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LPB-1, Guitar/Bass booster from Electro-Harmonix.

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Fireguy8402 23/12/2011

Electro-Harmonix LPB-1: Produktbewertung von Fireguy8402 (content in English)

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The Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster is one of the most basic pedals you will find. An input from your guitar, an output to your amplifier, a power jack and one volume knob, and that’s it. Being from Electro Harmonix’s Nano line, this pedal has a small footprint and will fit on anyone’s pedal board. There is a red LED that lets you know when the pedal is engaged and the pedal can be powered by a 9 volt battery or by an additional power supply.

UTILIZATION

Much like the MXR Micro Amp, this pedal is a one trick pony, but you are able to use that trick in many different ways. Basically all this pedal does is boosts your signal, and this will do different things depending on where you put it in your signal path. In front of a tube amp this pedal can push you over the edge if the amp is set on the verge of breakup, while retaining your tone. When used in the effects loop of an amp this pedal can provide a huge boost in volume if needed that is much cleaner than when it’s used in front of the amp. This pedal is also handy to match the volume of guitars. For example if you use low output single coils in a Stratocaster and then switch off to a hot rodded Les Paul there will be a change in volume during a gig. Kick this pedal on while you play the Strat and off while you play the LP and you wont have to be constantly changing your volume knob on your amp during the show.

SOUND QUALITY

I did not notice any high end loss when I added this pedal to my setup, but when this pedal is really cranked there can be a slight hiss, but nothing out of the ordinary. This pedal is not as clean as the MXR Micro amp with my amps. There is a little more grit to the EH version, not much but it is there. I mostly use this pedal in the effects loop of my amplifiers because I don’t need a change in preamp gain/volume, but I prefer a cleaner boost of volume. I feel this pedal works better in front of an amp and that the MXR Micro Amp sounds better in the loop because it’s a little bit cleaner.

OVERALL OPINION

It can push the front end of your amp, provide tons of volume boost in the loop, match signals for different guitars during a gig, and regain a quality signal if many pedals are used in succession. Overall I think this is a great pedal to have in your arsenal. It’s built like a brick and it doesn’t take a lot of space on your board. This is a good pedal, but I prefer the Micro Amp from MXR because it is a little bit cleaner and seems to be built just a tad sturdier. There isn’t a huge difference between them though, so if cost is an issue I’d have no problem picking this one up instead.