The Pickup Booster is for when you love the sound of your guitar but you need a little more: more output, more gain or just a little more control over your guitar’s voice without changing its fundamental character. Think of it as sending your guitar to the gym. A true-bypass pedal with a class A, low-noise circuit design, Pickup Booster can be used to dial in the tone you need for every situation. It will emphasize your guitar’s natural tone while adding some muscle and fatness. It uses a discrete push-pull output stage for increased drive capability. Even with the Gain knob down to 0dB, your signal chain will sound cleaner – including long cable runs, essentially acting as a buffer on your pedalboard.
Need a humbucker sound out of that vintage Strat? The Resonance Switch makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing your single coils to emulate either a chunky humbucker sound perfect for classic rock or blues or a high-output tone for rip-roaring solos. If you’re using humbuckers, Position 1 will give your guitar a little more ‘teeth,’ while Position 2 gives you a hint of that ‘cocked-wah’ tone filter vibe which is great for leads.
Like all of our pedals, Pickup Booster is designed and assembled at our Santa Barbara, California factory by the same team responsible for our legendary pickups.
This setting will give a transparent boost to your signal to drive the rest of your pedalboard with greater signal headroom and no loss of high-end, or use at the end of your pedal chain to drive long cable runs back to your amp.
Setting the Resonance Switch to the “1” position will shift the resonant peak of a single-coil pickup down, thickening up your tone. Putting the Gain control up to the 12 o’clock position will let you drive the front-end of the amp for more grit. This setting really lets the intensity of your playing come through, staying clean until you dig in and bring out the sweet harmonics of your amp.
This setting, with the Resonance Switch on “2” and the Gain control all the way up, gives a single-coil the fatness of a high-output humbucker along with the full push of your amp’s preamp stage, resulting in a meaty, saturated tone. Great for beefing up your solos!
This setting, with the Resonance Switch on “0” and the Gain control all the way up, gives maximum saturation and sustain to a humbucker.