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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 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.

Little pedal, big boost!

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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 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • 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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I've built better myself.

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...Read complete review

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.

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3.0

I've built better myself.

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  • Compact Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
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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.

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    5.0

    Good Things Come In Small Packages

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    from Lake Worth Florida

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • 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

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    5.0

    Strenghten Your Signal, Boost Your Guita

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    from Stoneville, NC

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    Pros

    • Clean Boost
    • Compact Design
    • Versatile

    Cons

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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 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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      simple and effective

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      from Oklahoma

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      • Responsive
      • Versatile

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        • 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.

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        from Nashville

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        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

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          from Marietta, Ga.

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          • 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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love It!

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            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!

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              (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              LED Light quit working after an hour

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              from Athens GA

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                • Breaks Easily

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                  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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                  3.0

                  booster plus distortion

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                  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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                  5.0

                  Essential!

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                  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!

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