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Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal Review - Sweetwater Sound





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Published on Nov 5, 2014

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Hands On Review: Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster

In this video I'm focusing on the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster pedal. The words usually associated with "boost pedal" are "transparent" and "clean," which is all well and good, but a boost pedal can be that and so much more; such is the case with the Pickup Booster.

Let's start with 25dB of clean, flat-EQ gain that can be used for a simple volume bump at lower settings. As I mentioned in the video, the Pickup Booster will give you more of your sound. It's voiced in every way to be complementary to guitar and the result is a very musical boost that hits the amp or the next pedal in the chain just right. Seymour Duncan's vast pickup knowledge and experience comes to the forefront here, using discrete Class A circuit design and getting just the right input impedance to achieve a sound that doesn't interfere with your basic tone but instead enhances it.

Higher settings of the Gain control yield the same open-sounding boost, but also can drive the front-end of an amp or pedal into an organic, dynamic break-up that really sounds and feels like you have an extra gain knob on your amp or pedal. In the video, you can see how the Deluxe and the Boss OD-1X responded when the Pickup Booster was engaged; more of "that sound." Setting the Gain control to 0dB turns the Pickup Booster into a line driver, which can make up for signal loss resulting from long cable runs or multiple pedals connected in series. This is where the "clean and transparent" description is most appropriate because you wouldn't know the Pickup Booster was engaged until you turned it off, then you'd surely miss it!

On top of being a great boost pedal, the Pickup Booster has a Resonance switch that mimics the frequency response of humbucking pickups, effectively turning your single-coil pickups into humbuckers. The Resonance switch has three positions, the "0" position is in the middle and is the neutral setting. Flipping the switch up puts it in the "1" position, which is voiced to sound like vintage humbuckers. Sonically, it adds a slight bump to the mids and rolls off some high end. It's really effective with overdrive but is great with a clean sound, too. The "2" position gives a modern humbucker sound with even more mids, creating a nice, chunky sound. You can hear in the video how the Resonance switch radically changes the tone of the guitar, offering yet another set of tonal options. Seymour recommends placing the Pickup Booster first in your signal chain with a cable, not a wireless, to take the most advantage of the Resonance switch's tonal variations.

The Pickup Booster generates very little noise on its own, especially considering how much level is on tap. The true-bypass switch also helps to keep your tone intact and the option to run the pedal at either 9v or 18V is very handy. Running the pedal at 18V adds just a bit more of an open quality to the sound but if you don't prefer that or if you want to keep your power supply chain simpler, the Pickup Booster does its thing at 9V, too. If you need to use battery power, there's an easy-access door on the bottom of the Pickup Booster.

I actually own one of the original SFX-01 Pickup Boosters and it was the perfect partner for my Strat. With the Gain at 10 o'clock and the Resonance switch set to "1", I could get the perfect boost for single lines or leads with a clean or dirty sound. Nice to see this pedal back with a few upgrades, very cool. Thanks for checking out the video.

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