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Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB  

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The kit includes all of the parts needed to upgrade your guitar with the Mid Boost Preamp used on the Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy Strats.


A shot in the arm (or the pickup) that will inspire you to guitar greatness.

 

Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB Specifications:

  • 1 ea 0028617000 PCB ASSY Clapton Pre amp
  • 1 ea 0021682000 Control 50 K Audio
  • 1 ea 0028531000 Control 250 K Special Taper
  • 3 ea 0016352000 Nut Hex 3/8-32x3/32 TK NI
  • 3 ea 0022384000 Washer Lck Intrl 3/8 x .500 x .040 Ni
  • 1 ea 0039432000 Jack Output OPN Stereo Urge
  • 1 ea 0992052000 TBX Tone Control
  • 1 ea 0057578000 Schematic Wiring Diag Mid Boost Circuit
  • 1 ea 9903320000 Bag Zip Poly 10x13 2m
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FenderPre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I installed it., huge difference in gain!

If you are hesitant to do this, but are fairly handy with a soldering iron, and crafty, do it. You won't be sorry you did.
I picked up one of these mid...Read complete review

If you are hesitant to do this, but are fairly handy with a soldering iron, and crafty, do it. You won't be sorry you did.
I picked up one of these mid boosts and installed it myself. I did a lot of research before I did it though to determine all of the possible issue I might run into along the way. I did find one very helpful site at the link below that was quite helpful. Especially the tips about what to watch out for. http://areyouexperienced.net/fender_clapton_mid_boost_kit.htm

Once I felt confident about the process I pulled the trigger and bought the kit. I also picked up a whole new pick guard so I could build the unit from scratch, installing the new components and transferring the necessary old parts I.e. pickups. I used an old Strat Plus to make the conversion.

The single biggest problem I had was deciding where to install the small PC board and the battery. This will change based on the cavity routings under your pick guard. Fortunately, my Strat had one large rectangular cavity where the pickup go so there was enough room to carefully mount the board to the body between the neck and middle pickup. It was a tight fit but it worked well. The battery is installed in the tremolo spring cavity, where I blocked the trem, and moved the springs to the outside leaving just enough room between them for the battery.

Everything went very smoothly, my biggest suggestion is to plan out how you are going to do the install, and take your time. Depending on your routes you may have to route a space for this unit so beware and be prepared to make that modification.

However, once installed the product perform beautifully, and sounds great! Since I had Lace Sensor pickups in the Strat there is absolutely no hum or buzz. You will see a lot of people that shield the cavity to reduce interference but I don't think it's necessary. Mine is more quiet now than it was to begin with. You are gonna get a HUGE gain in output from this mod. Even without the boost engaged, you'll get 12 db in boost to begin with. I also installed a off/on switch, and would highly suggest this addition.

Anyway, this is a big bang for the buck, it just takes some time and I would say a litte experience to install... Not too bad overall to install, IMO. I'm glad I did it, I feel like I have a Clapton Strat now for a fraction of the price! Just do it!
It's Fender so the quality was good.
This is a super value for the cost compared to the cost of a Clapton Strat. The entire mod cost me around $120 with a new pick guard, screws, and new saddles (not req'd for the mod). The difference in tone and gain is phenomenal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Already pulled it out

Installed in a Am Std with VN. Mudded the tone a lot and upped the output even turned off. Lost that magic tone I was trying to emphasize. Got that magic tone back...Read complete review

Installed in a Am Std with VN. Mudded the tone a lot and upped the output even turned off. Lost that magic tone I was trying to emphasize. Got that magic tone back by pulling that stuff out. Pretty expensive way to get a TBX tone pot. Guess I might try to put the pcb into a pedal because I can't find the bag it came in to return it.

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5.0

Great Addition to a Great Guitar

By MLY

from Hot Springs, ark

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

    Great Product. Great Price.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pickup finicky

    By Fred Buzz

    from Blue Springs, Mo.

    About Me Novice

    Ask me a question

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          I am a 2yr player. Yeah its a long road and i am just getting started. Ok, first off i have had about 30 guitars already...trying to find my mojo. Most all of them have been hot rodded and sold. I recently had a tele with the mid boost and it easily had the best cleans i ever heard. So i went out and put the mid boost/tbx in my 98 mim strat. Against all warnings i put the fender hot noiseless pickups in. I can tell you they sounded like garbage with the mid boost. I then installed the vintage noiseless and. Wala! This strat sings, with excellent sustain. I highly recommend this mod. Just incredible. ....On another note I took the hot noiseless pickups and put them in a squire strat passively. They sound excellent, but not with the mid boost. So there you go...Go vintage. Or be prepared to experiment.

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          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Already pulled it out

          By Tom97Strat

          from Katy, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Gain For Days

          Cons

          • Mudded My Tone
          • Too Much Gain

          Best Uses

          • No Clue

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          Installed in a Am Std with VN. Mudded the tone a lot and upped the output even turned off. Lost that magic tone I was trying to emphasize. Got that magic tone back by pulling that stuff out. Pretty expensive way to get a TBX tone pot. Guess I might try to put the pcb into a pedal because I can't find the bag it came in to return it.

          Comment on this review

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I installed it., huge difference in gain!

          By TK-ThhVW

          from Chicago area

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          If you are hesitant to do this, but are fairly handy with a soldering iron, and crafty, do it. You won't be sorry you did.
          I picked up one of these mid boosts and installed it myself. I did a lot of research before I did it though to determine all of the possible issue I might run into along the way. I did find one very helpful site at the link below that was quite helpful. Especially the tips about what to watch out for. http://areyouexperienced.net/fender_clapton_mid_boost_kit.htm

          Once I felt confident about the process I pulled the trigger and bought the kit. I also picked up a whole new pick guard so I could build the unit from scratch, installing the new components and transferring the necessary old parts I.e. pickups. I used an old Strat Plus to make the conversion.

          The single biggest problem I had was deciding where to install the small PC board and the battery. This will change based on the cavity routings under your pick guard. Fortunately, my Strat had one large rectangular cavity where the pickup go so there was enough room to carefully mount the board to the body between the neck and middle pickup. It was a tight fit but it worked well. The battery is installed in the tremolo spring cavity, where I blocked the trem, and moved the springs to the outside leaving just enough room between them for the battery.

          Everything went very smoothly, my biggest suggestion is to plan out how you are going to do the install, and take your time. Depending on your routes you may have to route a space for this unit so beware and be prepared to make that modification.

          However, once installed the product perform beautifully, and sounds great! Since I had Lace Sensor pickups in the Strat there is absolutely no hum or buzz. You will see a lot of people that shield the cavity to reduce interference but I don't think it's necessary. Mine is more quiet now than it was to begin with. You are gonna get a HUGE gain in output from this mod. Even without the boost engaged, you'll get 12 db in boost to begin with. I also installed a off/on switch, and would highly suggest this addition.

          Anyway, this is a big bang for the buck, it just takes some time and I would say a litte experience to install... Not too bad overall to install, IMO. I'm glad I did it, I feel like I have a Clapton Strat now for a fraction of the price! Just do it!
          It's Fender so the quality was good.
          This is a super value for the cost compared to the cost of a Clapton Strat. The entire mod cost me around $120 with a new pick guard, screws, and new saddles (not req'd for the mod). The difference in tone and gain is phenomenal.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fender Mid-Boost

          By Joe

          from Santa Barbara, CA

          Ask me a question

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          This is the best upgrade you could do to a Strat or Tele. I put this in my Squier Vintage Modified Strat with Duncan Designed SC-101 single coils. I decided to put an American pickguard on as well. This really gets me that nice Clapton/ Buddy Guy tone. Imagine the Fat tone of a Les Paul crossed with the jangle of a Stratocaster. That'swhat this sounds like. This in a Strat through any tube amp, and you're in tone heaven. No pedals required. and the TBX just add that chimey top end that compliments the 25dB perfectly.

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          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          pedal for your pickguard

          By Tone Obsessed

          from York, PA (nowhere)

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          I have this kit paired with Fender vintage noiseless pickups, a.k.a. the Clapton setup. The mid boost is nice and does indeed fatten up your single coils; it does not however transform them into humbuckers as some would like to believe. The TBX tone control is actually more useful for tailoring your sound than the boost; it allows you to tweak the tone to get the right sound out of each pickup configuration and is much more useful than the standard Strat tone knobs. The boost itself is no more than what you would get from a decent boost or overdrive pedal with the convenience of having it on-board your guitar for easy access; thus if you already have a slew of pedals, you really don't need this kit. It does however pair well with the vintage noiseless pickups which are a bit flat sounding without the kit due to their underwound coils. In short, this is a nice cheap add-on for Strat owners but not really essential for the seasoned gear-head who has a bit of everything already.

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          (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Serious atttitude in your tone!

          By John Constantinides-E9oyQ

          from Athens, Greece

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          I never tried the Fender Mid-boost kit yet, but I've seen several videos of Eric Clapton in action during a fierce guitar solo.This baby is primarily designed to fatten up single-coil pickups, but also works perfectly with regular humbuckers as well.My gripe is that the kit doesn't include a toggle switch to turn off the preamp. I find the active-passive toggle switch extremely useful, especially when a battery dies during a gig. From my understanding this feature was available only on the first EC prototypes made back in the mid-1980s.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for noisless pups

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          I added this to my MIM Squier w/ noiseless pups. The noiseless pickups were just dead sounding before, now they sound great! Very quiet, clean, the noiseless pickups almost sound like active EMG's now but without as much compression. Even without the mid boost turned up, it gives your signal a boost. The mid-boost really gives you a LOT OF BOOST and allows you to really crank up a lead.... I mean, whatever amp you plug into.. it's enough boost to go from clean to overdrive. I am guessing that's it's purpose. This is very good clean sound quality (much better than I expected). The Bartolini preamp in my bass is much noisier than this.... This really is one of the best upgrades you can do. I didn't install it, I had it done by a tech.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Under $100 Upgrade!

          By OddManOut

          from Amarillo, TX

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          Pop this baby in your strat and step back!First, this is my setup: MIM fat strat, Tex-Mex pups, bone nut, Callaham block and 11's played through a '95 Fender Blues Deluxe 40 watt tube amp with an Eminence Swamp Thang speaker upgrade. The tone I like is definitely Texas Blues chiming strat with loads of sustain.Each of the above upgrades made a huge difference but there was still something lacking. After reading numerous reviews of the Fender Mid-boost Kit, I decided to give it a go.Nothing could have prepared me for the result! While it not only adds 25db of boost, it also enhances that bell/chime tone you play a strat for. Turning up the kit's boost darned near eliminates the need for a distortion pedal to get that great blues breakup even at low volumes. The TBX pot may be the best part of the upgrade as it changes the brightness of the tone without eliminating the upper frequencies.One caveat: I needed to add a volume pedal to my chain because adding 25db of preamp boost to a 40 watt tube amp can loosen your fillings at anything above the 3 setting.

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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing kits for single coil guitars!

          Comments about Fender Pre-Amp Mid Boost Kit 25 DB:

          I have two of these sets. One came in my Eric Clapton strat and one I had put into my 90's Fender Strat Plus. It made my old strat sound amazing. I hate the sound of single coils so naturally I had to have one put into my Strat Plus. Once I did, it gave my "Old Yeller" strat a boosted tone. Now it is my backup for my EC strat. This kit is a cheaper addition to any strat in case you don't have the cash for the EC strat. Or else if you do, I highly recommend getting an EC strat.

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