind transparency is over rated. A pedal will always color the tone, it is the nature of the beast, but lets face it, some sound way more natural and blend with various amps than others.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    TC makes great pedals and their Spark Boost should work nicely for you. I have it's daddy, a classic boost + distortion, on my board and it's a great pedal either way I use it but most of the time it's used a simple clean boost like you're looking for.
     
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    Pickup Booster by Duncan, or as said tweak the front end of the amp with your git vol pot @ 3/4 so when you open up the guitar it gets you there.
    That one is easier to try of course...
     
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    I never know what people really want on forums. Personally what works for me depends on the guitar.

    For single coils something along the lines of the BBE or Visual Sound truetone boost works well but for humbuckers I have better results with a switchable 10 band EQ. Especially with EL tubes. Can't explain why.
     
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    Thanks, I love TC pedals! Is the Spark Boost, analog???? Please say yes. And does it compete with the Green Rhino? :)

    I don't want a clean boost. I want to add gain for sure, maybe some comp and mids.
     
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    I generally use a TS clone with the gain zeroed and the level and tone dimed and it opens things right up, maybe a pinch of gain if I want a bit more drive, but mostly zeroed. Works great. Probably not what you're after, but I thought I'd throw it in there.
     
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    That is awesome! I finally tried my J&J Overdrive like that, Volume and Tone maxed but Gain down low, about 9:00. Maybe I am OK without a tube screamer because using so little gain at the amp, I don't need lots of mids to cut through on solos, the J&J with the volume up really boost my signal and makes everything louder, thicker with great sustain for leads! When I run my amp with medium or high gain, I use the amp's solo boost.
     
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    Simple boost?...

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    Leave the EQ sliders flat, and boost the output. Doesn't get much simpler.
     
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    Yeah it does :p

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    Xotic EP Boost
     
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    +1 on the EQ.
     
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    Zvex Super Hard On, bit cashy new but can be had used. One knob, cant get much simpler and they sound awesome.
     
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    For your needs, I'd recommend the Visual Sound Truetone. I love it. It replaced a Durham Electronics Sex Drive on my board, which is a fantastic pedal in it's own right. You should be able to find one used for $60 or so.
     
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