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

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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 pedalboard space. 9V DC power jack.

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Nano LPB-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • 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 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    simple and effective

    By Madleon

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      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.

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      5.0

      Does EXACTLY what it was designed for.

      By Han

      from Nashville

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • 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.

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        5.0

        Good boost, Great price

        By RockerDuck

        from Marietta, Ga.

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 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.

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          5.0

          Love It!

          By deth clock

          from disgusta,ga

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • 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!

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            (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            LED Light quit working after an hour

            By Georgia Outlaw

            from Athens GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • 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.

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                (2 of 7 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

                Best Uses

                • 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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Essential!

                By Tubehed

                from Westminster, CA

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  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!

                  Comment on this review

                  (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Disapointed

                  By Zac Fahrenbach

                  from New Albany, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Cheap Quality Sound
                    • Kills Tone
                    • Little To No Boost
                    • Poor Sound Quality
                    • Problems At Practice
                    • Problems Live
                    • Takes Over Distortion

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

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

                    its a cheap pedal and i suppose you get what you pay for. I had purchased this pedal at sam ash on my way to a gig for a quick cheap boost and probably the worst mistake ive ever made. If you put it through a chain of distortion it muffles out the distortion adds bass, and over all just changes your tone. Save up and get something better.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wes King

                    By John King

                    from Atlanta GA

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

                    This is a must have for those who love the tone of their amp but just need more volume and sustain to cut through the mix.
                    I LOVE this pedal! If you use a small wattage tube amp and need a boost for leads without losing tone like most distortion pedals do this is for you. Killer sustain!!!
                    Nice small package looks pretty tough, all metal.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    LPB-1

                    By JACSTRAT

                    from Southern California

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

                    I feel it can beef up the sounds of most amps! It can also help boost the sound if other effects begin to kill the volume.
                    The first EH guitar effect I purchased was a Muff Fuzz. This was back in the 70s and it sounded great through both a Pignose and an old Crown amp! This LPB-1 also sounds great through my Vibro Champ and NOS Blues Junior. It really wakes up the amps in a positive way. Just on its own it improves the tone. I need to start trying out other effects with it and hear the results. I can now record at lower volumes and still get an excellent tone with this device!
                    I'm very impressed by it
                    I definitely would get another if I lost this one.

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