How To Use A Boost Pedal

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Using a boost pedal will make your guitar sound louder and heavier. Especially if you are playing with a clean tone. This is great for solos and rhythm parts. But it's also good for making your guitar cut through the mix in a band situation. Here’s how to use it the right way.

What is a boost pedal?

A boost pedal is a pedal that is used to boost the volume of an instrument. Boost pedals are great for making a quieter guitar or bass sound louder or to give a solo a much fuller sound. Boost pedals can be used by themselves or in combination with other pedals. They can also be used in the effects loop of a guitar amplifier.

The term “boost pedal” comes from the traditional practice of adding a diode to amplify a signal. Since both audio signal and current to the guitar are important factors in any effect pedal or audio signal system, finding an amp that will double as a power amp is a must. Either that or you provide power to the pedal from it's own transformer. This is how most guitarists power their pedals. You’ll hear what your tone can sound like when you use that particular tone option with the boost pedal.

Common uses for a boost pedal

Boost pedals are one of the most common pedal used by guitarists. A boost pedal is used for boosting the signal of the guitar. It does not add distortion or change the tone of the guitar. A boost pedal is used for volume boost. The primary thing you need to know about boost pedals is this. When you plug your guitar in, your guitar sends a signal to the amp. Your amp must then send a signal back to the guitar. The design of boost circuits works by sending out a signal twice.

The first signal tells the guitar amp to make more “amplitude.” Then, the second signal tells the guitar amp to cut the signal back. This two signal "blends" and gives your guitar a louder bottom end and brighter middle. When you have your guitar plugged into a boost pedal, the signal of the boost takes precedence over the guitar signal. Most rock guitarists and metal guitarists will play loud, sloppy chords cause by bad technique. This gives a distorted and lacking tone in their guitar. Because if they really wanted to get the guitar working a little louder, they would have to use a booster pedal.

Another common use for booster pedals is to simply boost the signal when it's being ran through a long pedal chain. The signal can weaken as it goes through several pedals. Resulting in little or no sound by the time it gets to the amplifier. A boost pedal can strengthen the signal half way around, giving the signal the much needed extra juice to get to the amp.


A good guitar player should know how to use different pedals and effects on his or her guitar. But it’s also important to know when to use one in order to get the right sound out of it.
Before you start boosting your guitar using a boost pedal. You should know how to use the hardware effectively so it doesn’t prevent you from playing properly. There are certain things a guitar simply cannot do with pedals. Especially when it comes to volume.

Most pedals above are really designed for guitar, where volume is important. As that is the same for most of the songs on a standard pop album. Their main purpose is to boost the signal coming out of the guitar. While you can use them to make the signal sound louder (or stronger), they don’t do much of anything to the actual guitar or song you are playing.

When in doubt, decide which tracks you are playing on should have their volume knob at a max of about 0–10. Then, boost the guitar track designated with that knob into oblivion and try playing without it. It’s better to have the volume knob maxed out than maxing out your guitar sound every single song, which some pedals are designed to do.

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