Stacking the AC Booster with...

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  1. Yngtchie Blacksteen

    Yngtchie Blacksteen Member

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    Hi all, I've gone back and forth on the AC Booster, and I've decided to hang on to it rather than selling it. I really like the sound of the AC, great as a low gain bluesy drive, but I would love to see which pedals might complement it for a more versatile sound, as I have very little previous experience with stacking overdrives.

    Watching a few vids on this, most notably the very helpful That Pedal Show, it seems logical to pair a somewhat middy pedal like the AC with something a little more like, say, a Soul Food or similar lower gain, Klon-inspired pedals. Norway's not the best country for boutique pedals, so you won't find a lot of those used, but the Soul Food's very popular around here.

    Anyone tried this, and if so, what were your thoughts?

    (I'm currently running my pedals through a tiny 1W Marshall combo, so the amp will hopefully be replaced with one with more clean headroom in the near future. Should facilitate drive pedals better, since I can't crank this thing anyway.)
     
  2. 65ChampAmp

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    When I had one, I liked it with an OCD or a Spark Booster.

    You probably already know this, but to bring out the mids in the AC, you cut the bass and treble way down.
     
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  4. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    I've got the Hustle Drive by Mooer, and while it may not be a 100% replica of the OCD, its overall character really didn't work for me. I found it fizzy, although it did work well for big rock riffs. I'm no big riffer, so that won't be an issue.

    I'll give that a shot, thanks.

    Also, to those responding, please say a little more about the sounds you've experienced when using the pedal you mention. Just naming dozens of pedals doesn't help me all that much...
     
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    When I stack drives, I keep the gain lower. More fat and volume, less fizz. At least with my stuff.
    I prefer fat and thick with clarity over real high gain, though. The OCD does that well for me. Used as a booster, I mean.

    My favorites are my old DOD FX10,or the new 410 reissue. With my el84 Mesa, either one is about all I need.
    I mentioned the Spark because if you want to boost the mids on another drive, it's very effective.
     
  6. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    Ah, I get it. I haven't tried the Spark, but I've only heard good things. I know a lot of people are using the RC Booster with the AC, which I guess is its most natural counterpart, and I do see myself going with a lower gain pedal.
     
  7. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    Is the EM-Drive one that could work for such use, or is it limited by its two controls? Only seen some clips, and it looks like a typically Gear Page-y pedal.
     
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    Stack it with a Xotic RC Booster!! No Doubt one of the best sounds I have ever heard!! A real fat sound that produces some awesome harmonics. Here is some videos of Allen Hinds demoing them together with a strat and a Les Paul. An Xotic EP Booster is a good pedal to stack before or after. I attached a video demo of that as well.

    STRAT

    Les Pual

    EP Booster
     
  9. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    Yeah, I love those Allen Hinds vids. RC looks like a great option. I'm a little torn between adding a lower gain drive, and a higher gain drive. Knowing myself, I'd be missing some higher gain since I'm a fan of '80s hard rock guys like Gary Moore and John Norum, as well as Malmsteen, Gilbert, those guys.

    How would you stack it with the AC? Before or after? I noticed a new one in a local guitar store, might check that out tomorrow.
     
  10. gavinashun

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    I am a big fan of the AC Booster and I've found the most versatile stacking to be with a Klon-type pedal, like you said. I use a Rockett Archer IKON. The nice thing about this is you can set the Klone to be just a boost, to just fatten things up, give a bit more gain, and more volume ... OR you can set the Klone gain nob to 1-3 o'clock and really get significantly more gain. Great combo IMO. Then I also have a RAT-type pedal for high gain stuff (I like the cheap Mooer Black Secret).
     
  11. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    I've got the Black Secret myself, and I currently have it before the AC. Gives a cool compressed lead tone, but I hope to get my hands on something more in the line of the BB or similar. BBP MB looks like such a perfect choice, now that I think about it, since I love doing the full throttle Kee Marcello thing and just wail.

    Not that I won't try out a cleaner option, if I get the chance. At the end of the day, the limitation is more in the way you play than in how much gain you've got.
     

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