EHX LPB-1... a great secret?

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  1. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    I don't see the Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 nano mentioned here much... I picked one up this weekend as a stopgap level-balancer to get my Tele up to the level of the humbucker-equipped Strat. Gigged it last night, and...

    That little sucker is MEAN! Maybe it's just honeymoon, but it seems to me almost as big a bargain as the Bad Monkey. It's a boost, but by no means a "transparent" one. It colors the signal quite a bit, and in a way that REALLY works with downstream overdrives. It seems to have a broad EQ lift in the upper midrange, and perhaps a teeny bit of overdrive on its own. And it's true bypass, small, takes standard 9v - all the things needed to play nice on a pedalboard.

    Last night was my first gig with a new setup... '68 Dual Showman with just two power tubes into a Weber 12A150, LPB-1, and HAO Rumble Mod were all new to my stage rig. Plus I had my old reliable Keeley Rat and Germ. Best sound I've ever had onstage!
     
  2. rickenbackerkid

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    I think it's great pedal and you describe its tone well.

    for $40 too!!!
     
  3. guitarplayaman

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    it's sounds killer but the ac power jack went out on me and now it is off the old board....
     
  4. theraygun

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    Yeah, I use it in front of a more transparent pedal (Barber LTD Silver, BD-2, etc.) for some extra fatness and grind. Killer tool!
     
  5. bloodlemons

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    I love the LPB-1 and, you're right, it is a "secret weapon" of sorts. I eventually decided to upgrade to a much more versatile rendition of the same circuit, the Beavis Audio Research Trotsky Drive. The Trotsky includes a gain knob and a bright switch, beyond the LPB-1's single volume knob, which allows for a lot more variety and makes it a kind of Swiss army knife in the dirty boost department. But it's certainly hard to argue with E-H's $40 pricepoint.

    http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/TrotskyDrive/
     
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  6. nrvana8775

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    My drummer had one of these, and it had an awesome mid-boost.

    I might get one and just keep it on.
     
  7. kludge

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    Yeah, mine is now "always on" with the Tele, which seems to like it a lot. Gives it some more attitude, not just volume. I've fooled around with it a bit for extra drive for the Schecter, but didn't try it live.
     
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  8. zachman

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    I Love the original LPB2. I have it on my pedal tray in my rack, and first started using one in 1980 w/ a '75 Marshall Super Lead and it was a magic bullet. I use it now with my Mojave Peacemaker and it is FANTASTIC, very quiet. I can't tell if it's on unless I actually hit a chord. I added an AC power receptacle to it and love it. Mine looks like crap but works GREAT!!!

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  9. Trotter

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    I like using it as an overdrive... turn your amp down and crank the LPB up!
     
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    I've had one for about a year. They are very good value. I tend to mix and match with mine. I did a gig a few weeks back where I had to travel light. I used the LPB1 instead of a pedalboard. It worked a treat for lead work.

    I don't have a fixed board so if I'm using a lot of pedals I use the LPB1 as a buffer (on at unity) at the end of the chain. I also have used it to balance pickups on different guitars (like the op).

    I've even used it as a booster on a Squier Precision. I do have some expensive pedals and whilst the LPB1 doesnt sound as good it's nearly there and considering the price...

    I really like EH pedals in general. I have sold some but the keepers for me are the LPB1 and the DMM.
     
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    i sooo need to get another one.
     
  12. donnyrocker

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    My LPB1 is always on. A very easy $40 investment in tone management.

    That said, it has recently been acting up, acting as if there's power fluctuating between surge & brown out. Though I have a battery in it, I usually run it on AC. Others of my clean boosts just haven't quite measured up.

    I wonder if the Dano Transparent Boost would be a price point competitor?
     
  13. aberrant

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    I've been a huge MXR Micro Amp proponent as long as I've been playing...I describe it the same as you've just done with the LPB1, and at twice the price I might have to take a closer look at the LPB....I think I'd like to see a shoot out video with both of them.
     
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    I use the lpb-1 at the end of my chain at about 11 o'clock and it adds more girth and clarity to my tone. if i turn it up anymore, it starts to mud up my tone, but i am running it into a dimed 5e3, so it may just be what is needed to give some more midrange to a deluxe reverb type amp turned up louder, but i prefer it as a cleaner boost. i got it for $30 at gc and i dig it. I might get a SHO so i can get a louder boost and maintain clarity, but i aint sweatin it.
     
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    Could you guys with the MXR and this one post some clips of this pushing your amp? I hate demos where you just hear it alone in a clean amp..what is the point of that? nobody uses it that way..
     
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    Im loving mine too. one problem., its placed after my crunchbox in the chain.

    guit>Lovepedal E>Crunchbox>LPB1

    For some reason, it doesnt boost the e when i click both on. only the crunchbox will get boosted. but if i crank the LPB1 further, then the E gets boosted. anyway to "cure" this?
     
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  18. Coachmoe

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    Back in the day, we used LPB 1's to "overdrive" our Bassmans, Super Berkeley's and Silvertones. They were great. Eventually they came out with the LPB 2 (floor model ) and I used that with a Marshall 2204 50 watt combo AND NO OTHER DIRT PEDAL! It was a sound to die for.

    Alas, I am now too old to play at that kind of volume and I seek more"refined" ways of getting overdrive. However, the LPB 's will ALWAYS hold a place near and dear to my tonal heart.

    :RoCkIn
     
  19. eytoklak

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    I'm a newbie guitarist and i'm planning to get a LPB1. My board goes like this.
    Guitar > volume pedal > BD2clone > modded zoom G1 > Gcb 95 > amp

    Can you give me suggestions on where to place the LPB1?:)
     
  20. echodeluxe

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    the lpd-1 is such a great pedal. easy to build too! its so simple!
     

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