Re: Gain Boost Pot?
I reckon if you're a straight into the amp player loving passive tone, the onboard overdrive is a fantastic way to change your sound up quickly. Fantastic for the living room, and still kind of practical for live. - I see these pots as character changers to make a clean pickup nasty.
If you're going through a massive pedal collection however, getting the input gain just right could become hell live. In that situation, I think I would want a noise gate/ compressor/ volume pedal on the floor set to compensate for the extra gain, and the problem with that *could* be volume drop making the onboard gain booster redundant.
It would be very, very interesting to wire up a passive equipped guitar in such a way as to use both traditional passive controls, AND the new Duncan Blackout preamp. If it's possible to wire a guitar in that fashion I will definitely try it with a JB/59 or an ALT8/59 setup to see what I get.