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Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal   

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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 m...Read More

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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.

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Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal

  • 9DC-100 phone plug tip positive power supply optional (See product 150487)
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Electro-HarmonixNano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 77 reviews)

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    (64)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (10)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
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Essential!

When it comes to gear, stompboxes included, sometimes simpler is better. It doesn't get much simpler than the LPB-1. Yet, even with just one knob, this pedal is extremely versatile....Read complete review

When it comes to gear, stompboxes included, sometimes simpler is better. It doesn't get much simpler than the LPB-1. Yet, even with just one knob, this pedal is extremely versatile. If you need a clean boost for solos or parts that need to cut through the mix, this little box will do it. You can also use it to overdrive a tube amp to create a meaty, saturated tone that is more responsive and natural sounding than using a distortion pedal. Or, use it after a good sounding overdrive pedal for added depth, harmonic texture and sustain. My favorite use for this pedal is to set the LPB-1's volume at around 1- 2 O'Clock and kick it on over an already moderately overdriven tube amp (like, for example, my Marshall JMP 50). That way I can go from a nice grindy rhythm tone to a fat, throaty lead tone for solos.

Compared to the equally awesome MXR Micro Amp, I hear more of a midrange emphasis when the LPB-1 is engaged. Even at cleaner settings, there is some added midrange coloration there that fattens up the tone a bit. I happen to dig it. However, if you are looking for something a bit more neutral sounding, you might want to go with the MXR or another brand. One non tone-related advantage the Micro Amp has over the LPB-1 is that its metal case is much heavier and, therefore, is less likely to move around on stage. Obviously, this is a non-issue if you have one securely attached to your pedalboard.

Finally, I had a hard time believing that a pedal priced this low (and made in the USA, no less) could actually be true-bypass. However, once I took off the bottom plate and saw the 3PDT foot switch inside, I was happily able to confirm it is! Every guitarist should own one of these little gems!

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Built great, but too sensitive

Needed a simple clean boost that didn't color my sound, and it works well for that. Very well built - I don't think I could break it if I tried. That said, I'm...Read complete review

Needed a simple clean boost that didn't color my sound, and it works well for that. Very well built - I don't think I could break it if I tried. That said, I'm about to get rid of it. The volume knob gets 10X louder if I move it just a hair past where I set it (usually 9 o'clock). Considering it's close proximity to the switch, it's likely to get a nudge. I've had way too many surprises on stage because of that. Also, if you place this after your distortion pedals you will find that the amount of boost varies greatly depending on what comes before it. Some will say that it should be placed before distortion, but highly compressed distortion pedals will cancel out a boost that comes before it. Sounds great, built well, but too unpredictable for me.

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5.0

Great way to boost "Your" Tone

By Schwa6970

from Mebane,North Carolina

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

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    • Home Studio
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    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I completely agree with MS144290122's comment on using this pedal in the loop. Its your tone just gobs more of it. It does however work great in front of your amp as well. My p90 Les Paul sounds chimier than ever going in to the front of my Mark 5:25. Kind of like having the EQ on the amp engaged but at a flat response. This pedal is worth every dime of the bargain price it is sold at and then some

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I've built better myself.

    By Dozer

    from Ashland, WI

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Let me start by saying every amp likes a different boost pedal, but this one seems to color the low end. It's difficult to build a pedal by hand this small, that's why I bought it but I have a circuit for a booster based on an MPF102 jfet transistor that sounds better through the amp I bought this one for so I guess I'll keep trying. I'm not saying don't buy it. Boost pedals are both cheap to buy and easy to build and it's handy to have a lot of them. I haven't even tried it through all of my amps yet or even looked to see what kind of transistor is in it and might consider modding it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Things Come In Small Packages

      By Mojohand

      from Lake Worth Florida

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Events
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      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I purchased this product a couple of years back to increase my soloing volume to help cut through the mix of my band. It did this very well but it also added a little distortion while doing so. I was running this through the front of my amp ( Marshall TSL 100) and causing it to break up prematurely. After a lot of different combinations on my pedalboard I finally achieved what I had been after. I split the signal on my effects and sent the overdrive and the distortion into the front of the amp and LPB-1 with my time based effects through the effects loop. Wow!!! I keep the LPB-1 on at all times set at a lower volume (about 10 o'clock). This fattened and tightened up everything on my amps without any effects. The result is a full rich sound on any channel. Now I use my overdrive pedal as a boost and have learned how to properly use the volume control on my guitars. My time based effects line is made up of 1) Noise suppressor, 2) Tremolo, 3) Phaser, 4) Vibrato, 5) Flanger, 6) LPB-1, 7) Lexicon MX 200 for delay and reverb. My distortion, overdrive, compressor and wah go to the front of the amp. I also play this setup on a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for the smaller venues and and it is just as impressive. My amps have come alive my tone is phenomenal. The best money I have ever spent. No problem cutting through the mix! Be patient, experiment and find the combination that works for you. Great pedal

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Strenghten Your Signal, Boost Your Guita

      By Will C

      from Stoneville, NC

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      Pros

      • Clean Boost
      • Compact Design
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is a simple pedal that seems to be versitile. I bought it to give my Vintage Boss PS-2 Pitch Shifter/Delay a boost. I also use it to give low gain pickups some oompht. It is truly worthy of a spot on my pedal board.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        simple and effective

        By Madleon

        from Oklahoma

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          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Simple to use, and effective!
          I purchased this for use with a Fender Super Six I use with my Americana band...adds a great bit of grit without having to crank up the volume.
          Decided to try it on my solid state amp (for my Rock band) add thickness and a great way to add boost for soloing (when used through the FX loop)
          Wont add much boost through a solid state when ran direct.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Does EXACTLY what it was designed for.

          By Han

          from Nashville

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

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            • Amateur Recording
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            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal boosts the signal of your guitar, so that you can hit your preamp tubes harder, and get a nice tube saturation at a more reasonable volume. It also gives a nice little bass bost without otherwise changing your tone. If you have a solid state amp, you can still use it as a volume boost, but this was designed to push a tube amp. I use my amp at half power, and keep the LPB-1 on all the time for a crunchy rhythm tone. It's simple pedal that does what it was designed to do.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good boost, Great price

            By Rockerduck

            from Marietta, Ga.

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            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

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              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

              If you need a simple boost, look no further. It can also overdrive an amp that needs more.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love It!

              By deth clock

              from disgusta,ga

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              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

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                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Been using one since the 80's. I play singe coil strats and these will Beef up a clean channel and overdrive the elhay out of a tube amp. Doesn't change your tone, just gives you more of it. Not nasal sounding like a tube screamer. The originals plugged into the input of amp and weren't as durable. I'm not a pedal guy but my friend put one at the end of a loooong pedal chain and loved it. GET ONE!

                (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                LED Light quit working after an hour

                By Georgia Outlaw

                from Athens GA

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                  • Breaks Easily

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I can't recommend this pedal due to the fact that the LED indicator status light quit working after I got it installed on my pedal board. I'd return it but Musician's Friend's policy says they won't accept returns if the item isn't in new unused condition. Unfortunately for me I already removed the rubber feet and glued velcro to the bottom. It's pretty lame that Electro Harmonix can't make a pedal that will last more than a couple of hours. I'll never buy any of their products again. I gave it 2 stars because the boost function still works. No telling how long though. Shipping to have it fixed will cost almost as much as the pedal. Guess I got stuck with a lemon.

                    (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    booster plus distortion

                    By E LaschBro

                    from Chicago, IL

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

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

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This pedal does boost the sound, but it adds distortion as well. It's fine with electric guitars or other instruments which have an electric character to their sound initially. However, If you boost an acoustic guitar, vocals or something where you want a clean signal, you will be disappointed because the higher the signal is boosted, the more distortion will be evident.

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