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Boost Pedal Before Or After Overdrive? [Gain Staging Basics]

Published 25 Feb 2022

Welcome to the show! A super simple question today, the answers to which serve as a great basic lesson on gain staging. We take a couple of common boost types – one full-range clean boost, and one where we can shape the EQ – and put them both before and after overdrive to see what we can learn.
Where do you like your boost best? Let’s find out…

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Pedals used in this episode…
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner

• Vahlbruch Kaluna High Voltage Tube Drive

• Hamstead Ascent

• Thorpy Heavy Water
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
No longer made

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
1:52 What are we doing today?
2:45 Two basic boost types
3:20 Today’s amps
3:43 Hamstead Ascent clean boost
4:40 Kaluna overdrive, boost after
6:04 Kaluna overdrive, boost before
7:50 Thorpy Heavy Water shaping boost
10:08 Kaluna & Heavy Water before & after
11:50 More and less bass with single coils
14:50 More and less bass with humbuckers
19:15 Conclusions and closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’62 Relic Stratocaster - Mick’s video here:

• 1965 Fender Telecaster – No video yet

• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 – Mick’s video here:

Amps in this episode:
• Marshall 1987X with Zilla Custom 212 / Celestion Alnico Ruby speakers
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Tone King Imperial MkII with 112 cab / standard speaker

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