electro-harmonix LPB-1 Linear Power Booster Pedal Reviews4.1/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
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from Poplar Bluff, MO
March 26, 2013Music Background:
Tone BoosterThe LPB-1 is a killer and affordable volume booster. For the price, players really go wrong with this pedal as it can be used in a variety of ways.
For a clean boost, simply plug into the effects loop of your amp, and it merely spikes the amps volume without altering its tone. Looking to give your solos something extra? Plug it into the front of your amp and it will not only add volume, but a little overdrive, as well as boost your bass and lower mids. It takes the rhythm channel of my 6505+ and adds enough gain to make it sound like my lead channel. It's also a great buffer between tone-sucking pedals.
This is the most affordable signal boosting pedal that I've seen on the market, and has become the secret weapon on my pedal board.
February 27, 2013
LPB-1 a must haveI bought this used and I use it in front of my Bugera 333XL. I was blown away by the fatness and sustain I obtained for lead parts with this pedal, this was exactly what I was looking for. Works well for anemic signals when you want that extra push for your tube amp. Good quality and shurely I`ll buy more EH products in the near future.
February 13, 2013
Saturation, the easy wayI got this because it's difficult to get a heavy distortion sound out of my Blues Deluxe without cranking it all the way up, which I obviously can't do all the time. Putting it in front of the amp on its 'Drive' channel, it's like a second gain knob! As a volume boost for clean pickers, it may not be so great, because that's not what it's for. "Linear" means that a linear pot is used for the control, so that dialing it at 12:00 gives you exactly half-power. That's why there's a volume jump just past 9:00, because the ear perceives sound logarithmically. A linear power boost is useful for compensating for signal loss from a long effects chain, or (the way I use it) fine-tuning front-end gain depending on the guitar pickups, being careful to get just enough of the amp's natural overdrive tone that I want, without losing definition (which can happen if you just crank it all the way with powerful pickups). Simple, rugged, and affordable...and made in the USA!
from Hampton, VA USA
May 9, 2012Music Background:
Guitarist, recording engineer, project studio owner
Linear Power BoostGood Pedal. I like what it does. I can not compare it to others of its type, but I like it and plan to keep it in my chain. I gives a nice drive to my effects loop and compensates for signal loose nicely and when turned up a little more adds a bit of saturation to the tone.
from Jackson, Ms.
February 27, 2010Music Background:
Blues, Jazz, Jam Band
LINEAR POWER BoosterThis is a great pedal that met my expectations. It is not a complicated holy grail kind of thing. This pedal can give you some(not much for me) overdrive saturation "crunch" when used to saturate your tubes much like having another volume pot, But the sound is LINEAR in terms of distortion and tone from the input to the output. So if you like that lower guitar knob volume and want to boost the signal without distorting it, this is for you. It has behaved differently in different situations, so I can see why some people find it unreliable. The lesson learned is that extra power does different things to different products and electrical systems within my rig. Used alone, enjoy a noticeable power boost that is LINEAR. I wasn't looking for "Crunch" anyway, so this made me happy. Its a great clean booster. It is like adding more power to your pickups. It also works great when placed correctly in your rig, depending on what you are using and what you want the boost to define, like a pog or envelope filter to define your tone. EHX makes awesome products, and for the price this one can't be beat. This is only $5 more new than to make it yourself from a pirate Do It Yourself pedal site. Built like a tank, it will surely give me years of use. No confusing knobs to screw up playing live, just a single easy to spot knob and tough foot switch. This pedal has been around since the 70's (LPB2 and LPB1), and beloved by many.
from Utica, NY
April 30, 2009Music Background:
Avid Guitar player, student of music
Good Pedal if used correctlyLet’s get something out in the open right away. This is NOT a good boost pedal. If you are looking for a “blown amp” sound, this pedal will achieve that sound with the dial at nine O’ clock. That’s only a quarter turn from the off position. Anything below that lowers you signal volume. This was nott what I was looking for. I tried the pedal in every position on my pedal board and still got the same result. I am using an Elite Epiphone Les Paul Gold top through a Peavey Classic 50 Tube 2x12 combo. HERE IS WHERE THIS REVIEW GETS POSITIVE! As a last resort I put this pedal through my FX Loop and it works great. It still doesn’t act like a traditional boost pedal where after about one O’ clock it starts to give you some overdrive. I use it simply as a signal boost for solos and it works perfect. It adds a nice fat clean boost. For 40 bucks…I think it’s worth it if used right.
from Central Florida
October 12, 2008Music Background:
Not bad for the priceI'm not gonna slam it cause it's conveniently inexpensive, but after a few gigs in my pedalboard, this little guy came back out. I think "linear" isn't quite the right name, cause there seems to be a spot (somewhere around 9-10 o clock on mine) that it just goes from being an unnoticeable difference to TOO LOUD! I've used several other boost pedals where the increase was more even accross the range, and if your foot accidentally brushed up against it and moved the knob a little, it wouldn't make such a HUGE difference. But on this one it does.
from LAFAYETTE, LA
August 15, 2007Music Background:
20 YEARS OF PLAYING IN NUMBEROUS BANDS (ROCK-METAL-BLUSE)
JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FORBOUGHT SEVERAL PEDALS TRYING TO GET A GOOD LEAD BOOST
A VOLUME PEDAL ALTERED THE DRIVE/GAIN OF THE SOUND, EQ GAVE A GOOD BOOST, BUT CHANGED THE NATURAL SOUND OF THE SIGNAL, SPENT $170 ON OTHER THINGS WHEN ALL I NEEDED WHAT THIS $40 PEDAL, RECOMMEND IT. THE ON/OFF SWITCH I WISH WAS MORE LIKE THE BOSS TYPE, YOU KINDA GOTTA STUMP ON IT (THUS THE THE STUMP BOX)BUT STILL LOVE MY NEW SOUND (LES PAUL/MESA BOOGIE)