View Full Version : What do you stack with a BB Preamp to kick it up a notch?
01-03-2012, 05:27 PM
I really like my BB Preamp. It plays well with my DRRI and all of my guitars. I can't use it for many solos, though, as it just doesn't have enough thickness. I've got a Suhr Riot coming that I hope will be something I can switch over to for solos or just high gain songs, but I'm curious what you guys might use with your BB to add gain or girth.
01-04-2012, 11:04 AM
Does anyone still USE a BB Preamp around here?:p
01-04-2012, 11:07 AM
Anything with strong mids and decent gain in front of a BB will work; so a good TS-type pedal would be the go-to. I remember having a Signadrive -> BB combo that sounded great.
01-04-2012, 11:08 AM
Dyna Comp with maximum level and minimum sens in front. Seriously.
01-04-2012, 11:15 AM
This is exactely what I currently have on my board now: BB Premp and Riot.
I use the BB for crunch/low-to-moderate gain stuff and I use the Riot for hi gain stuff.
The BB is the drive pedal I like the most (out of a dozen or so boutique pedals I've owned in the last few years). But as much as I like it i found it to be useless for my higain needs becouse eanything that kicks it above classic marshall-gain territory makes it sound mushy/fuzzy on the low end and very indistinct, wich is unnacceptable for me.
If it has the gain amount you nedd and just need a little more oomph for leads, I'd say the clean boost side of a Z.Vex Box of Rock or clean boost of my T-Rex Moller did the best job so far - positioned before the BB.
I still have the T-Rex Moller as my first gain pedal in the chain and buffer and I set the dirt side of the moller w/ a generous amount of clean blended back in to take the BB to the upmost tolerated distortion level, right before the BB begins to loose definition.
So, I would recomend you the Moller.
If volume boost + "oomph" is what you need, than T-Rex Twin boost is possibly the way to go, placed AFTER the BB (wich is also what I use w/ my BB for those situations).
By the way.. It's hard to make the BB and Riot stack well, in any order (but that's just what I experimented with my set-up).
Hope that helps..
01-04-2012, 11:30 AM
just bought that pedal the other day:) works well with my vox, I use it to add a tad a gain and thickness and it brings out the amp better!! those fender amps are way too bright and harsh i took mine back
01-04-2012, 12:29 PM
I also have a Riot and a BB Preamp. I push the BB with a KokoBoost with good results.
01-04-2012, 01:03 PM
I push mine with an Xotic EP Pre. Really thick and fat.
01-04-2012, 02:22 PM
I stack my BB with a VooDoo Labs Sparkle Drive, I also have an RC Boost and EP Boost to really push it !
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