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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Clean boost or volume knob?

Rick Knight
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Jul 5th, 2019 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bass player here, thinking about guitar stuff. I’m interested in knowing how many use a clean boost vs just the guitar volume knob.

ejm

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Jul 5th, 2019 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

If your guitar full up doesn't have enough juice into the amp that you have, and the amp doesn't have enough drive of its own, and you need more, then a clean boost will/can come into use.

I think that's the reasoning as to why most people use one. That was the reason for the LPB-1.

Of course there are many mutations of this, but I think that's where it starts.


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Jul 5th, 2019 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

A good clean boost pedal will make a Fender Princeton Reverb sound like its volume is set to 6-7 when it’s actually set to 4. The pedal volume pot gives added volume control. With that said, the amp volume needs to be set high enough to realize the benefits of the effect.

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Volume set to "Stun".
Jul 5th, 2019 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Put me down for volume knob.




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Jul 5th, 2019 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Both, generally I’m using the vol knob to tweak ambient sound pressure, with my bass plugged into the EQ pedal. I’ve got it set to slightly increase the volume and tweaked for a lower bottom the tone control can’t achieve.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 5th, 2019 04:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Volume ka-nob.

I used to use an RC Boost in my gigging days, but I like to keep things as simple as possible now.

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Jul 5th, 2019 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Keeley BD-2 set slightly about unity gain and an Ernie Ball Jr to adjust volume. Occasionally, depending on the guitar, I'll adjust the volume knob for texture.

DrKev

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Jul 6th, 2019 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

A little of both. I have pedals that do clean boost, light bluesy overdrive, and more full-on overdrive but I'll sometimes use the volume knob to adjust texture and dynamics with each of those.

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Jul 6th, 2019 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll add that the clean boost is always activated for my large and small pedal boards. A volume pedal is handy but not the total answer for me.

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Jul 6th, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm in kind of a treble boost phase right now. it seems to make the cleans... well, cleaner.

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Jul 6th, 2019 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Depends on the situation and the song. I use my guitar's volume and tone knobs a lot, but don't always have my amp set for a nice sustaining overdrive, so sometimes a boost works better.

willie

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Jul 6th, 2019 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the things I love most about the Roland Blues Cube Artist are the tone boost functions you can activate for both clean and crunch...amazing effect on tonal texture as well as perceived volume.

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Jul 6th, 2019 11:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

willie, you got the GA-FC for all the functions?

I keep meaning to get one for my BCA, but I tend to use a full pedalboard so, I kind got everything there already.

Sorry for the side track...


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Jul 8th, 2019 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

If I'm playing and singing at the same time, I can't be turning up and down and making sure the "down" gets back to the place I started the song.
Clean boost all the way...

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Jul 8th, 2019 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

“I like to keep things as simple as possible now.”

I do too but I’ve really gotten used to the floor tuner, not at home when I’m just putzing around, I have the old Sabine and the built in mic is great for ambient volume both electric and acoustic. At rehearsal and the odd gig now and then, I’m using the floor tuner, might as well hook up the bass DI while I’m at it. I use it on a couple tunes per set. I’m probably the only one that can hear it “o)


wittyusername

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Jul 14th, 2019 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Both.

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Jul 14th, 2019 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Both as well. I use a Morley JD-10 preamp going into a Vibrolux Reverb. I've figured out the settings so I can go from clean chords to a nice lead tone with lots of sustain just using the volume and tone controls on my Tele.


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Jul 15th, 2019 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

It depends on the style of music. For alt country, rockabilly and blues, I use the volume knob to go between rhythm and solos.

For hard rock, I use a clean boost for my solos.

DanL

Northern CT - USA

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Jul 30th, 2019 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been playing for over 40 years, and I never thought I'd ever use a clean boost pedal. But over the past few years I've acquired a few of them (Xotic EP and Xotic RC Booster are my favorites).

I play in a Beatles Tribute band so I'm playing clean about 80% of the time. When it's time for a "George" solo, I gotta have something to step on to boost my volume but keep my tone clean.

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