Little pedal, big boost!
The Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster is a spot-on reissue of the original LPB-1 circuit that introduced overdrive in 1968. Put this little monster in line before any effect to provide boost and definition. Impr...
In this [interview](http://www.hiwatt.co.uk/news/hiwatt-catches-up-with-keith-scott) with Keith Scott, he talks about his use of the Electro-Harmonix LPB-1, stating, "I used to plug straight into the hi-gain input of the Hiwatt Custom 100 amp with my Les Paul and the built in boost circuit was usually enough gain to cover most rock sounds...the built in boost circuit was the brain child of a “Hutch” Hutchinson who did the mod for the Canadian amp market to get the Hiwatt to compete with Marshall and Ampeg, later on I decided to try a newer model Fender Stratocaster and to gain it up, I ran a Electro Harmonix LPB-1 booster into the input, that gave the rig a much hotter sound, but I ran dry into that set up for many years".more
" I had a Gibson 2x12 amp, but I have no idea what model it was. Well, that's what I was told it was anyway. But now that I think about it, it was probably some kind of wanna-be Gibson amp. But it was a tube amp though, which was great. I think it had 6V6s in it. I used to put it in the basement and run an Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 [Linear Power Booster] through it. I would just beat the piss out of it. I'd cover it with a blanket because it would be so loud that way my parents wouldn't freak out. It actually sounded good."more
In this attached blog photo, an EHX LPB-1 Linear Power Booster Pre-amp pedal is seen in Matt Taylor's gear setup. Although it does not directly show it is his, the cable running out of his amp matches that of the one plugged into the EHX Holy Grail, which is different from Kyle Straka's cable.more
Little pedal, big boost!
The Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster is a spot-on reissue of the original LPB-1 circuit that introduced overdrive in 1968. Put this little monster in line before any effect to provide boost and definition. Improves the gain and saturation of your amp. The Nano LPB-1 Power Booster gives your sound presence! Housed in a compact, die-cast box with rounded corners to save valuable pedal board space. 9V DC power jack.
I got this for £24 so I wasn't expecting it to be remarkable. It is dreadful as a clean boost but over my TS Mini it makes it really scream so that is a positive. I am aiming though to upgrade to a Spark or an MXR Micro Amp to improve my sound.
This a simple boost pedal with just a "boost" knob. It is not just a volume boost, the mids are boosted as well, and not slightly. It can be a problem for some who are after a perfeclty clean boost but for the use I make of this pedal, first in chain in front of a Mesa Boogie Flux-Drive, it's very efficient if you want to step out in a band mix and add some grit to an already slightly overdriven sound. You do not need to push the knob very far : at 11 o'clock, it's already audible. Past noon, you run the risk of annoying your bandmates. I've also used it at the end of the effect chain, in that case you need to be very careful about how you set the boost knob, 10 o'clock will result in an already very drastic boost, and that includes hiss and other unintended noise. I rarely use it as a standalone boost and have never tried it in an amp's effect loop, though. Not a 5-star pedal, then, but for me, it's almost compulsory in a band situation, and unbeatable in that price range.
Got this guy not too long ago looking for a relatively non-expensive way to give myself a nice mid-range boost. I play through a 6505+ and they aren't known for their mid-range like Marshall. This pedal drive the tubes harder so your signal breaks up sooner, for metal the sooner the better. I have it set at 11 o'clock and its the perfect amount of juice to get the tone I'm looking for. Did I mention it doesn't color your tone like drive pedals do?
Though being a very simple pedal, the EHX LPB-1 has some interesting features besides being the classic volume-booster pedal. You can use it trough the FX loop for boosting the volume of whatever you are playing, or through the front of the amp. When used this way it serves as a overdrive-type of pedal that raises the middle-sound along with adding some gain. Interesting feature as well, I recommend to try it.
Lpb1 is a clean booster pedal by Electro-Harmonix. A very simple and effective pedal. Just one knob and function: Increase the guitar signal. Perfect for lead guitarist
I've used better boosters but I just needed a gain boost for solos. works great adding extra saturation and volume. I use this in conjunction with a Boss GE-7 equalizer on full volume, boosting mids before the preamp.
I use this after my overdrive for a solo volume boost and it works great, it can also be used to push an amp or pedal into additional levels of saturation if that's what works for you. very simple to use and versatile.
I like this boost because of his dirty and "muffy" sound when it is set on 12 o' clock or more, but on the other hand i hate this because it kills a bit the true sound of the solo, how ever it is cheap and has a "rebel soul" that's why i like it
Very good for being a one switch pedal. It is not a one trick pony for sure, it has a great George Harrison tone when put down and past noon it is a halfway to distortion halfway to OD.
the all time classic bipolar silicon transistor boost... before the microamp there was this guy! came in a bass and treble boosting version, the screaming bird and mole respectively.
I would say that the EHX LPB-1 Is a unique pedal. It works as a booster with not so much volume range as other similar pedals. If you turn it all the way up using your clean channel, it will increase your volume and sound like an overdrive. It's not transparent at all, as it adds "mid-range body" to your sound, but I need to say that it sounds pretty cool. When I use it after my RAT, I adjust the knob between 11-12 o'clock and it adds body and saturation to that famous crispy RAT sound, making it a little more tasty to my ears. Don't buy it if you need to boost your clean tones, as you only notice volume changes when it is already adding saturation to the signal.