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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question How can you boost a guitar?

Hi, I have 2 Dimarzio air classics and a Dimarzio blue velvet single coil (low output) I was wondering, is there any way of boosting my output without changing my pickups or using pedals? See I like to take my guitar to guitar shops and play it through different amps, but it just sounds crunchy even with a mesa triple rectifier up full. I don't wanna be humpin pedals about or changing my sound as I love my tone, I just wanna push it to a higher output, is this possible? Thanks
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 05:40 PM
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

Built in boost circuit, similar to the Clapton Strat mid boost?

Why not just put a boost pedal in your gig bag/guitar case? It isn't a lot of kit to carry about. Most guitar shops will probably have one you could borrow anyway.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-23-2006, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

Could I get a guitar tech to fit me one of those??? Would it change my tone at all???
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 01:29 AM
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

Moving your pickups closer to the strings increases output a bit more, but you can always just shove a booster unit into your guitar. If you're good with a soldering iron and simple electronics, you can build your own mini booster unit. (you can also get higher output pickups like an Air Zone or Tone Zone)

Personally, I would still use a Tubescreamer, SD-1 or some other overdrive pedal into the frontend of my amp. Do note that you can usually mod a cheap distortion/overdrive pedal into a clean(er) boost pedal but swapping out the diodes.
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

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Could I get a guitar tech to fit me one of those??? Would it change my tone at all???
Thanks
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Yes, and yes. They are dead easy to fit, and they will change the tone a bit - which you may or may not like.

Buy a tubescreamer.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 04:05 PM
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

try a bbe sonic max or a pickup booster
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 04:22 PM
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

what's wrong with having a boost pedal? At least with a pedal you can use it with any guitar you have. If you just put a boost circuit on your guitar you can only use it on that guitar. Pretty lame if you ask me.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 07:33 PM
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

ya boost pedals can be useful
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2006, 07:39 PM
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

Are you sure the pickups are working right?
I had an HS-3 in a strat that barely broke up on a hi gain head and it turned out the pick up was bad.
You may have a loose wire or something.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-25-2006, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

Next time I'm at my music shop I'll be sure to have it checked out, thanks for your advice everyone!
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

I think theyre ment to be like that, It's ok now though coz I can use my boost pedal, cheers dudes!
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 02:18 PM
 
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Re: How can you boost a guitar?

Did you get a straight up boost pedal or did you modify an overdrive/distortion one?
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