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Looking for Boost pedal suggestions

IcedEarth

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I'm looking for a good Boost for my JSX to add just a touch of grit, remaining transparent, and tightens the low end.

The JSX is boomy. Tons of bass, yet can be flabby. It also has a ton of gain. I tried lowering it with 12AT7, 5751, and various other lower gain tubes, and it just made it thin and anemic. I've been using an MXR GT-OD, which works, but even gain at zero, it adds too much compression. I have a TC Spark Booster, and that's too warm, even setting the bass to zero. Flab.. Fulltone OCD, same. If I could get the grit of the GT-OD and transparency of the OCD, that would be ideal.

RC Booster?
Timmy?
Maxon OD808?
Katana?
 

sanfi4u

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I love Timmy. I think it can do the job well. It has flexible tone controls which look beneficial for your task.
Some other options:
- SolidGoldFX Nitro Boost. Can do clean boost and a boost with some grit pretty well. It's out of production. So you'll need to find a used one.
- MI Audio Boost'n'Buff. Can do clean and dirty boost.
- Fairfield Barbershop is also a cool option. Capable of transparent low gain sounds when the Drive knob is set low.
 
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fenderjapan

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You could try a DOD 250.

My favorite variant is the Analogman Modded 250, pre-Digitech, but they are somewhat uncommon. The Digitech version is a nice pedal as well albeit not identical in sound to the vintage and reissue models. Then of course there are the vintage ones, which are pricey but sound great.
 

dpgreek

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After trying so many boosts over the years I finally listened to some TGP people and I went with an EQ pedal. I got the SA programmable one for 4 presets. It seems like you could dial-in the frequencies you need easily with an EQ over a boost pedal.
 

MoonshineMan

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Who even knows how long I've had my FD2? Run it in CompCut. Little mid boost, trims (or at least doesn't boost) bass and electrifies the sound.
Best damn boost I know. I've not even bothered to look for another.
It's big, though. But it's two boosts, if you have one.
 

DaveKS

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After trying so many boosts over the years I finally listened to some TGP people and I went with an EQ pedal. I got the SA programmable one for 4 presets. It seems like you could dial-in the frequencies you need easily with an EQ over a boost pedal.
Agree, with a high gain amp to add extra grit a eq is really all you need, the simple fact of boosting into its input adds the extra grit while tubes will just naturally compress a bit more.

Rocket EQ is my best for doing this, roll off bass to tighten it up on bottom, find freq you need for your guitar/amp/speakers and push it harder at preamp, your amp will do the rest and still sound like your amp.

 

duckbunny

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I use a Toneconcepts The Distillery for a very similar reason. It does this well. Not exactly a plug-it-in-and-go pedal, but it does multiple jobs (i.e. with many different amps) superbly.

-db
 

Major Dude

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From your list and requirements for a transparent boost with EQ to tighten up flabby bass I would look at the Timmy. Paul C's creation is perfect for doing just that and it's made by one of the good guys too.
 






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