What pedal do you boost your amp with?

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  1. Neptical

    Neptical Well-Known Member

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    For quite some time now I've been using a MXR M108s 10 Band EQ (with the Volume and Gain). It's a fantastic tone sculpting machine. Works great in the loop or out front just before the amp. I also have a Boss SD-1 (a favorite) and a TC Mini Spark that arent on the board at the moment.
     
  2. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    I use a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster. Set to not much more than 12 dB boost. Beyond that level of boost, the 1959's tone starts to suffer a bit.
     
  3. Kolanti

    Kolanti Well-Known Member

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    for rock and heavy metal:
    Boss SD-1
    MXR Super Dist+ Scripted Logo

    for extreme metal:
    Boss Metalzone modded (i took out one transistor to be more transparent)
     
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  4. Kim Lucky Day

    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I use a Spark boost to color my tone into the front end of the amp (SV20H). For a volume boost without coloring tone, I've been running a LPB-1 in the loop along with a JHS Little Black Box set to about 50%. This does a fantastic job of boosting volume without adding saturation.

    I just got a Solodallas Storm and it really adds a nice touch of compression that makes my leads sing even more than the LPB-1. I may just do a permanent replacement here, it's that good!
     
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  5. Marshall4Metal

    Marshall4Metal Well-Known Member

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    For fucking around at home at bedroom volume Digitech Death Metal. In a band my JCM900 an SD-1 with a chorus and reverb it covers everything from AC/DC to Autopsy.
     
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  6. twangsta

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    I hear SD1 coming up quite a bit. I'm gonna reach for a waza version. Will it be very different from a DOD 250 style pedal?
    Playing a 1959.
     
  7. ampeq

    ampeq Well-Known Member

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    I had a Sunn "Beta Lead" back in the day, best SS amp I ever played. It was set up like the Mesa Fillmore, 2 of the same ch. which I like very much.
     
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  8. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I had 3 buddies that had those Beta leads, and they did sound great, they even worked great for bass.
    Our bassist used one in 81-83
     
  9. Ramo

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    Mxr gt-od or boos sd1

    depending on song.
     
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  10. ampeq

    ampeq Well-Known Member

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    When I sold my Beta Lead to my drummer, he pulled the head out and used it to mic his drums for YEARS! It just kept going and going, should have kept that baby.
     
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  11. Vesperado

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    I use two EQ pedals as my primary boosts. The Yamaha GE-100 at 9V with my MFD pickups and the Biyang EQ7 at 9V for my high-output buckers. The Yamaha has a Raytheon 4559S opamp which is quite smooth, plays nice with SCs. The Biyang has got 4x RC4558D which gets quite the bite, great combo for pushing the amp's drive using buckers. If I need I stack my Maxon made TS9 at 9V into either/or for some thicker creamage. For a clean boost the EQ maybe ran at 15V. I could use any combination of dirt pedals/buffers as a boost but find these [EQ] pedals are superior for this type of application.

    One thing to consider is putting the EQ at the end of the pedal chain for various reasons: (1) avoid overloading the input on another pedal, especially if its vintage (2) avoid bottle-necking of the band-pass, (3) allows for the remediation of the signal's tone before hitting the amp. EQ pedals are winners on my board.
     
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  12. EndGame00

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    I normally use Sonic Edge Thumbleweed or Ramble FX Marvel Drive....Now I kinda wanted to try a treble booster...
     
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    If restricted to only one od then a tubescreamer no question
     
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    When I need just a bit extra, I’m getting some great tones out of the Way Huge Conspiracy Theory into my Origin 20.
     
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    I use an ocd pedal to give my rhythm channel a little extra . I use a jet city 50h and 100hdm heads both have tons of gain. So I set the crunch channel at 12 o'clock which gives me a little bit of an ac/dc sound and use the ocd to boost that a little. I use the overdrive channel for more metal sounds and since the sound is also great for solos I just use a boss ge-7 and run it flat and just up the volume and it boosts great for solos.
     
  16. AlvisX

    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    One of my favorites . I have two of 'em . Nowdays I mostly use them for some juice when Im sittin' in . I also use 'em for balancing output differences in my acoustic guitar pickups
    I still have my LPB-1 from teenage years too

    Watching a Maiden show from '81,I swear I saw an LPB-2 on the floor

    In use on my home pedalboard.....
    [​IMG]
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Ive not tried that one yet , but Ive been workin the sh*t outa the Spark Mini for the last 3-4 years
     
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    Man that thing looks like it just came out of the box. Really Clean. Mine looks rusted out now, but it works GREAT!
     
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    Modified SD-1 and a modified DS-1 (Lynch mod)
    Two totally different textures and eq's.
     
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    I don't dedicate myself to just one pedal. I have lots of colors to paint with. Such as a germanium treble boost I made, a Maxon tubescreamer, Proco Rat, Supro Drive, etc.....but lately I've been lusting after an Earthquaker Devices Acapulco Gold. I hear this really works well with your guitar's knobs. Just turn the pedal up to 10 and use your guitar's controls as desired.
     
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