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BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Boosta Grande, a Guitar Player Editor’s Pick, is back in a new compact chassis to conserve space on your pedal board.A clean boost pedal does not...Read More

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A simple, straight-forward boost that doesn't compromise your own sound.

The Boosta Grande, a Guitar Player Editor’s Pick, is back in a new compact chassis to conserve space on your pedal board.

A clean boost pedal does nothing but pile on gain, right? Well, some do, but that doesn’t create the experience players want. You see, added gain will push the amp’s front end tubes harder, creating more of the amp’s own harmonics, but that alone will make the amp seem too bright, sacrificing the tonal balance in the process.

Boosta Grande is a “transparent clean boost” because it doesn’t change the tonal balance of the amp, even with Boosta’s max gain of +20dB slamming those tubes. To achieve a transparent boost experience, Boosta Grande mildly rolls off some top end starting at about 1kHz so that when the amp’s front end is driven harder with gain, the additional upper harmonics generated by the tubes aren’t excessive.

Boosta Grande’s mission to preserve an amp’s tonal balance ends with careful post-EQ, but it starts with preserving the tone of your guitar. Boosta Grande’s 1meg Ohm input is about the same as the front end of a good Marshall or other premium tube amp, welcoming your guitar’s signal with wide-open arms, not loading down your pickups. In the middle of things, you can count on Boosta’s 1% metal-film resistors for consistent tone and a rugged circuit board for tour-proven reliability. When the Boosta isn’t engaged, a properly engineered true hardwire bypass means signal passes entirely around the circuit, from input jack to output jack without a hint of loading.

FEATURES
  • Up to +20dB of transparent clean boost
  • 1MEG Ohms input impedance for proper pickup loading
  • 1K Ohms output impedance when engaged
  • 1% metal-film resistors for consistency
  • High-voltage poly caps for better tone
  • Military-spec circuit board for reliability
  • Blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption
  • Easy access battery compartment
  • True hardwire bypass

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BBEBoosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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      5.0

      1 Year Update

      By Montana Ax-Man

      from Missoula, MT

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            Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I've gigged with this pedal for a year now and like it even more than when I bought it. I stomp on this thing hard and it's held up to all the abuse without a problem. At first I didn't like the knob position cause you could accidently move it with your foot. Now I love it because I can adjust the level with my foot for different songs without bending over.

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            4.0

            Works as advertised

            By Montana Ax-Man

            from Missoula, MT

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                  Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Great pedal, adds boost with no coloring of tone. Put this in your chain before the amp and it adds gain to your input signal, but it does not really increase the volume, just the gain. Put the pedal in your effects loop, however, and there is a significant increase in volume. The boost range is smooth and consistent from 0 to +20db. The knob position is a little close to the switch, causing accidental moving of knob with foot. True bypass on one hand, audible click when turning on, on the other hand.

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                  4.0

                  No Such Thing As Too Loud!

                  By Sparky

                  from Nashville,TN

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                    Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I bought the Boosta Grande to help me push through the mix for solos and lead work with my band. Started using it on a song without much distortion and it was fantastic! The trouble started when I used it on a highly distorted song... I use a Line6 Floor POD+ for my overdrives and distortions, then play through a clean tube amp. Well I was simulating a Dual Rectifier(obscene gain on the high end) and when I turned on the Boosta Grande I lost all my treble. All of it. I thought I had broken my amo or something. Turns out that where the description says it " mildly rolls off some top end starting at about 1kHz", they aren't lying. If you have too much gain then this effect does significantly alter your sound. Now granted, I've actually grown to love the altered sound and I like to use the Boosta in breakdowns and other riffs, but I was slightly disappointed that it didn't just make me louder like I wanted.

                    Still and amazing product and I would highly recommend it to any player for any style. Plus there's a certain amount of joy that comes with saying "Boosta Grande!!!" everytime you turn it on...

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                    5.0

                    "A boost that is large"

                    By A true rolling stone

                    from Everywhere

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                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
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                        Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This is the REAL tube screamer. This does not add cheap distortion and other unwanted BS to your sound. When your trying to achieve a little something extra when its your time to takes thing up to the next level, this is it. This pedal enhance your tone that you worked so hard to achieve way before you took it up to the stage. It truly is a "transparent" boost that gives you volume and a little extra to make your amp scream. Musicians Friend as always offered the lowest price and worked out clutch shipping. I'm always on the road and never at one place to long and they got it to me right when I needed it.

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                        3.0

                        50/50

                        By Just Derek

                        from St. Louis, MO

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                              Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              It basically does what it promises. Makes you louder when you need to be. However, the one drawback is that the true bypass can result in a "click" sound when you step on it. If it's in the loop before your delay effects, you can expect the click to echo through the start of your guitar solo. Personally, I use it to boost the sound of a guitar that isn't as loud as my others and to round out some quiet parts that start the songs...but if you're looking for something to boost you at the start of your solo, your best option will be to learn how to effectively dial back the volume knob on your guitar and turn it up yourself when it's time.

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                              4.0

                              Great with tube amps

                              By GMan

                              from Geneva NY

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                                Comments about BBE Boosta Grande Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Just got this and have used it in front of my Fender Champion 600 and vintage Carlsbro 50 Top. With the dial at 12 o'clock it provides a nice clean increase in volume that will make sure you're heard; at 3 o'clock it starts pushing the amp into a nice gritty break-up.

                                My only reservations are that it's a light pedal and the knob appears to be less solid compared to MXR pedals. You might want to play barefoot if you want to adjust the gain with your foot while playing.

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