#2
Do you have a budget?
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#5
What did you need the boost pedal for? I understand you want it for the clean channel..but is it a volume boost you are after or just to push your clean channel into a light grit at a lower volume?

EDIT: Budget as already stated would help massively and perhaps what amp you are playing through...
#6
Quote by Robfreitag
excuse my ignorance, but why do you need a boost pedal for clean guitar?


If he wants his clean sound to sound loud I guess. Distortion doesn't always need to be the loudest part of the song. It's nice to switch it up a bit. Another reason could be that his amp doesn't have enough clean headroom to play loud without it distorting.
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#8
Actually I think I've betrayed my ignorance here - I was assuming a boost pedal would give an extra something to a clean sound - I dunno what though!!!!
#9
It can depending on what equipment you are using it with. As an example a boost pedal can push your amp into a natural overdrive depending on how it is all set up of course and again depending on what amp you are using. Some boost pedals also give you a few eq options so you can shape your tone a little more. So what amp are you using and is there a particular sound you are trying to recreate?
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#10
I'm using a Blackstar HT5 - I'm getting an excellent clean sound at the moment but I've gone into pedal buying overdrive mode as everytime I get a new one my sound gets even better!!! I'm attempting to see what the hell else I can get to improve the sound even more.

I don't even know if I need one - I'm not looking to drive the valves on the amp or anything
#11
So is there a sound you want in particular or a guitarist or band's sound you are striving for.
#12
A volume boost pedal on clean makes it easy to quickly turn up your guitar a little mid strum.
#13
Quote by Chargrill3d
Actually I think I've betrayed my ignorance here - I was assuming a boost pedal would give an extra something to a clean sound - I dunno what though!!!!

Maybe what you're really looking for is a compressor? I don't have much experience with them outside of playing around with one on my Vypyr, but they're recommended for getting more out of a clean sound.
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Get a bigger amp.
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#16
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If he wants his clean sound to sound loud I guess. Distortion doesn't always need to be the loudest part of the song. It's nice to switch it up a bit. Another reason could be that his amp doesn't have enough clean headroom to play loud without it distorting.

You can't get more headroom from a boost pedal.
#17
Quote by Chargrill3d
Actually I think I've betrayed my ignorance here - I was assuming a boost pedal would give an extra something to a clean sound - I dunno what though!!!!

Nope, it'll just make it louder.

What you're probably looking for is either

A compressor pedal which will even out volumer levels and can be tweaked to make cleans sound brighter, more lively and a little "spankier"
An EQ pedal, which will give you more control over specific frequencies
A chorus pedal, which can thicken up the clean tones and make the sound richer- the effect is a little similar to a 12 string guitar
Reverb of some sort
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#18
i like boost pedals, i have an old two timer made by keeler. i know there are a few out there, the boosta grande, the java boost. i think a good boost pedal should simply just make the signal a little more prominent, some boosts will add things like lows or mids (the boosta grande i believe is pretty guilty of that).

but like it's been said, maybe an EQ pedal? it all depends on what you want to accomplish i guess, if you want a CLEAN boost then an eq would help out a lot, same with a compressor.

it's all pretty much been said by the other guys, boosts are great, but there are other options as well
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#19
Actually I'm not going to bother with a boost pedal - I was basically unsure of what a boost does so now there's no point!! Thanks for all the input once again