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Fatboost 3 problems

josetxu

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Hi!!

I've just received my new fulltone fatboost 3 and I have two problems.

One is the sound: I've bought it because a friend lend me a GT-500 and I loved the way its boost side sounded with my strat and telecaster into my vibroverb amp. He told me the boost side of that pedal was the fatboost but my fatboost gives the higher strings two much treble (almost piezo) and thin the sound of them and I can't get the fat solo sound that the GT-500 booster did :( Is fatboost v2 the one I'm really searching?

But there's another more important problem: everytime I stomp the switch it makes a very loud pop sound. I've tried with both the strat and the tele, my vibroverb and my vibrochamp, at home and at my local and with two set of cables (klotz lagrange and sommer grindycop beast) and with/without other pedals and it pops every time. My other pedals (a OCD v2 and fulldrive II mosfet) doesn't make any audible pop, but this is annoying.

Is my unity defective or it's a design problem??
 

TaylorPlayer

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I use my FB3 all the time and I have never had it pop when activated. Actually with my Strat, I leave it on all the time as it really brings a nice low end to my Texas Specials and the quack and chime comes through even better with it on. On my Ibanez AS73 semi-hollow, I use it just for a boost as the humbuckers already have the tone I like. I am assuming you have tweeked the bass and treble knobs to see what happens?
 

josetxu

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Thanks for your responses. So it could be that there's something wrong with my unit and that's because it makes those pops?

I would be very interesed in knowing if the gt500 boost side is the FB2 for buying one of that ;)
 

jwny72

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True Bypass switches sometimes pop due to static buildup--TB pedals I own pop when I first power up my rig. A remedy is to simply engage and disengage the switch a few times, which discharges the static buildup. After doing this, the switching should be silent. If not, you may have another issue.
 

josetxu

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This might sound like a dumb question...but why not just buy a GT500?
Not a dumb question ;)

Only that the fatboost is a smaller pedal, but if doesn't (even version 2) make the same sound then I'll have to buy a GT500.

I've talked with the store that sold me the fatboost and sais that the pop are not normal so I'll have to return it. The pops never disappear (even after a lot of switches) :(
 

ecm1117

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josetxu, check out my posts on this old thread for details about the GT-500 and Fat-Boost 2 pedals: https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/491758

It's a bit long to get into here, but basically the both the boost side of the GT-500 and Fat-Boost 2 were tweaked along the way, which means if you like the early gray GT-500 boost side, you need to get yourself an early Fat-Boost 2. If you like the later, tweaked boost side of the GT-500, get yourself a more recent Fat-Boost 2.

Yeah, it's a bit confusing.
 

josetxu

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Great and useful link ecm1117!!

I've talked to the store where I bought my fatboost and they say that the pops aren't normal so they are going to change if for another one.

Meanwhile I'll try to find a fatboost v2 at a good prize for trying it.

Thanks to all for all the help!
 

Ed Reed

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I have a V2 and I like it. I wonder why he made the V3? What was supposed to have been the problem with V2s anyway?
 




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