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RE: pick-ups boosters?
I own a pickup booster pedal by Seymour Duncan, and it is a
preamp/clean booster pedal, with enough gain ( variable from +6db to
+25db), to overdrive the front end of a tube amp. I have it as the first thing
my guitar goes to on my pedal board, and I leave in on and vary
the level according to what guitar I'm using. I like using it as a
line driver to make up for the slight lose in volume and high end one gets from
running a guitar through a bunch of pedals and 30+ feet of cable. I have
also used it set very high and feeding a low wattage tube amp to create a lovely
and dynamic overdrive. The one feature it has that I don't use very often
is the P/U resonance switch. This small slider switch on the front of the
pedal allows you to select between two preset resonance filters, that in effect,
can make a single coil pickup sound more like a humbucker, by lowering the
resonant frequency of the signal . It actually sounds rather good, though
I don't use it much as i kind of enjoy the sound of a strat being a strat, and I
have an instrument with humbuckers, anyway. I have used the resonance
filter when playing slide on a strat to fatten the sound and tame the "sting" a
little, and I liked the result. I kind of wish I had another one to
kick in and out for clean solo boosts, but I'm realy happy leaving it on,
set low, and letting it boost my signal before hitting the other effects. it
seems to improve signal to noise ratio, make the other effects sound
better. and provide a little natural compression by driving my tube amps a
little harder. Also when I switch between my axe with single coils and my
axe with humbuckers I can vary the gain on the pedal to balance the two.
Its a cool pedal. It also cost me alot less than a similar pedal from
Fulltone or Demeter would have, and the resonance switch is unique and usefull,
particularly for a tele or strat player who would like to mellow and
darken their tone.
pretty simple-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 2:22
A question: What is this thing
called a pick-ups booster? Looks like a smaller
fx pedal, plugs in same way-
supposed to greatly expand guitar pick-ups' capacities
somehow...true or false?What
does it do?
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