#1
Hey guys,

Looking for some kind of solo boost to fatten up my solos. I love the tone of the neck pickup for soloing, but it lacks mids and sounds very lacklustre compared to my bridge pickup (I have a Bareknuckle Miracle Man/Cold Sweat combo - the Cold Sweat is nice but can't compare gain and volume-wise with the MM!) So basically I need an OD that'll really boost my solos, make them stick out, and really fatten up the tone!

Any suggestions? A friend told me a Maxon-808 might do the trick?

Thanks!
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EHX LPB-1.

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i cant believe im saying this, but no.

try a fatboost or fulldrive (both fulltone) thats what you really want
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Thanks man, will check them out too

Btw, what does anyone make of the BBE Green Screamer? Just heard some VERY nice clips of it..
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blues driver dude, blues driver. take the setting from the booklet for the booster, then mess with the tone nob. you experience wonders.
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I agree with Yngwi3, an EQ would be a great way to boost the volume and mold your tone without adding the color of an Overdrive. I am an OD nut myself but from what you described I would say EQ is the way to go.

As for recommendations, sorry can't help you. I have never used one myself yet.
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Provides a warm, smooth boost without the Tubescreamer mid hump.
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I would think the BBE freq boost is a good choice. Its basically a treble booster but it adds volume and some dirt to your sound.
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^no it shouldn't. freq boost is a treble booster, which boosts your treble. if you think it breaks up the sound, you're listening to your amp clip from overloading the treble.

to all of you suggesting EQs, they're alright, but there is noticeable hiss problem with most EQs. more hiss/hum amplifications than straight boosters.

blues driver colors your tone a lot. not much as a tubescreamer, but it colors your tone. maybe in a good way, but sure enough, their bypass is pretty crappy.

fulltone fat boost is technically an AMZ minibooster clone, and it didn't sound so clean when i turned down the volume knob. and i wouldn't run it full on either. same goes to the EHX LPB-1, which somewhat boosts the highend more than the mids or the lows. you'd want mids, and maybe the oomphs of the lows.

everything have pros and cons. and i'm really surprised nobody has asked what amp TS has. boosting a tube amp with a clean booster with an amp cranked will get him the tone he wants. power tube saturation takes the amp to another point. both in breakup, and the fatness of the sound.
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^no it shouldn't. freq boost is a treble booster, which boosts your treble. if you think it breaks up the sound, you're listening to your amp clip from overloading the treble.

to all of you suggesting EQs, they're alright, but there is noticeable hiss problem with most EQs. more hiss/hum amplifications than straight boosters.

blues driver colors your tone a lot. not much as a tubescreamer, but it colors your tone. maybe in a good way, but sure enough, their bypass is pretty crappy.

fulltone fat boost is technically an AMZ minibooster clone, and it didn't sound so clean when i turned down the volume knob. and i wouldn't run it full on either. same goes to the EHX LPB-1, which somewhat boosts the highend more than the mids or the lows. you'd want mids, and maybe the oomphs of the lows.

everything have pros and cons. and i'm really surprised nobody has asked what amp TS has. boosting a tube amp with a clean booster with an amp cranked will get him the tone he wants. power tube saturation takes the amp to another point. both in breakup, and the fatness of the sound.

what exactly constitutes a clean booster? im talking about examples of pedals.
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I got a Maxon OD9 for Xmas. Love it, just adds quite a bit of hum. Tonally, it's all there, excellent tones. When I roll back on the drive, have the output reasonable and the tone way up it actually improved my clean channels, giving me more warmth and a bit more of a chimy top.
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Through a tube amp though, due to the increased signal strength you will notice more gain, more articulation, and overall giving you smoother leads.

The pedals add minute amounts of gain, but in the amp you will notice more grit than before.
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some sort of tube screamer sounds like it would work very well for this. a lot of people kinda dont like the ts because it isnt transparent and has a push in the mids. thats exactly what you are looking for, so it seems like it would work well for what you want. then you can also add a bit of grit since you said it lacks gain compared to the bridge pickup. then of course you can set the level to get you that volume push you want to make it stand out.

since you have bk pickups, i am going to assume you are not afraid of spending money. in that case, i would think a maxon overdrive would be best. the od-9 and od-808 are different tonally, so try both out (if you can) and see which you prefer.

the only thing with a lot of the other stuff mentioned is that it isnt going to do exactly what you specified. an eq will give you a level boost and can be set up to give you mids, but its not going to add any gain on its own. a clean boost will add level but be transparent otherwise. and a treble boost isnt going to get you the sound you want. of course there are a ton of overdrives out there that give many different sounds, so try as many as you can and see what you like. and if you cant find anything better, the classic tubescreamer is always a great fall back plan.
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some sort of tube screamer sounds like it would work very well for this. a lot of people kinda dont like the ts because it isnt transparent and has a push in the mids. thats exactly what you are looking for, so it seems like it would work well for what you want. then you can also add a bit of grit since you said it lacks gain compared to the bridge pickup. then of course you can set the level to get you that volume push you want to make it stand out.

since you have bk pickups, i am going to assume you are not afraid of spending money. in that case, i would think a maxon overdrive would be best. the od-9 and od-808 are different tonally, so try both out (if you can) and see which you prefer.

the only thing with a lot of the other stuff mentioned is that it isnt going to do exactly what you specified. an eq will give you a level boost and can be set up to give you mids, but its not going to add any gain on its own. a clean boost will add level but be transparent otherwise. and a treble boost isnt going to get you the sound you want. of course there are a ton of overdrives out there that give many different sounds, so try as many as you can and see what you like. and if you cant find anything better, the classic tubescreamer is always a great fall back plan.

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Try the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster as well. Basically just a tone-fattener booster. It seems like it could get what you're looking for.
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For overdrive, +1 for your friend's recommendation of the Maxon OD-808. It's what the original Ibanez Tubescreamer used to be. Cheaper than an Ibanez reissue for the same pedal. Beautiful, creamy overdrive.

That said, I'm interested in getting an EHX LPB-1 for the same reason, for a lead boost. If it's not specifically an overdrive you're looking for, the LPB-1 might be a less expensive solution.
#26
Acutally an EQ can add gain if it has a level knob, because you are pushing the tubes harder if you are boosting frequencies. There's a noticable amount of gain when I slid up the level up on my EQ pedal.
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^ that is assuming it is used to push a tube amp. and i always find it great to combine pedal and amp grit for a nice solo tone. pushing the amp at the same time as having the pedal provide some of its own clipping can really make a solo stand out, at least thats what i do.
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^ The bad monkey, while very good for the price, will not compare to the ibanez/maxon tubescreamers, nor the fulltone recomendations.

I say either a real good EQ (although added noise/hiss can be a problem) dialed for extra volume and extra mids, or a clean boost.
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Balance your pickups - the bridge pickup shouldn't be significantly louder than the neck, try lowering the bridge pickup and raising the neck pickup a little.
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same goes to the EHX LPB-1, which somewhat boosts the highend more than the mids or the lows. you'd want mids, and maybe the oomphs of the lows.



Both the LPB-1 I made and the one I bought took away some treble, and added bass.