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  • Villex Strat jack mid booster - anyone tried it?

    http://villex.com/stratocaster_jack_replacement_booster.html

    A friend of mine sent me a link to this product and it looks pretty cool. It's a replacement jack for a Strat with a switch on it for mid boost. It's supposed to give your single coils a fatter, slightly more humbucker sound, without messing with the traditional single coil sound too much. It installs in two minutes with no soldering. The little bit of feedback I've read on line was pretty positive, but just wondering if anyone here has one or has tried it?

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    In my mind, that's something that can just go at my feet. I only see an advantage to an instrument mounted EQ/Boost when you only want it to effect one pickup.
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    • #3
      In my mind, that's something that can just go at my feet. I only see an advantage to an instrument mounted EQ/Boost when you only want it to effect one pickup.


      I see your point, but the last thing I need is something else on the floor in front of me. At my feet I've already got a Zoom G9.2tt and Roland GR33, which together take up almost three and a half feet of floor space. Sometimes I 'll also add an SMMH, Mesa V-Twin, or some other pedal. So a tiny instrument mounted toggle switch is something that appeals to me.

      But I'm interested to hear how the Villex sounds. There is a very short clip on their website, but it's just a clean tone. I'm curious how it is with distortion as well.

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      • #4
        I prefer adjusting controls on the instrument itself rather than hook up yet another pedal. If I ever had a custom made instrument, it would have separate rhythm and lead circuits to act as almost a built in volume/eq pedal -a bit like a jazzmaster, only I think the rhythm setting only works with the neck pickup on a JM.
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        • #5
          http://villex.com/stratocaster_jack_replacement_booster.html

          A friend of mine sent me a link to this product and it looks pretty cool. It's a replacement jack for a Strat with a switch on it for mid boost. It's supposed to give your single coils a fatter, slightly more humbucker sound, without messing with the traditional single coil sound too much. It installs in two minutes with no soldering. The little bit of feedback I've read on line was pretty positive, but just wondering if anyone here has one or has tried it?


          They have a newer version that has a three way switch as well. It's not bad. It does perform as promised.

          I prefer it to a pedal simply because it's passive, one less battery to worry about. Another option (not passive though) is the Alembic "Blaster" (Formerly known as the "Strat-o-blaster).

          I have the Villex, wsa contemplating selling it, but decided to go ahead and keep it. I may sell it eventually because it's not a "must have" thing.

          So . . . to summarize . . . it works as promised, but I'm not so impressed that I wouldn't give it up. .

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          • #6
            They have a newer version that has a three way switch as well. It's not bad. It does perform as promised.

            I prefer it to a pedal simply because it's passive, one less battery to worry about. Another option (not passive though) is the Alembic "Blaster" (Formerly known as the "Strat-o-blaster).

            I have the Villex, wsa contemplating selling it, but decided to go ahead and keep it. I may sell it eventually because it's not a "must have" thing.

            So . . . to summarize . . . it works as promised, but I'm not so impressed that I wouldn't give it up. .


            What does the three way switch do, ie. the difference between that and the two way?

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            • #7
              What does the three way switch do, ie. the difference between that and the two way?


              Two levels of boost.

              http://cgi.ebay.com/Villex-passive-booster-SJMB-Solderless-3-Way-Switch_W0QQitemZ320466735854QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGui tar_Accessories?hash=item4a9d4e52ee

              There is a noticeable difference between each switch setting. Whether it's actually a practical, usable difference or not is questionable .

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              • #8
                I just found an excellent and very detailed user review and forum discussion of some of the technical aspects of the Villex:

                http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=578702&Main=563728

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                • #9
                  I have one on my partscaster (you can see the switch by the input jack). I really like it a lot w/ dirt, adds extra gain/mids. With it off on the bridge position, the guitar sounds very stratty as it should, but activated it almost gets into Les Paul territory (fwiw, the body is mahogany and the neck is Gibson scale- kind of a Strat/Paul hybrid of sorts). I don't use the boost much w/ cleans, but it's a really nice option to have w/ dirt, makes the guitar much fatter sounding which is a good thing

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                  • #10
                    I should also add that the Villex does not change your fundamental guitar tone in the way that most boost pedals do, very natural sounding.
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                    • #11
                      The little bit of feedback I've read on line was pretty positive, but just wondering if anyone here has one or has tried it?


                      Just a thought...you have a set of passive components in a housing small enough to fit in a jack route for $112 bucks...now, being that it's passive, it's not really boosting the signal like a stomp box would or an active preamp like the Fender TBX circuit (which you can buy the entire kit for cheaper than this or the GFS version for 30 bucks). Torres sells a similar mid boost kit as a replacement tone pot for 14 bucks.
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                      • #12
                        Torres sells a similar mid boost kit as a replacement tone pot for 14 bucks.


                        Which would be a better option

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                        • #13
                          Just a thought...you have a set of passive components in a housing small enough to fit in a jack route for $112 bucks...now, being that it's passive, it's not really boosting the signal like a stomp box would or an active preamp like the Fender TBX circuit (which you can buy the entire kit for cheaper than this or the GFS version for 30 bucks). Torres sells a similar mid boost kit as a replacement tone pot for 14 bucks.
                          The Villex is passive, but it does somehow boost the signal while adding mids (much like an active preamp)- definitely pushes a tube amp into overdrive. Not exactly sure how it works from an electronics standpoint, but I can assure you that it does this. Bottom line is that it sounds great and really makes the guitar far more tonally versatile...
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                          • #14
                            Just a thought...you have a set of passive components in a housing small enough to fit in a jack route for $112 bucks...now, being that it's passive, it's not really boosting the signal like a stomp box would or an active preamp like the Fender TBX circuit (which you can buy the entire kit for cheaper than this or the GFS version for 30 bucks). Torres sells a similar mid boost kit as a replacement tone pot for 14 bucks.


                            It does boost the signal. Most definitely. How, I couldn't tell you, but it does.

                            It's also far simpler to install than the other options you mentioned. Took all of 2 minutes from start to finish.

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                              Greetings etawful, tonequester here.

                                  Dan Torres helped me bet into modding guitars and amps way back in 1981-82 and I know his mid-range booster pot(and most of his other "stuff" well). The Villex jack is soooooo much more than the Torres pot. Dan's an o.k. guy, and some of his products are good, but some things that he advised me on led to the flame out of a 1960 Fender Princeton that would be worth big bucks now, if it hadn't ended up in a dumpster in '97. I won't be sure if the $112.00 is fair until I have it hooked up to my own gear, but since he offered me one FREE, I don't doubt his integrity. I defended him on Strat Talk and diy audio. He was being fairly well bullied by a few who wanted him to basically post a damned schematic with values and part numbers. Villex has just shipped my jack, no money up front. I told him right is right,  and I'll send him a money order upon receiving the jack. I'll post back then. Glad to make your aquaintence. best regards, tonequester.


                          • #15
                            I have one on my partscaster (you can see the switch by the input jack). I really like it a lot w/ dirt, adds extra gain/mids. With it off on the bridge position, the guitar sounds very stratty as it should, but activated it almost gets into Les Paul territory (fwiw, the body is mahogany and the neck is Gibson scale- kind of a Strat/Paul hybrid of sorts). I don't use the boost much w/ cleans, but it's a really nice option to have w/ dirt, makes the guitar much fatter sounding which is a good thing





                            I can't see any downside to having it...only makes the Strat even more versatile. You've already got tons of options just plugging straight in.
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