I am a rhythm guy. All of my tones are set up for that, pretty much, with pretty even volumes throughout the clean-OD-Dist range. There are a few (very few) times in our set that I'll actually play a lick that might count as a 'lead'...
The 'More Drive' option on my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III dumps more gain INTO the preamp, so it's not really the best option for a boost, because it changes the sound, too.
I'm notoriously cheap. When I was looking at the options for boost pedals, I was pretty shocked to see that they are no cheaper than the boutique pedals that are out there, and there are a ton of boost options...
It occured to me yesterday that I have a DOD BIFET preamp pedal in my bag of tricks. I use it for when I play my Martin acoustic, which has only a peizo pickup and no EQ. It helps to smooth out the sound through PA systems. I rarely play the Martin outside of the house now (as I have a very nice Garrison that has an EQ) so i decided to try it out as a boost.
It has plenty of volume that it can boost, that is for sure! With the TONE knob, I can also dial it in a bit so that leads have more body along with volume.
Would you recommend running it at the end of my pedalboard chain or in the loop? I do have a delay pedal, which is currently last in line in the PB chain. How would you run this setup?
Guitar - Compressor - OD - Dist - Delay - Boost - amp
your help is greatly appreciated!