#1
Hey guys, I'm actually wondering... about preamps/boosts.

Is it better to have a preamp in the guitar or in a pedal?

If it's in a pedal, does a boost pedal or eq pedal do the same thing to give that boost effect?

Trying not to have a too complicated setup, so I'm asking to prevent having more than one pedal that essentially does the same thing.

Thanks !
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#2
well i mean if you take the exact same circuit and put it either in the guitar or the pedal, i'm guessing it doesn't matter. I guess you could argue that it's better in the guitar because it's buffering the signal before it hits that 10 or 20 foot lead.

But yeah I mean normally it's not going to be the exact same circuit in the guitar or on the ground. Personally I'd go for a pedal because you have a lot more options and can pick and choose the exact one you want.
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#3
I guess that's true for the pedal thing, I can find a bunch of preamps in a pedal... but I can only find a few that are able to be put into the guitar.

Would an EQ pedal like a GE-7 with the levels boosted or a boost pedal give the same results as a preamp though?
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#4
not sure... as far as i'm aware you can set an eq to function as a boost (as you said), but i'm not entirely sure what the difference is between a preamp and a boost... maybe a preamp can be plugged straight into a power amp? Not sure, so don't quote me, lol.

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#5
Active pickups have a built in pre amp.
EDIT: Technically a pre amp is something that boosts a signal to line level before it goes to a poweramp. So technically EMG's do not have pre amps
For all practical purposes, anything with increases signal strength ALONE is a boost. Anything which modifies tone well, is a pre amp.

My DigiTech RP500 acts as a pre amp when hooked to a poweramp. But it cannot function as a pure booster as it modifies the tone.
A pure clean boost will just bump volume before it hits the amps pre amp section or a pedal.
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Active pickups have a built in pre amp.
EDIT: Technically a pre amp is something that boosts a signal to line level before it goes to a poweramp. So technically EMG's do not have pre amps
For all practical purposes, anything with increases signal strength ALONE is a boost. Anything which modifies tone well, is a pre amp.

My DigiTech RP500 acts as a pre amp when hooked to a poweramp. But it cannot function as a pure booster as it modifies the tone.
A pure clean boost will just bump volume before it hits the amps pre amp section or a pedal.


yeah i get confused because preamp is used to define booster for some reason. when i think preamp, personally, i think of an axefx or a marshall JMP-1
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yeah i get confused because preamp is used to define booster for some reason. when i think preamp, personally, i think of an axefx or a marshall JMP-1


Depends on the context.
An LPB-1 is a clean booster.
A Digitech RP500 into an Engl E840 is a pre amp.
A JMP-1 into above Engl is a preamp.
A TS9 directly into a poweramp is a pre amp (though not a very good one)
You can use a pedal either as a pre amp or a booster.
However, as a pre amp it MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT sound good. Also, you will lose a LOT of volume. And its pretty much impossible to get a normal amp to go into powertube break up with a single pedal. Nowhere near enough output.
EDIT: If you want to you can even drive a solitary speaker with an active pickup and a line booster
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Depends on the context.
An LPB-1 is a clean booster.
A Digitech RP500 into an Engl E840 is a pre amp.
A JMP-1 into above Engl is a preamp.
A TS9 directly into a poweramp is a pre amp (though not a very good one)
You can use a pedal either as a pre amp or a booster.
However, as a pre amp it MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT sound good. Also, you will lose a LOT of volume. And its pretty much impossible to get a normal amp to go into powertube break up with a single pedal. Nowhere near enough output.
EDIT: If you want to you can even drive a solitary speaker with an active pickup and a line booster


Oh ;D! Thanks for the clarification! I was thinking of getting one of those EMG built in guitar preamp thingys.... but I guess I'll settle for an EQ and see if I need anything afterwards.

My pedal board is growing slowly...
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#9
Get the Seymour Duncan preamp thing, you can add it to your existing pickups. Its better than a volume booster- since the singal is boosted before hitting the cable, ist going to be less noisy. EMG's are quiet for a reason.
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Get the Seymour Duncan preamp thing, you can add it to your existing pickups. Its better than a volume booster- since the singal is boosted before hitting the cable, ist going to be less noisy. EMG's are quiet for a reason.


Oh, I'll look into it thanks for the suggestion!
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