Yep. My suggestion (same as yours):So almost everything suggested here provides more grit/dirt/drive than an MXR Micro Amp.
As one post said, have the Tube Screamer first in your chain and the Micro Boost second.
Is your clean sound getting dirty with just the Micro Boost and the TS off? If so, what guitar are you using & how is the amp set?
And this is the route I'm going to try first. I've rearranged my pedalboard so I can use the effects loop on my Quilter and will stick the Micro Amp into that chain and see what happens!Yeah, OP should find more headroom this way. It should work fine.
Im not familiar with the 101, assuming it got dynamics I'll encourage you to try again playing with guitar volume at 6, adjust 101 setting, and use 10 for the boost... adding another pedal in your rig can make the distortion great but you will lose depth, that "direct" feel and note per note distinction that are very important in blues imho.So just a quick overview of what I am looking for. I Like to keep my pedals relatively simple. I'm in a blues rock band so I don't really need a lot of over the top effects. Clean or dirty is about it and the dirty should not really be "dirty" as much as overdrive with a bit of grit.
I do NOT like the way my tone sounds if I dial back the volume knob on any of my guitars. So I have been using an MXR Micro Amp to give me a volume boost when it comes time for lead breaks. But I want to find something better that doesn't dirty up my clean sound and can still boost my dirty sound when I have my Tube Screamer engaged.
I have read about compressors but not sure that is the way I want to go as I live off of the dynamics of how I pick and pluck. I have thought about the Bogner Harlow v2, which seems to to do a fantastic job of boosting without screwing up the tone. I have also read about J. Rockett Audio Designs Archer Overdrive and Boost pedal, but have mixed thoughts on using that one as it is just basically dialing down the gain all the way. And then back to the compressor route with a Keeley Compressor Plus, which again, I'm not sure that is the best direction to go with my playing style.
Curious as to what others use in a similar type situation playing blues.
EDIT: forgot to add that I am running a Strat through a Quilter 101 and a Vintage 30 speaker.
If sticking the Micro Amp in the effects loop doesn't do what I want, I'm going to try this... actually, I may just try this anyway to see what results I get. Intriguing!!@CBGNick,
If your amp has enough clean headroom, you could try the opposite.
Turn the amp volume up to the loudest you’ll need it.
*I* would then roll my guitar’s volume down for the regular parts, but without rewiring your guitar, try this ~ use the micro amp as an underdrive, or unbooster. Lower it’s output below unity to get you your rythmn volume. Turn it off to be loud(er).
Then set your tube screamer at unity volume with the gain set to whatever gives you a touch of grit when you want that.
With the pedals you have, you shouldn’t really need to buy another one, just think about using them differently.
Unless you’ve got TGP disease, in that case, what’s need got to do with it?
Really? Mine is dead clean, I don't really get grit until 9 o'clock on the dial with my Strat, maybe 8 o'clock on higher output guitars.BD2 just has too much Gain at '0' for me to qualify it as a Boost
My preferred Klon flavor.They make a clean boost version of the Archer for people like you: