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Fulltone FatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal  Silver 

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The Fulltone FatBoost 3 effects pedal replaces previous versions 1 and 2, marrying everything that people liked about both versions while improving o...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

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

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
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FulltoneFatBoost 3 FB-3 Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Compact (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

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5.0

Great Tone

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By CharleyB

from Austin Texas Area

About Me Professional Musician

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.

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    5.0

    Most useful pedal I have.

    By Stephen

    from Northern ca.

    About Me Professional Musician

    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.

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      5.0

      good pedal

      By harry

      from wheaton il

      About Me Professional Musician

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

      very good petal,great sound

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      5.0

      Just What I needed!

      By BamaBill

      from Niceville, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Power Tube sparkle in a box!!!

      By ethersea

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        First in the chain....

        By Evil Jon

        from Durham, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Always ON" pedal

            By greensound

            from Indianapolis

            About Me Experienced

            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!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Every Fender Player should own one !

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            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.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Clean & Mean

              By Gold Topless

              from Los Angeles

              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

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Does exactly what I wanted.

              By MXR fan

              from NY,NY

              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.

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