When should I use a boost pedal in a performance?

Asked by: Carmen Daley

Cut Through The Mix When It Matters If you are the lead guitarist in your band, you probably know that sometimes those solo sections just can’t cut through the mix with enough intensity. A boost pedal will solve that issue with a press of a single button.

When should I use a boost pedal?

Most boost pedals are very similar in terms of design, and their main function is simply to kick your signal up by a significant notch. Many guitarists use boost pedals to raise the volume of their amplifiers, to pronounce certain sections in songs and bring them forward in a mix.

Where should I put a boost pedal?

All you need to do is place the pedal in front of your amp and dial the pedal in to your desired volume. Provided you aren’t running your boost in front of a totally clean amp with lots of headroom, you should find that the boost pedal adds warmth to your tone and makes your guitar sound bigger.

Should a boost pedal go before or after distortion?

In general, when you place a boost pedal in front of a gain pedal (overdrive or distortion), the boost will make the gain pedal more saturated. If you place a boost after your gain pedals, it will make the same sound, only louder.

Should a boost go before or after overdrive?

If you place the boost before the overdrive, the result will be more distortion and gain, as the input level to the overdrive will be increased. If you place the boost after the overdrive, it will make the overdrive’s output louder, allowing you to push the input on your amp harder or to increase the volume for solos.

Do boost pedals add gain?

So yeah add more volume to your overdrive pedal add more gain to your amp. Yes we've done that says.

What is the difference between a boost pedal and a preamp pedal?

That’s when you need a boost. That boost goes after the guitar but before the amp, which is why sometimes you see a boost called a preamp. There’s tons of different ways to label it, but at the end of the day, a boost is anything that makes your guitar sound louder than it really is.

What is the difference between boost and overdrive?

Extreme amount of gain, hard clipping buzzing tones. Overall, they have similar aims: to add dirt and grit to your tone. The main difference is in how much it adds to your signal. Boost adds small amounts, overdrive adds a medium amount, distortion adds a large amount, and fuzz takes it to extreme levels.

Where do you put the boost pedal in a solo?

The guitar tends to sit in the mid-range. So for my solo boost I have a bump in the mid-range to push out of the mix.

What is the best order to put guitar effects pedals in?

Dynamics (compressors), filters (wah), pitch shifters, and Volume pedals typically go at the beginning of the signal chain. Gain based effects such as and overdrive/distortion pedals come next. Modulation effects such as chorus, flangers, phasers typically come next in the chain.

Can I use an overdrive pedal as a boost?

But if you don't have that or you want to add a little color to the clean boost what you can do is you can take one of the overdrive pedals. That we've been demoing.

What is a dirty boost pedal?


At the other end of the spectrum, we have ‘dirty boost’ pedals. These are technically still boost pedals, but they function in a way that is much closer to an overdrive pedal. And the line between these boost pedals and standard overdrive pedals is very thin.

How does a clean boost work?

Clean (or transparent) boosts function as inline preamps that allow players to hit the front-end of their amplifiers harder, resulting in a more gain-heavy sound, without having to crank their amp’s volume to neighbor-disturbing levels.