Benson Preamp Hype/Reality Thread

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  1. KCR9

    KCR9 Supporting Member

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    I got my gold one yesterday. Looks absolutely killer. Went straight onto my board (replacing the regular grey version). It sounds great, as expected, but I did find that I had to position the knobs in very different places to get the same volume and tones as I had dialed in on the other one. Doesn't bother me, but I found it interesting. Has anyone else experienced this?
     
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    Not sure if I saw this question as I read this thread...

    Does the Benson Preamp clean up well as you turn your guitar’s volume knob down?
     
  3. IggyZiggyLou

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    Yes. I've also had success using it in combination with a fuzz face and adjusting gain w/ volume knob.
     
  4. el guapo

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    Not for me with a strat or tele.
     
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    It really should. I wonder if yours is broken?
     
  6. el guapo

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    Hmm. I don't know. I returned it after a few days of trying it. Luckily, I have an amp with a great tone already, the Benson Monarch with a Dizzy Bird on top.
     
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    that'll work :)
     
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  8. riscado

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    I was just playing with the benson preamp today, along with a whiteface rat reissue... seriously if Chris ever does a through whole version of this pedal. I'll be in line to buy it. Really cool tones to be had especially if you use the volume knob on your guitar.
     
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    ^ why would that make any difference?
     
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  10. riscado

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    I don't recall saying it would... I just said I wanted one.
     
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    Bump. Planning to buy a Torpedo CAB, wondering if this would be an option for the preamp into the Torpedo.
     
  12. aaronjcurtis

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    Back at some point in this thread, Chris said that the through-hole version he created didn’t sound as good as this SMT production version. Again, you may want a through-hole for the sake of having through-hole, I get it.
     
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    I want one made with only blue wire and capacitors made by hand in Outer Mongolia.
     
  14. JokeSmuggler

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    KHAAAAANNNNN!!!!!1!11!!!
     
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    I want a point to point turret version made with tweed cloth covered wire and paper filled caps. I also want all values covered in sleeves to disguise it from being cloned should I sell it for a profit after making a thread about it being the greatest thing ever.
     
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    I need to try running my Benson into my Fryette PowerStation... wonder how that will work!?
     
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    Wow it seems like some of you guys actually want a lot more than I do... and I thought I was complicated.
     
  18. Trotter

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    So ya, I just tried running my Benson Preamp into the Fryette PowerStation.

    It actually works/sounds great. Pretty insane that you could play a loud show with a dirt pedal as the Preamp.
     
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  19. Bigjoepolkashow

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    I finally tried out a Benson Preamp and I’m now a firm believer as well.

    I use a Jazzmaster with vintage-style pickups into either a Super Reverb or a Hot Rod Deluxe. For the last few years I’ve always had a drive pedal in my chain that could be my “always on” light drive so I can stack other dirt into it. The only thing I like after my “always on” pedal is my trusty 90s Turbo Rat. (For sheer madness/huge chords/big leads.) The Benson actually kicked my Honey Bee AND my Broadcast off my board...I didn’t think that was possible. I always used one of those as my main sound and then smacked the front of them with a Klone. The range of gain combined with the perfect amp-like response really sealed the deal. Last time I played, I never turned it off and I’ve come to realize that it’s the best sounding dirt pedal I’ve ever heard for pairing with a clean amp.

    That being said, who here uses a Klon/Klone with their Benson? Before or after? Boost? Drive?
     
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  20. mmmaslowski

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    Hey Gang,

    My 2c when it comes to the Benson Preamp - it's phenomenally good, even at very low drive settings (how I keep mine set). I run it in conjunction with the Neunaber Neuron and then off DI - all of that sounds like an amp to my ears. The Neuron is wonderful piece of gear in iteslf, but paired with the Preamp - that's such a tasteful and melodic tone with minimal tweaking. Love it!

    Thanks!
     

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