#1
I play hard rock and metal and need a little more gain, not too much, just enough to boost my amps gain..
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#2
Instead of boosting gain, you could possibly use a volume pedal, OR, you can use an eq pedal to boost mids/high end to cut through the mix of your band when you're soloing.
#3
Quote by Mazzakazza
Instead of boosting gain, you could possibly use a volume pedal, OR, you can use an eq pedal to boost mids/high end to cut through the mix of your band when you're soloing.

MXR ten band EQ?
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#4
Quote by CKYIbanezParker
MXR ten band EQ?


The MXR Ten Band is probably a good call, as it also has a level boost which will give you a little more gain, and some more breakup if using a tube amp.

Another option is to use a clean boost pedal like the Xotic RC Booster or, if on a tight budget, the Danelectro Transparent OD.
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MXR ten band EQ?


That tends to be the most popular choice.
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The MXR Ten Band is probably a good call, as it also has a level boost which will give you a little more gain, and some more breakup if using a tube amp.

Another option is to use a clean boost pedal like the Xotic RC Booster or, if on a tight budget, the Danelectro Transparent OD.

What about a boss sd-1 or a electro-harmonix nano lpb-1?
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#7
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What about a boss sd-1 or a electro-harmonix nano lpb-1?


Boss gainboxes tend to be mediocre, unless you get them modded. I've never heard of that EHX pedal you just mentioned.
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#8
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Boss gainboxes tend to be mediocre, unless you get them modded. I've never heard of that EHX pedal you just mentioned.

It's a clean/power booster.
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#9
No one bothered to ask what amp he's playing through? If it's a mediocre amp, then pedals will make no difference at all until he gets the better amp.
#10

Raise you amp volume to desired gain/volume soloing setting.
Lower guitar volume to fit non-solo gain/volume.
Raise guitar volume for solo.
Easy.
#11
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No one bothered to ask what amp he's playing through? If it's a mediocre amp, then pedals will make no difference at all until he gets the better amp.


Yes, they will.
#12
Quote by Mazzakazza
Yes, they will.


Not that big of a difference. Some amplifiers handle pedals better than others, so it's still essential to know what amp he is playing through.
#13
Quote by FallsDownStairs
No one bothered to ask what amp he's playing through? If it's a mediocre amp, then pedals will make no difference at all until he gets the better amp.


An EQ will have an effect on any amp. Maybe not as drastically but if he just wants a little volume/treble boost it doesn't matter if he's playing a spider or a bluesbreaker.
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An EQ will have an effect on any amp. Maybe not as drastically but if he just wants a little volume/treble boost it doesn't matter if he's playing a spider or a bluesbreaker.


He was also asking about distortion pedals. I was more referring to those, instead of the EQ pedals.
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Quote by FallsDownStairs
Not that big of a difference. Some amplifiers handle pedals better than others, so it's still essential to know what amp he is playing through.


An eq pedal will affect any amp, and can change sound drastically as it alters the dynamics of the sound directly. If you're going to argue that he might be playing through a 5w ss practice amp that has no definition, perhaps, but i doubt it, as wanting to add gain for solos would suggest he plays in a band, with at least a capable amp.

Distortion pedal? Nah, I wouldn't, unless you're playing on a clean channel for rythym. Sd1 in particular imo tends to blur definition rather than add a tight gain, so you're better off without.
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#16
Quote by Mazzakazza
An eq pedal will affect any amp, and can change sound drastically as it alters the dynamics of the sound directly. If you're going to argue that he might be playing through a 5w ss practice amp that has no definition, perhaps, but i doubt it, as wanting to add gain for solos would suggest he plays in a band, with at least a capable amp.

Nah he doesn't
#17
Ok. Even so, I'd still suggest an eq or a volume pedal over a distortion/drive/gain pedal, anyway.
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#21
You know.. you could put every question into one thread instead of making 18 different ones.
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#24
His profile says he uses Marshall amps and his other threads have him looking at little hybrid combo amps and modelling amps so I think it's safe to say whatever amp he has, it's not one that is going to mesh well with an overdrive or boost pedal.
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#25
Quote by Fiire

Raise you amp volume to desired gain/volume soloing setting.
Lower guitar volume to fit non-solo gain/volume.
Raise guitar volume for solo.
Easy.


That depends on the guitar. The lower you turn the volume on a midrange guitar or lower, such as mine, the more treble and mids you lose and the less definition your sound has. It pretty much sucks tone.

In short, my volume pot has 3 uses: all the way up, all the way down, or very low for tuning.

Besides, it's ALWAYS a good idea to have an EQ pedal, even if he is just using it to boost his level, mids, and treble.
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#26
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His profile says he uses Marshall amps and his other threads have him looking at little hybrid combo amps and modelling amps so I think it's safe to say whatever amp he has, it's not one that is going to mesh well with an overdrive or boost pedal.

I don't remember putting that there??!?!?!
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