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NPD: AM Beano Boost

dshobe

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Hey all,

So I came across a great deal on a Beano Boost today and couldn't pass it up. I bought it based on great reviews and Mike's rep on TGP.

I use a Strat with Texas Specials and a Joe Strummer Tele running through a few different amps, a '53 Rickenbacker something, basically a Champ, a Bugera V 22,a Champ 600, and a Double Deluxe kit.

I've played it through everything but the Double Deluxe so far and I'm really underwhelmed. Is there anything anyone could offer? May roll the tone on the amp(s) off completely?

Sorry if it's a dumb question, I've never used a dedicated boost pedal before.
 

sickboy79

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Are using it with a cranked/overdriven amp? It wont do what it's supposed to do into a clean amp.
 

TeamJA

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Turn it up! Crank the amps, crank the Beano and roll the tone knob down on the guitar. Use the volume knob on the guitar to find different shades of distortion.

Hope that helps.
 

CaptainAwesome

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Is your double deluxe set clean or dirty? In my experience treble boosters shine when used in combination with an amp that's already overdriven - running one into a clean amp, never produced good results for me. If you're running it clean, you could put the beano in front of an OD pedal (it pairs nicely with a KOT or similar).

Edit - I'm apparently late to the reply....
 

dshobe

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I'm cranking the Champ 600 and the old Rick. Can't crank the Bug and haven't been able to run it through the Double Deluxe yet.

After my OP I ran it through the low input on the Champ and was getting some decent tones on the neck pup of the Strat, tone at 3-4, volume at 5-6.

Can't wait to run it through the Double Deluxe with the neck on the Tele. Thanks y'all.
 

sanhozay

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treble boosters & telecasters need volume and then...prepare to make an enemy or two. the beano is a more full range, so there's a good tone at lower volume in there. but it's not worth the sweat to me. i find that they do unique things and are less obvious when they are working with a cooking amp, but for me with a tele, they're too much gasoline.
 

vegetablejoe

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It's been my understanding that treble boosters were used by some of our guitar heroes in the '70's to add some sizzle to the overly dark/warm amps they used in that era. But there is so much more variety of amps to choose from today, and there is no reason to get stuck with an overly-dark sounding one.

Now, if these are best utilized in front of amps that are already cooking and don't sound good into clean amps, then that narrows down their use even more.

For myself, I haven't found that my Beano Boost is "needed" in front of my Classic 30. A clean or full-range boost such as a Xotic EP Booster may actually be more useful in many ways and into different tube and s.s. amps. Just imo and ime...
 

cholula69

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I love the Beano, it is one of my faovrite pedals. I usually set the amp on the edge of break up, crank the Beano, and let her rip. Like others have mentioned, they are typically used with humbuckers but that is not saying they don't sound good with single coils.
 

jdel77

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As stated, Trebleboosters/Rangemasters want to put into an amp that is running out of headroom. Get your amp and turn the volume up and up until it's starting to distort and overdrive. That's the territory that a Rangemaster wants. It will hit the already breaking up preamp and send it into further high gain. Similar to how you would use a Tubescreamer with the gain down and volume up on the pedal. Except a Tubescreamer lets you bring in more gain from the pedal itself and combine it with the amp's gain.

Whether you have singlecoils or humbuckers in your guitar doesn't matter a hoot. Yes, humbuckers will get you that overdrive sooner, but it's about how driven your amp already is before you further saturate it with a Rangemaster.
 

AXXA

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Try the mid setting on the Beano (it has high,mid and low settings for different frequency emphasis). An overdriven amp is necessary indeed. If you're turning your guitar's volume down, you're not getting the pedal's full effect. Turning the guitar's volume down will simply give you a cleaner tone again, just leave your volume on 10. Also, turn the Beano's volume up to at least half way. It will sound very different depending on what guitar and amp you're using btw. Good luck!
 

ViniciusB

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I use my beano boost with really low output single coils and still can get an awesome sound with them. Just get your amp at the edge of break up.

For SC i prefer the toggle switch at the mid position and generally dont go over 12'' on the BB knob since its really loud. That way it gives an awesome overdrive with great clean up with the volume knob on the guitar.

Thats my favorite pedal these days
 

dshobe

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Ok, so I got a chance to run the Beano through the Double Deluxe... Fun! Tried it with the amp cookin' and clean, sounds PHENOMENAL either way! Plugged into the normal input, bright volume on 5, tone on 3. Woot!
 

sickboy79

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Glad to hear it's starting to work for you. The Beano is a magical pedal, IMO. It's one of those that made me say "WOW!!!".
 

sixty2strat

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got mine and figured the lp would sound great, it did but it had a great almost blackmore MIJtone or live in Denmark
 

steam-powered

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Got one in the mail today. Spent a few hours playing humbuckers through my tweed-style amp. Had guitar>Beano>overdrive>amp. I bought it after hearing the sound clip of The Lemon Song on the AM website and this pedal delivered. Of course, I had to play that Zep song first to hear if this pedal could really deliver (computer sound clips can't even approximate how pedals will sound at home). Well, it nailed that Page tone, without question. I can see this becoming a very often-used pedal!!!
 

kirkham13

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Have the beano. It was put in the same pedal as the fuzzface for a reason. Put on the fuzz, kick on the beano, and the fuzz brightens up and sounds killer. The beano does seem to have a different and less predictable effect on the system than a boost... similar to a fuzz in that way, less predictable and more awesome.... totally.
 

misc1600

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Got one today in the mail too. I have had many boost pedals and this one is the best. Beano boost into a VOX ac4 is awesome.
 

steam-powered

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Have the beano. It was put in the same pedal as the fuzzface for a reason. Put on the fuzz, kick on the beano, and the fuzz brightens up and sounds killer.
Gonna try it after the Sunface this weekend. Really looking forward to playing through my tube amp.
 






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