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  • Why don't amp companies install a lead boost function more often?

    It seems everyone likes to boost the front end with a pedal for leads. How come amp companies dont just install this option to begin with? Just a little "juice" for leads is all doesn't have to be extreme gain or anything. Just sayin...
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  • #2
    On a side note, some idiots would still boost an amp that already have a boost function built in...

    That idiot is me

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    • #3
      And me.

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      • #4
        Lead boost =/= your own choice in pedal
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        • #5
          Lead boost =/= your own choice in pedal


          I came here to say this.
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          • #6
            Lead boost =/= your own choice in pedal


            What are you girls talking about. He's talking about boosting your front end, not a lead boost

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            • #7
              I think having more amps with a Volume increase "Solo Boost" would be a better idea.
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              • #8
                What are you girls talking about. He's talking about boosting your front end, not a lead boost


                So was I. People like to have their own flavor of a boost instead of a built in one. Otherwise there wouldn't be a market for hundreds of different TS variations.
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                • #9
                  I think having more amps with a Volume increase "Solo Boost" would be a better idea.


                  Correct. Boosting the front end "for leads" is increasing distortion etc, not level. Hardly level. Maybe the increase in mids seems to raise the volume but in a band with a second guitarist you are going to wonder where the **************** was the solo burried.

                  A "level" solo boost makes much more sense for two channel amps. It can also be done with a delay pedal in the loop if it is serial of course but anyway.

                  A three channel head makes of course much more sense anyway. I don't particularly like soloing with my dryer rythm tone but anyway...
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                  short answer: no...

                  long answer: no way..."

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                  • #10
                    don't dumbles have a build in fet boost stage?

                    i'd second that a lead boost would be more useful, and many amps already have that.
                    front end boosts are all about the tone which is why there are so many different ones.
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                    • #11
                      If you can make them all agree to use the Suhr Koko Boost circuit, complete with all switching operations available on the amp's footswitch, I'm in!
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                      • #12
                        Its easy enough to do and there are a few different ways to do it although it depends on whether or not you want a million relays inside the amp.
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                        Originally Posted by -Assy-


                        Okay I summed up this entire thread in three posts. Let's go home and beat our children.

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                        • #13
                          DIfferent front end boosts do different things. Using an OCD as a boost sounds WAYYY different than using a TS9... That's why they don't do it. If you're talking about a simple volume boost, then that's a different story...
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                          • #14
                            One good method is to add a limited boost cathode bypass cap to an unbypassed stage to add gain over a certain frequency range as this adds gain, a bit of volume and changes the tone a little to differentiate it from the rhythm tone.
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                            Originally Posted by -Assy-


                            Okay I summed up this entire thread in three posts. Let's go home and beat our children.

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                            • #15
                              Why don't you use the volume knob on your guitar? Only noobs need lead boosts built in their amp.

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