Looking for a not so clean boost

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Hammered, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. Hammered

    Hammered Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,165
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010
    Location:
    The Bay Area
    I've been boosting my Splawns with TS type pedals for the last few years mainly for tightening up the low end. I'm growing tired of the mid hump and compression that most TS pedals deliver and I'm looking for pedal to run as a clean boost (vol up , gain down) that will still tighten up the low end and add a little grit yet do away with the TS mids and compression. Any ideas ?
     
  2. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    18,453
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Location:
    Bethany, OK
    I just got a EQD Speaker Cranker. I was also eyeing the Keeley Katana (mini).
    The Speaker Cranker is a single transistor, so I think it is based on a treble booster. It very much sounds like the amp's gain.
    I also really like the versatility of a Rat. And the EQ control of an Xotic RC boost are the best around.
    Your descriptions even sounds like a Timmy might be worth a test drive.
     
  3. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,291
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2009
    Location:
    St. Louis
    Fulldrive in comp-cut? Works for me...
     
  4. TheGuildedAge

    TheGuildedAge Member

    Messages:
    11,175
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2005
    Fulldrive does have a nice boost, plus you would have the switch for the hump when you want it.

    Cliche, but the Timmy would do it, maybe an xotic rc boost.
     
  5. Empros

    Empros Supporting Member

    Messages:
    10,038
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2012
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    Try an LPB-1. It's like $20. It's a not-so-clean boost.
     
  6. Bopcat

    Bopcat Member

    Messages:
    219
    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Location:
    West Helena or East Monroe
  7. DaveKS

    DaveKS Member

    Messages:
    15,862
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2013
    Location:
    KS
    VFE Pale Horse is a TS you might consider, extra controls take it way beyond what many TS can do. Pre-gain bass control so have control of thickness of drive. Variable clipping control, locking it at noon knocks out a lot of the standard TS type compression, other positions let you vary amount of the 2 clipping/compression options. Then a post gain treble roll off along with traditional TS controls.

    Others might be a Blues Breaker type OD like Snouse Black Box, little fatter, milder mid hump.

    Or a Dumble/Zen drive type pedals like Koi OD. Minis are so nice looking.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
  8. bluflames

    bluflames Member

    Messages:
    320
    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2009
    Fulltone fat boost will do this, just roll off some bass. Also consider the catalinbread Naga viper.

    Timmy has a similar bass roll off as well and doesn't have too much compression though any distortion pedal will have some.

    Honestly for tightening up the low end a treble booster works great but make sure it's into an already hot/loud amp. I actually just realized volume might be part of the treble booster equation too hmmm.

    Sd-1 has less of a mid hump but it's still there so maybe consider that unless you want to do away with anything resembling a tube screamer
     
  9. Hammered

    Hammered Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,165
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010
    Location:
    The Bay Area
    I found a Timmy locally that I should get before the end of the week so I'll start there
     
  10. cubistguitar

    cubistguitar Member

    Messages:
    5,317
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Location:
    Augusta GA
    The TC Spark Booster is a great booster. I use mine to brighten/tighten up the rig for maximum push, sorta like what you are doing with the tubescreamer. I like the 3 position switch that sets the boost type. Lately i have been doing clean boost and using other for the dirt, but I have used it like a mild overdrive with the mid position selected and bass cut (sorta Klon-ish but more useful) and even a mild fuzz with the bass boost selected and the gain up. It just sorta works for whatever rig and stacks with whatever dirt boxes you may already use and can be very complimentary to some. They turn up real cheap on the used market too, I think I paid $85 and I haven't used a better boost. YMMV.
     
  11. jordane93

    jordane93 Member

    Messages:
    8,903
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Either of these would work.
     
  12. Stratburst70

    Stratburst70 Member

    Messages:
    3,815
    Joined:
    May 25, 2013
    I was going to suggest the TC Spark Booster as well. I use mine as either a solo boost or to take my fuzz over the top. It has a lot of functionality, and can do the mid-hump thing if you find you miss that sound.

    If you want a simpler control set, the WHE Red Llama is a great dirty boost.
     
  13. cbpickin

    cbpickin Tweed Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,307
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2006
    Location:
    Central Coast, CA
    +1!
     
  14. amphead777

    amphead777 Member

    Messages:
    3,694
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2006
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    I really like my PTD Bettaboost. Hard to find, but well worth it.
     
  15. sanfi4u

    sanfi4u Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,947
    Joined:
    May 25, 2013
    Solid Gold FX Nitro boost can do clean boost as well a two type of clipping. Nice booster.
    Another great option is Moog MF Drive. Can do clean and dirt boost as well as overdrive. Well sounding and very versatile pedal.
    One more nice option worth checking is Lumpy's Tone Shop Germanium Class A Overdrive. It does dirt boost and OD really well.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
  16. |\|\|\

    |\|\|\ Member

    Messages:
    153
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2010
    Location:
    pdxor
    black arts black forest/colorsound overdriver
     
  17. Jules-RM

    Jules-RM Member

    Messages:
    3,358
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    I LOVE this pedal and think it should work, there's also the Basic Audio Futureman which is a little more OD sounding.

    Timmy should work fine as well, Imo it's better as a booster than an OD.

    Dod Bifet boost might be worth looking into too. it's a not 100% clean boost that sounds pretty good, the tone knob makes it very useful if you switch between single coils and humbuckers as well.
     
  18. superdave2001

    superdave2001 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2014
    BASS Soul Food. Better than the "guitar" version on guitar.
     
  19. Rango

    Rango Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,413
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Location:
    The FAR side of the middle of Nowhere
    I'm surprised nobody said "Archer" yet! :huh

    I'm using an Archer to do what you describe...as much boost as you could want on tap and you can dial the gain to your liking. ;)
     
  20. NewDr.P

    NewDr.P Member

    Messages:
    2,309
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Location:
    Sleeping in garbage Raleigh NC
    the ep booster is awesome for adding saturation to an already distorted amp.
     

Share This Page