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Coloursound Power Boost alternative?

marooned

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Let's say you're going for David Gilmour's Muff and Power Boost tone...but you don't have a PB.

Would a Screwdriver or a Sonic Titan get you in the same ballpark?
Or do I bite the bullet and get a Power Boost?
 

jdel77

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The Power Boost/Sound Overdriver typically uses silicon bc108/109 transistors. The same kind used in silicon fuzzfaces. But this thing has a tonne of output. So, a low gain fuzz face boosted would get you in a similar tonal area. The screwdriver uses mosfet (bs170 - the same type used in the SHO), a BC109 and an AC127 Germanium tranny. I would hazard a gues that using the Screwdriver at a high volume setting with low gain could get you some pleasing results.
 

Mike Hunt

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Even though that's not my style, I can get pretty close with my Throbak Overdrive Boost and the big muff model on my M13
 

trisonic

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Throbak Overdrive Boost is more versatile than the original yet retains its vibe (maan) - no seriously it's a great pedal.

Best, Pete.
 

buckkillr8

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+1 for the VintageFX colordrive. Cheapest out of them all and dead on clone. Cleanest volume boost I've ever heard too. :aok
 

tatter

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The Power Boost/Sound Overdriver typically uses silicon bc108/109 transistors. The same kind used in silicon fuzzfaces. But this thing has a tonne of output. So, a low gain fuzz face boosted would get you in a similar tonal area. The screwdriver uses mosfet (bs170 - the same type used in the SHO), a BC109 and an AC127 Germanium tranny. I would hazard a gues that using the Screwdriver at a high volume setting with low gain could get you some pleasing results.
The transistors are fairly irrelavent in the power boost i think, my reissue uses different transistors (BC182L i think) and i've built 2 clones using BC109 and they all sound pretty much identical, they are nothing like a boosted low gain fuzz face, so i'd disagree with you on that one.

The sonic titan has a similar sound to the power boost when you use it as a clean boost but it distorts differently when you crank the gain. The power boost is fairly clean until the last quarter turn of the gain knob. But a good alternative if you're using it as just a cleanish booster and an excellent pedal in it's own right.

If you really want that specific sound i'd say go with the power boost, the reissues are GREAT and even have a master volume which is very useful on a pedal like this, as they are so loud. The only drawback is the size of the pedal.
 

prickley

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Vintage FX Colordrive was a little dissapointing.... just did not hear to my ear...again my ear:) not clean and broke up to soon on the knobs.. I will say is my Main Fuzz.....
 
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prickley

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Really did not answer question.... Go for Clean Boost for the "Gilmour" "Post Syd" . Sir David stated many times uses only a few pedals in Studio Boost/Drive Compressor ... as a base..... Easy Kool-Aid Floyd Groupies.. I know he uses delay/muzz/etc.... but as a base for the tone.... Only kidding Love Floyd and Gilmour....The end part of Sheep wants me to kick down my cubicle
 

marooned

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Thanks for all the replies :beer

I mentioned the Screwdriver and Sonic Titan as I have these already, and don't want to splash out on another dirt pedal (yeah right...I suffer perma GAS).

I was thinking that if I turned the pregain right down on the Screwdriver I may get a similar sound as the PB.

I might try to pick up a PB secondhand to see how much overlap tonewise there is...I can always flip it, or more likely convince myself that I really must have one.:facepalm
 




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