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Give your instrument a 35db of non-distorted gain.

The Fulltone FatBoost 3 effects pedal replaces previous versions 1 and 2, marrying everything that people liked about both versions while improving on them in a few key areas:

¢The FB-3 brings back the v1 11-position Gain control to give the ultimate in control over the FETs
¢The FB-3 adds one more stage of FET so that the pedal does not invert your signal
¢The FB-3 cures v1's huge bass increase and dull high-end issues, but allows those sounds as well should you so desire

The Fulltone FatBoost 3 is a discrete, Class-A, FET (Field-Effect-Transistor) guitar pedal offering up to 35dB of non-distorted gain without changing your signature sound, unless you want that. You can fatten/distort your tone, brighten or mellow up the sound, add or subtract bass, and even add harmonics. The FB-3 has true-bypass switching (via the Fulltone 3PDT) and incorporates a super-bright LED without the loud popping sound thanks to Fulltone's proprietary anti-pop circuitry.

FET's can behave like tubes in a properly designed circuit. They can clip (distort) in a pleasing way instead of being buzzy or spiky-sounding (like a transistor) and can also add a subtle limiting to the signal which can even out the volume making your live and recorded tones more pleasing to the ear. If you're a recording engineer, you'll be happy to know you can use the Fulltone FatBoost 3 on everything from acoustic and electric guitar to electric bass, and even snare drums.

The FatBoost 3 pedal works great in front of non-Master Volume tube amps to goose them into submission, as well as through Master Volume amps to drive them much harder than possible with just your guitar alone. It also works very well on bass, acoustic guitars (with pickups), and is ideal at the end of a pedal board effects chain to completely eliminate the tone loss caused by long guitar cable runs back to your amp. Doing so will allow the use of 50' (or longer) cable lengths with no signal degradation whatsoever.

This version of the Fulltone FatBoost (FB-3) incorporates all of the things that people have loved about previous versions of these effects pedals in the past without any of the shortcomings. It brings back the 11-step FET Bias Drive knob that was missing from the FB-2. You'll notice that this knob makes a slight scraping noise when you turn it. Fear not, as that is totally normal, and is simply the sound of the Bias changing and settling on the FET MuAmp. The FatBoost 3 gives you the feeling that your amp is cranked at living room volumes so your playing is more dynamic and notes hold on longer without being distorted. It makes up for all the tone loss that (even true-bypass) pedals impart to your sound, especially if you have a lot of pedals on your pedal board.

FEATURES
  • 11-position gain control
  • Additional stage of FET
  • Cures v1's huge bass increase and dull high-end issues
  • Class-A, FET (Field-Effect-Transistor)
  • 35db of non-distorted gain
  • Super-bright LED
  • 5-year Warranty
  • Instructions
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FulltoneFatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Compact (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Power Tube sparkle in a box!!!

By ethersea

from Austin, TX

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Fat Boost 3 is an amazing little box of tonal splendiferiousness...Pushes a tube amp into that fat, cranked power tube zone that fans of old Marshall amplifiers drool over...except you don't have to kill your ears getting there.
    I've been playing for 35 years and have owned a lot of gear...I've spent years of my life in studios and on stages playing mainly single-coil guitars. My current set-up includes a very small pedalboard (an OCD, two delays, an MXR Phase 90, and an FB-3) that runs into a JTM-45 and/or an AC15...the FB-3 gooses the signal from the passive pickups and makes my amp sound like the volume is cranked without having to crank the amp to ear-splitting levels...Honestly the FB-3 gives you the sound of the power tube distortion of a cranked tube amp with added clarity and control, as adding it to my JTM-45 at a moderate volume, it sounds even better than the JTM-45 cranked up on its own. The EQing is a great feature...it also works well as a boost for a solos. IMHO, the FB-3 is an absolute dream of a stomp box. Mike Fuller makes amazing gear.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Clean & Mean

    By Gold Topless

    from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I use it to boost my clean and overdrive solos. I don't want to put down other manufactures because what works for me and my style of music may not work for you. I own the Amp Boost the EP-1 and a few other one knob wonders and they sound great. But when you add great sound with the ability to fine tune every sonic detail it doesn't get much better.
    The best thing about this pedal is how versatile it is. Most boost pedals have one knob, one sound and that's it.
    Top notch inside and out
    For what it does to my overall sound it's worth ever penny

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does exactly what I wanted.

    By MXR fan

    from NY,NY

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    Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I already love my guitar/amp sound but I bought this pedal specifically to make my solos stick out live like they would on a recording: just a little added fattness and sustain while retaining the tone that's already there. I put this pedal last in the effects loop of my amp. Volume up at around 1:30, Drive at 9:00, highs all the way up (bypass) and lows cut slightly at about 3:00. These settings give me exactly what I was after: a slight but noticeable volume increase with a light compression that makes the notes fat and lively. The added gain increases sustain as well. I like this set up a lot because its subtle but effective. I've played around with the pedal in front of the amp too but I generally prefer to plug the guitar straight into the amp's input so there's minimal signal loss from the guitar. I've found this to be especially important with passive pickups (even high output models). I only use a few other pedals (EQ, delay, verb)and they all go in the loop. Also, I would say that you can use this pedal as an overdrive to some degree depending on what sort of amp you use. I wanked around with it going into the front of my little VHT Special 6 (class a tube combo) and you can get some cool drive tones with the drive knob jacked and volume back a bit. Low watt class A amps obviously drive a lot more easily than a 100 watt stack so in those cases you'll want to stick with a tube screamer or something. Overall the Fat Boost pedal has lived up to my expectations and I would recommend it. It may seem a little pricey for what it does but it's a quality piece of gear and, if you know what to expect from it, well worth the investment.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    First in the chain....

    By Evil Jon

    from Durham, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I've used this pedal in pretty much every configuration - first in line, last in line, in the loop. And for me, it seems most effective as a signal booster for my pickups, first in line on my pedal board.
        Aside from the Fat Boost, I have 6 pedals in front of my amp's input and two in the loop. The loop has never given me problems with signal loss because it has an adjustable buffer. However, I notice an audible difference between my tone when plugged straight into the amp and when I go through my pedals (with all of them off). Admittedly, they are not all true bypass but I found that I can use the FB to compensate and even augment the signal through my pedals by boosting the signal at the source - right after the guitar. The treble loss and tracking of the low end can be completely made up for this way with plenty of room to increase the volume or drive if I want to.
        I tried achieving this by placing it last in my chain as well but found that the other pedals had already degraded the signal to the point that the FB wasn't able to really get back what was lost in the high frequencies.
        I've tried using this pedal as a lead boost as well but wasn't satisfied with it in that function as I prefer drive boosts for that - like the boost on the Fulldrive 2 - rather than a clean gain boost.
        All in all the FB is a really good pedal. Just took me a while to figure out what I could really use it for.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "Always ON" pedal

        By greensound

        from Indianapolis

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Top-notch build quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal has done wonders for the pickups in my guitars. I have it first in my chain and it gives everything a more robust sound.

        The ability to tweak the Treble and Bass is crucial in finding that sweet spot in your tone.

        Never leave home without it!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Why doesn't this pedal get more recognition!?

        By VoxTasticj7

        from Birmingham, AL

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        Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

        It's better than the Keeley boosts and definitely better than that cheap crap that most people buy. If you LOVE your tone and don't want it hindered or changed at all, this does it. Simple boost - easy. Add a little color - easy. Change EQ - easy. Easily the best boost I've used and I've used them all. Love it.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Another great pedal! Fulltone does it again!

        By ClaptonFanDan

        from Shingle Springs, CA

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        Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I just got this 2 days ago (Friday) at Guitar Center. A great addition to my pedalboard! I am using this with my Fender Eric Clapton stratocaster. It serves as a great distortion/drive pedal with the EC strat's active electronics. I like the ability to tweak the bass and treble response on the pedal as well as the volume and treble. Another great pedal, way to go Fulltone! I highly suggest you add this (and the OCD) to your pedalboards.
        Great tonal tweaking options to allow people to get whatever sound they want.
        Good, rugged quality. Great size for the pedalboard.
        The better priced of the Fulltone pedals (they can get pricey but you get what you pay for...good quality products).

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good boost

        By hatching

        from Toronto

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        Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This type of a boost pedal definitely isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for a non-clean boost, this can't be beat. I use it at the end of my chain to boost for solo's. I have the drive level set pretty much off, but I find that this thing adds an overall thickness to my tone that I love. As a result it's good for boosting cleanish or overdriven signals coming into it. There is an unreal amount of volume on tap in this thing, way more than you would ever need.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        update on pedal board position

        By stratosaurus

        from N Dallas TX

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        Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I moved this to the end of my chain as Fuller recommends and I have to say it gives you a great clean boost option after your other gains or pedals. I use it pretty clean, drive down and tones up, just to add a clarity to the line. Something cool happens when you run an OCD into it. Gets a cool dark Trower gain w a lot of dynamics. Great price for a little icing on the tone cake.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Every Fender Player should own one !

        By Mike Abbs

        from New Jersey

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal is great for getting a cranked power amp tone at lower volumes. Also gets my Strat more present in the mix and provides overall thicker and well rounded overdrive tone. Adds some life to the clean tones as well. Plays well with other gain pedals so it is good for stacking.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fulltone Does it Again!

          By Roy

          from Baltimore Maryland

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          Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I have now been using this for a few weeks and tend to leave it on all the time. I use a fair amount of pedals and keep this at the end of the line to reboost to my original guitar output level and to beefen up my overall single coil strat tone. Do not purchase this thinking that it will really drive the front end of your amp, although it will just push it a bit. Friends of mine thought that with the drive knob, that this pedal would act like an overdrive unit but it is a boost and is meant to be used as a clean boost. The drive knobs adds a tiny bit of that tweed hair to your overall tone alowing your guitar and pedal chain setup to punch the front end of the amp a little harder and get those tubes working. The actual boosted tone never colors your sound at all, unless you use the drive knob which again, can add a little extra 'hair' to it. If you use long cables for stage or studio than this is a must have to prevent long cable signal loss. Also I have friends that use this to boost acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, etc so its way more than just a guitar only product. Its a fantastic overall signal boost that can be added to any instrument. This, in my opinion, is the first version that fulltone has hit right on and its perfect in every way. As long as you allow it be a boost and not expect it to act as your new overdrive pedal than you will be very hasppy with this. Enjoy!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fulltone Fat Boost 3

          By Paul COT

          from McKinney, TX

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          Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The greatest unknown pedal in the guitar realm.I do not use this Fuller suggests (end of chain)and indeed it is not an "Overdrive" or a "gain pedal", it is not claimed to be! BUT I use mine like Trower did before he got his custom RTO. I use this as a "clean boost" and tonal enhancer in front of my OCD and my other high gain pedals. It stays on all the time. It can push the front of your amp (if +35db cannot push your amp, I am wondering what sort of amp you have??) you can dirty this up but IT IS NOT an OD it is a tonal line booster, clean boost improves your tone. I dig it w/ the OCD it is a touch of dark Trower heaven. I think Fuller is so bad tempered because of the gross misunderstandings of most "guitar" players. I get it Mike, keep them coming!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fulltone Fat Boost v3

          By Paul COT

          from McKinney, TX

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          Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I probably do not use this as most. I use this as a clean boost line driver BEFORE my OCD and Dist's. It gives me a cool Robin Trower tone with the OCD (like he used in 05 before the RTO). Love these two pedals they will always be a part of my board. Two unique winners here. If you need a transparent clean boost that can dirty your signal a little or enhance the high harmonics or boost/cut the lows. This is the puppy. Stays on pretty much all the time to add more presence and push to my guitars drives the OD and Dist making them sound better.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Most useful pedal I have.

          By Stephen

          from Northern ca.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The drive is an excellent mid-high eq boost until it's all the way up. High and low eq is very responsive. Clean sound, overall terrific.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just What I needed!

            By Bill

            from Niceville, Florida

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great pedal. Just what I was looking for. I play a lot of solo stuff at parties, etc., and often need to boost the volume for breaks. This pedal lets me up the volume without adding any other effects, but also has the capability to add a little extra if I want it. Great item at a good price. Fully satisfied.

             
            5.0

            Excellent, Excellent Pedal

            By Brian V

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I have had this pedal for years and it's a great, versatile pedal. Like all pedals, where you place it in your rig will depend on what other effects and sounds you are liiking for. I have placed it right after my fuzz but before my 2 mjm phantom od pedals. I use it as a base clean tone with it providing a light grit and an open harmonic richness that sounds like an overdriven tube amp. It also adds a great touch sensitivity and makes the guitar sound more "alive" and responsive under the fingers. Great pedal!

               
              5.0

              Great Tone

              By CharleyB

              from Austin Texas Area

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Gives a Great Fat Tone. Found it to sound great on my electric as well as my acoustic guitar.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                good pedal

                By harry

                from wheaton

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Comments about Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal:

                very good petal,great sound

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