Best Boost For Multi-Amp Rig?

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  1. Fndrbndr

    Fndrbndr Member

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    Looking for suggestions for a good boost/OD pedal to drive the front end of my multi-amp rig. Looking for earlier breakup and awesome tonal advantages...not necessarily for a volume boost.

    Amp #1: Fender Super Reverb
    Amp #2: Metro Plexi clone -w- 4x12 loaded with Greenbacks

    The obvious would be a Tube Screamer-style circuit, but what would be some other good options for boosting BOTH amps with a single pedal...or would a different boost for each be a better way to go?
     
  2. Chris McKinley

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    Are you looking for a boost or an overdrive? With regard to not wanting a volume boost, it all depends on where/how you place the boost. A boost will not give a significant volume boost in front of a tube amp already well into clipping, for example, it will simply result in more distortion and compression. However, placed in front of a very clean amp with lots of headroom, it will yield a very noticeable volume increase.

    In your case, a boost in front of Amp #1 will probably give a big volume jump. In front of Amp #2, it might give some extra volume, but if you're using the dirty channel on an amp that acts like a plexi, it will most likely not change the volume so much but give noticeably more distortion and compression.

    IOW, it's going to matter how you have each amp set up as to what any boost pedal will do for each of them. An overdrive will function similarly if the unit's volume is set higher than unity gain. If the gain/distortion knob is turned up, it will provide extra distortion regardless of which amp or how the volume knob is set.
     
  3. Fndrbndr

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    The terminology can be confusing...I'm looking to hit the "sweet spot" on both amps at a lower overall volume by pushing the preamp of each, maybe adding some positive tonal coloration at the same time. A boost pedal could do it and so could an OD with the gain rolled back. Any tips on which pedals sound better with each amp, or would one work well for both?
     
  4. Chris McKinley

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    It's never one-size-fits-all, and there's no such thing as just one "sweet spot". Each amp has a different gain structure to start with, and you may also want different levels of distortion from each. "Positive tonal coloration" is too vague a term to be very useful. What exactly is it you are wanting to alter about each amp?

    At the very least, it sounds so far like you're going to want individual units for each amp.
     

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