Kingsley Jester vs Knigsley Minsterl + EP booster?

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  1. woland

    woland Member

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    Howdy - I am in a market for tube based OD. Initially I thought about SIB! Cuda but it does not seem to have a lot of range for me (I play mostly lower gain stuff - jazz and some blues) so I thought about Kingsley products specifically Jester. I do have good boost pedal (EP+ by ClinchFX) so Minstrel would be another possibility. Are there any tonal differences or is Minstrel simply Jester sans boost? Any other recommendations for tube-based OD?
     
  2. sixrails

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    I have the Jester and I don't use the boost side at all so in hindsight I probably should have gone with the Minstrel assuming it sounds the same as the Jester. For me, the Jester seems to excel in the mid gain range. I also have an EP Booster which I like a lot but am currently using a Klon KTR For boost.
     
  3. mkr1

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    I have both Kingsleys and have commented in a couple of other threads- the Jester sounds a bit more spongy or liquid, the Minstrel has a bit more fundamental in the attack, but you can get pretty much the same gain ranges and eq out of both. If you have an EP I would go for the Minstrel.


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  4. otherone

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    I happen to think the jester boost is the best there is. If you do go w the minstrel, I'd compliment it with the Kingsley page over the ep booster
     
  5. woland

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    Thanks for all the replies so far. Interesting... Jester "spongy and liquid".... that actually is not a bad quality - I tend to go for more of a "liquid" tone in my playing.
    I do like EP+ (I have a custom version where "EP" part is always on and clean boost is switchable). It is a bit of a hit and miss where to place it with different dirt pedals. Currently I use Uber Bee for dirt and I run EP AFTER Uber. So my clean tone is just EP (plus Ego compressor) straight into amp. And for dirt I get the "EP magic dust" over Uber. So perhaps Jester into EP would be a good idea since booster on Jester is good.
     
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    I love the Jester. It's very open, organic and yes, liquid. Its my favourite drive for that nice blues tone.
    The Minstrel is better for rock in my opinion, but still a great pedal. both have the 3 band EQ which is handy. Its one thing i wish the Jouster had.
     
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    I have the older version of the Jester - and like it quite a bit. It is good for low to mid-gain work. Mine works best in low-treble situations. In fact, most of the time the treble control on my Jester is never set past 9:00. Anything higher is too shrill. (Some part of this is due to my LP being a higher-treble LP).

    The boost side works well. Historically, I have not used boost a lot. But, it's nice to have it when you do need it.
     

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