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Boost & Overdrive Pedals

Boost and overdrive pedals were originally designed to push tube amps of the day into full-blown saturation, that just cranking the amps to full volume couldn't achieve - this was before high-gain amps existed and many amps were only capable of achieving crunch tones without help from boost or overdrive pedals.

There are many different 'flavours' of boost and overdrive these days: the more subtle designs add a touch of hair or grit, ideal for bluesy breakup, while others have more punch for a heavier or more harmonically rich sound. Some, such as the famed Klon Centaur, are renowned for their transparency, while others such as the Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster deliberately boost particular frequencies.

RAYGUN FX Soda Drive+ Transparent front | Boost Guitar Pedals
RAYGUN FX Soda Drive+ Transparent front | Boost Guitar Pedals
RAYGUN FX Soda Drive+ context right | Boost Guitar Pedals
RAYGUN FX Soda Drive+ context front | Boost Guitar Pedals

RAYGUN FX Soda Drive+

£65.00

Capable 3-Mode Distortion...

The Raygun FX Soda Drive+ is a single-channel version of the Dual Soda Drive+, one of our bestselling pedals.

If you're after a capable distortion pedal in a small package - and at a great price - then this is the dirt pedal for you!

Its three controls are pretty straightforward, but it also features 3 unique modes to help dial in the tone in your head:

Left: Standard Soda Drive+ Mode
Middle: Booster Mode for less gain but more volume
Right: Germanium Diode Mode for fuzzy, organic distortion tones

This pedal sounds absolutely fantastic and does a great job of achieving everything from light overdrive in Booster Mode to distortion in Standard Mode and even fuzz in Germanium Diode Mode.

Features:

  • Overdrive/distortion pedal with 3 distinct modes
  • Volume, Tone, Drive & Mode controls
  • True bypass
  • Handwired in the UK
  • Power: 9V DC, 100mA centre-negative (not included)
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FORMULA B Fuzz Rangers front transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
FORMULA B Fuzz Rangers front transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
FORMULA B Fuzz Rangers Context Left | Boost Guitar Pedals

FORMULA B Fuzz Rangers

£175.00

Legendary Boost & Fuzz In One Pedal!

The Formula B Fuzz Rangers takes two iconic circuits and encloses them in a beautifully finished chassis, with vintage-style controls. With the option to run the Fuzz or Boost independently, it's an incredibly flexible pedal for your pedalboard, but where it gets interesting is that there's a toggle to set the direction of the signal. You can choose whether to run the Boost into the Fuzz, or vice-versa. The results differ dramatically...

Fuzz

The Fuzz circuit is based on the silicon Fuzz Face, using a pair of NOS military-spec BC108 transistors and carbon-layer resistors. It sounds great on its own, and reacts really nicely to your guitar's volume pot - as Fuzz Faces do. Running the Fuzz into the Boost gets you a clearer tone with plenty of gain to push your amp, showcasing all that lovely Fuzz Face breakup.

Boost

The Boost circuit is based on the Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster, with silicon BC549 transistors to reduce compatibility problems (polarity, power etc) with the Fuzz circuit. Uniquely, there's a toggle switch to shift the Boost emphasis between Low, Mid and High frequencies, making it more flexible than a traditional Rangemaster. Running the Boost into the Fuzz saturates the input of the Fuzz Face and gets you a rich, warm, super-fuzzy character which responds well to how you set the EQ toggle.

More than simply for fans of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this pedal will serve you well with its vintage vibe and tonal flexibility.

Features:

  • Dual-channel pedal with independent Fuzz and Boost circuits.
  • NOS BC108 transistors and carbon-layer resistors on the Fuzz side.
  • Silicon-based Rangemaster circuit on the Boost side for greater compatibility with the Fuzz.
  • Effects Order toggle switch enables you to run the Fuzz into the Boost, or the Boost into the Fuzz when both channels are activated.
  • EQ toggle allows you to emphasise Low, Mid or High frequencies on the Boost side.
  • Handmade in Todi, Italy
  • Fuzz, Level, Boost, EQ toggle & Effects Order toggle controls
  • Power: 9V power supply, centre-negative (not included)
  • Current draw: 10mA
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FORMULA B Super Plexi V front transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
FORMULA B Super Plexi V front transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
FORMULA B Super Plexi V context left | Boost Guitar Pedals

FORMULA B Super Plexi V

£160.00

The Essence of the '60s...

If you hadn't guessed it already, the Formula B Super Plexi V (for "Vertical" - they also do a horizontal version) is based on the Marshall JTM45 "Plexi", with an additional Boost channel thrown in for good measure, capturing the sound of many legendary players from the 1960s onwards.

Effects Order

The Super Plexi V uses a rare Fairchild J201 MOSFET for beautifully warm, responsive tube-like tone. Like the Formula B Fuzz Rangers, there's a toggle to set whether the Boost comes before or after, giving you extra control of your sound - and more options to set your tone on fire!

Boost

The Boost channel on its own gives you plenty of gain to push your amp onto overdrive, but this pedal really comes alive when you partner it with the Plexi channel. Run the Boost before the Plexi for lovely saturation and density; run the Boost after the Plexi to increase the volume and gun your amp's power tubes.

Features:

  • Dual channel "Marshall-in-a-box" pedal with independent Boost and Plexi channels
  • Featuring a rare Fairchild J201 MOSFET for responsive tube-like tone
  • Effects Order toggle switch enables you to run the Boost into the Plexi, or the Plexi into the Boost when both channels are activated
  • Handmade in Todi, Italy
  • Level, Gain, Tone, Boost & Effects Order toggle controls
  • Power: 9V power supply, centre-negative (not included)
  • Current draw: 10mA

 

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ZANDER CIRCUITRY Sono Bass Fuzz & Preamp front transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
ZANDER CIRCUITRY Sono Bass Fuzz & Preamp front transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
ZANDER CIRCUITRY Sono Bass Fuzz & Preamp top transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals

ZANDER CIRCUITRY Sono Bass Fuzz & Preamp

£149.00

Built For Bass!

The Zander Circuitry Sono is one for all you bassists out there: a bass fuzz and preamp in a single small package. 

The preamp side of the pedal takes you from clean to medium-gain, and importantly the Blend control allows you to add back in some of your original signal for clarity and spank. 

Add fuzz to a good core bass tone and you have the recipe for some awesome sounds. Use the fuzz side of the Sono to dial in a tone that suits, and use the Blend control to add back in some of your original signal to ensure nothing gets lost in action. The Rip control enables you to dial in compression and some of that delicious gated/ velcro mayhem. Seriously, let it rip!

As the preamp and fuzz sides are completely independent, you can also stack them together for even more flexibility.

What's new?

This latest version of the Zander Circuitry Sono Bass Fuzz & Preamp features a more compact footprint, with bespoke knurled steel controls. The Blend controls have been updated to work better, the fuzz tone has been tweaked, and the preamp side now offers a wider gain range.

The footswitches support both momentary and latching switching, meaning that you can temporarily engage a channel by holding your foot down on either one of the switches. You can also now engage the second footswitch from bypass, without having to activate the pedal first.

Features:

  • Updated version of Sono Bass Fuzz & Preamp for 2021
  • Super-versatile fuzz and preamp pedal specifically tuned for bass guitar
  • Top-mounted jacks
  • P Lvl, P Gain, P Blend, F Lvl, F Gain, F Blend, F Tone & F Rip controls
  • Power: 9V power adaptor, centre-negative (not included).
  • Current draw: 135mA
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FREDRIC EFFECTS Accomplished Badger Germanium Preamp  Front Transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Accomplished Badger Germanium Preamp  Front Transparent | Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Accomplished Badger Germanium Preamp  Front Context | Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Accomplished Badger Germanium Preamp  Left Context | Boost Guitar Pedals

FREDRIC EFFECTS Accomplished Badger Germanium Preamp

£125.00

An Accomplished Multitool...

The Fredric Effects Accomplished Badger is a dual-stage preamp/boost utilising a 4558 op-amp stage which drives A NOS vintage germanium transistor.

Impressive Internals

To maximise its potential as a clean boost, the Accomplished Badger features an internal charge-pump which runs at 18v from a 9v input. An audio-grade Triad output transformer provides musical saturation and breakup character.

What sounds can I get out of the Accomplished Badger?

The result is a glorious sound that goes from ultra-clean to harmonically rich.

You can turn the germanium stage right down for a super-clean op-amp boost, while turning up the germanium gain stage and driving it hard with the Clean Gain mini pot gets you into super-saturated, gritty, velcro fuzz territory.

Turning both controls to middling levels gives way to beautifully expansive tones with that characteristic germanium responsiveness and "bounce".

This is a super-versatile low-gain pedal, giving you the option of dialling in as much or as little germanium colouration as you like, or allowing you to run it as a clean preamp. A must for your pedalboard!

Features:

  • Dual-stage preamp/boost
  • NOS vintage germanium transistors
  • Internal charge pump converts 9V to 18V for more headroom
  • Handmade in London, UK
  • Gain, Volume, Si Bias, Ge Bias & circuit toggle controls
  • Power: 9V centre-negative or 9V battery (neither included)
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BAD PENNY FX Smoothflow front transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
BAD PENNY FX Smoothflow front transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
BAD PENNY FX Smoothflow front context - Boost Guitar Pedals

BAD PENNY FX Smoothflow

£165.00

Built To Order...

The Bad Penny FX Smoothflow is a twin-stage dynamic boost, taking you from super-clean through to full-on gain.

Both stages have similar controls, although there are three toggles which affect the sound in particular ways:

Clean

The clean switch reduces the input gain, enabling you to achieve the cleanest boost possible.

Full & Thick

The full and thick switches allow to you enable a bass cut to each gain stage independently, essentially turning the affected gain stage into a treble-boost. 

If you're looking for a high quality do-it-all pedal, the Smoothflow is definitely worth considering. In addition to its handwired circuit - including high quality pots and switches, 22awg cloth wiring, and select vintage components - it is built into a handmade English ash hardwood and aluminium enclosure.

Please note: The Bad Penny FX Smoothflow is built to order. Please allow around 7 days build time plus shipping time.

Features:

  • Twin-stage dynamic boost with vintage components
  • English ash hardwood and aluminium enclosure
  • True bypass
  • Handmade in East-Sussex, UK
  • Gain 1, Boost 1, Gain 2, Boost 2, Clean, Full & Thick controls
  • Power: 9V power supply, centre-negative (not included)

 

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BAD PENNY FX Widow front transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
BAD PENNY FX Widow front transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
BAD PENNY FX Widow front context- Boost Guitar Pedals

BAD PENNY FX Widow

£155.00

Built To Order...

The Bad Penny FX Widow is a dual footswitch design offering stackable overdrive and fuzz channels. 

The overdrive circuit is based on Bad Penny FX's Trainscreamer overdrive pedal, taking you from mild boost to singing sustain. Bad Penny FX have designed this circuit to preserve and enhance the low-end frequencies in your signal, giving you warmth and thickness when you need it.

The fuzz circuit is designed to be stacked after the overdrive circuit in series. The drive it receives from the overdrive gives it plenty of attack. Use the Bite control to starve the circuit and create stuttery, breaking up sounds, and use the Evil control to cut bass from your tone (this control can be fine-tuned via an internal trim-pot).

The ability to stack a low-gain overdrive circuit into a fuzz circuit gives this pedal tons of versatility - use the overdrive on its own or add the fuzz to bring the gain!

Please note: The Bad Penny FX Widow is built to order. Please allow around 7 days build time plus shipping time.

Features:

  • Dual channel overdrive & fuzz
  • English ash hardwood and aluminium enclosure
  • True bypass
  • Handmade in East-Sussex, UK
  • Master, Drive, Tone, Bite, Evil controls
  • Power: 9V power supply, centre-negative (not included)

 

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FREDRIC EFFECTS Golden Eagle Front Transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Golden Eagle Front Transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Golden Eagle Right Context | Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Golden Eagle Front Context | Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Golden Eagle Left Context | Boost Guitar Pedals

FREDRIC EFFECTS Golden Eagle

£125.00

The Ultimate Klon Klone?

The Fredric Effects Golden Eagle is a single-pedal sized recreation of the Klon Centaur, with completely accurate electronics built to the highest specification.

Just like the Klon Centaur, it features the internal buffer and charge pump, making the Golden Eagle the perfect pedal for three tasks on your pedalboard:

  1. Buffer - Use the Golden Eagle's high quality buffer to maximise the signal capacitance and resistance of your signal path, getting the most from your other pedals (there's a great That Pedal Show video on this topic, demonstrated using a Klon Centaur)
  2. Clean Boost - Use the Golden Eagle to condition your tone, running it at low gain and unity volume. Subtle but effective tone improvements.
  3. Overdrive - Turn the gain up to drive your amp into beautifully organic break up.

Just like Fredric Effects' other pedals, the build quality is exceptional, with a folded steel chassis featuring perfectly bevelled corners. It's the small touches that count!

Features:

  • 100% accurate recreation of the Klon Centaur
  • High quality internal buffer
  • Internal charge pump converts 9V to 18V for more headroom
  • Handmade in London, UK
  • Gain, Output & Treble controls
  • Power: 9V centre-negative or 9V battery (neither included)

 

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FREDRIC EFFECTS Regent 150 Preamp front transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Regent 150 Preamp front transparent - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Regent 150 Preamp Right Context - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Regent 150 Preamp Left Context - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Regent 150 Preamp Front Context - Boost Guitar Pedals

FREDRIC EFFECTS Regent 150 Preamp

£120.00

"A Magic-Dust Sprinkler"...

The Fredric Effects Regent 150 Preamp pedal is a faithful recreation of the preamp and EQ sections from a cold war-era East German amp, the Vermona Regent 150K. It features vintage-correct NOS transistors and sturdy construction to keep you playing all night long!

The Regent 150 Preamp can sweeten your core sound like a traditional preamp, or turn into a boost or distortion pedal by using the controls more aggressively. The Volume control adds gain as you turn it up, taking you into gritty distortion territory, while the Bass and Treble controls allow you to get classic mid-boost or mid-scooped sounds as well as more modern tones with plenty of top-end sparkle.

The internal charge pump IC converts 9V into the 15V DC that the original amp ran on. This gives the pedal tons of headroom with the ability to produce extraordinary clarity. 

"There’s more, but we don’t have room to describe it all. Basically this is a magic-dust sprinkler" - Guitarist Magazine (Editor's Choice) December 2019

This deserves to be an always-on pedal on your pedalboard. It stacks really well and  offers loads of flexibility. The build quality is exceptional too, with a folded steel chassis. The icing on the cake is that as this is based on a rare East German amp rather than the ubiquitous Fender or Marshall circuit, you will definitely stand out from the masses!

Features:

  • Preamp pedal based on a rare East German cold war-era amplifier
  • Handmade in London, UK
  • Volume, Bass & Treble controls
  • Power: 9V centre-negative or 9V battery (neither included)

 

 

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FREDRIC EFFECTS Blue Monarch Transparent Front - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Blue Monarch Transparent Front - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Blue Monarch Front Context - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Blue Monarch Right Context - Boost Guitar Pedals
FREDRIC EFFECTS Blue Monarch Left Context - Boost Guitar Pedals

FREDRIC EFFECTS Blue Monarch

£125.00

The Blues Breaker You've Been Looking For!

The Fredric Effects Blue Monarch overdrive is based on the 1990s Marshall Blues Breaker and features all the mods offered by the cult Analog Man King Of Tone version.

All four controls are easily accessible on the front of the pedal, and the King Of Tone internal dip switches have been replaced with a clipping toggle. In the "up" position the sound is less compressed and more open, with less distortion. 

In addition, Fredric Effects has added an internal dip switch to turn on a boost circuit and increase the amount of gain on tap, making this a super-versatile overdrive that will fit well in any rig.

Features:

  • Modded version of the Marshall Bluesbreaker and Analog Man King Of Tone
  • Handmade in London, UK
  • Volume, Gain, Tone, Treble Boost, Clipping & Boost controls
  • Power: 9V DC centre-negative or 9V battery (neither included)

 

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