Xotic RC Booster revisited.

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by mc2, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. mc2

    mc2 Member

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    A former TGP favorite. I'm wondering if you guys still have the love for this pedal?

    I'm looking for a nice booster mostly clean with touch of grit that has a great EQ. I've read this is natural, also sterile...any comments?

    What kicked yours off the board?

    Cheers!
     
  2. magilla

    magilla Chasing those soulful sounds. Silver Supporting Member

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    GAS kicked mine off my board. After trying some other options, wish I had just held onto the RC...
     
  3. Bufferz

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    Rc booster isn't going anywhere for me. Love it.

    personally, I noticed a lot of ppl replaced thiers with the xotic ep booster
     
  4. mikeb57

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    I've had the ep and the rc on my board. Just sold the RC to go back to a fulltone fatboost. For me I have used it mostly as a clean boost for my strat. It was pretty good. But I like the Fulltone better.
     
  5. christhurman

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    My personal experience, and yours may vary, was that I liked the RC for a long time as a signal boost at the end of my chain. Clean with a touch of grit, and adding a little high end to my signal with the eq.

    However, over time I actually started experimenting with it... Turning it off and on at unity gain to see how it was affecting my signal. Truth is, my personal tone was better (to my ears) when I took it out of my chain.

    Again, YMMV :huh
     
  6. strat56

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    Still on my board, still love it, no plans to try anything else.
     
  7. mc2

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    Interesting-was the eq capability better with the Fulltone?

    My current needs are mostly with 80's pop stuff and kicking up with a little sizzle for leads, but mostly my sound needs to be BF clean/jangly.
     
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    I'm loving it! Couldn't be happier!
     
  9. Kelly

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    Same here. Been on my board for about 4 years.
     
  10. JoeE

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    I replaced mine with a Dano CTO-1. I think the higher the signal going into the RC the more compressed and sterile it sounded - so it sounded pretty great with the single coils on my strat but terribly sterile with the humbuckers on my gretsch.
    CTO-1 sounds way more natural with the gretsch.
     
  11. Mark Wein

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    Mine has never left in the years since I bought it. I'm selling the rest of my Xotic pedals right now but that one is too useful.
     
  12. HitTheCity

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    I use mine with the volume set below unity as a rhythm volume attenuator then kick it OFF for a solo boost. Works great in this capacity and the EQ allows me to dial in a little extra treble to match the extra treble generated by hitting the amp harder when it is off.
     
  13. sleejay80

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    I had mine for a long time,
    let it go few weeks ago.

    I originally bought it for a "transparent gain boost" pedal,
    for which I found it had too little of (dirt, that is).

    I kept it a long time as clean boost, but for THAT job, I never used the 3 knobs : gain, treble, bass.

    It's a great (very well may be the best), versatile clean boost when going into a breaking up tube amp.

    But for everything else, it may have its counterparts.

    For me the counterparts were:
    clean boost => something simple, like MXR microamp
    transparent gain boost => BD-2
     
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  14. 4nd3h

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    Sounds like AC to me.
     
  15. Gatorplayer

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    Never left my board....I have changed the usage of it as I keep it on as either a clean boost or to drive a solo...I used to have it on all the time but with the setup I am using now it adds a little too much dirt on top of my AC and BB....great pedal.
     
  16. MikeDojcsak

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    When I was using a Traynor Reverb Master it was my "always on" pedal just for a little extra kick to give the cleans a bit more balls. I really liked it, but with my new rig it wasn't necessary. I haven't played a better clean boost.
     
  17. jacoblee83

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    I've had mine on my board for 4 years. I'm currently using it always on. I love what it does to my tone but for how I'm using it (to push my amp and give me some touch responsive grit) I wish it had a little more grit. So, I'm thinking EP with Tim/Ecstasy/klone/etc. right now I have no money so I'll probably keep doing this for a while.
     
  18. SlimFatJr

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    Probably the one pedal I would never get rid of. It's always on, and is the first pedal in my signal chain (after my tuner). It kicks the sound coming out of my amps up a few notches, and definitely brings out some extra detail and richness in my guitar's tones. It's just plain good.
     
  19. bshields

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    I use it last in my chain, fed with a ts or rat or pharaoh. I goose my amp with it. Love love love the rc boost
     
  20. Jim S

    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Very versatile tool for boost, volume cut, and driving some extra edge if you like. Very nice pedal.
     
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