Best Pedal For Solo Volume Boost?

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  1. longjaw

    longjaw Senior Member

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    Hey guys, looking for a pedal to boost my volume for solos on my Peavey Classic 30. My band play classic rock/blues a la ZZ Top - I'm thinking of getting a Marshall Guvnor 2. Anyone recommend them or any other reasonably priced pedal? Thanks
     
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    VictorLazarus Senior Member

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    Try a drive pedal or an overdrive pedal set really low distortion for a good clean boost. (if thats what your after)

    MVL.
     
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    Fulltone OCD works for me... Gibsonblues...
     
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    My take on the Guvnor: nah, don't do it. I don't like the sound of the Guvnor in either its original or new forms through any amp except an old Marshall.

    Anyway, for boosts there's a better option. The Boss GE-7 graphic equalizer pedal. This or any similar graphic EQ will have 6 or 7 bands of EQ and (roll drums) a volume slider. The sheer boost from this will increase the saturation of your dirty channel, and give you a bigger volume boost than most distortion / overdrive pedals. It also gives you a lot more control over your tone: you can actually sculpt it the way you want it.

    It also means that all of your distortion remains valve distortion. No nasty clipping diodes.:thumb:
     
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    That looks cool.:naughty:

    And while we're on the subject of big +35 dB boosts, there's this:

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    I have their Crunch Box, and it is superb. In fact, this thread has prompted me to go and try a Boost n Buff at a local shop. Hmmmm.:hmm:
     
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    AMZ Mosfet booster. The Catalinbread pedal previously mentioned is based upon it. Great booster circuit!
     
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    clean boost? use a GE-7 keep the sliders neutral and just use the vol lever
     
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    Thanks chaps - think I'll try the Boss GE-7 option. Gonna keep my eyes peeled on eBay and see if I can get one cheap there! Thanks again!
     
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    +1 Fulltone OCD. From my experience even with Drive set to min (fully CCW), it provides rich harmonics. It may even be a little much, even set to min. You may wish to consider just a boost such as a Fulltone Fat Boost set to min.
     
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    +1 on the OCD set to minimal gain. It sounds so... perfect!
     
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    D#mn! Don't know wether to try the OCD now! :)
     
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    i own the classic 30 head and speaking from exp id say either the OCD or my personal favourite a tubescreamer...both are good overdrives
     
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    Give in to the GAS attack!
     
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    I'm a little confused.

    Are you talking about boosting the guitar signal at the input of the amp (which would more than likely increase preamp distortion and not the volume), or are we talking about increasing the volume of the amp without changing the tone of the preamp (by using the effects loop)?
     
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    Whenever I gig, I always run the amp(s) one of two ways for volume changes. I either boost the signal in the f/x loop for solos, or I cut the same signal for rhythm parts. I usually end up boosting the majority of the time because I like the idea of making the power section work slightly harder. In the rare situation that the amp is already louder than piss, I'll go the rhythm cutting route. Also, I put the boost (or cut) at the end of the chain if I'm running effects in the loop.

    For solo boosting, I try to use something with a broad & flat response that boosts all frequencies evenly. I've been using the discontinued DOD FX-10 Bi-Fet preamp pedal for years. They're cheap & plentiful, don't color the sound, and work everytime I step on it.

    For rhythm cutting, there's a couple ways to do it. The easiest is to pick up an Ernie Ball 25K volume pedal. You want the 25K model because 99.99% of the f/x loops out there run at low impedance. If you gig with a couple of amps, get the stereo version of the pedal. The other way is to just build a volume cut box yourself, which is what I have (hiding in a box somewhere out in the garage). I made mine with two 25K pots for use with two amps, and also with a 3PDT switch so that I could use two status LEDs.

    And if you haven't figured it out yet, you will need a couple more guitar cables if you're not currently using the loop.

    Rock on. :dude:
     
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    Durham Sex Drive

    Keeley Time Machine Boost
     
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    The Peavey Classic 30 doesn't have an effects loop so I'll be going through the input socket.
     

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