About a month ago, I purchased a boost pedal for my guitar rig. More specifically, I purchased the Electro-Harmonix LPB-1. This is a linear boost pedal that pushes extra volume to your amp. First things first, this pedal will not yield the right results if you do not have a tube amp or other overdrives.
The Electro-Harmonix LPB-1…
This pedal is a linear boost pedal, and it is purely meant to push volume to your amp. In essence, it is a clean boost pedal. I decided to buy this pedal when I realized the need for an extra stage of gain. I previously had 2 stages: my clean tone and then my ts9 at a little over halfway on the overdrive. It worked great, but I wanted to functionality. I now have 3 stages of gain on my pedal board, and it has worked wonders for my tone and ease-of-play.
What good is a boost pedal?
First, a boost pedal boosts your volume and gain be pushing the tubes in your amp. Other overdrives are usually necessary to make boost pedals yield positive results.
A boost pedal is necessary for having multiple stages of gain. You can stack it with an overdrive or two to increase gain/volume. Right now, I am running my Ibanez Ts9 with light overdrive as my second stage of gain (my clean channel is the first), and my boost kicks it up a notch.
I keep my Ts9 on 95% of the time. The boost pedal is used for lead lines. It helps them stand out in the mix, have more sustain, and have more headroom.
Many people have asked me if they should get a boost pedal. My answer is: always after you have your overdrive section set. You do not want to purchase a boost pedal alone. It will not be ideal. Unless you can get multiple really expensive boost pedals, it is not necessary until you have the overdrive section on your rig set.
Get the overdrives and delays before a boost pedal is purchased. It takes a long time to build a nice pedal board. For guitarists just getting their rig going, buy an overdrive and a delay first (oh…and a tuner). After that, other pedals can be purchased.