Xotic BB Preamp Pedal

Overdrive/Preamp Effects Pedal with Active 2-band EQ, Gain and Volume Controls, and True Bypass
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From a Clean Boost to Thick, Creamy Overdrive

Any guitarist can benefit from the Xotic BB Preamp overdrive pedal, a real tonal Swiss army knife. The pedal works equally well for getting thick and creamy overdrive tones with great sustain as it does for pushing the clean front end of an already driven amp with up to 30+dB of boost. You'll find Xotic pedals on the boards of many Sweetwater guitarists who appreciate how touch responsive they are - and the BB Preamp is no exception.

Xotic: Boutique pedals, preamps, and more

Xotic was born in a small garage in Southern California in 1996 and quickly became known for high-quality, boutique bass guitars and bass preamps. These days, they've expanded the pedal line, crafting stompboxes that are played by some of the finest guitarists in the business. Their acclaimed AC Booster, RC Booster, and BB Preamp pedals remain some of their most popular pedals.

Xotic BB Preamp Overdrive Effects Pedal Features:
  • Powerful overdrive/preamp tone-shaping pedal
  • Active 2-band EQ retains your original guitar tone
  • Up to 30dB+ clean boost for pushing your amp over the top
  • Gain knob goes from clean to thick sustain
  • True bypass switching
The Xotic BB Preamp is a tone-shaping tool every guitarist should check out.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Boost/Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Bypass Switching True Bypass
Power Source 9V DC power supply sold separately
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 1.98"
Depth 4.39"
Width 2.38"
Weight 0.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BBP

Customer Reviews

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Simply awesome!

I've tried them all. This pedal is phenomenal. This is basically a MIAB, but more versatile because of the EQ options. Through my AC20 it melts faces, but also sweetens up tones for country and blues. Simply awesome.
Music background: 30-yr player

Worth every penny.

I've read online that the BB preamp in an "alternative" to the tube screamer. It's beyond just an alternative- it's a pedal of it's own! It sounds amazing! So clean, so clear, so smooth, not muddy at all, capable of lead tones and clean boost. A very, very versatile pedal. this will suit anyone who wants to play the blues to hard rock to pop and much more. (except metal. Lol). heck, you can even take this one to church! I run a Gibson Les Paul Studio into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with this thing in the front, and man, my tone just got twice as better. If you're looking for a quality overdrive, look no more, buy the bb preamp! Xotic is great! Shoot, I never thought I would say this, but this BB preamp will probably be replacing my Plimsoul.
Music background: Guitar

Buy it. Buy it now.

Nails the old Bluesbreaker tone and growl but is way more versatile then just that. The tone stack will let you trim tone to your heart's content. Bought along with the RC booster- similar as far as tone control but very different overall, they compliment each other nicely. Xotic makes beautiful stuff.

Simply Inspiring

I've been a Boss Super Overdrive user for three decade's. It was my "go to" pedal when in a pinch. It did the job, but not completely satisfied with my overall tone. I wanted something that would be an enhancement to what was already their. I've been wanting a tone that growls. This pedal makes that happen in spades!!!! It's clarity and adjustability with the two band EQ makes any amp a tone beast!

Most Underrated Overdrive

I’ve owned this pedal for a couple of years now and can say it will not be taken off of my pedal board. I’ve been through a LOT of overdrive pedals (Tube Screamer, OCD, Boss DS-1, Wampler Plexi-Drive, just to name a few) and find nothing that compares to the Xotic Effects BB Preamp for what I play. Which is classic rock, blues and pop. This is not meant for metal. It is absolutely transparent, allowing the tone of your guitar and amp to come through. You can use it as a clean boost or slight overdrive, to a fairly well pushed tube amp (AC/DC area). Most recently I A-B’d it against the Wampler Tumnus, which is an outstanding pedal, but kept the BB Preamp. It just offers more tonal options.
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