Price paid: $ 169.95
Purchased from: Parkway Music
Ease of Use: The BB Preamp by Xotic Effects is a warm sounding true bypass distortion and sustain pedal that is very easy to use. It has four knobs built into it: Gain, volume, treble, and bass.
Gain- The amount of gain you want to set on the pedal
Volume- How loud you want the pedal
Treble- Adjusts treble frequencies
Bass- Adjusts bass frequencies
There was no manual with the pedal, it's that simple to use. // 10
Sound: The BB Preamp can be used in a couple different ways. The first way is a volume boost. By backing off the gain and increasing the volume the pedal boosts your overall volume which can help solos cut through the mix.
The second way is by using the pedal as a distortion pedal. It is very warm sounding and pleasing, not too shrill or piercing. The distortion from the box hits the front of the amp very well and settles into the mix well. Depending on how you voice the pedal and how much gain you add, the distortion can cover light to some heavy tones that are transparent and balanced.
Finally, if you have a double channel amp the pedal can fatten up your Overdrive channel for rhythm and lead work. In my opinion this is where the pedal shines. I use a Mesa Boogie Lonestar which is not a heavy metal or uber hard rock amp. However, if I want to achieve those tones, I can with this pedal. It adds extra kick to the channel and turns it into a whole new beast. In terms of soloing, the BB Preamp adds great sustain and fattens up the notes for definition, richness and clarity. // 10
Reliability & Durability: This pedal is totally dependable. I'd buy another just in case something happened to the first one. The BB Preamp is also a bright Orange color with helps it stick out in dimly lit clubs. The pedal is built like a tank and the construction is very solid. A durable pedal to say the least. // 10
Overall Impression: I play a variety of musical styles: Jazz, rock, blues, funk, and pop. The BB Preamp is able to work within any of those genres. I mainly use this pedal for the distortion feature and to add more gain, sustain, and definition to my Overdrive channel for rhythm and lead playing. It's my secret weapon in my rig.
If it were stolen I'd buy one in a heartbeat. I love how warm the distortion sounds and how transparent it is as well. Most distortion boxes I've owned are too shrill or lack bass definition. It's a killer pedal and for any guitarist looking to take their tone more seriously should invest into the BB Preamp! // 10