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The BB Preamp from Xotic opens your tonal options to a wide variety of sounds. From pristine clean boost to smooth overdriven sound, the BB Preamp le...Click To Read More About This Product

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Broadens your tonal horizons.

The BB Preamp from Xotic opens your tonal options to a wide variety of sounds. From pristine clean boost to smooth overdriven sound, the BB Preamp lets you dial in just the right lead tone you want with its 2-band active EQ.

FEATURES
  • Capable of a 30dB+ clean boost with an adjustable ±15dB 2-band active EQ, adding a wide range of harmonic content to your ideal sound
  • Uses a pre-gain stage, allowing the pedal to go from a very pristine clean to a very smooth, compressed, overdriven sound
  • True bypass eliminates any signal interference when switched off
  • Can be used with 9V battery or AC adapter (optional, not included)
SPECIFICATIONS

BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Dimensions: 4.39" W x 1.98" H x 2.38" D (112mm x 50mm x 60mm)
  • Weight: 0.6 lb. (280g)
  • True Bypass Switching
  • Power Consumption: 9VDC/6mA
  • Battery Type: 9VDC (006P) x 1
  • AC Adapter (Optional): 9VDC, Negative Tips (Regulated recommended)
  • Input Impedance: 500 kOhm (min)
  • Output Impedance: 10 kOhm
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Xotic EffectsBB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Compact (8)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Reviewed by 12 customers

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5.0

"One More Thing"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Outstanding Quality
  • Responsive
  • Superior OD Tones
  • Versatile
  • You Get What You Pay For

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Practicing
  • Pushing The Front Of A Marshall Vacuum Tube Ampl
  • Rehearsals

Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I already posted a review but I wanted to be fair to Xotic and all MF customers. Make no mistake, the Xotic BB Pre-Amp and their other guitar pedals really are top shelf. I don't like spending over a hundred for any guitar pedal but Xotic pedals are the exception. Not only do they sound great and leave a "WOW" impression on the user as opposed to other supposed boutique pedals, Xotic pedals are worth the extra money. I have the RC Booster as well. They really work great together. Also, I have called Xotic at least twice and they will bend over backwards to make sure you are happy with your pedal. They take customer service very seriously.

 
5.0

"One Of The BEST Overdrive Pedals Ever!!"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful Sustain
  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Natural Tone
  • Responsive
  • Transparent
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Rehearsals

Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

The Xotic BB Pre-Amp is one of the BEST overdrives I have ever played. I have owned countless OD units since 1979 and this one is a true "stand out". Don't take my word for it rather take you guitar to a music shop that has one in stock and play it through a nice clean vacuum tube amp. That way you can decide for yourself.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best pre-amp ever!

By Zanequest

from Colorado mountains

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is an incredibly organic pre-amp that won't color or mess with your tone. It can go from mild to wild and adds just the right amount of touch-sensitive dynamics. The tone knobs actually affect the sound very well and offer a wide range of variance. See Andy Timmons on YouTube for a great demo of this pedal. Sounds great as both a "clean" boost as well as an overdrive and plays well with distortion channels.

     
    5.0

    The best stand alone OD I own

    By Rockerduck

    from Marietta, Ga.

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I use this as my goto od. If I only needed one, this is it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pedal

      By 14GuitarsandCounting

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Single Coil Pickups

        Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Great pedal. Adds tasteful amount of boost, girth and grit to my single-coil Strats and P-90 guitars without muffling the guitar's natural harmonics. Have been playing for 42 years, played semi-professionally and I've tried tons of pedals. Until now, I was looking for cleaner boost with possibility of grit when I dug in. Nailed it with the BB Preamp Boost. Back off on the volume knob or volume pedal and you are Mr. Clean. Bring it up a notch and dig in and you are in a sweet spot of early amp break-up. So far, I'm impressed with Xotic and this pedal. Well-conceived and built. Sounds good with humbuckers but I'm still preferring my Analogman DOD 250 "741 Mojo Mod" for that task. It lets the guitar harmonics shine through. I'm considering the Xotic AC Boost perhaps as a third alternative.

        If you play Strats or Teles, or looking for a versatile alternative to overdrive, get this pedal.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An awesome, natural sounding overdrive!

        By Mike

        from Mile High City

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          An excellent pre-amp boost! Doesn't color the sound and has sufficient girth to do the job. Used it with an ES-335 and a Fender tweed Deluxe and it sings! Nailed the lead tone in Tom Petty's Mary Jane's Last Dance.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It really is that good

          By Mtn Sun

          from Evergreen CO

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          Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I was in colorado and had about 3 hours to kill before I needed to get to the airport. Went to a local guitar shop in Longmont to "shop". Anyway played a les paul through a princeton reverb and it was cool. Asked the guy for a cool pedal, for you know allman brother, warren hayes, blues....you know thick and warm. He came back with the BB-preamp and I was blown away. At a bedroom volume, you can get the sound you want out of a very clean amp. I think the best part of this pedal is that nothing sounds harsh through it at all. If you want to let a open chord ring, you get all the overdrive sound you want. The other reviews said "transparent" and I think that is about a perfect word.

          Long story short I bought it and love it. The pedal gives a ton of options to your amp and is very versatile. If you want heavy distortion it will work, if you wanted classic country twang, turn down the gain knob and turn up the volumn and taa-daa. I wish I would have found this a long time ago!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Pedal

          By Rbudding

          from Iowa

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          Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is my favorite pedal I have ever owned, ever. Yes it is more expensive than some, but it is worth it. I took note of the pedal because of Andy Timmons widespread use, and his tone is so great that I had to try it. I picked it up and immediately loved it. It has such a warm and transparent tone. Frankly it is very hard to describe unless you try it.

          give it a shot through a good tube amp. In my opinion it can't be beat.

           
          5.0

          Incredible Tones!

          By KevinWaide

          from Tupelo, MS

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The best overdrive pedal I have ever used. So transparent you forget you're using a pedal. It feels like the front end of a tube amp, with all the dynamics and growl. Definitely a good buy. The only con is it's a little too expensive to buy two.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best overdrive out there

            By GB - PRS Man

            from Nashua, NH

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Blows Keeley Ts808 Away
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Great For Leads
            • Very Organic And Amplike

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All of the above

              Comments about Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              If you guys are looking for a great Marshall Blues Breaker tone, that works well for leads & rhythm look NO MORE! Buy this pedal.

              It takes other pedals extremely well. I use it with an AC Comp, Zendrive, Keeley Compressor, Xotic SP comressor infront of a Mesa Lonestar Classic. Sounds amazing. DON'T WASTE TIME READING... JUST BUY IT!

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