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Sell me the EP booster!

The_Wretched

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Are you happy or not? I currently have a Tim, Signa Drive and Riot. Happy with all 3. Looking for a leave it on all the time boost/drive that stacks. Or should I get a Klone?
 

BGrizzMayne

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How do you like the Riot? I'm curious about the EP as well, so sorry to derail.

I'm looking for a higher gain pedal that provides a lot of sustain for leads and some crunch rhythms. Nothing crazy high gain, but some metallica/bon jovi.
 

ShredSquatch

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I liked the EP but got rid of it because it colored my tone and was to "gainy". A great pedal but not for me. I tried out the XTS pedals today and the pegasus boost is incredible. For some metallica/bon jovi the riot will do it and the XTS Atomic will do it and then some! XTS pedals are AWESOME!!!
 

The_Wretched

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I live my Riot. I traded it to try something new... Went they Wampler, Dr Scientist, Multidrive and Barber stuff. Long circle to end up with the riot. I play worship mostly and my Riot is my go to lead pedal. Does the hot rodded Marshall stuff very well. Tasteful distortion and thick. Great sustain.
 

crxshdxmmy

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I like my V2 EP a lot. Use it as a traditional booster for solos and such... like the way it colors my sound. I have a Diamond Compressor that I leave on all the time though. Love what that does too.
 

Matt L

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I have a V2 EP and I love using it with my Strats as an always-on booster (set very low). I haven't felt a need to use it with my Teles or other guitars. It's a subtle but useful little pedal. I have a Fat Boost for a solo boost, and also a CS-3, so I haven't needed to use it for those purposes. I also like what it does for the tone of my Strats. Makes them stand out more, with more punch and clarity, but without being compressed and squishy.
 

jason41224

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i'm interested in this too. i have a T1M dual solo booster (super duper clone) and i leave one on all the time and the other one set for solos. i've always been interested in the EP though. it seems to make everything it touches gold.
 

Kelsey

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I think it works well with most guitars, but especially well with Strats. It sounds really good in front of many ODs, but I've come to prefer it after ODs. I just got a Diamond Marquis that I prefer as a boost in front of ODs in Hybrid mode. There are lots of great boost pedals out there, and the EP is one of them. It's a matter of preference with your other gear.
 

steam-powered

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Looking for a leave it on all the time boost/drive that stacks. Or should I get a Klone?
Before you buy the EP, don't forget about the Clinch FX, and the Badger Pre. Just sayin'
I guess it depends on the purpose/intention of the pedal. The EP Booster colors your tone and increases volume more than the ClinchFX. Personally, I returned my EP Booster the day after purchasing due to altering my sound too much. I bought the ClinchFX EP-PRE and kept it, an always-on pedal, but it isn't really comparable to a Klone.

The_Wretched: are you looking for a clean boost to drive your amp or a pedal to polish your signal before hitting the amp? While I love my ClinchFX pedal, I would not describe it an amp-pusher.
 
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Don't forget about the Badgerplex, which is probably the most authentic replica of the EP3 circuit. Some clips I made recently:





 

gordontc

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Go with the Caroline Guitar Company Icarus Boost. You won't regret it. Its my Always On pedal. For what its worth, my chain is a T1M Mini Buffer, Pitchblack tuner, EB VP JR, JHS Mini Foot Fuxx, Caroline Icarus Boost, Walrus Voyager, JHS Morning Glory, TC Nova Delay, Boss RV-5.

All into a Hot Rod Deluxe, and a standard MIM tele. The Icarus boost makes my tone, for real. You gotta try it.
 
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There are 2 main reasons why you would want to use an EP pre-amp:

1. Boosting an overdrive/distortion/treblebooster - gives more saturation - place the EP after the OD
2. Boosting a delay or tape echo - gives more note definition - place the EP before the delay
 

TheKeymaster

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Okay guys, I like this question as I am thinking about getting one. Here is a question for you all, both ep lovers and guys who found another boost. I am playing a rocker 30 and have am going to put a phatcat p90 in the neck pickup of my guitar, (flying v with humbuckers). Im looking for a boost on the natural channel to obviously boost volume, but add some life to that channel, any ideas? My thoughts were the ep boost as it has a super efficient pedalboard footprint, boosts the sound and adds a little something. Should I be looking elsewhere?
 
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Kelsey

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The EP seems to add some low mids and pleasing presence in the default setting (both of mine are the first version). The AMZ JFET booster-based pedals (Bad Bob, Fat Boost, Katana) add lows and highs and sound more scooped than the EP. Both of these types are better booster/buffers than old school boosters like the LPB-1 types or treble boosters, although those types have their charms with the right rig.

I recently bought a Diamond Marquis to get a germanium treble boost option, but I'm really liking the Hybrid mode (FET + Germ) better, as it's less noisy and more balanced. It's leaner in the lows than the EP, has rich and woody mids, and a treble booster-like clean-up. I use the Marquis before OD and the EP after. Makes me happy...
 






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