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RE: pick-ups boosters?

does the zachary-vex "super hard on" pedal (also refered to as a 'negative 
feedback' pedal) fall under the pick-up booster category?  oh my, that 
little thingy made my sax sound cool. through effects and just the 
of things it picked-up  and amplified just expanded my range tremendously. 
im thinking bout buying one. but then, will prob have to by a tube amp... 
anybody know bout this...


>From: "William Walker" <billwalker@looppool.info>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
>Subject: RE: pick-ups boosters?
>Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 21:09:47 -0700
>  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 
>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 
>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, 
>don't use it much as i kind of enjoy the sound of a strat being a strat, 
>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 
>to kick in and out for clean solo boosts, but I'm realy happy leaving it 
>set low, and letting it boost my signal before hitting the other effects. 
>seems to improve signal to noise ratio, make the other effects sound 
>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 
>humbuckers I can vary the gain on the pedal to balance the two.  Its a 
>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 
>their tone.
>  Bill
>  pretty simple-----Original Message-----
>From: Monica [mailto:coolintensity@yahoo.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 2:22 PM
>To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>Subject: pick-ups boosters?
>   A question: What is this thing called a pick-ups booster? Looks like a
>   fx pedal, plugs in same way- supposed to greatly expand guitar 
>   somehow...true or false?What does it do?
>   Monica
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