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BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal

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The Boosta Grande delivers up to 20dB of clean gain without changing the original signal's sound. Use it to drive your preamp tubes to the max, or as...Click To Read More About This Product

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Boosts gain without changing the original sound.

The Boosta Grande delivers up to 20dB of clean gain without changing the original signal's sound. Use it to drive your preamp tubes to the max, or as a line buffer/driver if you're experiencing degradation from other effects in the chain.

The Boosta Grande is built to last, and features hardwire bypass, single op-amp design, LED operation indicator, non-slip rubber bottom, and an easy-access 9V battery compartment. Includes AC power supply!

FEATURES
  • 20dB of clean gain boost
  • Hard-wired bypass
  • Single op-amp design
  • LED indicator
  • Nonslip rubber bottom
  • Easy-access 9V battery compartment
  • Includes external AC adapter
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Input Impedance: 1 MOhms
  • Output Impedance: 1 kOhms
  • Hard-wired Bypass: Yes
  • Power Requirements:
  • DC inlet: +9VDC min. 200ma
  • Battery: 9VDC
  • Battery Life: 300 hours
  • Dimensions: 3-7/10"W x 1-4/5"H x 4-7/10"D
  • Shipping Weight: 3 lbs.
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BBEBoosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 37 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

amazing boost. seriously.

if you're looking for a volume boost, go with this. you won't be disappointed.
this can do more than just raise your volume if you know how to use it to it's full...Read complete review

if you're looking for a volume boost, go with this. you won't be disappointed.
this can do more than just raise your volume if you know how to use it to it's full potential.

first, you should know that overdrive pedals simulate overdriven amp sounds, while a volume boost such as this will actually drive your tube amp, giving you an actual overdriven amp.

i set mine in between two of my overdrives in my signal chain (fulldrive 2 mosfet comes before it in the signal chain, mxr classic overdrive comes after). my reason for that is so it will boost my fulldrive's volume (when i want a clean boost instead of the gain boost supplied by the fulldrive), and it comes before my mxr classic drive to really fill it in and make it nice and thick sounding. then by itself it acts as a nice light overdrive by driving my amp (vox ac15c1).
built strong. the person who previously owned it has had it for a few years, and i've owned it for a couple months and i haven't had any problems with it. the ONLY reason why i gave it a 9 and not a 10 was because the casing is a little wide compared to normal pedal sizes (like all bbe pedals), and it seems that for only being a volume boost, they could have made it smaller. this doesn't bother me at all though. also, it doesn't add noise to your signal! if you have a noisy pedal before it in the signal, it will boost up the volume of the noise when the boosta is turned on (but that's because it's a volume boost. that's just what it does).
worth every penny. actually, i'm considering buying another.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unreliable...

I have used two different versions of the Boosta Grande, and they booth stopped working. I did not abuse them in any way. It appears they have a new design out, but probably...Read complete review

I have used two different versions of the Boosta Grande, and they booth stopped working. I did not abuse them in any way. It appears they have a new design out, but probably the same poor guts inside. I cannot recommend this pedal to ANYONE!!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Before You Buy a Distortion Box!

Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

Before you try an OD pedal, try this. I have an old Marshall 50w plexi for 25yrs that I thought was crap but I kept it because, well because it's a plexi right? I tried every OD/Distortion box known to mankind & it still sounded awful. A friend loaned me the boosta Granda for something unrelated. But I liked it & tried it out on the dusty old Marshall. Good Lord! It woke this plexi up! I plugged a humbucker equiped Charvel in & put the boost @half way. The bass & treble came back, I was dumbfounded. Turned it (and the amp) all the way home & I was in plexi heaven till my neighbor across the street reminded me it was midnight (he's a really nice guy). On many amps, just a bit more voltage at the input jack transforms it.
Don't bother with this if you have a SS amp, but the new breed of 5w all tube amps out there will love this thing. It sends my THD Univalve in ecstasy
It has great features. You can turn it on & adjust the boost level. It's all you need.
Not much to go wrong. Switch/knob & jacks are heavy duty. The case is strong. Cool paint job.
Nice quiet boost, low price

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing boost. seriously.

By myheart'smetronome

from Coal Valley, IL

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Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

if you're looking for a volume boost, go with this. you won't be disappointed.
this can do more than just raise your volume if you know how to use it to it's full potential.

first, you should know that overdrive pedals simulate overdriven amp sounds, while a volume boost such as this will actually drive your tube amp, giving you an actual overdriven amp.

i set mine in between two of my overdrives in my signal chain (fulldrive 2 mosfet comes before it in the signal chain, mxr classic overdrive comes after). my reason for that is so it will boost my fulldrive's volume (when i want a clean boost instead of the gain boost supplied by the fulldrive), and it comes before my mxr classic drive to really fill it in and make it nice and thick sounding. then by itself it acts as a nice light overdrive by driving my amp (vox ac15c1).
built strong. the person who previously owned it has had it for a few years, and i've owned it for a couple months and i haven't had any problems with it. the ONLY reason why i gave it a 9 and not a 10 was because the casing is a little wide compared to normal pedal sizes (like all bbe pedals), and it seems that for only being a volume boost, they could have made it smaller. this doesn't bother me at all though. also, it doesn't add noise to your signal! if you have a noisy pedal before it in the signal, it will boost up the volume of the noise when the boosta is turned on (but that's because it's a volume boost. that's just what it does).
worth every penny. actually, i'm considering buying another.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

more than I bargained for

By Spiderlegs

from Southwest Michigan

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Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

I love the lead sound that I get with this pedal. I have a wah wah, 2 overdrive pedals, and a compressor in the chain before it, and it sounds good with any combination of those.
It has one feature with two results. It boosts the volume but also drives my preamp into a very smooth lead sound.
The only problem I've had is from corrosion in the switch, but that is a problem with anything where I live.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Boost

By Rockerduck

from Marietta, Georgia

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Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

When I'm impressed, it gets a 10.
I replaced my EH LPB-1 with this pedal. I expected good, but I got GREAT. It boosts my Marshall the way it should. Its on my pedal board to stay.
Hasn't broke yet anyway. I usually do 4 hour gigs and I play lead.
I got it on sale. Saved money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite pedal.

By pocketknife

from Oklahoma

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    This is my new favorite pedal. I use it by itself and with other pedals. Used by itself, it produces a sweet classic overdrive with the right amp. Great for 50s and 60s style music. I'm using a 5W/15W tube head thru a 4x12 and a 50W-20W tube 1x12 combo. Sounds great thru both clean and lead channels. Sounds good before or after any overdrive, distortion or fuzz pedal. Great for a lead boost to make your lead heard. Sounds amazing in the effects loop of my 1x12 combo as it cranks up the power section. Works equally great on bass, especially after a limiter pedal. Some reviews said these pedals boost the lows and/or the highs. Not mine. It keeps it nice and clean all the way up. I've never had to re-eq. Came with a battery and a power adapter. I recommend this pedal to everyone now. I love it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Acousta Boosta!

    By papadoodle

    from PA

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    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    I normally plug my acoustic straight into the board, but I needed a convenient volume boost to do solos or whatever. The Boosta Grande is perfect! It's totally clean. I couldn't be happier with it.I'm going to get another one for my electric rig, because my single-coil Strat isn't as loud as my humbucker PRS. I want them to be equal. And again, I need things to be as convenient as possible (like, I don't want to be adjusting my amp's volume everytime I switch guitars). The Boosta Grande will fix that problem!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Put it in the loop

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    I usd to use the seymour duncan boost, but it quit on me and it was tough to run cables to because the jacks are on the top instead of the sides. Anyway, it started at a 6db boost when all the way down, which was too much when in the effects loop. This BBE goes from 0 to 20db! I first tried this thing after my effects pedals, but before the input of my Marshall DSL 100. It needed to be cranked more to get the boost I needed, and it added a small amount of distortion. When I put it in the effects loop, I could turn it down to 3 and get plenty of clean boost for solos or louder clean rhythms. Absolutely awesome! It did seem to add a bit of punchy midrange, but in a really good way! I will hook it up to my Fender "the twin" soon, and I'm sure it will sound killer with it as well. I'm telling you, in the loop, it hit those EL-34s hard and made pure magic!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome deal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    picked up this pedal at my local music shop to clean boost a guitar that i was trying out, and immediately loved the sound change... there is a sound change by the way, it is not transparent at all. It didnt color the tone or make feedback it just made the sound... better, more defined. If you're worried about the durability of this pedal the one that i used was OLD all the paint had been rubbed off and the owner of the store had bought it and sold it several times. The pedal was structurally fine no problems with the switch, led, input/output, or volume knob. Great value!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    bbe boosta grande

    By marcos hernandez

    from Edinburg, Tx

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    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    this pedal does exactly as advertised. it is a great pedal all around, in its effect, its design, and its awesome that it comes with its own power supply. nothing more can be said just great boost pedal.
    nice looking paintjob, with cool bull. +true bypass (quiet)
    looks like it can stand the test of roading. battery compartment door though, looks like it might eventually break off.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome!

    By onlyagibsonisgoodenough

    from Pluto

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    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    I got this pedal to get more dirt out of my Fender Blues Jr. without coloring my tone like my Bad Monkey. With it on full, it pushes my amp from gritty blues to Zep and Black Sabbath level hard rock. The best thing about it is that because it simply boosts your volume, it is COMLETELY transparent. Not like overdrive pedals, which interfere with your tone no matter how well they mask it. This really is totally colorless. It does, however, add a little bit of fatness to your sound. But this is an awesome pedal for people with slightly dirty amps who want to get more out of them while conserving their tone. Built like a tank, as all BBE products are, great battery life, just an awesome pedal over all.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bigger Sound

    By Scott-Uk99D

    from CT

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    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    The boosta grande isn't a fancy pedal by any means. It does one thing... boosts your signal. Do you want to be able to get louder with a stomp of your foot? Would you like to fatten up your sound? Then buy this pedal, because that is exactly what you'll get. I haven't tried any other boost type pedals, but this one does it's job well.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little big, but worth it!

    By PatMull2011

    from Mickleton, NJ

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    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

    I used to use a distortion pedal for my boost, by plugging it in to my loop, turning down the distortion and matching the tone to my guitar, But i figured I'd buy a boost pedal just to make more room on my pedal board.I headed to a guitar store to buy this, but the salesmen wouldn't let me plug it into an amp with an Effects loop, so I was second guessing buying it. If you plug this into the front of your amp, it will only give a little boost for your clean channel, but do nothing to your distortion or overdrive channel. I brought it home and plugged it into my effects loop, and BAM! It would give me as much boost I needed and then some for any distortion or effect or any setting on my amp. Didn't mess with my tone, just pure volume boost.

     
    2.0

    Unreliable...

    By Matt Jameson

    from Smithtown, NY

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      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

        I have used two different versions of the Boosta Grande, and they booth stopped working. I did not abuse them in any way. It appears they have a new design out, but probably the same poor guts inside. I cannot recommend this pedal to ANYONE!!

         
        5.0

        Best. Pedal. Ever!

        By JTP1974

        from Manhattan, KS

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

          I've purchased a LOT of pedals over the nearly 25 years I've been playing guitar. Some great, some OK, and some terrible. But let me say this: the Boosta Grande pedal is, w/o a doubt, the BEST money I've ever spent on a pedal. Period. Simple as this; it drives the tubes in my '66 Fender Bassman to a gorgeous break-up...something I've never been able to do with other pedals. Amazing! I used to use an EQ pedal to do the best I could, but this has replaced my EQ. This does it's job so well, I can't imagine NOT having it on my pedal board. I just wish I'd found it sooner. The tone search is over. It was always there in my Bassman, just needed the right pedal to bring it out! This pedal does what at least several dozen distortion and OD pedals I've purchased could never do.

           
          4.0

          Great with tube amps

          By GMan

          from Geneva NY

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

            I actually have the newer version which is more compact. The only downside is that it's a relatively light pedal and the knob appears a bit fragile (compared to MXR pedals for example), and so if you want to adjust it with your foot while playing, play barefoot I guess. Time will tell on durability.

            I've tried this in front of both my Fender Champion 600 and old Carlsbro 50 Top. Adds a nice clean boost with the dial at 12 o'clock, and a great pushed gritty sound at 3 o'clock.

             
            4.0

            Great Boost, Some Reliability Issues

            By NashTele Mike

            from Delaware

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

            I use the Boosta Grande as a clean volume boost for an acoustic/electric at live gigs. The pedal produces a nice increase in volume for solos although it does fatten up the sound a little. Personally I like this for a smooth solo sound, but others may not.
            I've had some reliability issues with the pedal. The first one I had just stopped boosting - I assume the switch was bad. I returned it to BBE and they sent me a brand new one - no problem. The nut for the switch on the second pedal keeps coming off which is very inconvenient in the middle of a gig. I had to modify with a locking washer and a second nut to hold in place...so far so good. I'd still probably recommend the pedal, however it may be better for home use than a live situation.

             
            5.0

            Excellent Clean Boost

            By GuitarGuy-MkoZ9

            from Houston, TX

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            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

            This pedal provides a very transparent boost on clean channels and settings. It is true bypass, so it is undetectable when not on. At the highest gain setting (+20db), it has some noise, but what pedal doesn't when it's turned up all the way?On the distorted channel, this pedal is about half as effective (I'd say up to an 8-10db increase). It adds a bit of gain when turned up, but I think it's only the appropriate amount to accompany the volume increase. For this pedal to be worth the extra "stomp" before a solo on distorted settings, it needs to be set to at least 6 (out of 10). On the clean channel, you can get away with much less and still cut through.This pedal provided exactly what I wanted - a reliable, transparent, quite boost pedal for solos that will not change my tone. The only complaint I could possibly have is that if I am about to play a clean song, I have to change the setting compared to what I would have it at for one with distortion as the pedal is much more sensitive on the clean channel. However, that is a silly complaint - this pedal deserves 5 stars and that's what I will give it!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Boosta Grande Vs MXR

            By Kshaw

            from Georgia

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            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

            I ordered this pedal and a MXR micro amp. I use an A/B box to switch between and electric and an acoustic guitar. I needed to boost the volume on my acoustic to match the electric. After using both pedals I found that the Boosta Grande makes the tone "FATTER" while the MXR is almost transparent until about 3 oclock. BUY THE MXR.

             
            5.0

            Love It

            By thenuhn

            from Littleton, CO

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            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

            I have this pedal on all the time in front of my Marshall JCM900. I use it as a pick-up booster and I think it does change the tone a little, but for me, it's for the better. I love the sound I get out of my Marshall, but with this pedal on, I love it even more. I still haven't tried it in my effects loop, but right now I'm satisfied.

             
            5.0

            Mucho Grande!!!

            By SammySam412

            from Dallas, TX

            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost Effect Pedal:

            Great pedal. Intense. Perfect if you know how to use it.Keep in mind, this pedal is not an overdrive or distortion!!! For me, I use an all tube B-52 AT112 and it is too loud. I rarely get to use it in a setting where I get above two. So for me since I have all this headroom, to get that really great break up sound, I need a clean boost. Man, night and day with my pedals! My solos are now heard, and it's like I have a light and a dark side to my pedals now. It really enhances the overdrives you are already using. I thought I would have to mod the pedals I had, but, nope...just needed an extra boosta grande!Lastly, this is no Katana (Keeley). It does lightly color the sound by boosting the mids and lows a little more. If you want a nice jazz sound, don't use the pedal by itself. It's really meant to give your pedals a thicker sound. But BBE is really underrated for the quality of pedal they are using. And at this price with True bypass...WOW!

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