View Full Version : PERFECT CLEAN BOOST: Ep-booster vs MK.4.23...

03-16-2010, 08:55 PM
I'm looking for the perfect clean boost to put at the end of my pedals chain to obtain more volume on certain rhythms phrases parts or during solo. I know there is a big hype on the Xotic Ep-booster but what about the Creation Audio Labs MK.4.23?


03-16-2010, 09:49 PM
EP Booster is not totally clean, it fattens up the tone a bit.
The CAL MK4.23 is a studio quality pristine clean boost so that is what I would recommend for your situation.

zephaniah zion
03-16-2010, 09:50 PM

I am curious about this as well. I have heard and read that the EP booster adds it own flavor which can be a good thing. I have also read and heard that the MK. 4.23 is as clean boost as clean boost gets so for your application, it seems the later would work better as far as simply adding boost and no further flavor. Lets see what TGP says.:munch

Juice Jenkins
03-16-2010, 10:47 PM
I love my EP Booster, but I wouldn't call it a 'clean boost' at all. It's great for fattening up a strat, or for warming up the tone of any guitar or amp for that matter... the hype is there for a reason, because it sounds fantastic. That said, from what I've read, heard and seen, the Creation Audio Labs is much more of a true clean boost, and has a great rep for being transparent (although I have no experience using it myself). I think most people use the EP as a "leave it on all the time" type of pedal... I certainly do.

03-16-2010, 10:51 PM
The EP exists to color tone in a specific way. The Creation is touted as maximum absolutely clean boost. That would be the better bet.

03-16-2010, 11:09 PM
I use a Mk 4.23 with humbuckers, so I can attest that it's totally clean, no coloration. Don't have an EP, but their reputation is that they work great with single coils to fatten them up. Not sure if the impact is just as big with humbuckers.

I highly recommend the Mk 4.23 for absolutely clean boost, but if you're using single coils, you may get more for your money with the EP.

03-17-2010, 07:50 AM
thanks a lot dear TDPiers friends,

03-17-2010, 08:37 AM
It does fatten the tone in a good way!
And when chained with OD pedals try mixing the OD in front and then move to after,cause it does make for different OD tones,

The Kid
03-17-2010, 09:36 AM
My Lizard Leg Effects Flying Dragon Clean Boost is totally transparent. Steve is a great guy to deal with as well.

03-17-2010, 10:27 AM
I have 2 Goudie boosts, that i use just for that. I have the first gen Crystal boost, and the newer boost.
Amazing for solo boosting. Great work, great price

Also. He is in Canada, so easy, and cheap shipping.


damn. i just saw he will only go threw distributors!!!

03-17-2010, 10:31 AM
The Barber Launch Pad is a great clean boost and it stays clean no matter how hard you hit and stays very true to your original tone!

03-17-2010, 12:26 PM
My Lizard Leg Effects Flying Dragon Clean Boost is totally transparent. Steve is a great guy to deal with as well.

Plus 1000

03-17-2010, 12:57 PM
I might be in the minority here, but I find the RC Booster to be a fantastic clean boost. I agree with the posts above regarding the EP Booster, the appeal is the way it colors your tone.

03-17-2010, 01:04 PM
Another vote for the Lizard Legs Flying Dragon. You get a lot of Db's of clean boost.

03-17-2010, 02:50 PM
Thanks a lot everybody,

so my choice is, and just order: Creation Audio Labs MK.4.23

zephaniah zion
03-17-2010, 02:55 PM
Thanks a lot everybody,

so my choice is, and just order: Creation Audio Labs MK.4.23

Go for it man and post soundclips if you can. I am really interested in using this pedal with my Ceriatone OTS.

03-17-2010, 03:04 PM
I really like the Keeley Katana! With the knob pulled out it fattens up the tone in a good way and adds a touch of natural type subtle breakup, and with the knob in it gives a pristeen clean boost. To me it is the best of both worlds.

03-19-2010, 09:09 AM
Just bought the Mk.4.23 boost today... it won out against the Keeley Katana boost, which was also great in its own right. The Keeley seemed to choke up a bit more towards the end of the boost levels.

Phil M
03-19-2010, 09:15 AM
Good choice. The 4.23 is really impressive. I run one in the loop of my Bogner Ecstasy as a solo volume boost. I picked up a mint used one for $90 or so--really great at what it does.

03-19-2010, 09:38 AM
Smart People Factory Ego Boost. First pedal I ever bought, still on my board in exactly the position you would use it for. Can be had pretty cheap, too.

04-20-2010, 01:27 AM
WOW... This clean boost is fabulous...


frquent flyer
04-21-2010, 12:02 PM
Another vote for the BARBER LAUNCH PAD. Its a clean boost. Using has the effect of giving you signal a nice vitamin B 12 shot.Nothing bad about it either.

04-22-2010, 01:59 PM
Great choice I have one, very clean, I actually leave mine on because it gives back any signal loss from the chain of effects. Set around 9-10 it has the same volume level but much clearer and pronounced sound

04-22-2010, 02:08 PM
That's a very sweet board my friend.

Very nice choices throughout.