#1
hey i'm looking for a cheap way to get some more volume during solos. i've already tried adding more gain with a distortion pedal but i don't really like the results with the tone. i've also tried setting my mids and trebs higher on the amp but it hasn't done too much either. can i add more volume with an overdrive pedal or a preamp pedal? i've seen on the internet a signature malmsteen DOD overdrive pedal at a really low price, anyone have any idea of how good and usefull it is?
#2
Compression pedal.
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#3
Just put on pickup on half volume and the other on max, crank the amp up and switch to the one on max when the solo comes up.


Although, I cant remember the product, but Tom Morello uses some sort of pedal that put the volume up when activated. Just look him on wikipedia or something...
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#5
Yeah, you need some sort of equalizing, whether that is a live mixer at your show, or an EQ pedal.
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Compression pedal.


no way at all is that going to give a volume boost without sounding terrible, thats not what a compressor is made for. and that DOD YJM pedal is absolutely terrible, sounds like garbage, and YJM doesnt even use it which is the funny part....get a volume pedal, and keep it cocked halfway for rhythym/when you arent soloing, and push it forward for the solo parts, easy as that.

EDIT: or get a clean boost pedal, like the keely katana, or BBE boosta grande
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Just put on pickup on half volume and the other on max, crank the amp up and switch to the one on max when the solo comes up.


Although, I cant remember the product, but Tom Morello uses some sort of pedal that put the volume up when activated. Just look him on wikipedia or something...

Tom Morello used an EQ pedal set flat.

Personally, I just run up to my amp and crank it.
#8
Alot of amps already have a footswitchable volume boost, but if yours doesn't then try an overdrive pedal.
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#9
You could just make one yourself. A volume-boost pedal is the beginners' project @ www.diystompboxes.com . They're a very helpful bunch, and you'll also learn how to build other pedals if you want to.
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get a clean boost pedal, like the keely katana, or BBE boosta grande


+1

For solos I use a BBE Boosta Grande in the effects loop of my amp; it barely effects the tone at all and gives a huge volume boost but my tone already has a very healthy does of mids in it; if your tone hasn't got a lot of mids try an EQ pedal set to boost the mids a bit so your tone cuts through the mix more.
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get an EQ pedal.... most of them have a level boost. Boost the level just a bit, and boost the mids on the EQ pedal. You'll cut through the mix nicely. A cheap EQ pedal that sounds great is the Danelectro Fish and Chips.... trust me its your cheapest and best option.
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#14
Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster. 25db boost which doesn't colour tone. I got one to turn singles to humbuckers on my tele, but if you dont want that you can just turn that mode off.
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For solos I use a BBE Boosta Grande in the effects loop of my amp; it barely effects the tone at all and gives a huge volume boost


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#16
Footswitch to lead channel on your amp if it has one. If not then use an overdrive or distortion pedal of your liking as a boost pedal. Its simple, don't crank the od or distortion knob. Use the volume knob on the pedal to boost your signal and the od/dist. knob as a cheat knob to add that little extra on top of the volume boost you already set if you need it and depending on how much. Works on tube amps perfectly, I dunno never done this on a solid state. Most people will crank on the overdrive or distortion knob to max and then wonder why it sounds horrible then bad mouth the pedal. My DS-1 does this well and its a cheap pedal, can't complain. Find one you like.
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#17
Buy an EQ pedal and set it to boosted mids and cut bass and use it when you solo.
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#18
how is the electro harmonix boost pedal? anyone try the beringher graphic equalizor or the mxr 6 band eq pedal?
#19
You need a boost pedal. These tards who are saying EQ or compressor are exactly that, tards. My buddy has a boost pedal and he kicks it in when its his turn to solo. I have a "boost" knob on my Carvin V3 under the EQ, so i can adjust the volume to be "X"db louder than i am playing. It will always be just a little louder than i am playing, not too loud when i turn up or too soft when i turn down.

So, you need a boost pedal. My friend built his from scratch and he's an idiot; you should have no problem.

P.S. John if you are reading this, i was just kiding about my solos, you are an idiot though.
#20
alright thanks for the advice guys....i'm prob gonna buy the bbe or the electro harmonix clean boost pedal
#22
volume pedal?
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#23
i already have the volume pedal and i don't like messing around when playing cus i can never get it back to the volume i want for rhythm on thje first try. i got it free from this kid that didn't like it and i'm prob gonna sell it cus it's not easy to use and since i have to sing also i need to be back on the mic quickly without wasting time on regulating effects
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You need a boost pedal. These tards who are saying EQ or compressor are exactly that, tards. My buddy has a boost pedal and he kicks it in when its his turn to solo. I have a "boost" knob on my Carvin V3 under the EQ, so i can adjust the volume to be "X"db louder than i am playing. It will always be just a little louder than i am playing, not too loud when i turn up or too soft when i turn down.

So, you need a boost pedal. My friend built his from scratch and he's an idiot; you should have no problem.

P.S. John if you are reading this, i was just kiding about my solos, you are an idiot though.



no ....... and if I'm a tard, according to you, then please get me my helmet and drool cup... cause I'm sticking with EQ pedal.

Just like your V3 amp has a boost..... eq pedals have a boost.... that work the similar to your amp boost. If I am not mistaken your amp goes as high as 9db's with your boost....my eq pedal allows me up to/or down to 15db.

When doing a guitar mix in recording, or live.... you add a mid boost to help cut through the mix. Any one that has a minute of experience with live sound or recording knows this as Kindergarden type knowledge.... SO... to get good cut for solos you take your EQ pedal and put a bit of a mid boost and a little bit of volume boost... this will achieve a nice cut and volume boost for your solo.

A volume boost pedal will accomplish making you a bit louder, but will not help you cut through the mix as well.... sure you will be louder, but in the context of your live sound, it will not sit as nicely in the mix as using just a bit of boost with a mid bump.
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no ....... and if I'm a tard, according to you, then please get me my helmet and drool cup... cause I'm sticking with EQ pedal.

Just like your V3 amp has a boost..... eq pedals have a boost.... that work the similar to your amp boost. If I am not mistaken your amp goes as high as 9db's with your boost....my eq pedal allows me up to/or down to 15db.

When doing a guitar mix in recording, or live.... you add a mid boost to help cut through the mix. Any one that has a minute of experience with live sound or recording knows this as Kindergarden type knowledge.... SO... to get good cut for solos you take your EQ pedal and put a bit of a mid boost and a little bit of volume boost... this will achieve a nice cut and volume boost for your solo.

A volume boost pedal will accomplish making you a bit louder, but will not help you cut through the mix as well.... sure you will be louder, but in the context of your live sound, it will not sit as nicely in the mix as using just a bit of boost with a mid bump.

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#26
You have a Les Paul so you could just set the volume different for both pickups and then switch depending on which u want
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#27
EQ pedal works geat for me and I can shape a different tone output where I add a more defined high-mid range to make my Les Paul more 'audible' during solos as well as a noticeable volume boost.
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me too..... but I wasn't the one calling people tards

you were the one calling people tards while having no idea what you were talking about..

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me too..... but I wasn't the one calling people tards

you were the one calling people tards while having no idea what you were talking about..

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#30
I'd say an Ibanez or Maxon Tubescreamer, run the volume on it high, and turn the gain up if you want some more sustain and bite. Otherwise, you could do what i do; use a Boss DS-1. The DS-1's decent enough, but i'm sure a Tubescreamer would sound a helluva lot more organic.

You could also go Tom Morello style and use an EQ pedal, set flat, but with the volume maxed out if you're just after volume. Or (i'm not sure if this works), you could use a Compressor to add volume and sustain to your solos.
#31
A Boss BD-2 is one of the better clean boosts on the market, apparently, even though it's marketed as a blues distortion pedal. keep the pedal's distortion at nothing, and it works beautifully.

Plus, you get the added versatility of another distortion/overdrive pedal, if you wish to use it like that.
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#32
Just adding an overdrive to your signal chain doens't change the EQ or boost the signal enough to cut through the mix for a solo in my experience; clean boost in the effects loop is the way to go.
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#33
Dial in your sound with the volume on your guitar at about 6.

When your solo comes up, roll it wide open, then roll it back.
#34
ok i'll try to work with the volume on the pickups or just keep the neck pickup on all the way for solos and the bridge half way for rhythm,if not i'm prob gonna stick with a clean boost cus i tried a behringher (i know it sucks) eq pedal and didn't really like the results
#35
Another cheap trick is if you have an FX loop with volume knob and you're not using any effects in it you can use it as a boost. During normal playing have the loop switched in and put the loop vol at around 90%. If you're soloing switch off the loop and now you're playing at full volume.
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Another cheap trick is if you have an FX loop with volume knob and you're not using any effects in it you can use it as a boost. During normal playing have the loop switched in and put the loop vol at around 90%. If you're soloing switch off the loop and now you're playing at full volume.



Thats a REALLY clever idea! Nice.
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It's not my idea, it's mentioned in the Uberschall manual
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#38
wait i have on my amp an fx input with vol knob but i directly connect my guitar to the effects and the effects to the amp using the normal input. i don't understand what u meen. i never quiet understood how to loop effects i just plug them right into the amp