#1
I have a peavey JSX, and although it does have tons of gain, I find it doesnt have enough gain to cut the reallly high gain stuff like deathmetal/hardcore, and I was wondering if a boost pedal like the TS 808 would help me get that extra gain needed for those types of high gain music?

I was also hoping for most sustain in my lead tone, will a boost pedal help with that as well?

If so, please recommend me what boost pedal you think would help me best for my needs.
If not, what should I be looking at getting?

Thanks in advance!!
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#2
The TS808 is an overdrive pedal, not a boost. And it's better suited for classic rock and blues than high gain metal. A Big Muff of some sort might be better for you.
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#4
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The TS808 is an overdrive pedal, not a boost.


It is if you turn down the drive. Sure, it's not completely clean, but who cares?
#5
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It is if you turn down the drive. Sure, it's not completely clean, but who cares?


True. Any pedal with a volume control can be used as a boost.
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#6
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True. Any pedal with a volume control can be used as a boost.


Well, not really. A chorus with a volume control can barely be considered a boost, even though it boosts.
#7
So I shouldnt be looking for a boost pedal? Should I look for an overdrive pedal to boost my high gain channel?
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#8
Quote by Tensorspencer
So I shouldnt be looking for a boost pedal? Should I look for an overdrive pedal to boost my high gain channel?


Yes, a tube screamer would be good; or some boutique equivalent.
#9
I'm not sure how much output level boost a Tubescreamer, or any other overdrive pedal, has. Booster pedals (Rocktron Nitro, EHX LPB-1, ZVEX Super Hard-On, etc) have 20-30dB or thereabouts boost, so unless overdrive pedals can match that, I'd rather look at a booster.

Edit: come to think of it, most EQ pedals also offer an output level control, so you could also try one of those. Might even be a bit more versatile thanks to the extra tone shaping options.

Quote by slatsmania
True. Any pedal with a volume control can be used as a boost.

Not to nitpick, but didn't you just claim the opposite in this topic?
Last edited by indrek13 at Feb 12, 2007,
#11
Yeah Im definitely looking at the MXR 10-Band EQ, I'll be picking one of those up for my lead tone shaping without doubt, but I was really hoping for something to boost my gain? Can overdrive pedals do it, or can boost pedals do it?
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#12
Quote by Tensorspencer
Can overdrive pedals do it, or can boost pedals do it?

Yes and yes. Try both out with your setup and see which provides the amount of gain you need.
#13
haha I figured you'd say that, and thats probably my best bet anyway!, Thanks for the advice guys!
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#14
Quote by Tensorspencer
Yeah Im definitely looking at the MXR 10-Band EQ, I'll be picking one of those up for my lead tone shaping without doubt, but I was really hoping for something to boost my gain? Can overdrive pedals do it, or can boost pedals do it?



boosting gain is exactly what mxr micro amp does
look for them on ebay or something
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#15
microamp or EHX LPB-1, the LPB is significantly cheaper and works better, too.
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#16
Sweet Im going to go read up on the micro amp and the LPB. Thanks guys. Any other suggestions?
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#17
well, the LPB is gonna own anything else in its price range. if you wanted to build one, i could hook you up with a schematic for a LPB, but that's about it.
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#18
What are people's thoughts on a Fulltone OCD? I really liked the sound of the one I heard, and if you go used on Ebay you get them at a very decent price, which is not bad for what many consider a boutique manufacturer
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#19
Ehh seems like you might want a distortion pedal, not a boost/OD? I dunno...
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#21
+1 for tubab0y.

If you want a straight up boost for cheap and without all the gain and stuff other add, buy/build the LPB-1 (Linear Power Boost) from EH. Very easy build for cheap. If you want to build it you can PM me or something and I can help you out.
#22
Quote by indrek13
Not to nitpick, but didn't you just claim the opposite in this topic?


An overdrive pedal is an effect within itself, it is not designed to drive an amps tubes. Strictly speaking, an OD is not a boost.

But, like most things in life, there is no black & white. The Edge used a Deluxe Memory Man as a boost for years. That's not what it's designed for, but it can be used that way.
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#23
Quote by De Amazing Blob
^Uhh, no, he does not want a distortion pedal.


He wants more gain and more sustain. A distortion pedal might be his best choice for that, no matter how he phrases the question.
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#24
Can building the LPB-1 be cheaper and more effective then buying it?
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#25
And Im not looking for a distortion pedal, because it would sound like balls running it through my high gain channel, I was just looking for a gain boost for my high gain channel, to kick it into ultragain mode.
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ESP Horizon FR-II
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BBE Sonic Maximizer 482i

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LTD EC-1000 VB
Framus Cobra modded