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the anti-boost

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by Sketchy Jeff, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Sketchy Jeff

    Sketchy Jeff

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    I've had pretty good times recently playing my Tele through a Traynor YCV-40 and Roland JC-55 together. A bit of delay, a bit of trem, and a bit of BD-2 for tone shaping but not really much boost. The Traynor crunches a bit and the Roland stays clean. Now and then I use a bit of Roland onboard chorus. The amps fill the room in the places I play so not usually any mic-ing or line out.

    I switch back and forth between the tele and my Godin 5th Ave with the 2 p90s. It's a much hotter signal from the Godin. I used to run it by itself into the low input on the Roland amp with the overdrive on its lowest for just a bit of compress and got a great sound that way but with the two amps together it's far louder than the tele single coils even with the volume rolled way back on the guitar. I like the sound I've got with the tele now and not that eager to hit the amps harder with a clean boost so I'd like to cut the Godin instead.

    What's the best way to cut the signal way back to approx the same level as the tele single coils and keep the volume up above 1-2 or so on the guitar so I can ride it a bit while playing? An EQ pedal cut all frequencies? Something else?

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  2. KapnKrunch

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    Ho’s Attenuator

    I have no experience with this device, but I am intrigued by the guy's no nonsense approach.
     
  3. Budda

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    I would try the EQ pedal idea first - cheap and easy.
     
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  4. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Some folks will use a device like this:
     
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  6. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    there are anti boost pedals . Donner Boost Killer. Volume Pedal, or an EQ pedal with the volume turned down or the EQ pushed below zero
     
  7. Sketchy Jeff

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    that looks like just the thing i have in mind

    i'm gonna give the eq pedal idea a shot first since i want to be able to eq one of my other guitars a bit anyway but if that doesn't do the trick this thing is next on the list
    thanks,
    j
     
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  8. Sketchy Jeff

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    i've been using a TC MojoMojo to underdrive and it works pretty well as far as the level goes but the Godin P90s are a bit crunchy through it even with the gain all the way down

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  9. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    either of these scenarios would work, or combine both and put all sliders to neg 12
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  10. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    My pedal shown has 12 DB boost or cut on the level, so you can boost the Tele, or cut the Godin.
     
  11. mhammer

    mhammer

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    In the DIY world, the usual response is "They want $xx for THAT? But it's just a box, two jacks, a switch and a pot." All of that is true, but not everyone solders or can machine an enclosure. The thing to remember is that such boxes are not marketed on a whim by manufacturers eager to gouge unsuspecting customers. Rather, they came about in response to customer requests exactly like yours.
     
  12. DaddyDog

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    @SouthamptonPdls makes this great buffer called All Things Equal. It has 2 volume knobs (red and blue), and a stomp button. It's always on, so you set the red wherever you want. Set the blue, hit the stomp, and it switches to it. I've used it to attenuate a guitar with much success. Don't always have it on my board, but I'm keeping it as a terrific tool to have on hand.
     
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  13. High/Deaf

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  14. gtrguy

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    Lots of "boost" pedals can be set for an output less than unity so that they cut the level when engaged. Maybe you already have something that will do the trick and don't have to buy anything?

    This is the one that I use for such duties-

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  15. KapnKrunch

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    Excellent point. Both of my compressors can set to reduce the volume when activated. I always use a little compression with P90's to improve clarity and articulation.
     

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