This pedal is based on the 1960s British Dallas Rangemaster, which was best at the time to give a treble and gain boost to the dark British amps. This allowed them to get a sound more in tune with the time, as guitars were starting to become a lou...
In this article, Mike Piera ("Analog Mike") says: "In June of 2001 Mr. Iommi's guitar tech Mike Clement told me that Tony was looking for another Dallas Rangemaster as his was lost years ago. I did not have any to sell, so I offered and make him a clone, our first BEANO BOOST. Last I heard he has it in his home studio along with our Chorus and modified TS9 tube screamer."more
"SOLD!!!!!!!!! This Beano Boost is AWESOME!! It's exactly what I'm looking for! My MXR micro amp is cool but it accents the bass too much when the knob is above 2 o'clock and the mids get thinner. The Beano Boost gives a much more even boost all over the range of the guitar. And the tone is sweet! I don't wanna bore you but I'll just tell you a quick story of how the Beano Boost changed my life… I've been using the TS-9/Voodoo combo with my three single coil strat, and using the MXR micro for the clean sound. Lately I've been really tempted by my other Strat with a humbucker in the treble position and the Ibanez SD-9/808 mod, which is a beautiful tone… but the SD-9/808 is a little brighter, so when I turn down the treble for that pedal, the micro amp is unusable… anyway, enter the Beano Boost and all problems are solved!! Now I'm using the SD-9/808 for higher gain sounds and the TS-9/808/Silver for fatter rhythm pickup bluesy sounds. The Beano Boost kicked my micro amp AND Voodoo out of my rack! I'm using the MID range boost - I don't have a use for the treble boost yet but it's nice to have that option for recording."more
This pedal is based on the 1960s British Dallas Rangemaster, which was best at the time to give a treble and gain boost to the dark British amps. This allowed them to get a sound more in tune with the time, as guitars were starting to become a loud, bold, lead instrument. This pedal is a type of BOOSTER, not really a distortion pedal nor a clean boost- it does modify your sound quite a bit. It excites certain frequencies and pushes your amp to allow it to create rich tube distortion. The pedal colors your tone, with a crunchy overdrive, boosting certain frequencies, and warming the tone with NOS germanium transistors. It does not have a lot of compression and sustain like most OD pedals, but a more raw, open sound.
Analog Man's Beano Boost pedal is a hand-made Rangemaster with three modes - treble boost, mid boost and bass boost. But it doesn't just make the guitar louder - it gives a special, edgy and roughened sound that cuts through like a refined cheese grater. The Rangemaster is part of the classic sound of Marc Bolan, Tony Iommi, Rory Gallagher and Brian May and is rumoured to be the secret behind Eric Clapton's revolutionary tone on the Bluesbreakers' "Beano" album (hence this pedal's name).