"Aggressive" boost pedal suggestions needed...

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  1. Runtster

    Runtster Supporting Member

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    Looking for something a little more aggressive to push my Friedman Runt. So far, my trusty Hardwire CM-2 is my go-to, but I'm still looking..

    I have a Wylde OD that is aggressive by nature, but it adds a bit of high end fizz. I also have a GT-OD that sounds decent, but not as good as the CM-2. I've also tried:

    Airis Effects Savage Drive: too much tinkering. The bite and tight knobs needed constant tweaking to find a sweet spot.
    Buxom Boost: Excellent, and transparent, but found too polite.
    Golden Pearl: I found it muddy..
    BE-OD: Worked great as a boost at low gain, but too grainy/ice-picky.

    On the short-list:
    Cusack Screamer V2
    Wampler Tumnus
    Maxon OD808

    What else? I'd like to find something accessible, and affordable! I also want TIGHT. Nothing muddy, which is why I'm shying from an OCD. Never got along with that pedal.
     
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    Horizon Device's Precision Drive?
     
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    Go with the Tumnus Deluxe and try out the Nobels OD
     
  4. Abram4235

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    Are you looking for something with a lot of output to pummel the front end of your amp? Or something with some gain? There are a lot of options.

    The mk 4.23 has something like 48v of volume if you're looking to really nail the front of your amp.
     
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    Colorsound Powerbooster
    Analogman Beano Boost
     
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    D*A*M Red Rooster, Pigdog Driver, or another rangemaster-type pedal.
     
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    I’m a single coils guy so I prefer a TS-type pedal (Green Rhino) to push my Marshall over the top. I also use a Fuzz Face with my guitar volume down a bit to get the Jimi Hendrix thing happening. That’s a great boost and you get fuzz with a twist of your guitar’s volume.

    The TC Spark Booster is a great Swiss Army Knife-type boost that has a lot of options. I have also heard good things about the Naga Viper going into a Marshall circuit.
     
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  11. Dr.Picklebottom

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    for boosting a dirty amp my favorites are the ep booster, the mesa grid slammer, and the fulltone fulldrive 3. clean boosts do not do this well, in my opinion.

    the ep booster adds a non linear boost that adds saturation very well that for most amp feels and sounds like youre adding like 15- 20% (bf it gets noisy) additional real amp gain to your amp. it does not sound like its being boosted, just like your amp just magically has extra real tube gain now.

    the grid slammer is perfect for that liquid solo boost tone that makes the guitar feel like its playing itself when playing leads. its noisy when used this way but having feedback available when wanted is fun for leads anyway.

    im currently using the fulldrive3 for all my dirty amp boosting now. an sd1 based great od and a boost you can use independently or in series in either order. plus it sounds great boosting dirty amps. im using mine w the new mini 800 studio classic and the 20w dsl head. i recommend it.
     
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    How does the OP define aggressive? The Hardwire CM-2 is a great pedal, but I wouldn't call it aggressive.
     
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    SolidGoldFX BC549 dirty boost. Incredible pedal for exactly what you want.
     
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    HAO Rust Booster (not to be confused with the Rust Driver).
     
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    I think I know what you’re asking OP. My suggestion to you is to check out the Earthquakes Devices Dunes or Xotic AC Booster.
     
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    Way Huge Angry Troll. 50 decibels of boost, with a 6 position Anger knob to increase gain.

    Heck, even the name is aggressive.
     
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  17. Runtster

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    Right, it's rather smooth, as is the Runt 50.

    I'm basically looking to add some hair. Into heavier metal territory.
     
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    Actually, I think I’d be afraid to plug that in...
     
  20. Robert Libutti

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    I've been kind of scoping out the Horizon Devices Nano Attack. But as another poster mention, the Precision Drive is also interesting. I settled on a VFE Standout which seems to do the trick with my Orange amps to just get that last bit of tweaking. Zing off some high end fizz and low end flub to get a nice tight tone when I need it.
     

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