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Treble Booster

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Stanford Guitar, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    It's a certain sound. You'd need to crank up a rangemaster and and a tube amp to get it. Yeah sure there are tons of different guitar tones and amps and fuzzboxes and overdrives etc. etc. But the rangemaster into a British amp is a definite and identifiable thing.
     
  2. fraser

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    A rangemaster type boost costs like 15-20 bucks to build. So buy the cheapest germanium one you can find with a selectable boost range via either a switch or pot.
    The more complicated they are, the less its a rangemaster.
    Its a great sound.
     
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  3. northernguitar

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    It was a little mindblowing the first time I tried it.
     
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    I have had the AnalogMan Beano boost and a 65Amps Colour Boost. Both great treble boosters. Haven't tried the Naga Viper though.
     
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    I made one of these. Totally awesome:
     
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  8. northernguitar

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    Update?
     
  9. Oldsmobum

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    I have not tried the Naga Viper-

    But what I did do, is make a rangemaster clone with the same silicon transistor and bias circuit as the naga viper, so it only has a gain knob. The type of transistor used is important to the character of the pedal, and this particular one is exactly what I wanted. I’ll put it this way, I soldered up another piece of breadboard and completely laid out the circuit with a socket for a second pedal that would be germanium, and never bothered to even order any of the germanium transistors because I was so happy with the result of this one.

    It absolutely transformed my Boogie MK1 clone- tightens up the gain big time and also brightens up the voice in a good way. It was also a welcome addition in front of a bugera V5 I briefly owned, however what I should probably do is make the second one a neutral boost by deleting the high pass filter.

    It doesn’t work with every amp however... Ironically, it does not play nice with my Mesa MkIIb. But when it does... Boy howdy does it!
     
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  10. telereissue

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    What amp is it going through?
     
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    Never tried the NV but by most accounts its a very good pedal. I love rangemasters but have always kept to germanium versions.

    The Beano is a great option and reasonably priced and would be my recommendation for anyone looing to try one for the first time. My favourite is the R2R but they are only released in small batches that go very fast and are pretty expensive
     
  12. 6stringcowboy

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    Aion Radian (Rangemaster clone) easy build with the option of a switch to select a frequency band to boost (treble, mid, all) it's always on for me in the "all frequency" position. Great pedal imo.
     
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    The Naga Viper is a great one.
     
  14. Fretting out

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    I have a jext telez range lord that I feel the same way about

    I thought I’d get that soaring queen type overdrive treble boost from it

    I can’t say anything about these other types but the one I have (single knob range master clone) would have to have the amp turned up extremely loud to overdrive, although as promised it does boost treble

    I guess I didn’t have an understanding of what they actually do

    stacking it with others is where it comes across, by itself it’s kind of lackluster
     
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  15. northernguitar

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    YES! Or goosing a nice crunchy amp. I also use mine with a Soviet-muff inspired fuzz pedal....gritty, girthy distortion. It's like having a second pedal! :)
     
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    I just built another Naga Viper :) I have one from Jed's Peds, and this one is a Rullywow board. They're great, any general purpose NPN transistor will sound good, though lower gain ones sound less compressed to my ear. 2N2222A at around 100-120 hFE rocks.

    I used the same type transistor in a dual germanium/silicon Rangemaster build with an NPN germanium. DIY a Rangemaster, probably the easiest circuit for guitar to build, it was my first that led to many others.
     
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  18. Fretting out

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    It is a second pedal?

    If you’re running it with fuzz
     
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  19. northernguitar

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    Just meant that I get double the use out of one Soviet-inspired muff.
     
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    Naga Viper is one of the first pedals I ever bought and it’s a real screamer, sounds awesome cranked, probably best used live for soloing thru a tube as it is noisy!
     
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