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Alternative to Range Master/Treble Booster

aziltz

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Are there any circuits that have the frequency response (treble boost) of a rangemaster type circuit with out the harsh gain/clipping characteristics?

Perhaps something a bit smoother, but still cable of making a Tele scream through a low gain overdrive?
 

Willdance

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I didn't dig treble boosters the first times with them. And I wanted to. I finally attained enlightenment after some patience and abandonment of what I thought all my knobs should do. There is some serious interaction going on between the tb, your pickups, pots, cables and amp's front end. I fumbled and listened until it was dialed. I found that some amps and pickups just don't work with a tb. When the **** is dialed, however, treble boosters are the proverbial key to the rock and roll kingdom. There is no alternative ;-)

to actually answer your question, though, the mi audio blue boy deluxe actually let's you shape something in the realm of those frequencies. that's why it's the only chip based od I still have. very sweet.
 

wingwalker

Fuzzy Guitars
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Not that I know of...truth is I don't find a TB harsh at all...granted they are not plug and play effects for a lot of situations but my Beano has become a main stay on my board! It's great for pushing my amp if I can crank or for pushing my KoT if I can't crank!
 

thesjkexperienc

^^^ I made this guitar^^^
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Check out the Swart Atomic BOost. Super lush and a little squishy. He offers a mid and full boost only which you will find far more useful than a true treble boost if you are using a modern amp and cable. SOunds great into a driven amp or into an OD like my OCD.
 

aziltz

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to clarify a little,

i'm using a BBE Freq Boost, and I like the sound, its totally usable, i run it into either my liquid sunshine or double drive, or both, BUT, its not the tone that I thought it would be. I'm aiming for springsteen's late 70's solo tone (Cranked Bassman, Tele Bridge, Slapback), and I think I'd have it if I could dial down the character that the Freq Boost imparts a bit, but still retain the biting treble boost.

Are there any circuits that give you more control over the bias and gain?
 
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Check out Plumb Crazy FX The Squawk. Has a fuzziness that mellows out the top end and makes it smoother. Gearmanndude does a demo of it on youtube and it's pretty spot on.
 

aziltz

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the dam red rooster has some kind of cap mixer on the input with a pot labeled range, but that controls the frequency center of the boost. it be sweet if there was a circuit that could dial in/out the grit that the rangemaster adds.

i might have to make this myself!
 

erksin

Senior Member
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You can do it with a C-Bread VariOboost with the gain set to unity. I've A/Bd it to my Crispy Cream Treble Booster and it hits the same freqs.

You might drive your preamp tubes into a mild clip though since its a pretty pronounced mid bump - rolling back the volume on the pedal a little will kill that clipping.
 

imguitardan

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I know I sound like a broken record but a Treble Booster is my favorite effect but can't really use it often (because of the same reasons as the OP). The best pedal that is thick and has a lot of versatility in the gain is the Skreddy Screwdriver (just an AMAZING pedal) and it's got some sort of connection to a TB...

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A synthesis of clean boost, overdrive, and distortion
One of the most touch-sensitive pedals ever, this unique Skreddy Pedals design features a mosfet treble-boost input stage followed by a highly modified, tightly-controlled, hybrid fuzz circuit.
Every aspect of the Screw Driver™ has been optimized for maximum versatility, lush and controllable vintage 'dirt' voicing, noiseless performance, and ideal tonal balance.
Inspire yourself!


http://skreddypedals.com/skreddy_pedals_screwdriver.htm

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[FONT=Arial, Arial, Helvetica]The other pedal that's similar but more focused and like a light-med OD is my white Lovepedal Eternity (I bet the current white E6 is similar)[/FONT]





 

aziltz

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You can do it with a C-Bread VariOboost with the gain set to unity. I've A/Bd it to my Crispy Cream Treble Booster and it hits the same freqs.

You might drive your preamp tubes into a mild clip though since its a pretty pronounced mid bump - rolling back the volume on the pedal a little will kill that clipping.

interesting... I'll need to check that out. On a side note, I can't wait to get my hands on a DLS!

I also just though of the Diamond Boost Eq, with the tilt Eq, does anyone use it for treble boost?
 




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